Nánxiáng Steamed Bun Restaurant

Dumplings in Shanghai Old City

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 won’t even get near it on weekends. There are three dining halls upstairs, with the prices escalating (and crowds diminishing) in each room.

The takeaway deal (including crab meat) is comparable to what you pay elsewhere for xiǎolóngbāo, but the queue snakes halfway around the Yùyuán Bazaar. Closed (for its biggest renovation to date) until September 2018.