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  • Din Tai Fung (Xintiandi)

    • Dining
    • Shanghainese
    • Xiao Long Bao
    • $
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    • Address
      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
    • Phone
      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

  • Crystal Jade (Xintiandi)

    • Dining
    • Dim Sum
    • South-East Asian
    • $
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    • Address
      Xintiandi, South Block Plaza, 2/F, 123 Xingye Lu, near Madang Lu
      新天地南里广场, 兴业路123弄2楼, 近马当路
    • Phone
      6385 8752

    Crystal Jade is a chain from Singapore that's consistently packed for its combination of stylish decor and Cantonese cooking. Dim sum, in particular, is wildly popular. Most people go for the crispy pork belly, the roast pork, shrimp dumplings, mango pudding, and... Read more

  • Din Tai Fung (Shanghai Centre)

    • Dining
    • Shanghainese
    • Xiao Long Bao
    • $
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    • Address
      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
    • Phone
      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

  • Jesse (Tianping Lu)

    • Dining
    • Shanghainese
    • Shanghainese Classics
    • $
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    • Address
      41 Tianping Lu, near Huaihai Xi Lu
      天平路41号, 近淮海西路
    • Phone
      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

  • 1221

    • Dining
    • Shanghainese
    • Tourists' Favourite
    • $
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    • Address
      1221 Yan'an Xi Lu, near Panyu Lu
      延安西路1221号, 近番禺路
    • Phone
      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

  • Lynn

    • Dining
    • Dim Sum
    • Shanghainese
    • $
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    • Address
      99 Xikang Lu, near Nanjing Xi Lu
      西康路99号, 近南京西路
    • Phone
      6247 0101

    Lynn is a contemporary, and quite stylish, Shanghainese restaurant with Cantonese leanings. Popular with a thirtysomething crowd of locals, expats, and tourists, particularly for an 88rmb, all-you-can-eat dim sum deal on the weekends. Read more

  • Ye Shanghai

    • Dining
    • Shanghainese
    • Cantonese
    • $
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    • Address
      Xintiandi, North Block, Lane 181 Taicang Lu, near Madang Lu
      太仓路181号, 新天地北里, 近马当路
    • Phone
      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

  • Yuan Yuan (Xingguo Lu)

    • Dining
    • Dim Sum
    • Shanghainese
    • $
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    • Address
      201 Xingguo Lu, near Tai'an Lu
      兴国路201号, 近泰安路
    • Phone
      6433 9123

    Upscale Shanghainese food for upscale people. They have a particularly good reputation for the red-braised pork belly -- hongshao rou -- a stone-cold Shanghainese classic. The rest is, frankly, mediocre. Read more

  • Xinguang Jiu Jia

    • Dining
    • Shanghainese
    • Hairy crabs
    • $
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    • Address
      512 Tianjin Lu, near Guangxi Bei Lu
      天津路512号 近广西北路
    • Phone
      6322 3978

    Xinguang Jiu Jia specializes in hairy crabs, and, in particular, in multi-course banquets of pre-picked meat, saving the hassle of actually eating a hairy crab. Decor is clean but basic and the location is unexpected, but since it opened in 1991 it's become an... Read more

  • Fu 1039

    • Dining
    • Shanghainese
    • Hairy crabs
    • $
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    • Address
      1039 Yuyuan Lu, near Jiangsu Lu
      愚园路1039号, 近江苏路
    • Phone
      5237 1878

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  • Cheng Cheng's Art Salon (Nanchang Lu)

    • Dining
    • Shanghainese
    • Popular Chinese
    • $
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    • Address
      164 Nanchang Lu, near Sinan Lu
      南昌路164号, 近思南路
    • Phone
      5306 5462

    Shanghainese restaurant doubling as a gallery, the owner is an avid collector. The decor including the cutlery and serving dishes alone are worth the visit, the food itself is as good as the eclectic decor. Read more

  • Bao Luo

    • Dining
    • Shanghainese
    • Hairy crabs
    • $
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    • Address
      271 Fumin Lu, near Changle Lu
      富民路271号, 近长乐路
    • Phone
      5403 7239

    Bao Luo or Paul (it's English nickname you won't see this on the sign) is always packed with locals and expatriates. Value for money here is its biggest selling point, the food is not the best, for the cost it's not too bad. It's a good place to start in China if... Read more