Restaurants

Top Choice Hunanese in French Concession

Dī Shuǐ Dòng

Until the chilled lagers arrive, the faint breeze from the spreading of the blue-and-white tablecloth by your waiter may be the last cooling sensation at Dī Shuǐ Dòng, a rustic upstairs shrine to the volcanic cuisin…
Top Choice Sichuan in French Concession

Sìchuān Citizen

The subdued evening lighting and welcoming service concocts a warm and homely atmosphere at this popular outpost of Sìchuān cuisine in Shànghǎi. The extensive photo menu is foreigner friendly and includes a sizeable…
Top Choice Yunnan in French Concession

Lost Heaven

Located on a quiet street in Shànghǎi’s most desirable neighbourhood, Lost Heaven is stylish and atmospheric with subdued red lighting and a giant Buddha dominating the main dining area. The Yúnnán food is delicatel…
Top Choice Shanghai in French Concession

Ā Dà Cóngyóubǐng

The very definition of a hole-in-the-wall, Ā Dà Cóngyóubǐng is a takeaway spot with a long queue of hungry locals (a one-hour wait is not unheard of), serving the tastiest of that crispy Shànghǎi snacking stalwart: …
Top Choice Fusion in French Concession

T8

T8 aims to seduce, which it does exceptionally well. Catalan chef Jordi Servalls Bonilla is at the helm, bringing a preference for molecular cuisine with dishes such as tataki of sesame-crusted tuna and foie gras mi…
Top Choice Sichuan in French Concession

Spicy Joint

If you only go to one Sìchuān joint in town, make it this one, where the blistering heat is matched only by its scorching popularity. Dishes are inexpensive by the city’s standards; favourites include massive bowls …
Top Choice Cantonese in French Concession

Cha’s

This crammed Cantonese diner does its best to teleport you to 1950s Hong Kong, with old-style tiled floors, retro stained-glass and whirring ceiling fans to set the scene. You’ll need to wait to get a table, so use …
Top Choice Shanghai in French Concession

Jian Guo 328

Frequently crammed, this boisterous narrow two-floor MSG-free spot tucked away on Jianguo Rd does a roaring trade on the back of excellent well-priced Shanghainese cuisine. You can’t go wrong with the menu; highligh…
Top Choice Shanghai in French Concession

Jesse

Jesse specialises in packing lots of people into tight spaces, so if you tend to gesture wildly when you talk, watch out with those chopsticks. This is Shanghainese home cooking at its best: crab dumplings, jujubes …
Yunnan in French Concession

Southern Barbarian

Despite the alarming name, there’s nothing remotely barbaric about the food here. Instead, you get fine MSG-free Yúnnán cuisine served by friendly staff in a laid-back (though somewhat noisy) atmosphere. It’s hard t…