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.
If you're looking for a sports bar in Shanghai where you can
have a pint and watch the game, The Camel is the best place in
town. The restaurant is broken up into three viewing areas, so
multiple games can be seen simultaneously on the 14 flat-screen
televisions. The menu is standard gastropub, serving classics like
fish and chips, steak, burgers and pies, and there's a good
selection of beers and cocktails to go with them.
Address: 1 Yue Yang Road (near Dong Ping Road)
Din Tai Fung
This Shanghai restaurant serves Chinese staples like wonton
soup, sweet-smoky fried fish and braised bamboo shoots, but what
it's known for is the best
(steamed soup buns) in the city. They're
roughly ten times what you'd pay at a street stall, but most who
have tried them say they're worth it! Located in the Super Brand
Mall, the walls are covered in watercolour sketches of famous
Chinese celebrities. Din Tai Fung is a child-friendly restaurant,
and even has special Mickey Mouse cutlery for kids.
Address: Super Brand Mall, Xitiandi
Lost Heaven borrows a bit from nearly every country in Asia when
creating its mouth-watering dishes. Traditional Yunan methods
combine with Thai spices and Vietnamese ideas to create a special
experience for visitors to Shanghai. Located on a quiet road, the
rooftop lounge offers a relaxed place to enjoy a drink, as well as
terrific views of the Shanghai skyline.
Address: 38 Gaoyou Rd (south of West Fuxing Rd)
Stiller's Restaurant and Cooking School
Stiller's Restaurant is the most popular place in Shanghai to
find fabulous European food. Whether it's cheeses from France or
wines from Germany, the food is authentic European with a German
twist. Located on the seventh floor of a building in the 'Cool
Docks' area of Shanghai, the rooftop lounge has one of the best
views in the city.
Address: 7th floor, Building 13, 505 Zhong Shan Nan Road, The Cool