5 Shanghai Instragrammers to Follow

I’m a big Instagram fan, surprise surprise! But for me, the platform is much more than pretty pictures and seeing what my friends are up to. It’s actually an excellent source for discovering local events, new restaurants, interesting neighborhoods and more. It’s also a great tool for researching and seeing “real” pictures of things like potential vacation destinations and hotels. And, as strange as it sounds, I’ve also made many good friends through Instagram!

There are tons of great Shanghai Grammers to follow. Here are a few of my favorites:

1. @shanghaivlogger
Behind Shanghaivlogger is Magnus, a Swedish expat living and working in Shanghai. In addition to posting interesting and entertaining lifestyle content from China and his travels around the world, Magnus runs the fantastic YouTube Channel, Shanghai Vlogger, and a podcast called Kinapodden. On all platforms, I love Magnus’ positive vibe and commitment to quality content.


2. @keint_shanghai
I don’t know much more about Keint than what his Instagram bio reveals, but what I do know is that he takes absolutely spectacular photos. I love the content in his feed, which mainly consists of stunning masterpieces, as well as his Insta stories with more casual, lifestyle related material. Keint posts a variety of portraits, nature, architecture, travel and cityscapes. His account is particularly interesting for photo geeks and just anyone who appreciates beautiful images.


3. @shanghaicoffeedaily
Shanghaicoffeedaily roams through Shanghai’s endless cafés, posting lovely pictures with her wonderfully entertaining impressions of the establishments she visits. As expected, she offers followers great tips on where to get a nice (and not so nice) cup of coffee.


4. @nomfluence
Nomfluence is run by Rachel, a Shanghai based writer, photographer and food critic who so kindly provides us with excellent restaurant tips accompanied with gorgeous food photography. This account is worth following for the mouth-watering food pics alone, even if you’re not based in Shanghai.


5. @shanghaicomune
Shanghaicomune is a feature account, which means it posts other Instagrammer’s Shanghai shots, including my pic below. By tagging photos with #shanghaicomune, you have the chance to be featured and showcase your images to a larger audience of Shanghai lovers. There are many Shanghai-themed feature accounts, but I particularly like this one because of the variety of images and styles.


Honorary Mention: @gerhard_official
Gerhard is an expat living and working in Shanghai, and his breakfast pictures are some of my absolute favorites on Instagram. I love the minimalistic style of his feed in general, but his overnight oats and other food “art” is just too good. Bravo Gerhard!


There you go, a few fun, inspiring and informative Shanghai Instagrammers to follow! And while you’re at it, don’t miss my account @shanghaistablog as well. Cheers!


Back from Radio Silence

I have been the worst blogger lately. My last post was over two months ago, eep! But I’m still here, alive and kicking, just significantly busier than I was in the beginning of the year.

So here’s what’s been going on: In January, I joined the board of directors of an absolutely amazing organization called IPWS – International Professional Women’s Society. IPWS is a non-profit organization for – yes, you guessed it – international professional women. We offer different platforms to connect, build networks, and foster personal and professional growth here in Shanghai. We organize 1-3 events every month, varying from content-driven workshops to networking events. Our community reaches more than 5000 professional women, and we’re growing every day!

Exactly one week ago, we had our biggest event of the year, our annual IPWS Leadership Summit. The Summit is an awesome, modern leadership conference for women and men on all professional levels, with high-profile speakers and engaging content revolving around a leadership theme, this year “Power”. The Summit also works as a platform to celebrate the annual Women Leadership Awards, which is the longest running international award for women leaders in Shanghai.

Preparations for the Summit turned out to be A LOT of work, so pretty much my every waking moment for the past weeks outside of school has gone into it. My main job has been to drive the marketing and comms, but also working with everything from graphic designers to event producers, finding sponsors to facilitating finalist interviews with the Women Leadership Awards jury. It’s been hectic to say the least, but with the hands-on team of superstars that makes the IPWS board of directors, it has also been one of the most memorable professional experiences I’ve had so far.

