What restaurants have the best views in Shanghai?

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Sophie Friedman
Courtesy Yongfoo Elite

For a side of eye-candy along with your meal, book a table at one of these restaurants, offering Shanghai's best views.

Bund
The Bund is lined with excellent restaurants, all of which offer knock-out views that are quite similar to one another. We chose Sir Elly’s for its delectable fare and its well-positioned terrace.

Sir Elly’s 
From The Peninsula’s Western restaurant, take in the curve of the Huangpu river, the Bund’s historic architecture, and Pudong’s futuristic skyline—either from inside or from the lovely terrace. The view is particularly dazzling at night, when all the buildings are lit up and barges slowly cut their way through the water. Faultless service and inventive takes on classic European and nouveau American dishes make this a superb dining experience no matter when you visit.

French Concession

Yongfoo Elite 
Take a trip back to Old Shanghai at this bi-level restaurant, where you can tuck into classic Shanghainese dishes while overlooking the goldfish pond. The 80-plus-year-old building has been a private home, a members-only club, and the Vietnamese, Russian, and U.K. consulate.

Lujiazui

Dining Room at the Park Hyatt 
Even on a cloudy day, the view from 87 floors up is none too shabby. Should it be smoggy or foggy—as it so often is in Shanghai—you’ll feel suspended in the clouds. When the day’s clear, you’ll get 360-degree views of the surrounding skyscrapers and cityscape, including the Oriental Pearl Tower and Jinmao Tower. The food’s as dazzling as the view, especially the black cod.

People’s Square

Kathleen’s 5 
Though the food quality here has of late declined, Kathleen’s is still a worthy stop for a light bite or coffee and dessert. Situated on the rooftop of Shanghai Art Museum—inside the former Shanghai Race Club, built in 1933—diners at Kathleen’s can take in the surrounding green of People’s Park, the streams of pedestrians, and the odd mix and match buildings that line West Nanjing Road.

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