The Only List of Shanghai Terraces & Patios You'll Ever Need

By Sophie Steiner, May 6, 2024

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It's time to take advantage of this excellent weather and grasp every opportunity to be outside.

There's nothing better than socializing on terraces and rooftops during this brief window of glorious temperatures post winter and pre the plum rains kicking in.

Here's a list of our top picks for Shanghai's best al fresco dining spots, because food and drink tastes even better in the open air.

Abbey Road


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Opening in the halcyon days of 2007, a casual local and old time classic boozer in Xuhui, the Abbey Road terrace also plays host to live music and live sport on the big screen. A place to while away the hours with well-priced drinks and descent pub grub.

Open Mon-Fri, 11am-Late; Sat & Sun,10.30am-Late.

See a listing for Abbey Road

Al Fresco

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At level one of The Langham Shanghai Xintiandi is Al Fresco, where you may enjoy the warmth of the summer while watching the world go by.

An ice cold glass of beer with any of their savory choices a great way to spend a summer day.

Open daily, 11am-10pm

See a listing for Al Fresco 

Alimentari Grill

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Located in the always renao expat epicenter that is Shankang Li, like in other Alimentari stores around Shanghai, Alimentari Grill combines the best of an Italian deli with a kitchen, but this time, they really turn up the heat with a grill-focused menu – charcoal grill that is. 

The real highlight of the this location is the expansive outdoor patio, and with heaters for winter and fans for summer, it’s the perfect late afternoon spot for a post-work or weekend libation. 

Open daily 9am-12am

See a listing for Alimentari Grill

Azul Shankang Li


Another Shankang Li terrace to lose afternoons and evenings on, Azul is perfect for people wathcing enjoying the flavors of the flagship brand by Peruvian restaurateur – and Shanghai legend – Eduardo Vargas.

Open daily 11am-10pm

Azul, Shankang Li, Building 6, 358 Kangding Lu, by Shaanxi Bei Lu 康定路358号, 近陕西北路

Azul Weave


Over at The Weave, Azul boasts a huge second floor wrap-around terrace perfect for spring and summer, but also covered for the cooler months, so diners can enjoy that Shanghai sunshine all year round.

Open daily 11am-10pm

Azul Weave, The Weave, 2/F, 277 Wuxing Road 吴兴路277号, 2楼.

Bella Vita Bistro

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Opening in October 2021 in Hengshan Fang, Bella Vita Bistro is the fourth (of nine) BV Group outposts – spanning fast casual Bella Vita, upscale Bella Vita Bistro, café Buonissimo, and more.

And it quickly became a staple in the neighborhood, garnering quite the following amongst Italians, other expats, and locals alike. 

The split-level Italian bistro features an expansive 40-seater patio, in addition to indoor seating both downstairs and in the florally-decorated second floor dining room, with an attached bar for aperitifs to digestifs

Aside from a daily happy hour, there's also a lunch deal, weekend bunch and an afternoon tea

Open daily 11am-9.30pm

See a listing for Bella Vita Bistro.

Big Bamboo / Bamboo River House

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Drawing big crowds for major events like the World Cup and Super Bowl, both locations of this popular sports bar have ample patio seating, where you can enjoy happy hour specials and classics from the expanded food menu.

Head indoors to catch the big game on the flat screen televisions or play a round of pool. Both branches also have outdoor play areas to keep the little ones busy.

Hongfeng Lu: Open daily, 4pm-2am.

Hongmei Lu: Open Sun-Thu,10am-1am; Fri-Sat, 10am-2am.

See listings for Big Bamboo.   

el Bodegon Panyu Lu

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When we get a craving for affordable Argentinean grass-fed steaks and punchy Peruvian flavors, we hightail it to el Bodegon.

In summer months, we suggest their Panyu Lu location for the killer terrace where you can enjoy a free drink in the open air with each steak purchased every Sunday to Thursday.

Open Mon-Fri, 5-10.30pm; Sat-Sun 12-10.30pm.

See a listing for el Bodegon (Panyu Lu).

Boiling Crab


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The Boiling Crab is an American chain restaurant focusing on fresh seafood boils. It's a place to grab a cold one with friends, while munching on some of the best fish and chips in Shanghai al fresco on the terrace.

It’s also a late night eats spot, that just so happens to have fresh seafood in legitimately finger-lickin’ good sauces, and a casual date lunch or dinner spot, when you’re not embarrassed to get your hands dirty – real dirty – in the tastiest of ways. 

Open daily, 12pm-2am.

See a listing for Boiling Crab.

Botanical Basket 

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This gin-focused shotgun bar really takes off as the weather warms; the space fits roughly 20 people inside, but doubles in size with the added outdoor area.

Given the small space, it only takes a handful of people to make the bar feel lively and crowded, only enhanced by the staffs’ energy that matches the music beats.

The location is prime, and as the temperature continues to rise and the bay windows are opened, you’ll find us popping in for a cheeky afternoon libation or a post-dinner cocktail. 

Open Sun-Thu, 11.30am-2am; Fri-Sat, 1pm-4am.

See a listing for Botanical Basket.  


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Bottega – a casual Neapolitan pizza and pasta joint – is already a staple in the the KWah Center on Xiangyang Lu.

