8 Top Cafes and Restaurants to Visit in Shanghai
Paying a visit to Shanghai soon? The largest city in China, Shanghai boasts a vibrant, impressive and diverse food scene that leave you scrambling to check off as many spots as possible on your list. Here are 9 cafes and restaurants that definitely should have a place on that list of yours!
Situated on one of Shanghai’s most iconic landmarks, M on the Bund serves up sophisticated and tasty Modern European flavours while offering a stunning view of the breathtaking skyline. With a menu offering an eclectic mix of options, whether you’re after a nice weekend brunch or looking for a spot to hold a business meeting, M on the Bund promises to deliver. From starters like salads to exciting mains like Steak Diane and the classic M on the Bund Burger, it’ll definitely be a wholesome meal.
As the seasons change, so does the selection at the restaurant, so you can expect a pleasant and refreshing surprise from time to time but that does not change the fact that your experience will be a fantastic and memorable one!
Address: 20 Guangdong Lu, 7th Floor, No 5 on The Bund, Huangpu District, Shanghai, China, near Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu
Monday-Friday: 11.30am-2.30pm, 6pm-10.30pm
Saturday-Sunday: 1130am-5pm, 6pm-10.30pm
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2. Lost Heaven
After wandering around the attraction that is the Bund, why not immerse yourself in the Yunnan culture and cuisine at Lost Heaven? As you step in, you’ll be taken in by the stunning and intricate interior featuring handiworks and patterns of the Tibetan, Yi, Na Xi, Dai, Miao, and Yao tribes, and then the unique and genuine flavours of Lost Heaven will capture your heart.
Offering Yunnan folk cuisine with a personable twist, one can look forward to dishes made with distinctive ingredients like wa coriander, truffles, sand ginger leaves and more. Must-tries on the menu include the Yunnan Wild Vegetable Cakes, Burmese Style Chicken Cold Cut with Rice Noodles and Steamed Cod with Dai Tribe Salted Black Bean. Fuel up with the hearty food here, or sit back with a pot of comforting tea and soak up the view and ambience.
Address: 17 Yan'An Dong Lu, Huangpu District, Shanghai, China, near Zhongshan Dong yi Lun
Monday-Sunday: 11.30am-2pm, 5.30pm-10.30pm
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A cosy space with Italian food, GoodFellas manages to be the perfect place for all occasions whether it’s a romantic date or a cheery gathering with friends and family. Boasting top notch food and service, diners can definitely look forward to tucking into unpretentious, authentic Italian classics skilfully and passionately prepared. Be whisked straight to the streets of Italy with the selection of pastas, risottos and pizzas!
Address: 7 Yan'An Dong Lu, The Bund, Huangpu District, Shanghai, China, near Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu
Monday-Sunday: 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30pm-12am
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Winner of the That’s Shanghai Food & Drink Awards last year, Xibo is utterly dedicated to bringing the ethnic minority group Xibo and its culture to Shanghai. Using the freshest ingredients coupled with the richest and most fragrant spices, together with their great service, diners will definitely be brought into the vibrant world of this minority group hailing from the hills of Xinjiang.
Kickstart your meal with their Spicy & Sour Vermicelli & Cooked Vegetable Salad, then amp up the experience with their extensive selection of grilled meat skewers. Spicy food lovers will fall in love with their Handmade Noodles with Squab (Pigeon) & Hot Peppers! Also featuring more vegetable-based creations alongside traditional Uighur offerings, Xibo is definitely the place to visit for a refreshing culinary experience.
Address: 83 Changshu Lu, Shenzhou Commercial Bldg, 3rd Floor, Jing'An District, Shanghai, China, near Julu Lu
Monday-Sunday: 12am-2.30pm, 6pm-11pm
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Tackling some serious hamburger cravings? Beef and Liberty along Nanjing Road is here to save the day with their classics alongside innovative, new creations that’ll tantalise your tastebuds! Passionate about serving up the best burger with the perfect meat-to-bun ratio, grind courseness among others, you can be assured that Beef and Liberty has masterfully managed to execute that.
With their hulk of a menu, look forward to sinking your teeth into a satisfying ensemble of burgers to your liking whether it’s their Bacon Cheese Hamburger comprising of beef, bacon, cheddar cheese and caramelised onions or something more fiery like their Sichuan Chicken featuring grilled chicken leg, homemade sichuan chili oil, spicy zucchini salad and ginger mayo.
They are also a proud ally of the green movement, hence their various plant-based options. Not feeling like having burgers? Don’t fret for they boast a range of other options including brunch food, salads and other dishes perfect for sharing if you’re visiting in a group!
Address: Suite 111, 1376 Nanjing Xi Lu, The Shanghai Centre, Jingan District, Shanghai, China
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6. El Willy
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One of the most well-known restaurants around, El Willy specialises in Spanish fare, including modern tapas and Barcelona-style rice. Featuring brick walls and large windows that allow the natural light to filter through, diners can dig into dishes with a contemporary spin and bask in the relaxed ambience, surrounded by family and friends.
Serving up apt dishes for all times of the day, head to El Willy for brunch, lunch and dinner for a brilliant spread of food that’ll fill your stomach and heart up. From the likes of Iberian cold cuts, tapas, vegetarian dishes, steak and paella, don’t leave Shanghai without paying El Willy a visit!
Address: 5th Floor, 22 Zhongshan Dong Er Lu. Huangpu District, Shanghai, China, near Xinyong An Lu
Monday-Saturday: 11.30am-2.30pm, 6pm-10.30pm
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7. Starbucks Reserve Roastery
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As of this year, the Starbucks Reserve Roastery in Shanghai is the second largest Starbucks in the world. Standing at 2 storeys and boasting bean-roasting facilities, a gift shop area and coffee bars, this is one place you definitely don’t want to miss out on.
A grand experience awaits you, complete with the sounds and fragrant aroma of coffee being roasted alongside the impressive views of the baristas skilfully brewing up various cuppa joes made with beans that have been meticulously sourced from regions along the Coffee Belt- the perfect place with the perfect climate for coffee beans to grow to their best potential.
Even better news: the menu at this Starbucks is proportionate to its space and you can look forward to indulging in all sorts of teas, cakes, pastries and of course, coffee, all while taking in the sights and smells that’ll leave your senses tingling in delight!
Address: China, Wujiang Rd, CN 南京西路静安区 1st floor, 200085
8. Seesaw Coffee
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What’s a trip to Shanghai without dropping by Seesaw Coffee along Yu Yuan Road? One of the pioneers of the specialty coffee scene in China, coffee connoisseurs can look forward to sipping on various fantastic blends of coffee featuring single origin beans from regions including Panama all roasted to perfection by the experienced and passionate. Boasting a training programme and developing teams of baristas all striving for each cup of coffee to be better than the last, the experience and quality that one will have at Seesaw Coffee is no joke.
Sit back and chill among their vibrant decorations and laid-back atmosphere as you chat with your pals or just spend a nice afternoon people watching. Located in a stunning spot, a visit to this place is more than just a coffee affair; it’s a feast for your eyes and camera as well. Set aside your best outfits and prepare your cameras to snap some shots for the 'gram!
Address: Room 101, Lane 433, YuYan Road, Shanghai, China 200040
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Is your stomach growling yet?
If you’re looking to grow your list of food places to visit when you’re in Shanghai, definitely don’t forget to check out the extensive selection of places on Chope that’ll please your tastebuds and make for a memorable trip. When you book a spot at a restaurant on Chope, you’ll still get to earn the same amount of Chope-Dollars that you would receive in Singapore!