Shanghai Travel Guide

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What to Eat in Shanghai

The best way to navigate Shanghai's robust dining scene is to start in the streets. The city is considered a mecca for its vast and delectable street food. Here, you'll find a menagerie of classic Chinese fare for a fraction of the price (some sit-down restaurants tack on a 10 to 15 percent service charge). Xiaolongbao, or pork soup dumplings, are as traditional as you can get. Eight of these can easily set you back as little as 4 yuan ($0.60), and if you're wondering where the soup is, just take a bite. Noodles are also abundant and come in a wide variety of flavors and styles. Cond you ban mian noodles, or scallion oil noodles, are a simple, traditional noodle dish featuring soy sauce, fried scallions and shrimp. There's also Liang pi, or cold jelly noodles typically mixed with sesame sauce, vinegar, chili oil and toasted peanuts. Those with an adventurous palate should seek out yaxue fensi tang, a hearty duck soup featuring duck blood and its entrails, and shansi leng mian, noodles mixed with eel.

But if you were to pick one meal to have on the street alone, it should be breakfast. Some of Shanghai's most lauded street food is served only for breakfast. Ci fan taun is by far one of the most popular dishes. Typically eaten for breakfast, ci fan taun is a rice ball stuffed with you tiao (a fried breadstick), chopped pickles, dried pork floss and sometimes ham and eggs. Jian bing is another popular breakfast option, with lines typically starting at 6 a.m. at some stalls. Jian bing are Chinese crepes made with a host of sauces, stuffed with dough, wonton skin or tofu and topped with eggs, pickled greens, scallions and cilantro. There's also cong you bing, or scallion pancakes.

Those who want to sit will find that Shanghai's restaurants are just as top notch as its street food. Fu 1088 is seen as one of the city's best restaurants. Housed in a 1930s Spanish villa-style house, Fu 1088 serves fine Shanghai-French fusion fare. Peace Mansion is another upscale option that serves Chinese and Western dishes including French, modern Shanghainese and Cantonese. The property also features a beautiful garden outfitted with centuries-old trees, perfect for tea time.

Tea is an important part of Chinese hospitality and a recommended means of cultural immersion. In Shanghai, visitors can find many teahouses as well as restaurants and hotels that host afternoon tea. It's important to note that tea, like wine, should not be poured all the way to the top of the glass. And if you're using chopsticks, know that there are etiquette rules to follow as well. Do not stick your chopsticks upright in your bowl, but rather keep them together and place them across the bowl, or horizontally on your plate.