It’s decked-out, trendy, full of music, and packed to the gills any night oft the week. And for this reason (among many) we are grateful for the expansive patio – the ideal place to sip and snack while waiting for a table, especially during the warmer months. 

Open daily 11am-12am.

See a listing for Bottega.

Bread Etc.

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French bakery Bread Etc. opens the terrace at their Nanjing Xi Lu location every day at 4pm. The central location makes it a convenient stop for after work snacks and simple cocktails.

Think sandwiches and toasts paired with white sangria, Aperol spritz or prosecco. They occasionally throw parties or book the space yourself and throw your own. 

Open daily, 4-9pm.

See a listing for Bread Etc.

The Bull & Claw

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The garden at The Bull & Claw has been transformed into a hidden tropical garden oasis with twinkling string lights hung throughout, and has always been wonderful for weekend brunches and evening surf and turf and SoCal dinners. There is also a second floor terrace.

The ideal boho chic atmosphere for lounging, day or night.

Open daily, 11am-Late.

See a listing for The Bull & Claw

Bun Cha Cha Grill

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After taking over the old aCote Micro Brewery space in the back section of Yongping Lane a few years back, Bun Cha Cha Grill added a handful of tables inlaid with BBQs for self-grilling, along with an open bar and nearly double the seating outside, ideal for warmer days.

With everything from Vietnamese coffee to Vietnamese beer to southeast Asian-inspire highballs – plus oh-so-many Vietnamese snacks – there's no reason not to spend hours whiling away in the sun here. 

Open daily 11am-10pm.

See a listing for Bun Cha Cha Grill.

Café Gray Deluxe

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Café Gray Deluxe, housed in the Middle House hotel, is a restaurant and lounge bar with several outdoor areas, including a spacious terrace that overlooks Nanjing Xi Lu.

The best part is 50% off bottles of champagne from 5-8pm. Who doesn't love popping bottles of champers on a hip terrace?

Open daily, 6.30am-12.30am.

See a listing for Café Gray Deluxe.


Calix Shanghai
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Calix is a contemporary Western restaurant and bar in Xintiandi, serving burgers, steak, salads, seafood and diner-inspired fare, alongside a cocktail menu and wine list.

The expansive outdoor patio makes for a particularly nice vista in warmer weather, while inside plays host to live music in the evenings.

Open daily, 11am-1.30am.

See a listing for Calix.


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The Calypso Terrace Lounge was made for al fresco dining. The modern, two-storey structure retracts its tall glass in the warmer months, and the manicured greenery gives out a fresh vibe in the heart of the city. 

It’s a Mediterranean fare here; authentic Neapolitan-style pizzas, Italian burrata and house-made pastas that can be paired with wine, 24 of which are open for tasting.

Open daily 11.30am-10pm.

See a listing for Calypso.

The Cannery

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Oozing a casual vibe and boasting an enviable garden view, if you’re looking for great food and amazing cocktails with the option to sit outside, this is your place. Plus they have blankets if you want to relax on the lawn.

Did we mention it's dog-friendly? 

Open Mon-Wed, 5-11pm; Thu-Fri, 5pm-1am; Sat, 11am-1am, Sun, 11am-11pm.

See a listing for The Cannery.

Cantina Agave

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Casual Mexican eatery, Cantina Agave arguably put that Fumin Lu-Donghu Lu corner on the map when it comes to boozy outdoor drinks on their sunny streetside terrace.

Indulge in Tex-Mex favorites, which are good value and designed for sharing and pairing with margarita pitchers and Mexican beer. 

Open daily, 11am-midnight.

See a listing for Cantina Agave.

The Captain

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For years we flocked to the bar at Captain's hostel for cheap AF drinks with a killer Bund view, but this hip loungey iteration made its way into our hearts a couple of years back.

Expect craft cocktails and tasty eats to go with the breathtaking city scene. 

Open Mon-Fri, 5pm-1am; Sat-Sun, 11.30am-1am.

See a listing for The Captain.

The Cathay Room

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The Cathay Room terrace of the Fairmont Peace Hotel is nothing short of luxurious, with its own private butler and sommelier. All that, and a stunning view of the Bund to boot.

Their indulgent brunch is a great way to experience this stunning location. Meals there are prepared with the very best seasonal produce, the freshest seafood treats and foie gras, charcuterie and cheese. 

Open daily, 2-5pm, 6-9.30pm.

See a listing for The Cathay Room.

Cellar to Table

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Cellar to Table popped on the scene as yet another French wine bar in the heritage villa on Donghu Lu that used to house elEFANTE.

While its main dining area is smaller than neighboring Blaz, it does have a larger outdoor patio space, ideal for summer, and donning a heated dome for dining alfresco without the chill in the cooler months. 

Open daily 6pm-1am.

See a listing for Cellar to Table.

Charbon / BONBON 


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Charbon is a BBQ and ice creamery by Chef Paul Pairet perched on the 6th floor of IAPM mall, featuring charcoal grilled skewers and artisanal soft-serve sundaes.

And, as things go in Shanghai, Charbon's rooftop is soon to be taken over by BONBON, backed by Shanghai Oude (the team behind J. BoroskiThe Upper Room, Bijou, No Filter, and Most Izakaya).

