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UR Shanghai
by LUXE City Guides

  • 1525 Yue
    Smart Casual Restaurants

    Quiet understated dim sum vault tucked inside the Penta Hotel. Forgo the tourist/expat haunts and mingle instead with local families who return time and again for real-deal (and well-priced) Cantonese morsels spanning classics like har gau (shrimp dumplings) and cha shao bao (bbq pork buns) to barbecued crispy pork, roasted goose and more innovative offerings like crispy pigeon and beef ribs in wasabi.

  • 8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo Bombana
    Glam Restaurants

    Restrained Rockbund nook where chef Umberto's famed, Michelin-spangled, sophisti-modern northern Italian flavour bombs take Shanghai with serious swagger. Freshly baked bread and homemade pastas star alongside house-cured meats and heavenly imported cheeses. The walk-in wine cellar boasts 3,000+ bottles.

  • Alimentari
    Cafes & Coffeeshops

    Loaded with charm, this West Bund styled Italian mom-and-pop shop was designed for on-the-go grazers: think truffle salami, mixed olives, fresh baguettes and travel-friendly Aperol Spritz or Donghu Highballs. BYO picnic basket, the bigger the better. Prego.

  • Awfully Chocolate
    Sweet Treats

    Sweet tooths are go-go for cocoa a this Singaporean-born counter serving a wickedly delicious range of chocolate cakes, ice creams and brownies. Diet begone!

    Unit B209, Floor B2, Reel Department Nanjing West Lu
    http://www.awfullychocolate.com
    +86 21 3220 5737
  • Baker & Spice
    Relaxed Restaurants

    Refuel on homebaked goodies as you flop at the large communal table in this woody mid-shop pit stop. Can't select from the spread? The farmhouse carrot cake and a latte or, go on, glass of wine, will have you raring for retail round two.

  • Bird & Bitter
    Relaxed Restaurants

    Clever compact duo turning out pretty global plates one side (Bird), and coffee and cocktails t'other (Bitter). Chef Chris Zhu's ever-changing menu of stars playful, inventive creations like tom-yumified baby squid and fried cauliflower with onion puree and honey miso.

    50 Wuyuan Lu, near Changshu Lu
    +86 135 0172 6412
  • Bistro 321 Le Bec
    Relaxed Restaurants

    Much loved by les Francais, this convivial dining room inside the exquisitely reno'd 1920s Villa le Bec plates up classic Gallic with an Asian twist. The laidback, Euro vibe feels a world away from Mao-mao land, especially when sipping aperitifs in the sprawling garden during the summer. Book in advance to snag one of the two sittings per night.

  • BOR Eatery
    Relaxed Restaurants

    Occupying the former digs of new-Nordic Pelikan, Kasper Pedersen's light contemporary kitchen references his Scandinavian roots, albeit with even less fuss and faff. Ever-changing menus star his personal faves – such as grilled sardines and smørrebrød, along with simple Josper grills. Unpretentious yet sophisticated, foodies should opt for a counter perch.

    2/F, Number 11, 322 Anfu Lu
    http://boreatery.com.cn/
    +86 21 6266 7909
  • Brut Cake Cafe
    Relaxed Restaurants

    Dishy husband-and-wife duo rustle up American fusion delights such as PB lattes and fried chicken waffles alongside an eclectic trove of treasures. A homey shop n' flop combo in Downtown Shanghai.

  • Café del Volcán
    Cafes & Coffeeshops

    Hipsters sit back to browse the wall-lined java jargon, while IGers prep the cam in this bolt-hole coffee for gourmands of the bean. Perch your tush on wooden stools outside or take it to-go to stay abuzz on Yong Kang road. Milky brews discouraged.

  • Café Gray Deluxe
    Smart Casual Restaurants

    Beloved by the city's style pack, chef Gray Kunz's House diner serves fresh seasonal fare from brekkie through to nightcaps. Pull up a pew on the terrace for sundowners and watch the scene unfold.

