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Shanghais largest English language venue directory, with over 10,000 listings, maintained by an editorial team of long-term Shanghai residents
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  • Jesse (Tianping Lu)

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      41 Tianping Lu, near Huaihai Zhong Lu
      天平路41号, 近淮海中路
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      6282 9260

    This is the "old" Jesse restaurant, the shabby but clean cornerstone restaurant of Shanghainese cooking that has since spawned a chain of "new" Jesse restaurants -- Xin Jishi -- in all corners of Shanghai. The original is still the best by far, with unfussy but... Read more

  • Din Tai Fung (Xintiandi)

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      Xintiandi, South Block Plaza, 2/F, Lane 123 Xingye Lu, near Madang Lu
      新天地南里广场2楼, 兴业路123弄, 近马当路
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      6385 8378

    Din Tai Fung is a Taiwanese chain, but don't hold it against them. Their versions of Chinese snack food -- dumplings, noodles, steamed buns, and simple vegetable dishes -- are impeccable, as is their highly-trained service. You pay for the luxury of all of this, of... Read more

  • Jia Jia Tangbao

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      90 Huanghe Lu, near Beijing Lu
      黄河路90号, 近北京路
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      6327 6878

    Jia Jia Tangbao is an institution for Shanghai's own steamed soup dumpling, the xiaolongbao. Hole-in-the-wall location, plastic-stool ambiance, long lines, and an impeccable reputation for their made-to-order soup dumplings. Closing time is arbitrary -- when they... Read more

  • Din Tai Fung (Shanghai Centre)

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      Shanghai Center, 1/F, 1376 Nanjing Xi Lu, near Xikang Lu
      南京西路1376号 上海商城1楼, 近西康路
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      6289 9182

    Din Tai Fung is a Taiwanese chain, but don't hold it against them. Their versions of Chinese snack food -- dumplings, noodles, steamed buns, and simple vegetable dishes -- are impeccable, as is their highly-trained service. You pay for the luxury of all of this, of... Read more

  • Din Tai Fung (Kerry Centre Jing'an)

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      Kerry Centre Jing'An, N4-15, 1515 Nanjing Xi Lu, near Changde Lu
      南京西路1515号嘉里中心N4-15, 近常德路
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      6217 8366

    Din Tai Fung is a Taiwanese chain, but don't hold it against them. Their versions of Chinese snack food -- dumplings, noodles, steamed buns, and simple vegetable dishes -- are impeccable, as is their highly-trained service. You pay for the luxury of all of this, of... Read more

  • Xixi Bistro

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      No. 16, Lane 181 Taicang Lu, near Madang Lu
      太仓路181弄16号, 近马当路
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      6321 8861

    A neighborhood Italian-Chinese fusion quasi-fine dining experience doing food that's just as weird as the original shut down in 2016. Accessible via spiral staircase in the Xintiandi walking area, it's three spots in one; downstairs reception contains a Tiki bar,... Read more

  • Wei Xiang Zhai

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      14 Yandang Lu, near Huaihai Lu
      雁荡路14号, 近淮海路
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      5383 9032

    Shabby and run down Wei Xiang Zhai has been slinging cheap, tasty sesame sauce noodles for decades. Pay no mind to the grubby walls. Just look at every table. You'll see bowls of noodles smothered in spicy, creamy sesame sauce. This is the specialty here. Do yourself... Read more

  • Din Tai Fung (SWFC)

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      Shanghai World Financial Center, 3/F, 100 Century Avenue, near Dongtai Lu
      世纪大道100号3楼, 近东泰路
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      6877 6886

    Din Tai Fung is a Taiwanese chain, but don't hold it against them. Their versions of Chinese snack food -- dumplings, noodles, steamed buns, and simple vegetable dishes -- are impeccable, as is their highly-trained service. You pay for the luxury of all of this, of... Read more

  • Fu Chun Xiaolong

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      650 Yuyuan Lu, near Zhenning Lu
      愚园路650号, 近镇宁路
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      6252 5117

    The oldest outpost of a hyper-popular Shanghainese chain, drawing in crowds with, especially, xiaolongbao soup dumplings. The Fuchun school (which we made up) emphasizes the flavor of the pork, at the expense of basically everything else: these are ripe,... Read more