Situated above Charbon in iapm Mall, it is a collaboration with chef Paul Pairet of the esteemed three Michelin-starred Ultraviolet. The venue will showcase a welcoming rooftop bar just in time for summer, with an opening slated for May 11.

Expect creative cocktails at pocket-friendly happy hour prices, gourmet bar snacks, and some of the city’s top DJs, all against the backdrop of breathtaking city views...

Open daily 11am-9pm.

See a listing for Charbon.


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Chez JOJO draws inspiration from rural drinking establishments called guinguette. These lively spots are known as great places to enjoy an unpretentious meal with plenty of affordable wine. If that wasn't enough, they have a pleasant upstairs terrace to boot. 

Fumin Lu: Open daily 11am-11.30pm

Yongjia Lu: Open Mon-Fri, 4-11.30pmSat-Sun 11.30am-11.30pm

See listings for Chez JOJO


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Set on the Pudong bank of the river looking back over the Bund, Chili's American Restaurant and Bar is a US institution, famed for their sizzling fajita plates, lip-smackingly good sticky ribs, heaping bacon burgers, hot wings lathered in Buffalo sauce, tasty, tasty margaritas and much, much more.

Open Mon-Thu 11am-11pm; Fri 11am-midnight; Sat 10am-midnight; Sun 10am-11pm.

See a listings for Chili's.


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Located in Yong Ping Li, a lane off Hengshan Lu, the OG Colca location has al fresco seating for warmer climates and an intimate mood atmosphere suited to both dates and larger groups of diners.

Come for brunch and stay through happy hour into the evening. 

Open daily 11am-3.30pm, 5pm-12am.

See a listing for Colca


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Coming from an architecture and design background respectively, Milan-native Alan Grillo and his Shanghainese wife Anqi Xu opened Cometa as a passion project in October 2021 – an aperitivo bistro where cross-cultural cuisine bridges Italian comfort food and Shanghainese classics. 

The modest 40-person venue offers both indoor and outdoor seating, with large bay windows that open to let in the Suzhou Creek breeze.

The view of the river and some afternoon sun make for an ideal spot for sipping an aperitivo, coupled with a cheese board, and dog-friendly vibes. 

Open Tue-Fri 3.30-11.30pm, Sat-Sun 12-11.30pm

See a listing for Cometa.

Commune Reserve

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Shanghai craft beer lovers can rejoice, as the spacious venue that was Stone Brewing Tap Room reopened its doors on Yuyuan Lu under new ownership and the new name of Commune Reserve.

The shared front lawn with Cannery is ideal for outdoor sipping, but the back patio is where it's at. Away from the road, the area is secluded and private, with twinkling tea lights decorating the space in the evenings. 

Open daily, Mon-Fri 11.30am-12am.

See a listing for Commune Reserve.

The Commune Social

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Consistency is our favorite word when it comes to restaurants, and this casual Jing’an restaurant delivers every time with contemporary, delicious food that won’t destroy your budget.

Open for drinks, lunch, dinner and brunch. 

Open Tue-Sun, 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30-10pm

See a listing for Commune Social.


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Cotton Ding has a knack for creating lovely chilled-out spaces in old Shanghai villas, and her eponymous bar has been favored by al fresco loving tipplers for over a decade.

Cotton's has plenty of outdoor patio seating ideal for post-work happy hours or casual brunching. 

Open daily, 11am-midnight.

See a listing for Cotton's


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Crave's space is airy and inviting. Mirrored walls reflect the blooming plane trees outside, creating the feeling of being inside of a living terrarium.

Plus, the sun-bathed patio makes for an ideal people watching perch, with a never-ending flow of coffee into wine to fuel your wandering mind (and roving eyes).

We see this place remaining a trendy spot, from daytime and into the night, with an exclusive, chic yet understated vibe. Expect a lot of selfies and aspiring Dianping KOLs. 

Open daily 9am-12am.

See a listing for Crave Café & Wine Bar. 

Eli Falafel

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Eli Falafel's Pudong (and largest) outpost comes with a sprawling terrace, one that gets excellent sunshine all day long.


Meanwhile, the Shanghai Centre location boasts an equally sun-filled back patio.

This casual Lebanese-owned restaurant serves up well-executed Middle Eastern food, so you can enjoy anything from a falafel salad to a heaping shawarma plate to pair with your glass of wine, Lebanese coffee or cocktail.

Open daily 11am-11pm.

See a listing for Eli Falafel Pudong.

See a listing for Eli Falafel Shanghai Centre.

The Fellas Terrace

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This Bund-side rooftop terrace is tied with Goodfellas, a popular Italian restaurant on the ground floor. As such, The Fellas promises the same chilled out vibebut with the addition of stellar views of the Huangpu River.

You can enjoy the spectacular view of the Huangpu skyline with pizzas, beer, cocktails and wine. Can't be mad at that!

Open daily 5.30pm-midnight.

See a listing for The Fellas Terrace.


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After undergoing a massive overhaul, Shanghai's highest terrace is open for business again this year, with sprawling views of Shanghai's colorful skyline.

