Things To Do As A Couple In Shanghai
Want to experience more of Shanghai while still setting the right mood? Step up your dating game with these ideas. Whether it's a new crush or your steady SO, these are sure ways to have a good time and break out of the usual dinner-and-a-movie routine.
Peruse the Galleries of Moganshan Lu
Break out from the rote of dinner/movie dates with an afternoon trip to Shanghai's gallery district. More than 50 gallery spaces feature Shanghainese and Chinese artists and their contemporary works; Moganshan Road is also home to the famous graffiti wall, along with a range of cafes and restaurants if you're looking to rest after taking in some art.
Splurge on a Romantic Dinner
For special occasions or anniversaries, Shanghai luckily has no shortage of fine establishments that can set the mood just right. If you want sights and a top-notch dining experience, try M on the Bund or Highline (snag a terrace seat if possible). If you're downtown, consider The Cannery or The Commune Social.
They won't go easy on your wallet, but these restaurants would do well for amping up the romance.
Destress with a Couple's Massage
Maybe unwinding with a massage or spa session strikes closer to your idea of the perfect date. For the standard, budget-friendly experience, start at Dragonfly or Yu, both reputable spa chains offering Chinese massages, foot massages, aroma oil massages, and more. Prices start at 100RMB.
Stroll Down Lover's Lane
This place actually exists in Shanghai. Found in Hongkou District, Tian'ai Lu (or "Sweet Love Road") is as cheesy as it sounds but still a refreshing place to wander around for an afternoon. Take pictures of famous love poems from Shakespeare, W.B. Yeats, Shelley, and more that decorate the walls, or post some old-fashioned snail mail with a special "Sweet Love" postmark.
Cycle Around The City
For a cheaper alternative to soaking up some rays and seeing the sights, why not hop onto a bike? The French Concession with its tree-lined sidewalks might beckon, but head beyond the Inner Ring for a more relaxed (read: less crowded) ride. We recommend Suzhou Creek or the West Bund area, where you can stop at the Expo Garden Park for a break. Otherwise, take your bikes onto one of the local ferries and, for only 2RMB, cruise to the other side of the Huangpu River underneath the Puxi and Pudong skylines.
Picnic in the Park
Shanghai is full of green spaces perfect for a relaxing date outdoors, so when the weather looks nice, pack a bag, some nibbles, and the sunscreen. Downtown, Fuxing Park and Huashan Park are both crowd favorites for their wide grass lawns, fountains or rivers, gazebos, and other features to explore.
Pro tip: If you're coming from the city center, head to City Shop in Jing'an and pick up their sandwiches - a steal at only 25RMB. Don't forget a bottle or two of wine!