Top ChoiceGastronomy in The Bund & People's Square

Ultraviolet

You’ve probably paired food and wine before, but what about coupling an illuminated apple-wasabi communion wafer with purple candles and a specially designed cathedral scent and visuals? Welcome to China’s most...

Top ChoiceTapas in Jing'an

Commune Social

From UK celebrity chef Jason Atherton, this natty Neri & Hu–designed restaurant blends a stylish yet relaxed vibe with sensational tasting dishes, exquisitely presented by chef Scott Melvin. It's divided...

Top ChoiceHunanese in French Concession

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....

Top ChoiceCafe in Jing'an

Brut Eatery

An extremely popular casual cafe with half a dozen tables, plus steps with cushions and mini side tables out the front. Diners queue and then sit shoulder to shoulder with other patrons for Californian-Chinese...

Top ChoiceHotpot in Jing'an

Hǎi Dǐ Lāo

This Sichuanese hotpot restaurant is all about service, and the assault begins the minute you walk in the door. Pre-dining options include shoeshines, manicures and trays of nuts or fresh fruit; once you’ve...

Top ChoiceChinese in The Bund & People's Square

Yunnan Road Food Street

Yunnan Road Food Street

Yunnan Rd has great speciality restaurants and is the spot for an authentic meal after museum-hopping at People’s Square. Find Shaanxi dumplings and noodles at No 15, five-fragrance dim sum at Wǔ Fāng Zhāi, or...

Top ChoiceDumplings in The Bund & People's Square

Yang’s Fry Dumplings

The city’s most famous place for sesame-seed-and-spring-onion-coated shēngjiān (生煎, fried dumplings) has queues that can stretch to the horizon as eager diners wait for their scalding orders to be dished into...

Top ChoiceSichuan in French Concession

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...

Top ChoicePeking Duck in Hongkou & North Shanghai

Xīndàlù

Although definitive Běijīng kǎoyā (Peking duck) really needs to be flamed up within quacking distance of the Forbidden City, Shanghai’s best roast-duck experience imports all the necessary ingredients (including...

Top ChoiceInternational in French Concession

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...

Top ChoiceInternational in French Concession

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...

Top ChoiceHunanese in Xujiahui & South Shanghai

Hóng Làjiāo Xiāngcàiguǎn

There's no shortage of decent Hunan restaurants in Shanghai, but you won't find much better than this one. Wooden benches and an exposed-brick effect make for a rough-and-ready atmosphere, but there's nothing...

Top ChoiceEuropean in The Bund & People's Square

M on the Bund

M on the Bund

M exudes a timelessness and level of sophistication that eclipses the razzle-dazzle of many other upmarket Shanghai restaurants. The menu ain't radical, but that’s the question it seems to ask you – is breaking...

Top ChoiceXinjiang in Xujiahui & South Shanghai

Yershari

Yershari offers a slightly smarter version of the typically raucous Xinjiang dining experience, but this place is still no-frills and plenty of fun with regular live entertainment. Delicious classic Uyghur dishes...

Top ChoiceXinjiang in French Concession

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....

Top ChoiceShanghai in West Shanghai

Fu 1039

Set in a three-storey 1913 villa, Fu attains an old-fashioned charm. Foodies who appreciate sophisticated surroundings and Shanghainese food on par with the decor, take note – Fu is a must. The succulent...

Top ChoiceSichuan in The Bund & People's Square

Yúxìn Chuāncài

Among Shanghai’s best Sichuan restaurants, Yúxìn is a dab hand in the art of blistering chillies and numbing peppercorns. Menu all-stars include the 'mouth-watering chicken' starter (口水鸡, kǒushuǐ jī), or opt for...

Top ChoiceYunnan in The Bund & People's Square

Lost Heaven

Lost Heaven might not have the views that keep its rivals in business, but why go to the same old western restaurants when you can get sophisticated Bai, Dai and Miao folk cuisine from China’s mighty southwest?...

Top ChoiceInternational in French Concession

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...

Top ChoiceJapanese in French Concession

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...