  • Coquille
    Smart Casual Restaurants

    Boston lobster, Dungeness crab, oysters, abalone n' prawns – you can get the whole sea-bang with the most splurge-worthy platter in town. Banker-turned-restaurateur John Liu's bi-level bistro is a paean to fab, forward French cuisine. More like cui-scene!

  • Cupola at Three
    Glam Restaurants

    Special occasion, you say? Imagine an intimate, romantic rooftop dining room just for two, with iconic Bund skyline panorama, a butler, the sommeliers and chefs of Jean-Georges and complete privacy. The mood is set; the rest is up to you. Lunch & dinner daily.

  • D.O.C. Gastronomia Italiana
    Relaxed Restaurants

    Don't be fooled by the industrial-cool vibe, this nabe Italian bistro is all heart n' soul. The downstairs buzzes with the piece de resistance, a massive pizza oven, while upstairs awaits a sunny patio and fine dining space.

  • Da Vittorio
    Glam Restaurants

    If Italian food had a wardrobe, this one's wearing top hat and tails. The lauded Italian import swooped into Shanghai from the vineyards of Brusaporto last year, immediately flying high on its three Michelin stars. The light-filled Bund-based space enjoys a prime seat over the leaf-lined Huangpu river. Go for wallet-buster crustacean catches.

  • Di Shui Dong
    Relaxed Restaurants

    Spicy, sour, and earthy nibbles hailing from Mao's birthplace (Hunan) in an expansive upstairs country-style room, plus private dining dens. Locals flock here for taste bud tingles, large portions and budget-friendly prices in a super casj and frill-free atmosphere. Don't miss the spareribs.

    56 2/F, Maoming Nan Lu, by Changle Lu
    +86 21 6253 2689
  • el Willy
    Smart Casual Restaurants

    Set foot inside this exposed brick Bund-side boite with playful painted glass sculptures, and wrap your mouth around chef 'Willy' Trullas Moreno's colourful, contempo, seasonal Spanish tidbits – and you'll instantly see why he's still going strong after all these years.

    22 5/F, South Bund, Zhongshan Dong Er Lu
    http://el-willy.com/
    gary@el-willy.com
    +86 21 5404 5757
  • Frasca
    Smart Casual Restaurants

    Gorgeous, glassy stallion drawing a loyal clientele with its award-winning Italian. Comforts incl house-made pastas, pinsas and pizza plus Josper grilled meats, seafood and veg. Order the pappardelle.

  • Fu 1039
    Smart Casual Restaurants

    This alluring madame has placed everyone under a spell, in her restored 1930s villa packing piles of period charm, a tinkling piano, and top local fare incl. smoked fish and shredded tofu.

    1039 Yuyuan Lu, by Jiangsu Lu
    +86 21 5237 1878
  • Fu 1088
    Smart Casual Restaurants

    This alluring madame has everyone under a spell, with her antique-y private rooms and old-school plates.

    375 Zhenning Lu
    +86 21 5239 7878
  • Garlic Barbecue
    Relaxed Restaurants

    A low and slow Texan smokehouse open till sold out, usually by afternoon. The monster diner serves up 18-hour smoked, hand-rubbed, beef brisket with house-made hot sauce. Plus, all the southern comfort sides to boot.

    285 Jianguo Dong Road, Uni Elite, 1F, Unit L107-108
    http://www.garlicbarbecue.com
    +86 138 1833 6837
  • Ginger by the Park
    Relaxed Restaurants

    One of Shanghai's cosiest terraced brunchlings in a leafy corner of the FFC. Spicing up healthy servings of SE Asian fare with a remix of Japanese and Med flair. Look out for the nigari tofu and delicious shakshuka, served with a side of pic-perfect park aspects.

  • Gu Yi
    Relaxed Restaurants

    It's worth the bonkers queue – the spiced-up Hunan chilli kicks and big-city bustle is ground zero for the style and smarty-party set. Grab a beer and go very early.

    87 Fumin Lu, by Julu Lu
    +862162495628
  • Hellas House
    Glam Restaurants

    A sweet honeymooner's homage to Grecian gastronomy in a converted villa, marrying Shanghainese decadence and decorum. Filled with Greek imports – think hand-hewn walnut chairs, marbled columns and mod-art. Choose the veranda for intimate candlelit evenings or take to the garden for larger groups by the alfrisky dip pool and BBQ pit. Res required.

