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Nanjing Dong Lu and The Bund

The Bund is the heart of modern Shanghai, with the colonial history of Puxi facing the towering steel and glass of Pudong. The stellar view of the river and Pudong has attracted some of the finest restaurant development in town. The Bund has been expanding to the south, with the opening of a handful of restaurants. Bund-side eateries are, on the whole, expensive; we’ve listed places where you’re paying not just for the view.

On the bank of the Huangpu River is the Bund, Shanghai’s most recognizable sightseeing spot, lined with massive foreign buildings that predate 1949. Some of these buildings have been developed into hip "lifestyle" complexes with spas, restaurants, bars, galleries, and designer boutiques. The Bund is also an ideal spot for that photo of Pudong's famous skyline. Leading away from the Bund, pedestrian-only Nanjing Dong Lu is returning to being the stylish street it once was, and it's a popular shopping spot for locals who flock to massive the outposts of American chains. Some of the adjacent streets still have a faded glamour, and some—lined with shops selling hardware or those bicycle parts—are great for a peek at local life. The best time to visit Nanjing Dong Lu is at night.

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