This is my city: Shanghai

Although we're still a small company ReignDesign now has four global offices: in Shanghai, Barcelona, Bangkok and Santiago. In this blog series we're going to introduce our home cities to you through the voices of our team. We've asked one ReignDesign team member in each city to recommend a cool place to visit, to eat, to drink and to sleep!

Shinae Kang is our hungry Associate Creative Director, originally from Korea. She's also on Instagram at @eatwellplayhard

Visit Here - The Rockbund Art Museum

The Rockbund Art Museum is the first contemporary art museum in China. Even though I don't go to museums much, I visit this place when I want to be away from the busy city. It has well-curated exhibitions and also the surrounding of the building is delightful. The museum was founded as an important part of the Rockbund Urban Renaissance project which aims to renovate heritage buildings. After enjoying the five floors of an exhibition, go to the top floor to exchange your ticket with a free coffee. There are a gift shop and a terrace, just sit outside and appreciate the view of old Shanghai.

Eat Here - Ao House Taiwan Hot Pot

I am a big, huge, mega fan of Hot Pot. I've tried different types of Hotpot from many restaurants in Shanghai, so I can say I know what is good. Recently I found Ao House Taiwan Hot Pot in the Former French Concession. Their ingredients are fresh, and their chicken-based soup tastes better and healthier than other Hotpot places. I found that some places, even though they are good, add too much oil to their soup which causes stomach issues most of the time. The service is ok; Interior design is nice and clean, good to take visitors but you might have to wait in line since they opened this year-2016 and got pretty popular. (Read more on Bon App)

Drink Here - Cafe on Air

When you get tired of shopping and walking in the middle of Huaihai Road - which is one of the most famous shopping streets in Shanghai- visit this hidden cafe Cafe on Air to avoid the crowd. The cafe is known for their coffee selection and quiet vibe. Try the seats on the window side that is facing an old Shanghai building with green garden. (Read more on Time Out Shanghai)

Sleep Here - The Water House

If you are looking for a unique hotel experience in Shanghai than the Water House at Cool Docks is the answer. Located at the South Bund, it is one of the three design hotels in Shanghai with a conceptual blending of the industrial and the contemporary. At the Water House, you can enjoy the beautiful & delicious food at their destination restaurant and the night view of the Huangpu River at the rooftop bar. (Read more from Design Hotels)

This is my city: Barcelona

Although we're still a small company ReignDesign now has four global offices: in Shanghai, Barcelona, Bangkok and Santiago. In this blog series we're going to introduce our home cities to you through the voices of our team. We've asked one ReignDesign team member in each city to recommend a cool place to visit, to eat, to drink and to sleep!

Our developer Alex Campayo hails from Barcelona, Spain.

Visit here - Park Güell

Park Güell is one of the major works of Gaudí in Barcelona, and there you have the best views of Barcelona!

Eat here - Supanniga Eating Room

In Barcelona there are very good typical restaurants such a 7 Portes, Ten's, Bar Mut or 4 gats, but I would like to recommend a hidden local restaurant which is called O'Retorno, where you can eat cheap Galician food (North of Spain style) at a good price. It's located at 168 Comte D'urgell street, Eixample area.

Drink here - Harlem Jazz Club

It's a place where you can enjoy live music and take a drink in the center of Barcelona. Harlem Jazz Club is located at 8 Comtessa de Sobradiel street, Gothic quarter.

Sleep here - Airbnb

There are a lot of very good hotels in Barcelona, such as Arts Hotel or Vela Hotel but they're very expensive. On the other hand, the center of the city is very crowded and I think it's not a good idea to book a hotel there. That's why I think the best and cheapest accommodation you can find in the center of Barcelona is booking an apartment in Sagrada Familia district by Airbnb or similar websites.

 

This is my city: Bangkok

Although we're still a small company ReignDesign now has four global offices: in Shanghai, Barcelona, Bangkok and Santiago. In this blog series we're going to introduce our home cities to you through the voices of our team. We've asked one ReignDesign team member in each city to recommend a cool place to visit, to eat, to drink and to sleep!

First up, our founder Matt Mayer in Bangkok, Thailand...

Visit here - Jim Thompson House

When visiting friends ask me what not to miss while in Bangkok, I tell them to visit the Jim Thompson house. Jim Thompson was an American who during the 1950s and 1960s helped revitalise the Thai silk industry. He disappeared in mysterious circumstances in Malaysia. His house in Bangkok is now a tourist attraction, created by combining together six old Thai houses from around the country. The tours are really interesting and the silk items in the gift shop are a high-quality souvenir.

Eat here - Supanniga Eating Room

Despite the weird name, this is one of the best Thai restaurants in Bangkok. Set in the trendy Thong Lor area (possibly less trendy since I moved into the neighbourhood), Supanniga Eating Room serves home-style Thai food in a beautiful setting on Sukhumvit Soi 55. It's also pretty affordable for upmarket Thai cuisine, with many dishes below 200 baht.

Drink here - J. Boroski

After you've eaten your fill at Supanniga, head down Sukhumvit Soi 55 the street to J. Boroski, a hidden bar tucked down a side-street. There's no menu here, instead the bartenders will ask what kind of drink you like and serve you a custom-made cocktail. It sounds frightfully pretentious, but it's actually surprisingly down-to-earth and the bartenders make a mean drink.

Sleep here - Westin Grande Sukhumvit

Bangkok has a massive range of accommodation, from cheap backpacker hostels on Khao San Road to surprisingly affordable 5-star hotels. At under $100/night pre-paid, the Westin Grande Sukhumvit is a steal. The location is steps away from the Skytrain station, the staff are incredibly friendly and I loved the Heavenly beds so much I ended up buying one when moving into my new apartment!