Shanghai Old City restaurants

Top Choice European in Shanghai Old City

Table No 1 by Jason Atherton

On the ground floor of the Waterhouse by the Cool Docks, British chef Jason Atherton’s Table No 1 fits in perfectly with the distressed industrial-chic theme. A low-key cocktail bar gives way to a deceptively casual…
Top Choice Spanish in Shanghai Old City

El Willy

Ensconced in the stunningly converted South Bund 22, bright, vivacious and relocated from the French Concession, Willy Trullas Moreno’s fetching and fun restaurant is a more relaxed counterpoint to many other overdr…
Top Choice Indian in Shanghai Old City

Kebabs on the Grille

This immensely popular and busy Cool Docks restaurant is a genuine crowd-pleaser, and has alfresco seating by the pond outside. The Boti mutton (barbecued lamb pieces) is adorable. There’s a delicious range of tando…
Dumplings in Shanghai Old City

Nánxiáng Steamed Bun Restaurant

Shànghǎi’s most famous dumpling restaurant divides the purists, who love the place, from the younger crowd, who see an overrated tourist trap. Decide for yourself how the xiǎolóngbāo rate, but lines are long and you…
Steak in Shanghai Old City


Housed in Hotel Indigo, Char is a wildly pricey steakhouse sensation. Park yourself on a sofa against the window or in a comfy chair facing Lùjiāzuǐ for optimum views. Or keep one eye on the open kitchen to see how …
Fusion in Shanghai Old City

Napa Wine Bar and Kitchen

One of Shànghǎi's go-to addresses for fine dining, Napa plates up beautifully presented gastronomic dishes in an elegant Bund setting. The food combines elements of Asian and Western cuisines, and, as the name sugge…
Sandwiches in Shanghai Old City

Element Fresh

Handy Old Town outpost of the health-conscious chain dedicated to pick-me-up breakfasts, crisp salads, sandwiches, and feel-good juices and smoothies.
Noodles in Shanghai Old City

Wúyuè Rénjiā

Right next to KFC north of the Yùyuán Gardens, this upstairs place doesn’t look particularly appealing but it serves typical Old Town fare and it’s a well-known family name in Shànghǎi. They serve up excellent, fill…
Chinese in Shanghai Old City


Dating to 1910, this place has cheap eats, such as wonton (馄饨汤; húntún tāng; ¥10), and veggie options, including tofu masquerading as meat (such as black-pepper beef noodle soup, ¥35). Upstairs has an English menu, …