Find the Best Restaurants in Shanghai

  • #1
    The Roof (The Shanghai EDITION)
    #1 of 18,172 Places to Eat in Shanghai
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 246 reviewsTripAdvisor (246)
    $$ | Bar, Pub, Gastropub
    199 East Nanjing Road, Huangpu District 29/F, The Shanghai Edition, Shanghai 200002 China
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  • #2
    Aura Lounge & Jazz Bar (The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai Pudong)
    #2 of 18,172 Places to Eat in Shanghai
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1375 reviewsTripAdvisor (1375)
    $$ | Bar, European, Pub
    52/F, The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai Pudong, Shanghai ifc, No.8 Century Avenue, Lujiazui, Pudong, Shanghai 200120 China
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  • #3
    Yi Cafe at Pudong Shangri-La
    #3 of 18,172 Places to Eat in Shanghai
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 705 reviewsTripAdvisor (705)
    $$ | International, Asian
    33 Fu Cheng Road, Shanghai 200120 China
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  • #4
    Flair Rooftop
    #4 of 18,172 Places to Eat in Shanghai
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 2264 reviewsTripAdvisor (2264)
    $$ | Japanese, Bar
    58F, The Ritz Carlton Shanghai, Pudong, No. 8 Century Avenue, Lujiazui, Pudong, Shanghai 200120 China
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  • #5
    Jin Xuan Chinese Restaurant (The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong)
    #5 of 18,172 Places to Eat in Shanghai
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1076 reviewsTripAdvisor (1076)
    $$ | Chinese, Asian
    PudongShanghai ifc mall, No.8 Century Avenue, Lujiazui, Pudong 53 Floor, The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong, Shanghai 200120 China
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  • #6
    Khans Mongolian Bistro
    #6 of 18,172 Places to Eat in Shanghai
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 166 reviewsTripAdvisor (166)
    $ - $$ | Mongolian, Asian
    1/F, No.166 Middle Sichuan Road, by Fuzhou Road Huangpu District, Shanghai China
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  • #7
    Scena (The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai Pudong)
    #7 of 18,172 Places to Eat in Shanghai
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1387 reviewsTripAdvisor (1387)
    $$ | Italian, European
    52/F, The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai Pudong, Shanghai ifc, No.8 Century Avenue, Lujiazui, Pudong, Shanghai 200120 China
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  • #8
    La Vita e Bella
    #8 of 18,172 Places to Eat in Shanghai
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 124 reviewsTripAdvisor (124)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Steakhouse, Pizza, Contemporary, Emilian, Northern-Italian
    77 Gaoyue Rd, Baoshan 201,2/F, No 16 building,bridge life park,, Shanghai 200439 China
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  • #9
    HIYA (The Shanghai EDITION)
    #9 of 18,172 Places to Eat in Shanghai
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 272 reviewsTripAdvisor (272)
    $$ | Japanese, Diner, Asian
    199 Nanjing Road East, Huangpu District 27F, The Shanghai Edition, Shanghai 200002 China
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  • #10
    Club Room (The Shanghai EDITION)
    #10 of 18,172 Places to Eat in Shanghai
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 150 reviewsTripAdvisor (150)
    $ - $$ | Bar, Pub, Wine Bar
    199 Nanjing Road East 5F, The Shanghai EDITION, Shanghai 200002 China
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  • #11
    Canton Disco (The Shanghai EDITION)
    #11 of 18,172 Places to Eat in Shanghai
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 259 reviewsTripAdvisor (259)
    $$ | Chinese, Asian
    199 Nanjing Road East, Huangpu District 2F, The Shanghai EDITION, near Henan Zhong Lu, Shanghai 200002 China
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  • #12
    The MEAT - Kerry Hotel Pudong
    #12 of 18,172 Places to Eat in Shanghai
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 522 reviewsTripAdvisor (522)
    $$ | American, Steakhouse, Grill
    No.1388 Huamu Road Kerry Hotel, Pudong, Shanghai 201204 China
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  • #13
    Essence Restaurant (Hilton shanghai Hongqiao)
    #13 of 18,172 Places to Eat in Shanghai
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 121 reviewsTripAdvisor (121)
    $ - $$ |
    No.1116 Hongsong East Road Hilton shanghai Hongqiao,, Shanghai 200000 China
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  • #14
    Wow Cafe & Bar
    #14 of 18,172 Places to Eat in Shanghai
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 143 reviewsTripAdvisor (143)
    $ - $$ | Cafe, Brew Pub, Latin, Bar
    No. 623 Changde Lu, JingAn District Near Wuding Rd corner, Shanghai 200040 China
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  • #15
    WOOBAR at W Shanghai - The Bund
    #15 of 18,172 Places to Eat in Shanghai
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 112 reviewsTripAdvisor (112)
    $$ | Bar, Pub, Wine Bar
    66, Lvshun Road 4/F, W SHANGHAI - THE BUND, Shanghai 200080 China
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  • #16
    Salon de Ville
    #16 of 18,172 Places to Eat in Shanghai
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 267 reviewsTripAdvisor (267)
    $$ | European, International
    No. 2 Zhong Shan Dong Yi Road Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund, Waldorf Astoria Club Lobby, Huang Pu District, Shanghai 200002 China
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  • #17
    Shanghai Tavern (The Shanghai EDITION)
    #17 of 18,172 Places to Eat in Shanghai
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 139 reviewsTripAdvisor (139)
    $$ | European
    199 Nanjing Road East, Huangpu District 1F, The Edition, Shanghai 200002 China
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  • #18
    Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet
    #18 of 18,172 Places to Eat in Shanghai
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 217 reviewsTripAdvisor (217)
    $$ | European, Contemporary
    6th floor, Bund 18, 18 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu, Huangpu District, Shanghai 200002 China
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  • #19
    Windows on the Park
    #19 of 18,172 Places to Eat in Shanghai
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 280 reviewsTripAdvisor (280)
    $ - $$ | European, Asian
    No.88 Nanjing West Road 1/F, Radisson Blu Hotel Shanghai New World, Shanghai 200003 China
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  • #20
    Sky Dome Bar
    #20 of 18,172 Places to Eat in Shanghai
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 322 reviewsTripAdvisor (322)
    $ - $$ | Bar, Pub, International
    47/F, Radisson Blu Hotel Shanghai New World, No.88 Nanjing West Road, Huangpu Road, Shanghai China
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