Enjoy Southeast Asian eats and casual sippers with a gorgeous backdrop, all while indulging in the luxury that is the The Ritz-Carlton, Shanghai Pudong.

Open daily 5.30pm-12am.

See a listing for Flair.

Found 158

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This subterranean lifestyle hub is home to a varied array of restaurants, bars and clubs, and retains its quaint open air charm and quirky positioning in the heart of a local park.

Enjoy the afternoon and evenings in restaurants including El SantoNomadBotecoZapfler and more.

See a listing for Found 158.


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Frasca, a modern casual Italian eatery at the Middle House, boasts a beatiful, partially shaded terrace on which to enjoy lip-smackingly good authentic Italian fare.

An oasis of calm just a stone's throw from bustling Nanjing Xi Lu.

Open Mon-Fri, 11.30am-2.30pm, 6-10pm; Sat & Sun, 11.30am-3pm, 6-10pm.

See a listing for Frasca.


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Funkadeli has come far from its early days as a delicatessen with a knack for making spritz.

A full-on food and beverage destination, it resembles a smart European bistro with long bar stacked to the rafters with Campari and Aperol.

The real fun happens when the weather gets pleasant and you can sit outside with the other Donghu Lu party animals. 

Open daily, 11am-1am.

See a listing for Funkadeli.

Ginger by the Park

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A favorite of weekend brunch seekers, Ginger by the Park has a beautifully serene terrace overlooking a quaint park. An eclectic menu of Southeast Asian dishes and Western brunch classics awaits.

Open daily, 11am-10pm

See a listing for Ginger by the Park.

Hacker-Pschorr Wirtshaus Shanghai

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One of Shanghai’s most expansive Bund view terraces, Hacker-Pschorr Wirtshaus Shanghai takes visitors on a culinary journey by giving them a chance to savor authentic German delicacies while simultaneously enjoying German craft beer on tap.

Open daily, 11.30am-11pm.

See a listing for Hacker-Pschorr Wirtshaus Shanghai.


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This restaurant and lounge bar within the Ascott Hotel has a spacious patio overlooking the Xintiandi neighborhood, and sexy interiors that lend themselves to nights out and formal occasions alike.

Highline serves a menu of contemporary Western food designed to be shared, alongside a craft cocktail program.

Open Mon-Fri, 2.30pm-12am, Sat-Sun, 11am-12am

See a listing for Highline.

High Yaki The Sea

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Chef Carlos Sotomayor (previously of elEfante and UP Shanghai) is the man behind the menu at owner Justin Xu’s High Yaki The Sea.

And chef Carlos has just dropped a bomb of a new menu, one that is really blowing up the F&B scene, with everything from uni butter slathered udon to sashimi scallops with tree tomato jam, from glazed saury fish with daikon fondant to custardy eel chawanmushi, and so, so much in between – best enjoyed on the pet-friendly terrace. 

Open Mon-Fri, 5.30-11.30pm, Sat-Sun, 2-11.30pm.

See a listing for High Yaki The Sea.

Kathleen's Waitan

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This rooftop restaurant by F&B stalwart Kathleen Lau opened in 2012, offering amazing views at the bend of the Huangpu River, plus craft cocktails and international cuisine.

Open daily, 11am-12.30am

See a listing for Kathleen's Waitan.

The Kitchen Table

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The Kitchen Table at W Shanghai – The Bund feels like dining in a summer getaway town on the American coast, with abundant greenery and opulent sunshine streaming through floor to ceiling windows.

And, as those sunny days become more abundant, move your way outside to the extensive patio, with loads of outdoor seating available from morning until night.

Open daily 6.30am-10.30pm.

See a listing for The Kitchen Table

La Brise 523

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Chef Conrad Van Den Heever’s debut restaurant, La Brise 523, is a firepit-roasted proteins bistro with a modern Southeast Asian flavor-leaning menu.

The kitchen sports its own firepit, where anything that can be is roasted over open woodfire flames, whisps of curling smoke adding a campfire aroma to the entire vicinity.

The entire space seats 40, with views over the Sinan Mansions square (or through a window that peers into the kitchen), plus outdoor seating that perimeters half the venue and is dog-friendly.

Approachable and trendy, the restaurant feels like a place you want to hang out, regardless of time of day or day of week. 

Open Tue-Sun 11.30am-10pm

See a listing for La Brise 523.


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This flagship restaurant at the Bellagio by MGM Shanghai boasts creative Italian cuisine in a lounge space with a terrace overlooking Suzhou Creek.

Enjoy anything from brunch to post-dinner libations with a stellar view of The Pearl Tower and The Shanghai Tower. 

Open Mon-Thu, 5.30-10.30pm; Fri 2.30-12am; Sat-Sun, 11.30am-12am

See a listing for LAGO

Mad Dragon

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Mad Dragon has kept the city suitably inebriated on Donghu Lu for several years now. Their terrace is consistently full of beer aficionados on sunny days and warm nights.

This is a great after work or pre-gaming spot before you mosey around town. 

Open Sun-Thu, 11am-12am; Fri-Sat 11am-2am.

See a listing for Mad Dragon.

La Maison

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La Maison is in a three-story house that features a dining area, bar and vast courtyard, ideal for summer lounging.

