Shanghai Food and Markets Walking Tour

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2 hours 30 minutes
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Shanghai Jing'an Temple
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Get the lowdown on Shanghai’s culinary landscape with a food-loving local guide! Sample a wide range of dishes as you descend upon the city’s amazing food scene on foot – from authentic stores to top restaurants – stopping at a fresh produce market for veggie picking and local cooking tips. You’ll leave this 2.5-hour food tour with a belly full of delicious Chinese specialties, such as rice noodle soup and green onion pancakes. Numbers are limited to 12 people, ensuring an intimate experience with a small group of like-minded foodies.

Meet your professional guide and start your small-group walking tour at the entrance to Jing'an Temple. You’ll be taken to one of Shanghai’s most renowned vegetarian noodle restaurants for your first food stop. Seize the opportunity to taste a variety of veggie delights as your guide recommends the most popular items on the menu.

Continue on to a typical Chinese food store where locals go to shop for ingredients used in traditional family dishes. Here, your guide will offer pointers on what to choose from a wide selection of snacks, such as yaxue fensi tang (duck blood tofu and rice noodle soup), ma la tang (spicy meat or vegetarian skewers) and pork mooncake – an unmistakable Shanghai treat!

Next, meander through a homey residential neighborhood where you’ll gain insight into the daily lives of Shanghai locals. Stop at a fresh food market to learn the secrets to choosing the freshest produce before your final stop at a traditional Chinese restaurant, famous for its bakery.

If you have trouble choosing from among the goodies, your guide will recommend local favorites. You can also share with others in your small group so that you have the chance to taste as much as possible. Try delicious bites, from xie ke bao (crab shell pie) to sheng jian bao (fried buns) to cong you bing (green onion pancakes)Learn a few Chinese phrases and order like the locals do – a great finale to your Shanghai food experience!

When your tour ends at Jing'an Temple, your guide will provide directions back to your accommodation or to other popular hangouts if you wish to continue on your Shanghai adventure.

What's included

  • Local guide
  • All tastings

What isn't included

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities (optional)