Originally opened as a premium ice cream shop called Gracie's, this little spot on the corner of Xinle and Fumin re-branded itself as Al's Diner in Fall 2015. They're serving American diner classics like biscuits and gravy, patty melts, monte cristos, egg x sausage... Read more
From the team behind Lost Heaven and More Than Eat right next door, Lost Bakery offers an assortment of pastries, deserts, and bread at affordable prices. Raspberry tarts, croissants, and rolls are all under 20rmb. Desert items such as eclairs and slices of cake are... Read more
In 2015, popular, pet-friendly neighborhood bar Piro rebranded itself as "Charle's", an upmarket fast-food spot slinging cheap-ish burgers, fries, shakes, and dog treats. It's still a comfy, casual neighborhood spot, with two floors, exposed ceilings, a large open... Read more
A chic but approachable modern bakery and ice cream shop from Shanghai's resident baker's manager, Son Quach. He's hosting a succinct and delectable line of frugally priced baked goods, as well as that trendy WIYF ice cream, which remains staggeringly great. This... Read more
Xiangyang Nan Lu outpost of the Al's Diner empire. Much like the original, this two-story restaurant has an ice-cream parlor downstairs slinging Gracie's, while upstairs they're serving American diner... Read more
Second location of the popular bakery and ice cream shop. Their special Luneurs’ salted caramel ice cream is very, very good. Another flavor to look out for is the apricot thyme sorbet. Also delicious. Read more
Turin-based brand with international branches. It trades in good gelato, "how it used to be made", which means no artificial flavors, colorings, additives, preservatives or emulsifiers. They operate their own farm, experiment with new cultivars, pre-mix in a central... Read more
Small, high-end ice-cream lounge in Xintiandi that makes their ice cream on site. It's mostly soft serve with toppings, in flavors like black truffle, lemon grass ginger, and porter beer. Their recipes come from a "very low profile Michelin three star chef" in... Read more
Year-round gelato spot on Shaaxni Lu with space for maybe fifteen people to sit at low tables. They're serving gelato in about 16 of the usual flavors. The cones are pretty small, but the quality is good. Read more
This is the third location of popular ice cream shop and patisserie, Luneurs. The first is in Xingfuli and second on Huashan Lu. They've brought their outstanding ice creams (the salted caramel!) into this mall kiosk and added a few other flavors, like Dark Chocolate... Read more
An Italian gelato chain brand with its own pasture in the alpine valleys of Piedmont, Italy, and has been operating in Alba, Turin and Milan for years. All the ingredients, equipment, cups and cones at their China outpost, are imported from Italy. Read more
Talk about niche market. Awfully Chocolate sells three types of chocolate cakes and three types of ice cream in their super-chic shop, and nothing else. The idea is imported from Singapore, the cakes are made in Shanghai, and if you want to sit down and eat in the... Read more
Popular Ice Cream store that use to Pop-Up only during summer months has opened permanently across the street from their original Pop-up location. Expect long lines during the weekends. Bonus serves interesting flavours such as Salted Egg. Read more
Tokyo's ice cream cake shop. This one is its first overseas store, located right next to its sister brand LeTAO in Xintiandi. The delicious, photogenic and pricy cakes are handmade in Japan and air-lifted to Shanghai. Reservations only before 9pm for the limited... Read more
Previously a Cali TexMex joint called Dos Locos, it's now part of the expanding Charlie's empire of upmarket fast-food burgers; cheapish burgers, fries, shakes and brownies. The big neon lights and... Read more
A tiny window to the side of Gemma, this is where gelato master Salvatore Naselli's artisanal gelato gets slung. They've got 8 flavors available; fig, peach, blueberry, hazelnut, pistachio, bacio (chocolate hazelnut sort of thing), straight chocolate, and... Read more
A -20 Celsius steel sheet freezes an ice cream mixture upon contact, onto which toppings are sprinkled and scraped into scrolls. They’ll add any flavor you like as long as you bring it with you, but being a bar, they suggest beer and wine (!), along with more... Read more
Internet famous Ice cream and gelato spot with Thai iced tea or coffee flavored soft-serve, amongst others. Most cones cost around 30rmb, and they have several funny-looking designs. Read more
Ice-cream spot on the Bund doing Italian gelato in about 15 flavors, though they change seasonally. Chef Andrea Rano's behind the daily ice cream production. Read more
Bright and cheery Greek yogurt and frozen yogurt shop on Yongkang Lu. They also serve fruitbowls, smoothies and fresh juices. Read more
Pioneering cones are the order of the day at STH Chimney. Instead of the usual waffle, cones here are made from chimney-like coils of puff pastry, and baked onsite throughout the day. Soft-serve toppings include KitKats, Ferrero Rocher, Malteasers, pretzels, peanut... Read more
Originally a pop-up on Wulumqui Lu, this is now a fully-fledged, modern-looking ice cream shop with a couple of seats. Flavors tend to be on the more fragrant and/or unorthodox side, such as black pear, cheese, salty, gardenia and "mojito," in cones or cups.... Read more
Ice cream joint that puts a chocolate shell over the soft-serve. Ever heard of Magic Shell? It's like Magic Shell. Read more
One of innumerable stands and larger cafe-style spaces dedicated to expensive (but so, so good) Brooklyn-born ice-cream brand. Bet you thought it was Swiss or something! They're typically dressed up in pastel colors and refined, photogenic seating. Read more
Mall ice-cream stand decked out like it's a science lab: dry ice smoke and weird beaker shapes. Read more
Basically a hole in the wall crewed by happy, smiling young people (for now), Kiss the Tiramisu is apparently the first Shanghai outing of a South Korean brand that serves plastic goblets filled with tiramisu and ice cream. Four flavors on at the moment; Original... Read more
Little gelato window on busy Fumin Lu, UnCono has all the obvious flavors covered with some interesting curveballs, too. Pear Williams with cream cheese, anyone? One flavor is 20rmb, two is 32rmb. Read more
An elaborate process takes place at NOC. A plain vanilla ice cream bar on a stick is dunked in liquid nitrogen, then your choice of fruit puree, and into the freezing liquid nitrogen again before being doused with sprinkles. Produces a decent, clean-tasting fruit and... Read more
A relatively inexpensive (cheaper than Haagen-Dazs!) but delicious ice cream chain, well-known in the United States but less popular in Shanghai. Offers a wide variety of flavors, with the option of blending the ice cream into milkshakes or shoveling it into healthy... Read more
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