Christkindlmarkt

Christkindlmarkt, Shibo Avenue, Shanghai… although you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d just stepped through a portal to Germany. Such a beautiful christmas market with everything you could possibly hope for. We even bought a real christmas tree! Joy to the world and all that!  

Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Museum

I have been stopped a couple of times by tourists just outside my apartment building looking for a place called the Propaganda Poster Art Center. It seems that Tripadvisor’s map is slightly off and its directing tourists and culture enthusiasts to the wrong place. So being something of a culture enthusiast myself (and also a…

Watching Basketball, Stanford vs Harvard

I’m not the worlds biggest sports fan. I used to be obsessed with football between about 1996 and 2003. If I’m truly honest with myself (and anyone I knew then that’s reading this) this was more to do with my interest in boys and drinking rather than the sport itself. That being said, I’ve always…

Shanghai Parks

At home in England we’re used to being outside with the children a lot. In all weather conditions. We go to parks, woods, beaches, meadows and stomp around in wellies and waterproofs or run full pelt in sandals and shorts, depending on the season. Here in Shanghai there are lots of indoor places, mainly for…

I miss the radio – Outing my Father, THE Strictly fan

In case you didn’t know, in China there are lots of things that you can’t get. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google, You Tube, Spotify, BBC, iplayer, all the other channel players, etc etc etc. Well there are ways around this, (which you will know if you follow my Facebook, Twitter or Instagram) but you have to…

My feet are too big for China

I’ve never been overjoyed by the size of my feet. They are a UK 7, which in the UK is not massive. It’s not small, but not giant either. My mum is a size 4 so I don’t know how this happened. In fact she always says her feet are her best feature. She’d be…

Grains & WIYF on Wukang Road

Grains cafe on Wukang Lu in the French Concession. This place from Franck Pecol is uber cool, the interior design is hipster chic at its best. Oh and the coffee is good too. Its joined to WIYF craft ice cream bar. What is your Flavor (WIYF) craft ice cream bar on Wukang Lu. This place…

Hui by Eran Hui

I’m obsessed with spikes this season. I have been hunting obsessively for a pair of black leather, spiked converse (no luck so far). So when I saw this amazing jacket in the window of Hui by Eran Hui in Xintiandi, I immediately fell in love. My picture does not do it justice, but it is…

Gentle Monster

Korean based sunglasses brand has opened a flagship store in Shanghai on Huaihai Middle Road. This is a major high concept store with incredible light fixtures and a heavy industrial style. A really fascinating take on high end retail. Definitely worth a visit.

Daga Brew Pub

Fantastic brew pub on West Fuxing Road. Great atmosphere, lots of seating and standing space. A large quantity of imported and domestic craft beers as well as other drinks, pizzas and bar snacks available. They play a varied mix of music and I believe there’s a screen that shows sports upstairs if you’re into that…

It’s just like France

We live in the French Concession area of Shanghai. Its nice. really nice. My brother calls it the posh end of town. There are large, leafy tree-lined streets dotted with cafes, micro brewery pubs, restaurants, art galleries and boutiques. There are places to eat brunch, sip coffee, juices or cold imported and domestic craft beer….