Seamlessly combining the traditional culture of the East with elements from the West, Shanghai is a unique city to explore even for the most concerning travelers. The city offers a rich shopping, nightlife and dining experience, while an increase on cultural venues has been noticed recently. It is also the largest economic and trade center in China, and one of China's major cultural centers.
Highly influenced by its location, in Yangtze River Delta, the city's oily, sweet cuisine is based on seafood, eels, freshwater fish and various water plants like lotus root. Even though street food is quite popular in Shanghai, a recent law that requires all food vendors to have an official certificate has forced many famous food streets to close down. This means that street food venues have become trickier to find and restaurants are, once again, on the game.
You are going to find several great restaurants around Shanghai, however, here in Travel by Interest, we believe that convenience and quality should stick together. So, we are going to discover a hotel at the heart of Shanghai's financial district Lujiazui, with a strong dining game and the convenience of dining in the place you stay.
Central location, Luxury rooms & Incredible view... what else?
Grand Kempinski Hotel Shanghai promises a European-standards luxury experience and, honestly, it caters 100% to it. The hotel is located right by Yangtze River, in the heart of Luijazui, known also as Shanghai's financial district, giving easy access to many attractions and shopping malls. So, location-wise, you can't get any better. And, what can you say about this view? The sight of Shanghai's glittering skyline will give you the goosebumps.
The super deluxe rooms might not stand out for their super unique design or aesthetics, however, they are convenient, spacious and facilities-packed. The rooms come in all sizes, budgets, and views, and we would definitely recommend you the Bund View rooms, whose floor to ceiling windows overlook the stunning skyline. For an elegant, intimate and effortlessly comfortable stay, go for the suites without second thoughts.
Embark on an Epicurean Journey of other caliber!
Your dining experience at Grand Kempinski Hotel in Shanghai will be diverse and without-a-doubt memorable. The hotel's carefully selected team of talented chefs has sourced its knowledge from all over the world, creating refined dishes that combine perfectly the five tastes (sour, sweet, bitter, salty and umami).
Elements Restaurant serves as a casual dining restaurant with a contemporary atmosphere that you can visit anytime of the day. It has a rich menu of a-la-carte dishes, complemented by a sumptuous buffet of Asian and Western specialties for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Acqua Restaurant will lift your Italian spirit with its quirky interior design and marvelous views over Shanghai. It has a delicious menu with Italian specialties including pizza, pasta and pastries.
If the weather permits, enjoy one of your melas (breakfast, lunch or dinner) "al fresco" at the hotel's beautiful terrace. It's also a great way to take a break from the urban cityscape!
Albero Restaurant will teleport you to Spain with its authentic Spanish style, attitude and, of course, menu. Don't miss the delicious tapas and original seafood paella with prawns and squid.
Suntime Century will introduce you to the finest of Chinese Cantonese Cuisine. A lavish menu awaits you with bold flavors and dishes rich in taste and aroma. All recipes are made with the freshest of ingredients!
For a "grab and go" snack or sweet, opt for the freshly baked bread, muffins, cakes, chocolates, pastries of Kempi Deli. With such a huge diversity, you won't know where to start.
Wash it all down... in style
Either it is a strong coffee during the day, an aperitif before your dinner, or a pre night-out cocktail, Grand Kempinski Hotel Shanghai has got you covered. Two gorgeous cafe-bars reside in the hotel where you can relax, socialize, or people watch with your favorite drink on hand.
The recently renovated Lobby Bar has a modern atmosphere with a light color scheme and stylish furniture to chill out during the day. It offers all-day casual snacks like salads, sandwiches and hamburgers, and a selection of dishes and desserts. The Lobby Bar uses the iconic Viennese coffee of Julius Meinl!
Red Passion Bar & Lounge resides on the hotel's 30th floor so the view is undoubtedly gorgeous. It's the best place to watch the city getting alive as the sun is fading away and the lights are turned on. The bar's relaxing interior of deep reds and lavender matches perfectly with the fine menu of liquors, cocktails and beers.
You came as a newbie, you leave as a pro
The dining experience of Grand Kempinski Hotel in Shanghai will not only mature you as a traveller but also as a food aficionado. Before leaving, make sure to try the hotel's signature dish Truffle Tortelloni that can be spotted on the Italian Acqua Restaurant. The dish is plated on a bed of sautéed Parma ham and leeks and topped with shaved truffle and parmesan. To complete the deluxe experience, the Truffle Tortelloni is served table-side with the finishing touch - a pouring of ham stock that is simply bursting with flavour.