Temperatures are rising, the days are getting longer and the nights are perking up. Now is the perfect time of year to dine in the great outdoors! Everyone’s coming out and showing skin, which makes some of the restaurants in this list great places to see and be seen. Check out Shanghaiist’s recommendations for restaurants with terraces, plazas and gardens in the heart of downtown Shanghai.
Fiesta on the patio at Brownstone tapas bar, in the pseudo-hispanic plaza of Surpass Court. Roll up on Sunday for the brunch block party between midday and 6pm, tap your toes to tunes from DJ Xavi, cha-cha-cha with flamenco dancers, share a giant paella and BBQ with all your amigos, plus drinks are on special!
Surpass Court Unit 311, 570 Yongjia Road, near Yueyang Road // 永嘉路570号311座, 近岳阳路
Bask in the awe-inspiring, modern architecture of Calypso, designed by the iconic architect Shigeru Ban. The building’s tall glass panels retract in the warmer months, transforming the whole restaurant into an al fresco dining heaven. Enjoy the mediterranean lifestyle, eating authentic Neapolitan-style pizzas, Italian burrata, freshly-made pasta and gelato, all complimented with a top-notch sommelier.
Jingan Kerry Centre South Plaza, 1218 Middle Yanan Road, near Tongren Road // 延安中路1218号, 近铜仁路, 静安嘉里中心南区广场
Mr Willis brings simple, modern Australian flavors to the table at Henkes, in sharable portions with a rustic, Italian influence. A chic, urban dining room, signature open kitchen and wood fired pizza oven overlooks the garden terrace, perfect for al fresco dinning.
Réel Mall, Floor 1, 1601 West Nanjing Road, near Changde Road // 南京西路1601号1楼, 近常德路
This veritable Dongping Lu institution has a continental European menu with a few Asian selections, and boasts a patio that is the envy of other restaurants. They’ve got a special lunch set that goes on every weekday from 11am – 3pm, an afternoon tea set that goes for ￥98 between 2pm and 5pm, and an a la carte brunch every weekend.
11 Dongping Road, near Hengshan Road // 东平路11号，靠近衡山路
The picturesque roof terrace at Café Sambal enchants diners with its intimate, oriental atmosphere and modern Malaysian cuisine. Like an 18th century painting, wafted with the perfumes of incense, Café Sambal whisks you off to a dreamy, eastern paradise.
Jiashan Market, A37, 259 Jiashan Road, near West Jianguo Road // 嘉善路259弄37号A栋, 近建国西路
Bang by Mr. Willis
From the makers of Mr Willis, Henkes & La Strada, Bang is a whimsical, fun restaurant-café, featuring rustic, honest Italian fare in sharable portions. Try Mr Willis’ favorites, handmade pastas, La Strada pizza, roast chicken and grilled premium Australian beef.
IAPM Mall, Unit 506, 999 Middle Huaihai Road // 环贸广场淮海中路999号506
Date, shindig and party at Cotton’s – anything goes inside the expansive, walled garden of this former French Concession mansion. Feast on cocktails, wine, pizza, ribs, burgers, steaks, fries and live for the moment in your own wild-style.
294 Xinhua Road, near Xianghuaqiao Road // 新华路294号, 近香花桥路
Enjoy the cool breeze in the rooftop garden at Tap House, in Zhangyuan Plaza near West Nanjing Road. From Monday to Thursday, 4pm – 8pm, get free flow Magners Cider, I WISH IPA (MIKKELLER) and Heverlee White (Wheat beer) for just 150 RMB!
99 Taixing Road, Zhangyuan, near Wujiang Road // 泰兴路99号张园, 近吴江路
Ginger by the Park
Awaiting the urban explorer, in Shanghai’s historic French Concession, is a true hidden gem; a veritable oasis of greenery, tranquility, hospitality – and remarkable dining! Relax and enjoy a cozy lunch, afternoon tea or dinner on the tree-lined terrace, on a sunny day or a warm night.
91 Xingguo Road, near Hunan Road // 兴国路91号, 近湖南路
Retreat to nature, up on the roof terrace at Avenue, overlooking the lush haven of Xujiahui park – a perfect inner-city escape. Drop-in after work for happy hour Monday to Thursday, 5pm – 8pm, there’s a DJ on Wednesdays and 2 drinks with canapés costs just ¥100.
844 Hengshan Road, near Tianping Road // 衡山路844号, 近天平路
On the garden terrace at Réel department store, Sushi Raku’s offers fresh sushi with immaculate preparation – authentic Japanese dining in a warm contemporary setting. Seasonal menu & specials, a garden terrace, set lunch, a great selection of sake & specially imported wines by Raku.
Réel Mall, Floor 1, 1601 West Nanjing Road // 南京西路1601号芮欧百货1楼