Best Restaurants in Shanghai
While Shanghai doesn''t have a well-known cuisine of its own, but
local chefs and restaurants have taken the opportunity to combine
the best from around the country, and around the world; indeed,
dining in Shanghai is a great opportunity for visitors to sample
Chinese food of all shapes and sizes without having to leave the
Traditional Shanghai cuisine is known as
, and tends to be sweeter than food from other
Chinese regions, flavoured with sugar, vinegar, ginger and soy for
a distinctive flavour. Whether dining in style at the chic hotel
restaurants or stuffing your face at a roadside cart, tourists are
spoiled for choice with delectable treats like
(steamed soup-filled buns) and Shanghai hairy
crab. The city''s location at the mouth of the Huangpu River means
fresh seafood is abundant, and the soy fields of the region provide
the city''s distinctive ''stinky tofu''.
Shanghai''s food streets, some of the best of which are Huang He
Lu, Yunnan Lu and Zhapu Lu, have a variety of cheap eateries, while
flashier districts like the Bund and Luwan have pricier
restaurants. Shanghai''s major shopping malls all have food courts
with many vendors offering everything from stir fries to dim sum
for low prices, which is a great way to sample a variety of foods;
the Megabite and Raffles City Mall are good places to start.
Shanghai is a cosmopolitan city, and you''ll find a number of
good international restaurants serving Thai, Japanese, French, and
other world cuisines. There are also a number of new international
chain restaurants, whose prices tend to be higher than most local
More expensive restaurants in Shanghai will generally accept
credit cards, but street vendors and takeaways will expect cash.
While hotel restaurants will sometimes include a 15% service
charge, tipping is not practised in Shanghai.