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 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 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 Hunanese in Xújiāhuì & South Shànghǎi

Hóng Làjiāo Xiāngcàiguǎn

There's no shortage of decent Húnán restaurants in Shànghǎi 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 casual …
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 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 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 Sichuan in The Bund & People's Square

Yúxìn Chuāncài

At the top of Shànghǎi’s best Sìchuān restaurants, Yúxìn is a dab hand in the art of blistering chillies and numbing peppercorns. All-stars include the 'mouth-watering chicken' starter (口水鸡; kǒushuǐ jī), or opt for …
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 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…