Best restaurants in French Concession

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    Dī Shuǐ Dòng

    Until the beer arrives, the faint breeze from the spreading of the blue-and-white tablecloth by your waiter may be the last cooling sensation you experience at this rustic shrine to Hunan's chilli-laden cuisine. Loved by Shanghainese and expats in equal measure, dishes are ferried in by sprightly peasant-attired staff to tables stuffed with enthusiastic, red-faced diners.

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    Egg

    It's easy to while away the hours in this adorable cafe, with a few stools and a big open window for people watching, plus a raised seating area. Inventive hot drinks include the s'mores latte coffee. Food-wise, a blackboard lists a few specials each day, ranging from rabbit sausage scotch eggs to choc chip bread pudding with caramel.

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    Sichuan Citizen

    The subdued evening lighting and welcoming service concoct a warm and homey atmosphere at this popular outpost of Sichuan cuisine. The extensive photo menu is foreigner-friendly and includes a sizeable vegetarian selection. The dàndàn noodles (¥12) are textbook spicy, while the pork wontons in hot oil (¥12) are spot on.

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    Sproutworks

    A smart cafeteria where you're served food at the counter and clear and stack your own plate when you've finished. Unlike school lunches, however, the food is fresh and tasty with awesome flavour combinations spanning Asia to the Mediterranean. Our favourite dish is the pork meatballs in tomato sauce, with a side of brown rice mixed with quinoa and salad.

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    The Barn by Green & Safe

    Part deli, part Whole Foods–style grocery, plus pizzeria, grill, bakery and brunch...the hugely popular Barn has it all. Its motto is 'eat your way around the world', and the extensive menu offers something for most palates. Ingredients are well sourced, with seasonal veggies and lots of responsibly raised meat options.

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    Polux by Paul Pairet

    This casual bistro comes courtesy of local favourite Paul Pairet. The decor and dining is everything you'd expect from a fabulous French dining experience, from the elegant but unstuffy furnishings to the fine fare. Whet your appetite with delicacies like oysters Gillardeau or pâté de champagne, before moving on to steak in one of four ways.

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    Xibo

    Trust Shanghai to serve up a stylish Xinjiang restaurant – you're unlikely to find a place like this in China's wild northwest. It's a little pricey, but super-polished with great service and on-point dishes. Choose mutton, beef skewers, the spicy big-plate chicken, or the dreamy shredded tomato, pepper and onion salad from the region. Xibo gets it right.

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    Green & Safe

    Expat favourite Green & Safe is the closest thing you’ll get to Whole Foods in Shanghai. There's open-plan dining and an inviting loft-style restaurant upstairs with an open kitchen. The free-range meat (juicy burgers, racks of lamb) comes from the company's farm. On your way out, stock up on bottles of organic wine, fresh produce, pastries, sustainable chocolate and more.

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    Shintori

    The industrial-chic interior here resembles a set from a Peter Greenaway film, from the eye-catching open kitchen to the sleek staff running around like an army of ninjas. The dishes (like Peking duck rolls, cold noodles served in an ice bowl, and beefsteak) are excellent, but portions are small. Reserve.

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    Yongfoo Elite Residence

    Although this 1930s residence was once members only, it’s since opened to the general public as a restaurant – great news, because the decor is absolutely stunning. Take time out for afternoon dim sum or return later for dinner and drinks to fully appreciate the antique-strewn setting, which includes a gorgeous carved archway from Zhejiang in the garden.

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    Sober Company

    A smart place with European-style bistro decor that takes on three personas. Sober Cafe serves Japan-inspired small plates and brunch until 4pm and tipples until late. Sober Kitchen does modern Chinese standouts like black sesame crème brûlée. Sober Society is a cocktail bar tucked away at the back of the venue, where delicate cocktails, cosy ambience and service are first-class.

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    Pho Real

    This pint-sized spot does a truly awesome bowl of pho (beef or chicken noodle soup flavoured with mint, star anise and cilantro), plus spring rolls and banh mi (Vietnamese sandwhich). There's a vegetarian pho too. It only seats about 20, with no reservations, so pitch up early and prepare to wait.

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    Bird

    A cute and intimate spot that seats about 20 people on high tables facing a small bar or window. Foodies will enjoy the daring and intriguing veggie-heavy concoctions. Try shaved celery with green garlic puree and parmesan or mushroom ragu with Shanghainese chive oil and raw egg yolk. It's a refreshing change, but the service could be improved.

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    Jian Guo 328

    Frequently crammed, this boisterous, narrow, two-floor, MSG-free spot tucked away on Jianguo Rd does a roaring trade in well-priced Shanghainese cuisine. You can’t go wrong with the menu; highlights include deep-fried duck legs, aubergine casserole, spring-onion-oil noodles and yellow croaker (that's a local fish) spring rolls. Plus, the house's famous eight treasure whole duck. Reserve.

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    Lost Bakery

    This hip bakery is a top spot to get your pastry fix and to sit down with a coffee in equal measure. Large wooden tables fill the space, while potted plants and stylish ceramic vases decorate the walls. The pastry selection is generous as is the choice of freshly baked loaves and baguettes, faithful to its French roots.

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    Ye Shanghai

    Ye offers sophisticated, unchallenging Shanghainese cuisine in classy Xintiandi surroundings. The drunken chicken and smoked fish starters are an excellent overture to local flavours, the crispy duck comes with thick pancakes and the sautéed string beans, and the braised beef ribs and bamboo shoots doesn’t disappoint either. An affordable wine list gives it a further tick.

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    T'ang Court

    Holders of two Michelin stars, T'ang Court serves delicious suckling pig and Cantonese seafood dishes. The dim sum is faultless, be sure to finish with a delicate egg tart. Ambience could be better, with a sparse communal dining area, but the private rooms with round tables are great for groups. Service is excellent; smart casual dress code.

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    Jesse

    Jesse is a popular, intimate space. So if you tend to gesture wildly when you talk, watch out with those chopsticks. This is Shanghainese home cooking at its best: dumplings, salted chicken, spicy beef, liquor-soaked crab and Grandma’s braised pork, plus plenty of fish (including the jelly variety) and sea cucumbers. Expect to queue.

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    Wèixiāng Zhāi

    The reason to come to this no-frills local spot is to do as the locals do and scoop up a bowl of májiàng miàn (麻酱面, sesame noodles). At just ¥10 to ¥20 for a bowl of hand-pulled noodles, it's no surprise this place is consistently packed. Pay at the counter and clip your ticket to your table.

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    Brut Eatery

    After the success of the Jing'an branch, Brut has opened a more spacious outlet with high ceilings and bright splashes of colour. It serves the same perfectly executed American comfort food with Asian influences – the waffles and chicken with six-spice is a highlight.