Restaurants

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 Hunanese in Hóngkǒu & North Shànghǎi

Guǒyúan

The cool lime-green tablecloths do little to tame the tempestuous flavours of this fantastic Húnán restaurant. The tiěbǎn dòufu (铁板豆腐; sizzling tofu platter) here is a magnificent dish, but its fiery flavours are al…
Top Choice Sichuan in Pǔdōng

Sichuan Folk

Formerly known as Bāguó Bùyī, Sichuan Folk is pretty much the most authentic Sìchuān food in town, cooked up by the diligent chefs at this famous restaurant at the World Expo site, originally founded in Chéngdū. Wit…
Top Choice Tapas in Jìng’ān

Commune Social

A venture by 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 divid…
Top Choice Yunnan 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? Spec…
Top Choice Shanghai in West Shànghǎi

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 standards w…
Top Choice Mediterranean in French Concession

ElEfante

Willy Trullas Moreno's ElEfante sits squarely at the heart of the French Concession – in the same spot as his first venture – with a choice patio and romantic 1920s villa setting. Its tantalising Mediterranean menu,…
Top Choice Dumpling in West Shànghǎi

Bǎinián Lóngpáo

This tiny spot at the foot of Qībǎo’s main bridge has as many dumpling makers in the kitchen as it does seats. But pay no mind to the cramped premises, as these are by far and away the best xiǎolóngbāo ('little stea…
Top Choice European in Old Town

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 Shanghai in Xújiāhuì & South Shànghǎi

Din Tai Fung

This brightly lit and busy Taiwan-owned restaurant chain may still be peddling its ‘Top 10 restaurants of the world’ mantra after a two-decades-old review in the New York Times, but it does deliver some absolutely s…