Grab a matcha beverage at La Matcha in the front during the day, transition to Prosecco by late afternoon and graduate into their extensive whiskey selection by evening, all best enjoyed outdoors. 

Open Mon-Fri, 2pm-12am; Sat-Sun, 11am-12am

See a listing for La Maison.


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Mayita’s sunny terrace is made for enjoying a refreshing margarita against a sweeping view of the city we call home.

With free flow drink packages and all day brunch options, it's hard to come up with a reason not to spend every day here. 

Open Mon-Fri, 11am-3pm, 5-10.30pm; Sat-Sun, 11am-4pm, 5-10.30pm.

See a listing for Mayita

Mercado 505

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Mercado 505 is a market and restaurant that focuses on high-end jamon, full blood M7 Chilean Wagyu, Iberico pork and fresh seafood.

Its biggest draw is the terrace – always full of people consuming copious amounts of sangria and wine at all hours of the day throughout the warm months. 

Open Mon 11.30am-3pm, 5.30pm-9pm; Tue-Sun 11.30am-3pm, 5.30-10.30pm.

See a listing for Mercado505.

Mignon 9

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Mignon 9 – a trendy Parisian style restaurant – opened on Wuyuan Lu last fall, lending even more of a Paris backstreet feel to the already leafy-green, tree-lined roads of the former French Concession. 

The dinner menu sees a smattering of small plates for sharing, as well as heartier mains, while the lunch menu focuses on nibbles and casual bites – like sandwiches and brunch plates. On the drinks front, there's everything from coffee to tea beverages (hot and cold) to an expansive wine selection. 

The main dining area spills out onto the street – ideal for people watching – with dog-friendly terrace seating for 16 adding to the already 40 seats inside.

Open daily 11am-3.30pm, 6-11pm.

See a listing for Mignon 9.

Mikkeller Tasting Room

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The Danish brewery and taproom Mikkeller sports over 20 taps, a beyond extensive bottle list and every weekend events and pop-ups appealing to any interest imaginable.

With a tucked away, exclusive feeling, and large outdoor seating area full of picnic benches, it's no surprise that this beer outpost has garnered quite the following. 

Open Mon-Wed 2pm-12amThu-Fri, 2pm-2am; Sat 12pm-2am; Sun 12pm-12am.

See a listing for Mikkeller Tasting Room.


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A nondescript, walled entrance separates Miyaraku from the hustle and bustle of Changle Lu, the sliding door opening to reveal a Japanese oasis, seemingly a world away from the street lying just outside its borders.

Guests first enter a traditional Japanese garden, highlighting the natural landscape; flowering shrubs and evergreen plants grow amongst white gravel, a path of stones leading diners past ornamental paper umbrellas and timeworn pagoda statues into the Kyoto retreat of a venue. 

Open daily 11.30am-10pm

Miyaraku, 920 Changle Lu, by Changshu Lu, 长乐路920号, 近常熟路.

Morton's Steakhouse (IFC branch)

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For a prime location that screams ‘I heart Shanghai,’ our compass points to Morton's Steakhouse at the IFC Mall for sheer al fresco panache.

Its fourth-floor patio opens up to a majestic sight of Lujiazui. Really, you can’t ask for a better backdrop to go with an uptown steak lunch.

Open daily, 11.30am-9pm.

See a listing for Morton's Steakhouse (IFC branch).

Mozzarella e Vino

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Having just opened in mid-December in the new Henghsan 8 lifestyle development, Mozzarella e Vino is a neighborhood European bistro focused on – as the name suggests – all things cheese and wine.

The restaurant comfortably fits 45 diners inside, plus another 40 outside, with floor-to-ceiling windows that can open once the weather warms, connecting the two spaces and making the entire place feel like a breezy patio.

Open from brunch until the evening, this is a place to get your sip, snack and smile on.

Open daily 10am-11pm.

See a listing for Mozzarella e Vino.


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OMBRA is located in Jiashan Market, spreading across two levels and boasting a bright terrace full of greenery and plant life.

This Western restaurant offers nibbles to mains, plus daily free flow brunch from 11am-4pm. Their signature dishes include venison tartare and venison wellington A seasonal menu adds twists to local ingredients with French culinary techniques.

Open Sun-Wed 11am-9.30pm; Thu-Sat 11am-11pm.

See a listing for OMBRA.

O'Mills Bakery & Bistro

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A staple in the brunch scene, O'Mills on Yongjia Lu is all about soaking up that sun, coffee in hand. The O'Mills at JAKC is slightly different, in that it turns into a family vibe bistro after 6pm with healthy tapas provided, pairing with organic/fermented wine selected from worldwide.

Sip on a mid-day kombucha on their handmade furniture outside or transition to a cocktail with ferry lights hanging outside in the evening. 

Yongjia Lu: Open daily 8.30am-8pm.

JAKC: Open daily, 8.30am-11pm.

Yanping Lu: Open daily, 8am-10pm

See listings for O'Mills Bakery & Bistro.

Opus at Ôpartment

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Ôpartment’s premium bar – Opus – offers a taste of the Bund right in the heart of downtown.

