When the weather is good, Shanghai’s outdoor drinking and dining scene springs into life. Here are ten terraces you shouldn’t miss:


Cotton's bar at Anting Lu

Cotton's bar at Anting Lu

The original Cotton’s still draws the crowds thanks to its leafy terrace – perfect for enjoying a cocktail or a coffee on a summer afternoon.

132 Anting Lu, near Jianguo Xi Lu, 6433 7995
安亭路132号, 近建国西路


Cotton's bar at Xinhua Lu
Cotton Ding’s second location has an even bigger terrace, catering to the overspill from the Anting Lu branch.

294 Xinhua Lu, near Dingxi Lu, 6282 6897
新华路294号, 近定西路


Sasha's restaurant and bar in Shanghai

Sasha's restaurant and bar

The former residence of Soong Meiling and Chiang Kai-shek, this gorgeous restaurant and bar has one of Shanghai’s most attractive terraces.

11 Dongping Lu, near Hengshan Lu, 6474 6628
东平路11号, 近衡山路


This Beatles-themed bar is especially popular in warmer months thanks to its tree-filled outdoor space.

45 Yueyang Lu, near Dongping Lu, 6431 6787
岳阳路45号, 东平路口


One of Shanghai’s best-located venues, Barbarossa’s terraces look out onto a lily pond inside People’s Park, towards the buildings of People’s Square.

People's Park, 231 Nanjing Xi Lu, near Huangpi Lu, 6318 0220
南京西路231号, 人民公园内 近黄陂南路


Chill out with an iced coffee on this family-friendly terrace inside the Ferguson Lane complex, or head down with your laptop on weekdays for free Wi-fi.

Ferguson Lane, 376 Wukang Lu, near Tai'an Lu, 6466 0361
武康路376号, 近泰安路


The Apartment restaurant and lounge

The Apartment restaurant and lounge bar

The 47 Yongfu development is blossoming, and this rooftop bar is one of the highlights.

3/F, 47 Yongfu Lu, near Fuxing Xi Lu, 6437 9478
永福路47号3楼, 近复兴西路


Decent beer can be tricky to find in Shanghai, but Kaiba has a great selection of imported brews. Its terrace gives out onto the 538 Kangding complex.

528 Kangding Lu, near Xikang Lu, 6288 9676
康定路528号, 近西康路


Southern Belle bar and restaurant in Shanghai
If the crowds outside Cantina are getting you down, head up Changle Lu to Southern Belle’s terrace, where the beer is cold and the food is fresh of the barbecue.

433 Changle Lu, near Xiangyang Lu, 5403 3218
长乐路433号, 近襄阳路