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SAS Crew Tips: Shanghai

SAS Senior Fleet Officer Gorm Esbirk has seen most of the world in his job already, but he always loves returning to the ­bustling Chinese metropolis of Shanghai. Here’s why.

The Long Bar

At the Waldorf ­Astoria, you’ll find this charming New York-style bar, which used to have the longest bar in the world – 33m! A live band plays every night and the atmosphere is old-school. Take the time to explore this stunning building that previously housed the former Shanghai Club.

Waldorf ­Astoria

No.2 Zhong Shan Dong Yi Road

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Café Sambal

This café, located in a small alley, is a bit difficult to find, but it’s well worth the trouble. Serving delicious modern Malaysian cuisine, it’s housed in what reminds me of a hip New Yorker kitchen. The upstairs area doubles as a lounge bar with an ­outdoor deck.

Café Sambal

Shanghai Shi, Huangpu Qu, Huai Hai Lu DongDuan, Huangpi S Rd

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Tianzifang

These days, this small, charming area filled with narrow alleyways and old stone houses is packed with tiny shops, galleries, restaurants, wine bars and cafés. I always try to go here when it’s nice and sunny – it’s a popular spot for sitting outdoors and watching the busy life of the area. My favorite place is Kommune Café and I can definitely recommend the Avocado & Tomato Smash for breakfast.

The Yard

Lane 210 Taikang Rd, shanghai

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Lost Heaven

If I had to choose one restaurant in Shanghai that stands out, this would be it! Lost Heaven serves delicious food inspired by Yunnan folk cuisine, offering the best of Chinese, Thai and Indian. The interior, designed with elements from minority tribes in Yunnan, is awesome. There are two locations: Lost Heaven the Bund, which includes a rooftop lounge, and Lost Heaven French Concession.

Jin Mao Tower

Located on the Pudong side of the river, this is my favorite skyscraper in Shanghai. The Grand Hyatt Shanghai Hotel takes up the top 34 floors where you’ll also find a 33-story atrium, one of the highest in the world. Take the free elevator to the lobby on the 53rd floor and enjoy the spectacular view from the Lobby Bar or the Grand Café. Take another elevator up to the 56th floor and your jaw will almost certainly drop when you look up into the atrium. After 5pm, you can visit Cloud 9, the bar on the 87th floor with 360-degree views of Shanghai.

Jin Mao Tower

88 Century Ave, LuJiaZui, Pudong

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