Hyatt on the Bund, Shanghai

Drinks with the best view and then peking duck dinner, all in one place!

For fans of the peking duck -I know is a Beijing dish mainly, but if you're in Shanghai-, jacuzzis, choreographic desserts and rooftop bars (obviously with overpriced drinks) then search no more and head to the Hyatt on the Bund hotel - but probably it's a good idea to book first :)

Vue Bar
 The Vue Bar is at the 30th and 33rd floors of the hotel. It offers cocktails and wonderful views of the whole Shanghai river area, the Bund and Pudong (there's also a restaurant area). On the top floor there's a jacuzzi, just in case you were having champagne in your best clothes and makeup and thought all you were missing a swim. Wine, cocktails are nothing out of this world and overpriced.
Sometimes there's a cover to enter this bar if you're not a hotel guest, but if you book a table at one of the hotel's restaurants they can waive the cover. Obviously, the one who pays the most gets the best table so be ready to splurge for killer views.


Going back to the ground floor, Xindalu welcomes you with its minimalistic decor, dim lights and quiet atmosphere. I think this would be a good place for business dinners (they have semi-private seating).

We had the shrimp dumplings and half a peking duck. Dumplings were good, peking duck was delicious, traditionally carved next to our table, dividing the skin from the meat; the skin was perfectly crispy, then we filled the steamed pancakes with the duck meat and the garnishments and it felt like eating a delicious, delicate duck taco - I know, I have to work on my descriptions better... but it was great, if only we could have ordered 3/4 of a duck, since the half was not a hearty portion, but it was good we had the dumplings and desert to complement the dinner.

The dessert platter was beautiful: (even the waiter told us to prepare our cameras) a dish with different samplings of tasty desserts, mainly mousses, fruit sorbets, rice cakes and ice cream, decorated only by smoke coming from dry ice under the dish, pretty and delicious!
In all everything was fine, it was a great date night in Shanghai, first drinks with beautiful views, then classy dinner with good food. The total for the dinner (1 order of shrimp dumplings, half a peking duck, 1 dessert platter and 2 beers) was 600 RMB, on the expensive side but worth it, perhaps with a bigger portion of peking duck.

Hyatt on the Bund
199 Huangpu Rd, Shanghai
黄浦路199号, 上海

Vue Bar
Location : Level 32 - 33, West Tower
Reservations: +86 21 6393 1234 ext. 6348
Open daily:
5:30pm – 1:30am (Sunday – Thursday)
5:30pm – 2:30am (Friday – Saturday and Public Holidays)

Xindalu China Kitchen
Location : Level 1, East Tower
Reservations: +86 21 6393 1234 ext. 6318
Monday to Sunday:
Lunch 11:30am – 2:30pm
Dinner 5:30pm – 10:30pm

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