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First Look: Raffles City Changning at Zhongshan Park

Exciting F&B offerings, not so much on the retail side

 

Shanghai's newest mall offering—Raffles City Changning—is officially opened and ready for business. Located at the Zhongshan Park commercial hot spot, the lifestyle hub has been breathing new life to the surrounding area.

 

The Raffles City Changning sits on the former site of the historic St. Mary's Girls School, and as such houses some of the remaining legacy buildings. It's a nice, widely spaced out complex, divided into an East and a West wing, with a sprawling courtyard in the middle.

 

Terroir Parisien

Terroir Parisien

 

Ginkgo House

Ginkgo House exteriors

 

F&B offerings include the much talked-about casual French bistro Terroir Parisien from Chef Yannick Alleno, classy Japanese offering Ginkgo House, and a second location of Sense 8, a lavish Cantonese restaurant that pays tribute to Hong Kong's famed Luk Yu.

 

Raffles City Changning

 

There's also White Castle, the latest incarnation of Paulaner and Morton's, and a great coffee pit stop in the form of Ocean Grounds.

 

Unfortunately, as is typical of Chinese malls, the variety found in their F&B offerings does not translate across to the actual shopping side of things. Expect to find all your usual high street fashion labels, mixed in with a couple of semi-interesting boutiques.

 

It's a great place to while away your time if you live around the area, and a couple of the bigger name restaurants are worth a cab ride out to. But if you're looking to do some proper retail therapy, you really don't need to head all the way out here. Your neighborhood mall will suffice.

 

Details

Where: 1123 Changning Lu (near Kaixuan Lu) 长宁路1123号 (近凯旋路)

 

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Wansien Lee
Wansien Lee is the Life & Style Editor for City Weekend Shanghai. She's Malaysian by name, but funnily enough has never lived in Malaysia. She likes writing about food and travel, and will probably end up the crazy lady down the street with thirty-seven cats.

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