Best places to do business in the wired world

Business travelers are as likely to find themselves in Seoul or Bangalore as they are on Sand Hill Road. But where to meet, eat and check e-mail? Not to worry. Our city-by-city list details the best places to get things done, no matter where you are.

Shanghai, China
Shanghai, China
Shanghai is an increasingly popular choice for businesses looking to outsource software development. It's also the Asian-Pacific headquarters for more than 150 foreign companies, including General Electric and General Motors.

How to get around: Only five subway lines operate, but they're clean and efficient, and all stations have English-language signs.

Where to find free Wi-Fi: The U.S.-based Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf chain hits the spot. The one in the Azia Center (Shop 101, 133 N. Yin Cheng Road, Pudong; 86-21-6387-4248) is close to the offices of many multinationals.

Where to get a trim: The stylists at Benson Salon (778 Jiangning Road; 86-21-6276-2635; are Vidal Sassoon-trained. Basic cuts cost around $20.

Best place to get down to business: M on the Bund (Seventh Floor, 20 Guangdong Lu; 86-21-6350-9988; is across the river from the financial district and serves an eclectic mix of international fare.

Best place to celebrate closing the deal: The chic Glamour Bar (Sixth Floor, 20 Guangdong Lu; 86-21-6350-9988;, one floor down from sister restaurant M on the Bund, has killer views of Pudong's skyscrapers.

What you might not know: People stand quite close and bump into each other with little remorse. Public hugging, however, is not acceptable.

Bangalore, India

Barcelona, Spain

Helsinki, Finland

Hong Kong



Shanghai, China


Stockholm, Sweden

Tallinn, Estonia

Tel Aviv, Israel

Tokyo, Japan
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