  • Henan Lamian
    Relaxed Restaurants

    Brave the unassuming facade and no-frills 'decor' for hand-pulled noodles at this 24-hr family-run shop, staffed by young cousins from Henan province and open till late. Attracts legions of clubgoers with its after-hours crowd pleasers.

    607 Changle Lu, by Donghu Lu
    +86 21 5404 6727
  • Heritage by Madison
    Smart Casual Restaurants

    Shanghai's fooderati are flocking to Austin Hu's refined mashup of Western, Asian and Chinese on the ground floor of the glammy Foster/Hetherwick Bund Finance Center. The slick light n' airy dining room with open kitchen and bar sets the scene for flavoursome comfort dishes like fiery Chongqing Hot Chicken, General Hu’s cauliflower, beef tartare and salted duck yolk lotus roots. Top marks for substance and style rarely found in this town.

    1/F 600 Zhongshan East 2nd Road, near Longtan Lu
    +86 21 6312 9089
  • Hulu Sushi
    Glam Restaurants

    A crystal cave carved into the wall sets a moody backlit atmos at this hush-hush 6-seater omakase. Two seatings, for sake-flavoured riffs with Chef Liu-San, go for the later sitting.

    Room 105-C, Bldg 6, Columbia Circle, 1262 Yanan Xi Lu, near Panyu Lu
  • Jean-Georges
    Smart Casual Restaurants

    Oh honey! It's out with the dark and in with the Michy starred light, where striking layers of muted brass, glass and mirror bring this 1916 Bund-side building back to life. Monsieur JG's Asian-influenced, mod Gallic cuisine is the very tasty cherry on top.

    3 4/F, Three on the Bund, Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu, enter on Guangdong Lu
    http://jean-georges.com/
    +86 21 6321 7733
  • Jeju Izakaya
    Glam Restaurants

    A hush-hush 8-seater bistro for K-town Izakaya. Sit countertop as you share makgeolli over 10 courses of pure fusion indulgence. Menus printed with seasonal Jeju dreamscapes that match the imported produce and seafaring cuisi. Don't be surprised by the ‘Spaghetti Bolognaise’ that combines seaweed flakes like it’s parma. Yes, please!

    1095 Yuyuan Lu, near Fenggang Lu,
    +86 158 0056 8541
  • Jesse
    Relaxed Restaurants

    You're here for the scrumptious, seasonal cooking, not the drab décor (or contortionist's loo). Pack into the diminutive diner to scarf Shang staples like drunken crab, braised pork shoulder, and sweet dates stuffed with glutinous rice. This branch is the original, and the best, so book ahead.

    41 Tianping Lu, by Huaihai Lu
    http://www.xinjishi.com/
    +86 21 6282 9260
  • Juju
    Smart Casual Restaurants

    Buffet bound K-bbq by none other than Shanghai resti royalty, Mark Klingspon. A mix of old-new stylings - yes there’s arcade games, self-serve beer fridges and a live octopus tank for entertainment. Restyled in graffiti, this late-night eatery will have you drinking as the Koreans do. Jjang!

    Three on the Bund 2F, 17 Guangdong Road
    +86 21 6330 5005
  • Kappo Yu
    Smart Casual Restaurants

    Demure Nippon starlet with a bang-on seasonal 10-course kaiseki served at a lipstick red bar counter, or in two small tatami private rooms. Bookings essential.

    33 Wuxing Lu, by Huaihai Zhong Lu
    http://fulufamily.com/
    +86 21 6466 7855
  • Kin Urban Thai Kitchen
    Relaxed Restaurants

    Northern Thai escapes in the Jing'an enclave of Yongkang. An easy pit-stop for sips and snax in the open air streets, inside a retro-style fit out with white bare-brick walls, dark wooden benches, and heritage patterned tiles. Chilli flakes a plenty, zing!

