Tag Archives: Xintiandi

Urban Soup Kitchen

Treat yourself to some hearty fresh Soup, Salads and Sandwiches at Urban Soup Kitchen! Found this place a week ago located near Xintiandi and it’s perfect for a healthy quick lunch! They also have free delivery within 2 km if you order directly.

Try their Carrot Ginger soup and Tuna Sandwiches, they’re Deeeee-li-cious!

You can also get a Combo Deal  and get a Salad or Sandwich+soup for half the price!

Phone: 021-3331-1861


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Posted by on April 17, 2013 in Food, Uncategorized


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Hao Taobao!

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One of the pros of modern technology and China is it’s invention of Taobao. This online marketplace is China’s own version of ebay/amazon. They have anything and everything there plus it’s supposedly cheaper than anything you can find at the stores! Although one of it’s famous drawbacks was that it only accepted China cards (I had some trouble setting up my online account at Bank of China, see my Bank of China post) when I first arrived so I stayed clear of taobao for awhile. After months of steering clear of Taobao and lots of window shopping since imported items were 3 times US prices, I decided to check out Taobao once more.

Today, I went on taobao to look for some filters for my Philips air purifier. I wasn’t able to find it anywhere else online and even googled stores in Shanghai that sold them. So my last resort became my best resort! As I opened up the Taobao site once again, I found about 10 full pages of filters!!! Yay, I was so thrilled! Then, click  click, click THERE WAS A VISA OPTION and this time it was simple, fast and easy! “Taobao…you’re a life saver!”

Please note if you have a hard time reading Chinese like me, you can use Google Chrome. It will translate the page for you.

And delivery usually takes about 2 days. Happy Shopping!

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Posted by on March 24, 2013 in Shopping, Uncategorized


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Wagas, Wagas, Wagas! I’ve heard of many of my expat friends say that this place was one of their go to sandwich places but till now my work and life has solely been in the Xinitandi proximity. Needless to say, this place is not really that far off from Xintiandi, really only 5 minutes walk:)

At first glance this place reminds me of home, a loungy, sandwich cafe with upbeat music and free WIFI. Now I know why this is such a well known place amongst expats and tourists alike. They serve a variety of delicious homemade sandwiches, salads, soups, and juices and all of their ingredients are fresh! Something that is sometimes hard to find in Shanghai. Even their desserts are homemade and I also saw a sign saying that their pastas are only “41rmb” after 6pm. What a deal!! I had the curry chicken spinach wrap and today’s special carrot soup. Both were very good and price was decent. We got 2 sandwiches, 1 bowl of soup and 1 large mocha and it was about 150rmb. This is a great place to have a casual business lunch or go with friends for a catch up chat, highly recommended!!!I  love Wagas! If you have some other good places that you recommend to try with decent prices, please share… I am still a rookie in Shanghai:)

They have many locations and their Xintiandi location is at:

  • Hong Kong New World Plaza, 300 Huaihai Zhong Lu
  • (86-21) 6335-3739

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Posted by on February 9, 2012 in Food


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Shikumen Houses, Xintiandi

These little houses on Fuxing Zhoung Lu, Shanghai will be rebuilt to high rise buildings this coming year.

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Posted by on February 4, 2012 in Uncategorized


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