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There are a few places in the city to get the best view of Shanghai. On the Puxi side of the river, park yourself by the windows—or, even better, on the terrace—of a Bund-side restaurant or bar. Those furthest north, like Hyatt on the Bund and the Peninsula, offer unrivaled views of both the historic Bund architecture and the modern Pudong skyline, as well as the curve of the Huangpu River.
For a drink and a dip, head to Hyatt on the Bund’s 33rd-floor VUE Bar, where you can sip a lychee martini while soaking in the hotel’s rooftop Jacuzzi. The hallway leading to VUE is lined in windows, so you needn’t pay for a drink if you just want to get some great snaps. For a lavish dinner with a side of sweeping vistas, Sir Elly’s at the Peninsula can’t be beat. The food is phenomenal and is complemented further by the views. For a casual coffee, I recommend New Heights, in Three on the Bund. Skip the food and take in instead the fantastic views, best enjoyed on sunny days from the restaurant’s deck. If it’s dainty afternoon tea you’re after, book a seat on M on the Bund’s terrace, and sip from the restaurant’s lovely, delicate teacups.
Across the river in Pudong, the views are more up close and personal. From the Park Hyatt’s 87th-floor lobby (the hotel is inside Shanghai World Financial Center, i.e. “the bottle opener”), you’ll feel as though you can reach out and touch neighboring Jin Mao Tower. A trip up is completely free. If you planned to pay for admittance to Shanghai World Financial Center’s observation deck anyway, I recommend going instead for afternoon tea at the hotel, or for one of the well-priced lunch sets at 91st-floor 100 Century Avenue.