Located on the sixth floor overlooking People’s Square Park and Nanjing Road, the floor-to-ceiling windows offer guests expansive views across Shanghai’s downtown skyline.

A haven for relaxation and unwinding after a long day, Opus also offers live DJs every weekend night.

Open daily 6pm-2am

Ôpartment Shanghai Boutique Apartment, 90 Xizang Zhong Lu, by Beihai Lu, 西藏中路90号,近北海路.

Pistolera Mexican Cantina

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Sip margaritas and savor authentic Mexican cuisine outdoors at any one of Pistolera's locations across town.

Whether you're looking for a quiet meal complete with tacos, enchiladas and fajitas, or are down to grab some Coronas with friends, each branch is equipped with a nice terrace that is sure to serve as a great backdrop no matter what the occasion. 

Nanjing Xi Lu: Open Sun-Thu, 11am-1am; Sat-Sun 11am-2am.

Pudong: Sun-Thu, 11am-11pm; Fri-Sat, 11am-12am

See listings for Pistolera Mexican Cantina.


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Paul Pairet's answer to a casual French café comes in the form of Polux, the lower-priced, more approachable, everyday version of Mr & Mrs Bund.

Take in the sunny Xintiandi views while sipping on midday bubbles and partaking in budget-friendly French fare.

For those particular days when the sun blazes too harshly, Polux covers the patio in umbrellas for those needing the fresh air without the sunburn. 

Open daily, 11am-10pm.

See a listing for Polux.

POP on the Bund

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One of the best places to see Shanghai, at POP on the Bund you can enjoy 270 degree Lujiazui CBD views.

The newly renovated terrace includes refreshing pastel-colored furnishings, adding a touch of whimsy and playfulness to this relaxing and natural environment.

The menu is designed and executed by chef Ken Lu. Throughout his professional journey, he has had the privilege of training alongside esteemed international chefs, including the Michelin three-star chef Jacques & Laurent Poucel, Michelin two-star chef Andre Chiang (recipient of the Best 50 Lifetime Achievement Award), and Michelin one-star chef Ugo Rinaldo.

POP on the Bund is committed to using seasonal ingredients to create modern European-style dishes with endless charm, served in a relaxing and welcoming environment.

POP has been successfully awarded Michelin Recommended Restaurant from 2017 through 2024.

Open daily, 11am-1.30am

See a listing for POP on the Bund

The Refinery 

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Slap bang in the middle of Xintiandi, this bustling restaurant of over 250 seats has a menu that would take a lifetime to eat through; they churn out fare from a wide range of cuisines, both Western and Asian.

Enjoy said fare in their year-round patio, one outfitted with dozens of tables, befitting any time of day or night. 

Open daily, 11am-2am. 

See a listing for The Refinery



Pet friendly, and with the added bonus of a roller rink just through the doors, enjoy classic diner food and tasty cocktails al fresco in Shankang Li.

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Open Daily, 11am-Late

RIINK, Shankang Li, Building 18, Room 102, 358 Kangding Lu, by Shaanxi Bei Lu 静安区康定路358号陕康里18号楼102室


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Celebrated three Michelin-starred chef Paul Pairet (UltravioletMr & Mrs BundPoluxCharbon) opened his first concept in Pudong, Roodoodoo – an all-day, every day snack and bakery-centric casual dining concept in IFC Mall.

A kind of amalgamation of his other venues, the space combines a coffee shop, sandwicherie and deli, restaurant, bar and ice cream parlor, a patisserie / boulangerie plus an expansive terrace with sunny seating. 

Open daily 9am-9pm.

See a listing for Roodoodoo.


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An oh so trendy open-air lounge offering guests a comfortable and intimate setting for casual drinks with a spectacular view, the EDITION keep it classy.

Not for plebs!

Open daily, 2.30pm-4.30pm, 5pm-12am.

See a listing for ROOF The Shanghai EDITION.

Roof325 Restaurant & Bar

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Located at the top of the Shanghai History Museum, Roof325 allows guests to experience the ambiance of its location while sampling fresh international flavors.

Enjoy brunches or interactive tableside dinner service while taking in the gorgeous People's Square view from the terrace.

Open daily, 11.30am-10pm.

See a listing for Roof325 Restaurant & Bar

The Rooster

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Previously known as Perch, the beloved sports bar Rooster moved into it's sister restaurant's spot on Wuding Lu.

A small-sized bar with a humongous wraparound terrace (seriously, follow it around the building, you will be surprised by how much room there is), has events every weekend, providing an even bigger draw for this popular industry hangout.

On our first ever visit way back when, we sunk into the cushioned al fresco seats and thought to ourselves, “Here’s the bar we’ve looking for all summer.”

Open Tue-Sun, 11am-Midnight.

See a listing for The Rooster

Shankang Li

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As the expat epicenter continues its move northwards to Jing’an, Shankang Li has become the place to be; with expansive terraces that soak in sun at all hours of the day, there is always a party spilling from one restaurant to the next.

With big names like AzulAlimentari GrillHomesliceBubba'sGin & JuiceSo Mezze and Pudao Wines, there's no reason to not spend every waking sunny hour here, beverage of choice in hand. 

Open daily, 11am-late.

