Outdoor Dining, Here We Come

By Anabela Mok 2021-04-07 12:12:04

Spring has finally arrived. And what better way to celebrate this seasons’ blue skies than by lounging at some beautiful al fresco restaurants while soaking in the warm sun. Let’s step into spring with these gorgeous terraces.



Located on Binjiang Avenue in Lujiazui with an uninterrupted view of the Bund. If you want to enjoy springtime in Shanghai, this is the terrace to do it. Although a little inconvenient from the cosy digs of Puxi, the open space of the Binjiang promenade makes it very comfortable to catch the fresh breeze. With the Tex-Mex flavours of Chili’s, you can easily close your eyes and imagine being somewhere else. 

If you are going to eat here, you need to chow down on the Smoked Baby Back Ribs (98 RMB). If you have friends, you can recommend to them the Big Mouth Burger (78-108 RMB) or a Sizzling Fajita (68-98 RMB), hopefully they are close buddies of yours so you can all share. But don’t dare to leave without trying out their famous Molten Chocolate Cake (68 RMB) or their Presidente Margarita (68 RMB). By the way, these are all American sized portions, so even if you come here just for the dessert and the blue skies, it is all worth it too.

Address: 3072 Binjiang Avenue

Tel: 5835 8035



Kathleen’s Waitan

Perched on a quiet corner of Cool Docks, Katheen’s Waitan has a large terrace offering 270 degree views that overlook the Huangpu River. For good food, beautiful ambience and well-made drinks, Kathleen’s Waitan checks off all the boxes. Their brunch offering is a real bargain, featuring three courses plus a cocktail for 298 RMB. We decided to get a mushroom quiche, tiger prawn and cod cakes, all this is shareable with our toddler (if she is interested in trying). However, the real showstopper is the view. And with the Bund pedestrian promenade now opened, you can go for an inspiring walk up to the old Bund. 

Address: 5F, 453 Waima Road

Tel: 6327 2221



M on The Bund

One of the classic brunch spots on the Bund that can’t be missed is M on the Bund. Their terrace has an excellent view of the river and their service will make all guests, even the littlest ones, feel like a VIP. If you go on the weekend, be sure to book your table in advance and with the glorious spring weather, try and catch a seat outside on their sprawling terrace. If you are into eggs, their Shakshuka is packed with flavours, and this goes well with the crunchy Cod Fritters. If you go for the brunch, you can select two courses with a cocktail for 298 RMB. If you are taking your child out, they also have a kid’s menu and, kids get a colouring set (pencils and colouring pages) for entertainment.

Address: 7F, 20 Guangdong Road

Tel: 6433 7995



RAC (Anfu Road)

Tucked in the corner off Anfu Road is RAC, whose perfectly tanned galettes and crepes took it to Instagram fame. Although the outside area is shared with a large parking lot, it is still a hot spot. Whether you are here to grab a quick bite for breakfast or lunch, this is a lovely corner to hang out—even if you want to come here for a quick after school snack with the kids! 

To satisfy your sweet tooth, give the Butter Sugar crepe a try. It’s delicious anytime of the day but it’s particularly great in the afternoon as a picker upper, just get it before the kitchen closes for a rest at 4 p.m. (reopening at 6 p.m.).

Address: Building 14, 322 Anfu Road

Tel: 136 3659 5172




Recently opened in Jing’an district’s hot spot Shankang Courtyard, Azul, helmed by Chef Will Colmenares, highlights Latin flavours and ingredients in innovative ways. Whether you are soaking in the rays on the bustling outdoor area or sitting inside by the large window, let the vacation-like dining experience of Azul transport you somewhere exotic. 

The price point is attractive, and the food is well made. On a weekday, they have just launched a set lunch, where you get two courses for 120 RMB. If you are an egg Benedict fan, try the Avocado Bacon Scone. The scone is nice and crunchy and is a great cushion in soaking up the truffle Hollandaise sauce. 

Address: Building 6, 808 North Shaanxi Road

Phone: 5670 2666