I’m still going strong with my Chinese studies at Jiaotong University (which btw still is my #1 thing), but after some years in the professional world, it’s not always easy going back to being “just a student”. But now being a part of IPWS, I feel my professional development is totally back on track: I get to do challenging things both within my area of expertise and way out of my comfort zone, I’m meeting tons of fascinating people and building a unique international network, and I get to make awesome things happen in the Shanghai community. IPWS has definitely elevated my Shanghai experience to a whole new level.

Leaving you with a few pictures from the Summit (photo cred to V.Photos!). Have a great weekend and don’t forget to follow me on Instagram @shanghaistablog for more pics! X

ipws leadership summit shanghaista

IPWS Leadership Summit Shanghaista

IPWS Leadership Summit Shanghaista

IPWS Leadership Summit Shanghaista

IPWS Leadership Summit Shanghaista

IPWS Leadership Summit Shanghaista


IPWS Leadership Summit Shanghaista

IPWS Leadership Summit Shanghaista

IPWS Leadership Summit Shanghaista

The perfect weekend

Wow, what a weekend! Blue skies and beautiful summer in Shanghai. Plus it was my birthday, wohoo! Robert scored points big time and organized a bunch of b-day surprises for me, which rounded up to be one of the best weekends in town so far. In need of tips for a good night out? Keep on reading or contact Robert directly :) 

Drinks at Flair Rooftop Bar
Rooftops on warm summer nights are one of my favorite things ever. Robert kicked off Saturday night in style by taking me up to Flair, Ritz-Carlton’s swanky rooftop bar on the 58th floor in downtown Pudong. We had an amazing table and watched the sunset with a breathtaking view of the Pearl Tower, the river and Puxi. Things got even better when Hello Kitty and a bunch of our friends showed up to celebrate with us. It was perfect!

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flair rooftop ritz carlton shanghai expat blog

flair rooftop ritz carlton shanghai expat blog

Dinner at Tepito
I looove Mexican food. If I had to choose only one cuisine to eat for the rest of my life, it would be a tough battle between Japanese and Mexican. (And I’m talking real Mexican, not Tex-Mex. Big difference!) Anyway, after some lovely drinks over in Pudong, the whole crew headed back over the river to Tepito in the Former French Concession, a new Mexican restaurant in the corner of Fumin Lu and Changle Lu. We had ceviche, tacos and margaritas, all of which were super tasty and fresh (the ceviche was amazing!). I didn’t manage to take too many pictures from our dinner (my attention was purely on eating), but I did get a snap of the leftovers of my birthday cake. Looks like a blob-monster, but it was delicious!

tepito shanghai expat blog

Saturday night continued around the corner at the popular club Le Baron. We keep ending up at Le Baron on most nights out, even if we swear every time that this will be the last. It was too much fun like always, which led to a lovely, yet slightly slow Sunday.

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Spa deluxe at Flare
There are spas, and then there is Flare. Oh what a place. Robert treated me to a Sunday evening of pampering at the 41st floor super-spa of the Pudong Four Seasons. It’s the same spa that James Bond hangs out at in Skyfall, so obviously it’s gotta be good! We had massage treatments in one of the beautiful spa suites, and went on to get even more relaxed at the gorgeous infinity pool and the saunas. The view and facilities are just spectacular. This place should have totally been on my bucket-list, it’s that good!

four seasons shanghai expat blog

four seasons shanghai expat blog

four seasons spa shanghai expat blog

four seasons spa shanghai expat blog

Thank you friends for an awesome birthday weekend. And an even bigger thank you to Robert, you made it magical. What an amazing husband you are. <3

Have a good week guys, and remember to follow Shanghaista on social media!
Facebook: @shanghaista
Instagram: @shanghaistablog

Happy Midsummer!

What does midsummer look like in China? Pretty good I’d say, especially if you’re celebrating with the Swedes! A big thanks to the Swedish Young Professionals for throwing a brilliant midsummer party last night at the Four Seasons Shanghai. What an awesome night it was with sill, snaps, songs, soap bubbles and polaroids. Already looking forward to next year!

Shanghai Four Seasons Terrace