Must-see restaurants in French Concession

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Lánxīn Cāntīng

    Some of the best Shanghainese kitchens are holes in the wall. These aren’t the domain of international superchefs; they’re unpretentious and family run –…

  • Liquid Laundry

    Subway-tiled walls and exposed warehouse piping, Liquid Laundry will almost have you thinking you're in NYC. This vast gastropub offers several options –…

  • Southern Barbarian

    Despite the alarming name, there’s nothing remotely barbaric about the food here. Instead, you get fine MSG-free Yunnan cuisine served by friendly staff…

  • Julie's Xiang

    Shanghai has more popular Yunnan restaurants, but intimate Julie's offers a more homely and rustic French Concession ambience, with lashings of wild…

  • Baker & Spice

    Whether you're craving a healthy sit-down lunch or a takeaway treat, Baker & Spice has you covered. The long wooden communal table suits solo diners,…

  • Hungry Lung's Kitchen

    A top place to soak up a hangover, Hungry Lung's serves global comfort food with an East-meets-West vibe. Brunch-like dishes include eggs Benedict, potato…

  • Pain Chaud

    On a strip best known for its nightlife, chic bakery and cafe Pain Chaud gives good reason to get here earlier in the day. Join the queue drooling over…

  • Kommune

    A kitsch communist pop art–decorated space with a lovely courtyard and a good happy hour (50% off house wine, beer and cocktails daily). On the menu are…

  • Apollo

    Apollo is the ultimate date spot. It serves beautiful Latin American small plates in its intimate dining room. Order up tostadas with pico de gallo plus…

  • Vedas

    One of the best bets for a curry, Vedas is decked out in good-looking woodwork, has warm service and a generous menu of full-flavoured Indian dishes. The…

  • Xian Yue Hien

    The Ding Xiang Garden, originally built for the concubine of a Qing dynasty mandarin, is reserved for retired Communist Party cadres, so to peek behind…

  • Wagas

    Great cafe specialising in salads, wraps, pasta, and pastries. Breakfast is a good shout here, with daily deals. The coffee is a smooth tasty blend, and…

  • Mi Thai

    One of the more upmarket Thai options in Shanghai, you're paying extra for the minimalist ambience here. Mi Thai does what it does well, serving all the…

  • Nepali Kitchen

    Reminisce about that Himalayan trek over a plate of Tibetan momo (dumplings) or a choila (spicy chicken) amid prayer flags in this homey, lodge-like place…

  • Cantina Agave

    Colourful Cantina Agave serves up Mexican and South American crowd pleasers: liberally stuffed burritos, soft and crispy tacos, ceviche and more. It also…

  • Bankura

    Pull up a seat at this cozy Japanese noodle bar below street level, where the focus is on soba (thin buckwheat noodles, often served cold) and udon (thick…

  • La Crêperie

    Straight out of Bretagne, this fab spot serves more than 40 varieties of sweet crêpes and savoury galettes. Melted reblochon with cream, potato, lardons…

  • Al's Diner

    Al’s is a smart casual spot bringing you classic American diner dishes (burgers, biscuits and gravy, tuna melt) and hangover favourites (fried kimchi…