    938 Changle Lu, near Wulumuqi Lu
    https://www.urban-thai.com/
    +86 21 3250 3863
  • Le Comptoir de Pierre Gagnaire
    Smart Casual Restaurants

    Tucked inside the gorgeous Capella is this classic tribute to French fine dining from the triple-starred eponymous chef. Helmed by Gagnaire's protege Romain Chapel, it's a sparkling showcase of French cuisine re-imaged via locavore ingredients, and an expressive creativity in muted 1930s Shanghai surrounds.

  • Le Verre a Vin
    Smart Casual Restaurants

    Convivial n' compact rough-luxe ode to the humble grape, buzzing with a mixed local/inter/expat crowd. The wholesome Med plates (think: duck confit, seared tuna and pastas) are delish, but oh my, the wine – the triff selection includes French, Spanish, Italian and NZ top drops by the glass or bottle.

    1221 Changle Lu, near Huashan Lu
    +86 21 5403 4278
  • Lost Heaven
    Smart Casual Restaurants

    Sultry, tribal villa sought out by Shang's movers and eaters in search of unique, piquant dishes hailing from the Yunnan province, featuring Thai, Laotian and Burmese border influences. The Huangpu outlet, with its enchanting decor, subtle candlelight is more romantic than bigger Bund-side sib.

  • M on the Bund
    Smart Casual Restaurants

    Slinky pet with pops of indigo, and a veritable Shang institution for both its unbeatable Bund-site terrace and day-to-night scene. We particularly love the laidback weekend brunch starring eggs Benny and an artery-lining fry up—don't miss the Pavlova for dessert.

  • Masala Art
    Relaxed Restaurants

    Sop up the fragrant curries and flavours of Rajasthan and beyond, all without fear of Delhi belly, at this spartan, simple, and perennially popular parlour. Bollywood-themed banquet in the back room for last-minute parties.

    397 Dagu Lu, by Shimen Yi Lu
    http://masaalaart.com/
    +86 21 6327 3571
  • Mercato
    Smart Casual Restaurants

    Jean-Georges shows off his inner Giorgio with crowd-wowing seasonal Italian plates including fan favourite wood-fired pies and handmade pastas, served up in a rough-luxe rustic riverside looker. From oui to si!

  • MESS
    Smart Casual Restaurants

    Chef Shahaf Shabtay takes Mediterranean cuisine to a new level by fusing Asian, Middle Eastern and European flavours. Pic-pretty in the East Bund cultural corridor, spot the two-floor arched facade, blue-white tiles, velveteen loungers and copper brasserie just steps away from the Modern Art Museum.

  • Mr & Mrs Bund
    Smart Casual Restaurants

    Brasserie dishes under French food wizard Paul Pairet's influence, plus global delicacies to please the Shang clique in svelte, silver-grey surrounds with a snazz patio-ette and coveted Pudong views.

    6/F, 18 Bund, Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu, by Nanjing Dong Lu
    http://mmbund.com/
    reservations@mmbund.com
    +86 21 6323 9898
  • Mr. Willis
    Relaxed Restaurants

    Pull up a leather-backed chair in this chillaxed, urban timber loft, with sunlight streaming in and steaming pots of java, and tuck into the sophisti mod Med comfort fare plus breakfast classics.

  • Oxalis
    Relaxed Restaurants

    French farmyard-inspired space boasting Bentwood chairs and stylish rattan fixtures, heritage botanical-tiled walls, Oxalis is bright and breezy with nary a bare bulb in sight. Its smooth Gallic charm sits across the road from the Shanghai Natural History Museum, and despite its mall locale, manages to pull a relaxed crowd for a fresh Sunday brunch.

    L4-03, 4th Floor, Bohua Square, No. 388 Shanhaiguan Road
    +86 21 6381 1858
  • PHÉNIX eatery & bar
    Smart Casual Restaurants

    Mod elegance abounds at this sophisty sanctuary where produce-driven, Michy-spangled French delights (oysters, confit lamb, and a decadent peanut butter parfait) and verdant JingAn Park outlooks lure a biz and leisure crowd. Triff value set lunch.

