The Best Restaurants in Shanghai
Collected by AFAR Editors, AFAR Staff
Get better acquainted with Shanghainese signature dishes like xiaolongbao and braised pork belly by eating your way through the city's finest restaurants. They range from Michelin-starred establishments overlooking the Bund to hole-in-wall local favorites—and will leave you with a deeper appreciation for Chinese cuisine.
375 Zhenning Rd, Changning Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200000
There's no better place to enjoy authentic Shanghainese food than inside a 1920s Spanish villa. Right? Right! Take a seat at one of Fu 1088's vintage tables, and get ready to savor a parade of elegantly plated local dishes. If you’re keen to...
99-1 Xikang Rd, Jingan Qu, China, 200000
You can find this Shanghai stalwart just around the corner from the Portman Ritz-Carlton, plying eager diners with prototypical Shanghai dishes around the clock (and all-you-can-eat dim sum on the weekends). Locals here tuck into hairy...
45 Anfu Rd, Xuhui Qu, Shanghai Shi, China
Despite a name change from Mia's Yunnan Kitchen to Julie's, this inexpensive, cheerful restaurant in the French Concession continues to serve delicious cuisine from southern Yunnan province. Kunming, Yunnan's capital, is 1,900 miles from...
100 Century Ave, LuJiaZui, Pudong Xinqu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200120
Until the long-awaited J-Hotel opens in Shanghai Tower (no one knows exactly when), the Park Hyatt in the Shanghai World Financial Center reigns supreme as the city's highest hotel. The view from SWFC’s observatory—on the...
379 Xikang Rd, Jingan Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200000
North of the Yangtze, it’s all about wheat instead of rice. Named after China’s northeasternmost region, this beloved chain serves hand-rolled wheat dumplings stuffed with savory pork or fresh veggies and boiled until the center is...
18 Zhongshan East 1st Rd, WaiTan, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200000
Ultraviolet is the kind of travel experience you talk about 10 years later. French chef Paul Pairet first dreamed of a multisensory dining adventure in 1996, but it took until May 2012 to open this transcendent restaurant. There's room for...
90 Huanghe Rd, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200000
There's always a line in front of this hole-in-the-wall, but don’t be deterred: Jia Jia's queue moves fast, and its steamed soup dumplings are worth the wait. When it’s your turn to order, you bark what you want—pork, crab, or...
168 Fangbang Middle Rd, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200000
Before it was reincarnated as a dumpling and noodle joint back in 1972, Din Tai Fung was a cooking oil business. That doesn't sound so promising in the flavor department, but it turns out these xiao long bao are some of the best in Shanghai....
326 Jianguo W Rd, Xuhui Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200032
You won't find any MSG at this Taiwanese-owned restaurant: The cooks even prepare their home-style dishes with filtered water. Factor in Jian Guao's no-smoking policy (not a given in China) and cheap prices, and you've got the perfect place...
China, Shanghai Shi, Xuhui Qu, Wulumuqi Middle Rd, 247号-5
Poke, a Hawaiian raw fish specialty, is popular in Shanghai, and Little Catch is the city's very first poke joint. This minuscule Wulumuqi shop has just two seats at a tiny counter—it’s really best for takeout—but the Taixing...
91 Xingguo Rd, Xuhui Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200000
Be sure to hit this charming fusion restaurant after walking block after leafy block through the French Concession. Ginger is owned by Singaporean expat Betty Ng, who studied at the Tokyo branch of Le Cordon Bleu. Her kitchen is adept at...
5 Dongping Rd, Xuhui Qu, Shanghai Shi, China
Rustic charm and good home-style cooking are what come to mind when you eat at Di Shui Dong. The Hunan eatery is always packed, a testament to how good their grub really is. If you're unfamiliar with Hunan cuisine, it's the spicy cousin of...
4th & 5th Floor, KWah House, Huai Hai Zhong Lu 1028, 淮海路西段徐汇区 China, 200031
Chef/owner Austin Hu draws on his background (a junior sous chef at the legendary Gramercy Tavern in NYC) to create a compelling, delectable menu hailed as "Contemporary American." But while the flavors earn their American reputation, the menu is...
134 Jinxian Rd, Lu Wan Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200000
If I had to choose once place to eat in Shanghai aside from my Uncle's house, it would be Mao Long. Not only is this restaurant a authentic Shanghainese cuisine, but its local atmosphere also gives the restaurant a down-to-earth vibe. Be prepared...
1025 Kangding Rd, Jingan Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200000
Yunnan food is the least Chinese Chinese food in China. Phew, what a mouthful. Any Yunnan restaurant worth its salt will have a variety of light and exotic dishes to choose from, like tree flowers. This place doesn't disappoint. The specialty here...
407 Shaanxi N Rd, Jingan Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200000
This is hotpot at its finest. A far cry from the typical hotpot establishment with long, sloppy sauce bars, mystery broth and questionable meat, Qimin's menu is packed with farm fresh, organic produce and meats. With a focus on aesthetics, both...
20 Guangdong Rd, WaiTan, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200000
Overlooking the Huangpu River, across from the iconic Pearl Tower, the M on the Bund is worth the visit for the view alone—add beautifully presented, delicious dishes and you have an unforgettable dining experience. Their menu is traditional with...
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