Exploring Beijing Xi Lu

What to do on this iconic street of Shanghai

by ryanedwardkalb | Wed, May 31, 2017

District: Jing'an

Cross Streets: Shaanxi Nán Lu and Shimen Lu

Nearest Metro Station: West Nanjing Lu (lines 2, 12 & 13)

Beijing Xi Lu is one of the two major arteries coursing from west to east through the city, originating in central Shanghai and terminating at the Bund. Unlike its crowded southern parallel counterpart, Nanjing Lu, Beijing Xi Lu is decidedly more serene, with a few gems sprouting up along its leafy sidewalk.

Begin at Daliah

The restaurant and versatile event platform of Viennese-native Daliah Spiegel. Daliah celebrates self-proclaimed “food and weirdness.” This ethos is reflected in their fare and unique post-industrial design, featuring a spiral slide and seat-swings. 408 Shaanxi Bei Lu; 5466 6021

Open a bottle at W&W

Originally from Taipei, this is a one-stop-shop for your select, imported, wine and whiskey needs. With wine-red paneling, wooden crates and flowers, it’s the ideal place to pop open a bottle of French Beaujolais, or uncork a Highland Scottish whiskey; they’ll store it there for your next visit. Delivery is also available. 779 Beijing Xi Lu; 3353 5189

Visit the McKinnon Hotel

Before June 30th, catch the world famous immersive theatre experience, Sleep No More. By Punchdrunk International, it’s loosely based on Shakespeare’s Macbeth. The hotel was revamped on a bespoke basis for this exclusive show. 1013 Beijing Xi Lu; www.sleepnomore.cn

Eat some sweets at UHA Premium Shop

Facing the southwest entrance to the Jing’an Sculpture Park is UHA Premium Shop, a specialty Japanese confectionery. With more than 20 varieties of candies, be sure to try the famous chewy “Puccho,” with ten flavors that are unique to certain regions of Japan. 700 Beijing Xi Lu; 6271 3450

Dine at Sofia Pizzeria

The Italian-style restaurant is the new hotspot for those craving a handmade pizza or wings fix. While also serving up an extensive selection of Italian dishes and generous salads, we recommend you stick to some of their gourmet pizzas; you can also order by the slice. 1124 Beijing Xi Lu; 6266 1016