  • Polux by Paul Pairet
    Relaxed Restaurants

    Culinary king Paul Pairet (he of Ultra-Violet and Mr & Mrs Bund) turns his charms to everyday French comforts at this intimate Parisian bistro. Sit à deux inside, or people watch on the terrace. Book ahead.

    No. 5, Lane 181 Taicang Road
    http://www.poluxbypp.com/
    +86 21 6333 9897
  • PS Cafe
    Cafes & Coffeeshops

    Yes it's in a mall, but this chic Singapore import continues to buzz after opening early last year. Riffing on the original's monochrome good looks, this light-filled diner serves draws the brunch set with Oz-inflected bistro fare, java and utterly indulgent cakes. Swish terrace for alfresco eats when weather permits.

    PS Cafe, 3/F, Xintiandi Plaza, 333 Huaihai Zhong Lu
    http://www.pscafe.cn/
    contact@pscafe.cn
    +86 21 6151 1321
  • Qimin
    Relaxed Restaurants

    Farm-fresh veg and lush, additive-free broth lands this hot pot in top spot for warming comfort sups. Relaxed industrial-market interiors with a sprinkling of dangling light bulbs set the scene for a casual evening of deliciousness.

    3/F, 191 Hengshan Lu, near Yongjia Lu
    +86 21 5465 9195
  • RAC
    Relaxed Restaurants

    Beat the foodie stampede off with a stick for a prime window posi, cawfee and loaded galettes at this FFC courtyard hottie beloved by locals and visitors alike. Feel-good, look-good French fare with a twist.

    332 Anfu Lu, near Wukang Lu, FFC
    +84 136 3659 5172
  • Rac II
    Cafes & Coffeeshops

    Ooh la la! The second installment of Rac Coffee and Wine Bar is replete with your faves and more in a double-floored bistro. The barnhouse design, glass roof, and Moroccan Zellige tiles are pic-perfect. Hit the ground floor espresso bar for java or head upstairs for crepes and boozy brunch. Go for the egg-travvy avo toast, basic as it may be.

    55 Shaanxi Nan Lu
    +86 136 3659 5172
  • Raw Eatery and Wood Grill
    Relaxed Restaurants

    Serious smokehouse with a flair for big bbq and bigger beers in decor that screams Chicago style. Taking over La Stazione's former Jingan digs, this is a South American comfort stop with a twist, from the minds behind Malabar. Go big or go home!

  • Rye & Co
    Cafes & Coffeeshops

    Mark Klingspon's (he of The Nest and The Cannery) mod Nordic perch reps open-sided sarnies, meatballs and gravlax a go-go amid warm, woody surrounds. Zip upstairs for cocktails in the loungey bar (or on the terrace) for afters.

    Rye & Co, 6/F, Xintiandi Plaza, 333 Huaihai Zhong Lu
    +86 6339 1993
  • Seventh Son
    Smart Casual Restaurants

    Local connoisseurs beeline to this contempo Michy-starred humdinger. Stick to the dim sum classics (only 30 to choose from!) at this prodigal Hong Kong export – your tastebuds and wallet will thank you. Shanghainese soup dumplings (xiao long bao) are a no brainer.

    2nd Floor, E2-E3 Kerry Centre, 1515 Nanjing Xi Lu, near Changde Lu
    https://www.seventhson.hk/
    +86 21 6266 3969
  • Sichuan Citizen
    Relaxed Restaurants

    Fiery, palate-tickling central Chinese spice, served in a sultry, kitschy-chic bamboo and wood outfit. The menu runs the gamut from simple stir-fries and veggie pleasers to bold delicacies like tongue, tripe, and spicy pig's heart.

  • Sober Society
    Smart Casual Restaurants

    Forget the name, meticulous cocktails and fine fare are the game at this triumvirate on the corner of the FFC's Yandang Lu and Nanchang Lu. Warm up with java, spirits and small plates at GF Sober Café, feast on mod Chinese fare at 2F Sober Kitchen, then retreat with a finely crafted digestif at Shingo Gokan's (he of Speak Low, see Bars) retro imbiber on the 3F. Worth flexing the AmEx for expertly mixed quality pours – ask for the Grasshopper.