See a listing for Shankang Li. 

See a listing for The Weave.

Second Sister Yunnan Restaurant

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Second Sister Yunnan Restaurant by the Azul Group took up residence this past year in the old Xouk spot in 1000 Trees Mall.

Situated on the mall’s 5th floor, the space is split evenly between outdoor and indoor seating, with expansive, sun-soaked views over Suzhou Creek all day long.

The welcoming space is brightly lit and colorfully eye-catching, boasting a large outdoor terrace, ideal for friendly catchups or working afternoons on these final sunny afternoons of autumn. 

Open Mon-Fri 11am-2.30pm, 4.30-9pm, Sat-Sun 11am-9pm.

See a listing for Second Sister Yunnan Restaurant.


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As winter brightens into spring, cozy, home-style Italian bistro Senso, with its sunny veranda, becomes the place to be, from lunch to happy hour to dinner and into the digestivo-filled evening.

Open daily 11.30am-11.30pm.

See a listing for Senso

Sir Elly's

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Shanghai’s resident ‘one percenter’ restaurant has a magnificent terrace with unparalleled views of the Bund and Pudong.

Impress hot dates, out of town guests and clients with the fabulously old school cocktails at this rooftop hot spot.

Open daily, 5pm-12am.

See a listing for Sir Elly's.

So Mezze

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So Mezze is located in the former Kesshō coffee shop spot in Shankang Li, sandwiched between Homeslice and Tap House.

It offers mezze mediteranean fusion ‘tapas’ – small plates made for sharing – paired with extremely affordable wine from around the globe.

With seating for 40 inside and another 30 outside, the brightly lit, airy space is inviting – designed with warm wood tones and patterned ceramic leaves in varying shades of teal – or turquoise – a word derived from the French ‘turquois,’ representing the color of the gemstones

In the evening, heavy curtains are pulled, creating a more intimate setting, ideal for private conversation coupled with more wine.

Open daily 10am-11pm

See a listing for So Mezze.


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The everyday dining option from the team behind Stefan Stiller's Taian Table, Stiller is open weekdays for lunch and dinner and weekends for their new launched Sunday Lazy Lunch and dinner. 

Located in Xintiandi, across from Shake Shack and The Refinery, and serving up seasonal, modern takes on dishes from around the globe, Stiller also boasts an expansive (German-leaning) wine list, at superbly affordable prices considering location and restaurant hype.

The outdoor patio nearly doubles the venue's space, with seating for 50 to enjoy the ambiant sunshine beneath bright orange branded umbrellas.

Soak up the sun while seeing and being seen at one of Shanghai's hottest new openings. 

Open daily 11.30am-11.30pm

See a listing for Stiller.

Suzie's Garden 

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Adding to powerhouse restaurant group Vos Families already impressive roster of lauded wine bars (SOiFOttimoLeDAiLYtheWarehouseSuziema-ia-ki), Suzie’s Garden opened last May in a 1937 heritage building on Fumin Lu, just south of Yan’an Lu – that same one that used to house Coconut Paradise for nearly 20 years. 

Earning its name, over half of the 200 available seats in this expansive venue are al fresco – with 100 in the partially covered, partially uncovered garden, flanked by a bar and surrounded by a wall that affords the space tranquility in the middle of Shanghai’s most happening neighborhood.

There’s also terrace seating for another 20 on the second floor overlooking the garden.

Open Sun-Thu 11.30am-4pm, 5.30-10.30pm, Fri-Sat 11.30am-4pm, 5.30-11.30pm.

See a listing for Suzie's Garden.


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Tacolicious on Yuyao Lu is a haven of modern Mexican-American fusion. Take your double-decker tacos to the outdoor back patio or enjoy any of the wild weekend BBQ events they have going on their more often than not, coupled with your choice of a margarita or paloma. 

Open daily, 11am-11.30pm.

See a listing for Tacolicious.

Il Teatro

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Il Teatro is a modern Italian restaurant in the heart of Xintiandi by CVL Restaurant Group. With a casual yet classy vibe, it offers guests a sunny, pet-friendly outdoor terrace; back garden with convertible ceiling; bright and comfortable first floor plus café; private event space on the second floor – host to many a wine dinner for 30-40 guests; and a fine-dining atmosphere upstairs with seating for 100 people.

Sip a glass of wine or a cocktail in the sun, while enoying some Xintiandi people watching. 

Open daily, 11am-2am

See a listing for Il Teatro.

Temperature & Temptation


Situated in The Weave, bring your family and enjoy a relaxing time on Temperature & Temptation's spacious patio, while tucking into their expansive menu that has something for everyone, at all times of the day.

Open Daily, 10am-10pm

Temperature & Temptation, The Weave, 1/F, 277 Wuxing Lu, by Jianguo Lu,  徐家汇吴兴路277号 1楼, 近建国路

La Terrazza at Bulgari Hotel Shanghai

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The rooftop bar of the Bulgari Hotel Shanghai swaggers 48 floors above the city, treating guests to a dazzling panorama of the Shanghai skyline.

Inspired by the resorts of the Riviera, it is an urban oasis featuring teak decking, ivory-cushioned armchairs and curtained cabanas for a discreet escape.