  • Ye Shanghai

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      Xintiandi, North Block, Lane 181 Taicang Lu, near Madang Lu
      太仓路181号, 新天地北里, 近马当路
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      6311 2323

    Upscale restaurant located in the famouse Xintiandi tourist precinct serving Shanghainese and Hong Kong dishes including Yum Cha or Dim Sum. Read more

  • Jian Guo 328

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      328 Jiangguo Xi Lu, near Xiangyang Nan Lu
      建国西路328号, 近襄阳南路
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      6471 3819

    This Taiwanese owners of this Shanghainese restaurant solemnly swear not to use MSG or low quality swill oil in their cooking, which has garnered lots of from resident foodies. Standout performers on the menu include their fried duck leg, the hongshao rou, and their... Read more

  • Nanxiang Mantou (Yu Garden)

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      85 Yuyuan Lu, near Jiuqu Qiao
      豫园路85号, 近九曲桥
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      6355 4206

    This restaurant in the middle of the Yu Garden Bazaar has garnered a reputation in guidebooks for being the place to try to try the famed Shanghai delicacy xiao long bao, or soup dumplings. Truth be told, if you're willing to veer off the gringo trail,... Read more

  • Wai Po Jia (818 Mall)

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      13/F, 818 Nanjing Xi Lu, near Shimen Yi Lu
      南京西路818号13楼, 近石门一路
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      5239 7225

    Wai Po Jia, or Grandma's House as it's known in English, is wildly popular with the locals. It's for good reason, too. It's a handsome restaurant with a slick contemporary decor and reasonably hip music in the background. Service is remarkably prompt and friendly by... Read more

  • Ding Te Le

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      No. 22, 494 Huaihai Lu, near Yandang Lu
      淮海中路494弄22号, 近雁荡路
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      5103 6275

    Ding Te Le is a humble little noodle and congee shop tucked in an alley off of Huaihai Lu. A popular place among locals, the menu here features a variety of noodles and congees in homemade stocks. Their deep-fried pork chop and their yellow croaker noodles come... Read more

  • 1221

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      1221 Yan'an Xi Lu, near Panyu Lu
      延安西路1221号, 近番禺路
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      6213 6585

    1221 is how most foreigners in Shanghai get acquainted with the city's distinct cuisine. On offer here is heaping portions of Shanghai staples like "lion's head" meatballs and stir-fried shrimps. A particularly unique feature is their eight treasures" tea service,... Read more

  • Lin Long Fang

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      10 Jianguo Dong Lu, near Zhaozhou Lu
      建国东路10号, 近肇周路
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      6386 7021

    One of Shanghai's best-kept secrets, this is famed Jia Jia Tangbao's lesser known sister restaurant. It's more or less identical to Jia Jia and the dumplings are every bit as good. Read more

  • Yang's Fry Dumpling (Wujiang Lu)

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      54-60 Wujiang Lu, near Nanjing Xi Lu
      吴江路54-60号, 近南京西路
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      6136 1391

    The Yang's Fry chain is, if not the originator, then clearly the benchmark for Shanghai's homegrown pan-fried pork dumpling, the shengjian bao. They're a stone-cold Shanghainese street food classic, and a cousin to Shanghai's more famous soup dumpling, the... Read more

  • RIVIERA SHANGHAI

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      505 Zhongshan Dong Er Lu, near Longtan Lu
      中山东二路505号, 近龙潭路
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      3331 3777

    This upmarket Bund eatery offers traditional Japanese cuisine prepared by a Tokyo transplant as well as refined Suzhou fare. Open seating is available on the first floor. The second floor is devoted entirely to private dining rooms. On the third floor there is a... Read more

  • Fu 1039

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      1039 Yuyuan Lu, near Jiangsu Lu
      愚园路1039号, 近江苏路
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      5237 1878

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  • Taoyuan Village (Taizhou Lu)

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      405 Taizhou Lu, near Yuyao Lu
      泰州路405号, 近余姚路
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      6277 7917

    Taiwanese-breakfast inspired chain that specializes in shao bing, a flaky, crispy sandwich filled with egg, "bacon", and lettuce. Nice environment here, but the food leaves much to be desired. Not as good as a street breakfast, and about five times more expensive.... Read more