In short, I want to go back to the Kafer for good food, good atmosphere, and good environment. When searching for a good mean outside of Shanghai, I also will look for its sister restaurants and deli’s in the Germany and other parts of the world.
A taste of Belgium’s traditional pot of mussels in the heart of Shanghai at affordable prices.
Compared to 10 years ago, Shanghai has certainly earned her status as an international melting pot of world cuisines. I recall the early days that finding a decent macchiato or espresso deserves to be the day’s highlight. Upon receiving an invitation to Moules, a restaurant featuring Belgium style pot mussels, I reflected that this would not have been possible just a few years ago.
While The Bund was primarily built on colonial tastes, local tradition and cuisine can easily be found and one such example is The Fairmont Peace Hotel’s grand Dragon Phoenix Restaurant. Located on the 8th floor, under the auspicious guise of the dual mythical creatures, Dragon Phoenix maintains an air of sophistication, refined dining in an elegant Chinese setting.
If you can manage choice seating alongside the East and Southern ends you’ll have amazing views of the Bund, the neon-lit Lujiazui skyline and the dark flowing Huang Pu in between.
On the bellman’s nod as I strolled through revolving doors and serenaded by Vivaldi and three violinists, I half expected a dapper gent, arm extended for my cane and cap, to offer his warmest greetings in the Queen’s English, ‘Welcome to the Fairmont Peace Hotel, my fine sir.’ After nearly three years of renovation, The Bund’s most recognizable resident due to its emerald green pyramidal crown, a regal building constructed in 1929 by Sir Victor Sassoon, finally has its glamour and privilege of erstwhile restored.
Classified as a City Heritage Boutique Hotel, refurnished and designed to rekindle its early history in Shanghai’s roaring thirties when opium, sing song houses, and unchecked debauchery were the flavor of the day, the French Concession’s Mansion Hotel, is an architectural blend of both Chinese and French sophistication.
When the second location of Coffee Tree on Fumin Lu and Chang Le Lu closed down, I felt that it was a setback that I could not indulge in one of their delicious coffees, salads or sandwiches during my lunch break. However, I was grateful to receive news that the first location, nestled within Ferguson Lane on Wukang Lu in the beautifully quaint northwest French concession, had just reopened with a “new-and-improved” menu.
Bocata is a relaxed cafe in a convenient spot in the heart of Sanlitun. There is a friendly, cultured atmosphere fuelled by owner Carlos and a great selection of sandwiches and drinks on offer.
As he says, the best way to bring a culture is through food, and Carlos has not only done that, but has brought a sandwich haven to those in need for some good bread, cheese, and meat.
With its Moorish architecture, clunky wooden tables and white cushion seats, the only feeling of China you get is when you look out the enormous glass windows to the street of Sanlitun.
Double Coffee is one of Sanlitun Village’s top contenders for best overall environment in which to meet friends or colleagues.
Coffee shops have come to symbolize quintessential meeting places for both business and pleasure. In this sense, the naming of the recently opened “Double Coffee” establishment is spot on; it is one of Sanlitun Village’s top contenders for best overall environment in which to meet friends or colleagues.