No matter whether you come here for Brunch, an aperitif or dinner; it is always a pleasing experience. You can’t book a table in advance, you either go early in the morning or worst case: queue. Or you’re simply lucky and just walk in.
Beautifully designed and affordable ceramics and even if you don’t buy anything here, check out their store, they have a spectacular showroom!
The most beautiful quarter of Shanghai with amazing contrasts: high fashion boutiques next to old community longtang houses.
Well curated art collection. Check out their terrace on top: go outside and enjoy the beautiful view of the Bund.
Great architecture and well picked exhibitions. When you’re in the area walk along the Bund to see the impressive skyline of the financial district (Pudong).
This is an outdoor art district, north of town, 15 min drive by cab from FFC. A great space filled with cool graffiti, little shops, small cafés, hidden workshops and galleries.
It is a street full of bars and there are folks who spend their whole day at Yonkang Lu; theoretically possible as there are coffee shops, restaurants, cafes and bars all lined up.
A small and always quite packed fish marketplace selling imported fish and fresh poke bowls. The one with the wasabi shrimp is our favorite. Their oysters are always super fresh and their beer comes from Hawaii. They also offer some locally produced ice cream made by “Gracie’s” which rounds out the whole meal.
Great Yunnan cuisine in a spectacular setting. Girls need to try their Summer Splash cocktail which tastes so yummy!
Great Xingjian food. Quite heavy though as Xingjian is the province near Mongolia. Therefore a great place for cold evenings.
Yummy Sichuan food, their spice level is adapted to the western taste. The spice of Sichuan pepper is underlying in the great taste of nearly every dish. We especially love their basil drop cocktail!
Korean barbecue by Jean-Georges. It is definitely our favourite, a bit pricey though.
A small club with well picked DJs. Super chill people!
Always a good idea if you want to dance to cool house music.
An underground club which plays mainly house music. Quite a unique experience!
A cool bar in an authentic 20’s American prohibition era style.
French pastries and bread in the middle of buzzing Shanghai. And it’s so good!
Quirky interior accessories that nobody else will ever have, also great for gifts.
We love their concept of healthy food prepared with ingredients grown at the company’s own farms.
Anfu Road is where you shop till you drop - but only cool and unique stuff!
My thoughts about Shanghai
Its never complaining and always smiling residents, its art deco architecture, its fast change, its peaceful mornings and its colourful lights at night.
Take your camera and stroll through FFC. Get some steamed vegetable Baozi from the street shop vendors for breakfast. Take the cab (it is so cheap and the cars are incredibly run down). Hop on a bike and drive through FFC early in the morning. Watch the sunset from the VUE Bar. Try and talk to locals. Go to the fake market (immerse in some hard core negotiation: it’s so much fun)! Get a tailor-made Qipao at the fabric market (always negotiate the price!). Get a pair of original Feiyue shoes for approx. 15 USD. Go to a karaoke night with locals. If you don’t have any Chinese friends: get some!
Take a vacation into My life
Design strategist lost in Shanghai with an educational business and design background (Josipa), Germans constantly puzzled and fascinated by the ‘Chinese way of doing it’.
Cycling to work under the trees of the Former French Concession.
Intense flavors, beautiful people by which I mean beautiful from the inside out, the ocean, high intensity training where you really sweat (Ben), my wife (Ben), achievers, life lovers, psychology, nature, patterns, frameworks (Josipa).
Josipa: Refreshing, strong, advisor, caregiver .
Ben: Trustful, big-hearted and determined.
Colourful, foodies, urban nomads, travel, lean.
Harvard Business Review, fast company, autobiographies, the New York Times, The Economist, Wirtschaftswoche (Ben) / Monocle, medium.com, novum, brandeins, Wallpaper.
House of Cards (wonderfully intriguing), The Danish girl (true love is built on real friendship), Mad Max (every scene is just spectacular), The Lives of Others (all-time favourite), Zootopia (hilarious).
Josipa: The Dalai Lama.
Ben: My future self.
Josipa: NYC and Croatia.
Ben: New Zealand, Croatia and London.
Happiness is homemade.
Josipa: One day I want to become president of my country of origin, Croatia.
Ben: I’m a passionate planning master.
feeding us with new perspectives.
a matter of perception.