Where to Eat in Shanghai
Collected by Tommy Alexander, AFAR Staff
Jian Guo Xi Lu, Shanghai Shi, China
I was in Shanghai for work, but decided to do a bit of exploring for soup dumplings. I came across this place via a local food blogger and decided to try it out. It was quite honestly, incredible. The place is pretty small, with only a handful of...
168 Lujiazui W Rd, LuJiaZui, Pudong Xinqu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200000
If you're looking for some kale and quinoa to balance out those fried dumplings and street-side noodles, Sproutworks is your place. A welcome addition to the fast-food scene, it specializes in healthy sides and salads. Meals are colorful, fresh,...
China, Shanghai Shi, Xuhui Qu, Anfu Rd, 308号104室 邮政编码: 200000
Sunflour is a local favorite for breads, pastries, and brunch. Located in the former French Concession, it is a mix of expats and locals. Recently expanded, there is additional seating and outdoor tables are available when the weather is right....
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...
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....
179 Xizang S Rd, HuaiHai Lu DongDuan, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200000
As a Shanghai native and someone who grew up truly loving Shanghainese food, nothing beats a round of dumplings at Jia Jia Tang Bao to satisfy your dumpling craving. This hole-in-the-wall chain restaurant (my favorite location is on Xizang Lu)...
Nanjing Rd Pedestrian St, NanJing Lu, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200000
The winding corridors and seemingly vacant alleyway's of Shanghai, China is where you immerse yourself in a rapidly changing culture. Ranging from visual awe-inspiring views that will change your perspective of a world, and maybe even your own, to...
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...
Xinzhuang, Minhang, China, 201100
Ah, the flavor of mutton. So gamey and satisfying. Wherever you're from, the rich food from Inner Mongolia will surely be a comfort. Not all of the food here, though, comes in the form of giant shanks like Genghis Khan might have eaten. Diners go...
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...
28 Taojiang Rd, Xuhui Qu, Shanghai Shi, China
This chili-infused chain has the glam of an upscale restaurant, and while it holds true to the essence of Sichuan's spicy cuisine, they've done a good job toning down the blistering chili that can overpower the region's delicious fare. The...
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...
Jiading, Shanghai, China
With Shanghai’s sprawling metro system, this suburb is now a few short stops from downtown. Why would you want to make the trek out to Nanxiang? Well, among other reasons, it’s the home of xiaolongbao…those marvelous little soup filled pockets of...
379 Xikang Rd, Jingan Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200000
They’ve got more than just dumplings on the menu, but you’ll want to be sure that you order at least a plate of the delicious pork filled pockets at Dong Bei Four Seasons Dumplings (or three). This northern fare is hearty and cheap. The menu is in...
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...
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...
1 Fenyang Rd, HuaiHai Lu XiDuan, Xuhui Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200031
Ma la tang is like a DIY soup shop. You’ll often spot these eateries by their open fridge of fresh produce displayed near the entrance. Grab a basket and a pair of tongs and load up on veggies, meat and fish balls, dumplings, eggs, tofu, noodles...
71 Yunnan S Rd, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200000
Similar to their steamed counterpart, xialongbao, these rounder dumplings are also filled with a combination of soup + pork. But unlike xiaolongbao, their dough contains a bit of yeast, making them slightly thicker and fluffier. The other distinct...
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