Open daily, 5pm-1am.

See a listing for La Terrazza at Bulgari Hotel Shanghai.


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Tomatito, under the el Willy group, dials the trite tapas menu back a bit, presenting tapas as they were originally meant: not edible flowers, but light-hearted, well-priced hearty snacks paired with copious amounts of alcohol.

Come summer or winter, Tomatito's expansive patio is the place to be, with regular events taking place almost every weekend.

Swing by to check out the sexy chef, the sexy menu, the sexy drinks and, of course, the sexy patio.

Open daily, 11.30am-2.30pm, 6-10.30pm.

See a listing for Tomatito

TOPS at Banyan Tree Shanghai on the Bund

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Located in the Banyan Tree Shanghai on the Bund, TOPS offers cocktails best enjoyed while overlooking a breath-taking panoramic view of the Bund and Pudong skyline.

Modern lights and cozy decorum provide an elegant touch to getting, well, drunk outdoors. 

Open daily, 2.30pm-10pm.

See a listing for TOPS.

The Upper Room

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Near the Bund, on the top floor of Shamei Mansion, The Upper Room – a two-for-one concept – opened last year, backed by the Shanghai Oude group. 

The majority of the space is outdoor, ideal for the warm months ahead, with comfy seating amongst modern architecture, ample greenery, and a sprawling view of Shanghai's famed skyline. 

Open Mon, 6pm-12am; Sun, Tue-Thu, 1pm-12am; Fri-Sat, 1pm-2am.

See a listing for The Upper Room.

Villa Le Bec

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This French restaurant offers a cozy and delicious dining experience. They have an extensive wine list, authentic French cuisine and a beautiful atmosphere to top it all off.

Be sure to request a table in the garden or the courtyard terrace when the weather is pleasant. 

Open Tue-Thu, 6-10pm; Fri-Sun, 12-2pm, 6-10pm.

See a listing for Bistro 321 Villa Le Bec.

Viva! Portuguese Grills & Seafood

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Viva's Wuding Lu location enjoys rosy afternoon sun all along the covered patio, with seating for nearly 20 people.

Enjoy your weekends full of protein specials, plus sangria and wine, while soaking up Shanghai's sunny rays, all in the name of Portugal. 

Open Sun-Thu 11.30am-10pm; Fri-Sat 11.30am-11pm.

See a listing for Viva! Portuguese Grills & Seafood.

Wet Bar, W Shanghai – The Bund

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This never-ending party of a venue offers up Latin tapas and cocktails coupled with a sprawling view over Pudong.

Weekends are always bumping with parties focusing on everything from music to culture to fashion to food & drink popups.

Mon-Thu, 6pm-Midnight; Fri & Sat, 5pm-1am; Sun 5pm-Midnight

See a listing for Wet Bar, W Shanghai – The Bund.

Xouk by Azul 

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Xouk by Azul boasts a branch in both Puxi and Pudong, offering family-friendly fare in a colorful, open-air space, with room for 80 people in the dining room, plus a spacious patio out front with seating for another 20.

With a drink menu just as expansive as their food menu, and special deals on bottles of wine, there's absolutely zero reason to not spend every leisure moment tanning on their patio, drink in hand. 

Xouk Pudong: Open Mon-Thu 11am-10pm; Fri-Sun 10am-11.30pm.

See listings for Xouk by Azul.

Yak & Yeti

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Situated in half the old Smokehouse x Camel digs on Xiangyang Lu, Yak & Yeti is a Himalayan bar and restaurant offering food from Nepal, Tibet and Yunnan, with drinks to match.

Although small, their patio offers seating with a view of those perusing Xiangyang Lu, one that is best enjoyed with a Yeti Spritz in hand – the Himalayan answer to Italy's Aperol Spritz – while jamming out to live DJs on the weekend. 

Open daily 11.30am-2pm, 5pm-1am.

See a listing for Yak & Yeti.


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Named after the Chinese word for ‘tooth,’ the goal at Yaya’s is to serve perfectly al dente, toothsome pasta – with that springy chew you’d anticipate from an Italian restaurant – but incorporating Chinese flavor profiles, all curated by Chef Dan Li (previously of Bird), Andrew Moo (Le DailyCandor) and Mike Liu (Lucky Mart).

Housing everything from sunny lunches to late night parties, the tucked-back-from-the-street location affords this venue a private alley, ideal for dwelling to dancing. 

Open Mon-Fri 12-9.30pm, Sat-Sun 12-10pm

See a listing for Yaya's.



Zeitgeist is your go-to for all things German, with a plant-covered terrace on which to wash sausages down with frothy beer. Look out for their regular beer garden events, too.

Open Daily, 11am-Late.

Zeitgeist, 537 Haifang Lu, by Xikang Lu 海防路537号, 近西康路.

The Zuk Bar

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Enjoy the tranquillity of Thai nature in the heart of the city at The ZUK Bar's garden terrace.  

Filled with lush greenery, along with an expansive beverage menu and an appetizing food selection, The ZUK Bar is a quintessential spot for innovative cocktails, drinks and light Mediterranean-style bites. 

Open daily 12pm-12am.

See a listing for The Zuk Bar.

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