Spotlight On: Yuanmingyuan Lu

By Johan Prozesky 2019-12-09 14:22:24

District: Huangpu

Cross Streets: Beijing Dong Lu and Nansuzhou Lu

Nearest Metro Station: Nanjing Xi Lu (Line 2, 12 & 13), Exit 8

About: One block from the Bund, at the northern end, you can find this quaint street in the historical Rockbund Development Area. As part of Waitanyuan, an area that is scheduled to undergo long-term redevelopment, a number of heritage buildings will be preserved, as is evident in Yuanmingyuan Lu. Explore this beautifully renovated promenade, with its characterful cobblestones and culinary destinations – without the hustle and bustle of the Bundtime.


1. Housed in the former British Consulate, Restaurant Balfour offers refined Southeast Asian flavours with a serene, sprawling garden as your dining backdrop. Enjoy their famous afternoon tea on the terrace, while taking a moment to relish the quiet. 32 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu; also enter from Yuanmingyuan Lu; Tel. 021 5308 9803

2. If you are in a more casual dining mood, Adesso may be your answer. It is a bistro/ bakery which boasts coffee and staples like burgers, pizza, pasta and a selection of Asian dishes. Take a seat on the outside terrace to enjoy the street scenes. 219 Yuanmingyuan Lu ; Tel. 021 5352 0577

3. For a fine dining experience , visit the Michelin-starred 8 ½ Otto E Mezzo Bombana Italian restaurant. It comes with super attentive service and an impressive wine selection, with a view from the balcony to match; especially in the evening. 6F, 169 Yuanmingyuan Lu; Tel. 021 087 2890

4. Regarded as one of the best specialty coffee brewers in Japan, Horiguchi Coffee prepares carefully selected blends with extraordinary attention. They also serve instagrammable cakes and desserts. 133 Yuanmingyuan Lu; Tel. 138 1750 6576

5. A coffee roastery-cum-coffee shop, where the inviting aroma of freshly ground coffee can be smelled from outside; this is % Arabica Roastery. Brightly lit with a minimalistic design, they have built a global cult following and judging by the smells we’re not in the least bit surprised why. 201 Anfu Lu; Tel. 021 5403 0200