A great juxtaposition of the modern and old, Shanghai is a food haven littered with some of the best eats in the region. Whether is it authentic Chinese cuisine or munchies with Western influences, you can almost find it all in this thriving metropolis.
Besides exploring the traditional water towns, old streets and Chinese gardens within the City, Shanghai’s inner city districts are not only filled with great eats but is also home to the French Concession (previous French settlement area), containing nuggets of information on its history at every turn.
Some of the must-eat foods when you visit Shanghai are the soup dumplings, pan-fried pork buns, fried noodles (chow mein) and spicy beef noodles, which you can find with a significant amount of ease. But if you are looking to try something that is more uncommon and less explored, here are our recommendations on 11 eats to try in Shanghai.
1. Mon Petit Choux
Mini gourmet croissants in every flavour you can imagine that will satisfy your cravings without the calorie guilt.
Mon Petit Choux 1618 Nanjing W Rd Jiuguang Department Store, B1 Opening hours / Information: Monday to Sunday: 10am to 10pm Price: ●●●●●
2. The Grumpy Pig
A pork-centric restaurant that serves up fusion east-meets-west dishes inspired by the owners/chefs’ travels and heritage. Standouts from the menu include the Grumpy Fries, a delicious combination of skinny-cut fries, pork, onions, cheese and parsley aioli, topped off with shaved seaweed.
The Grumpy Pig 65-4 Maoming Bei Lu, near Yanan Lu Jingan district Opening hours / Information: Sunday to Thursday: 11.30am to 10pm Friday to Saturday: 11.30am to 11pm Price: ●●●●●
3. Nanxiang Steamed Bun
Home of famous soup dumplings, Nanxiang Steamed Bun is a traditional Shanghai eatery located in the City God Temple precinct in the old Chinese section of the city. Fun fact: Nanxiang is a town near Shanghai where the xiao long bao was invented. Also, try their giant soup dumpling because you either go big or go home.
Nanxiang Steamed Bun 85 Yuyuan Road Huangpu District Opening hours / Information: Monday to Sunday: 7am to 9pm Price: ●●●●●
4. Oh Shift
Probably the most eye-catching shops along Fuxing Road. Can’t help but to wander in only to realise that Oh Shift is actually a bubble tea store selling fresh concoctions of milk, tea and juices.
Oh Shift 618 Fuxing Middle Road Opp. InterContinental Shanghai Ruijin Huangpu District Opening hours / Information: Monday to Sunday: 10am to 10pm Price: ●●●●●
5. Pain Chaud
One of the more popular joints at Yongkang Road, Pain Chaud is a speciality boulangerie with freshly baked bread and decadent patisseries.
Pain Chaud 27 Yongkang Road Xuhui District Opening hours / Information: Monday to Sunday: 7.30am to 9.30pm Price: ●●●●●
6. Seesaw Coffee
If you are looking for a quality cup of joe, Seesaw is where you need to go. They have outlets all across the city but if you are looking to chill at an Instagrammable spot, the Yuyuan outlet is the one you should check out.
Seesaw Coffee 443 Yuyuan Road Jingan District Opening hours / Information: Sunday to Thursday: 10am to 7pm Friday to Saturday: 10am to 10pm Price: ●●●●●
Your quintessential casual dining Japanese restaurant serving up great sashimi, sushi and bento sets at no-frills cost.
Sushi'O 27 Yongkang Road Xuhui District Opening hours / Information: Monday to Sunday: 11.30am to 10pm Price: ●●●●●
8. Uncle No Name Espresso
A hole-in-the-wall Australian-owned coffee joint located right across the Nanjing West Road metro. There isn’t a lot of sitting space inside but if you are looking for a quick break from shopping, head there to grab a cuppa.
Uncle No Name Espresso 258 Wu Jiang Road Jingan District Opening hours / Information: Monday to Sunday: 8am to 9pm Price: ●●●●●
9. Wood Works Cafe
One of the reasons why Shanghai is amazing is because of hidden finds like this. A family-owned carpentry shop/cafe located in the French Concession area, just imagine sipping on a hot cup of coffee or tea with the smell of sawdust in a cosy workshop.
Wood Works Cafe 553 Fuxing Middle Road Huangpu District Opening hours / Information: Monday to Sunday: 8am to 8pm Price: ●●●●●
10. Xiao Qiu Qiu
Do it for the gram! Although it was freezing cold, we knew we can’t pass on their unicorn frappe topped off with creamy cheese foam. You even get free tokens to play on the claw machine if you purchase any of their drinks.
Xiao Qiu Qiu 238 Fengxian Road Jingan District Opening hours / Information: Monday to Sunday: 10am to 10pm Price: ●●●●●
11. Peking Duck
Last but not least, lo and behold the Peking Duck. We got ours from a take-out counter at Yuyuan Garden, it was one of those “how can you resist” and “if I see it I have to get it” moments, but boy did it satisfy.
Peking Duck Near Yuyuan Garden Opening hours / Information: Monday to Sunday: 10am to 10pm Price: ●●●●●
*All images shot on Nikon D7200