    99 Yandang Lu, near Nanchang Lu
    +86 21 5309 8261
  • Sui Tang Li
    Smart Casual Restaurants

    The air of subdued, contemporary refinement belies Tony Ye's palate-teasing menu of Canto, Shanghainese and Sichuan greatest hits.

  • Sumerian Coffee
    Cafes & Coffeeshops

    Jing'an stalwart roasting their own artisan beans in wood-beamed surrounds, plus the house line of Boom Boom Bagels and locally-crafted Strictly Cookies.

    415 Shaanxi Bei Lu, near Beijing Xi Lu
    http://sumeriancoffee.com/
    +8613621740969
  • Tai'an Table
    Smart Casual Restaurants

    An interactive, intimate dining experience awaits at German pan man Stefan Stiller’s 2-Michy starred counter. Opt for a counter perch or 4-person booth from which to sample the experimental, seasonal 14-course tasting menu (there's also a 10-course iteration for veg-heads). Reservations by the website only – book well in advance.

    161 Bldg 1, Lane 465, Zhenning Lu, near Xinzha Lu
    http://taian-table.cn
    +86 173 0160 5350
  • Thai Gallery
    Smart Casual Restaurants

    Chow down on delicious Thai eats at this treehouse parlour set in Jing'an Park’s lakeside, where you'll be surrounded by an eclectic collection of Southeast Asian art. Lip-smacking and eye-catching, it’ll set your senses a-buzzing.

    1649 Nanjing Xi Lu, near Huashan Lu (inside Jing'an Park)
    http://shanghai.thaigallery.cn/
    +86 21 6217 9797
  • The Beach House
    Relaxed Restaurants

    Stylish lounge bringing a taste of the Hamptons to Shanghai via easy-breezy decor with nautical accents and low-slung couches, stellar seafood plates n' lashings of fizz. The chic, laze-tastic terrace is perf for day-to-night lounging in the summer.

    758 2/F, Julu Rd, near Fumin Lu
    +86 21 6266 9818
  • The Bull & Claw
    Relaxed Restaurants

    Industrial vibe and convivial atmos, but who's really paying attention to the decor when you have live lobsters flown in daily from Nova Scotia, Australian prime steaks, and 18 craft beers on tap? Triff brunch and service, too.

  • The Cannery
    Smart Casual Restaurants

    Bringing a mid-century mod Vancouver vibe to downtown Shanghai is this glowing, amber-lit, copper-ceilinged, plate-glass window'd sib to The Nest. Flip-fresh Canadian West Coast seafood is the star attraction – think oysters and lobster – and a booze cruise of craft 'tails, beers, bourbons, ryes and Canook whiskies. With top service to boot, all that's missing is the Mounty. Res essential.

    1107 Room 106, Building 1, Yuyan Lu, near Jiangsu Lu
    http://thecanneryshanghai.com/
    info@thecanneryshanghai.com
    +862152760599
  • The Chinoise Story
    Smart Casual Restaurants

    This dramatic, curvaceous jewel with creamy booths and lofty ceilings is home to Hong Kong-born and Toronto-based star chef Susur Lee's steamy, sumptuous mouthfuls, deftly imbued with Western flair.

    59 Jinjiang Hotel Shanghai, Maoming Nan Lu
    +86 21 6445 1717
  • The Commune Social
    Smart Casual Restaurants

    Spanish miracle worker Sergio Moreno helms Jason Atherton's convivial triple-whammy tapas, dessert, and cocktail bar, housed in a red brick former police station with fab terrace. After, try the cheekily monikered Jing'An Juice at the upstairs bar.

  • Thought for Food
    Cafes & Coffeeshops

    Wholesome, sustainably-sourced eats to fuel your eco-conscious diet by the ingenious Octave collective. Talk to the experts in relaxed cafe environs and meet go-getter yogis at the communal dining table. Namaste.

  • Together
    Smart Casual Restaurants

    A star chef (Bina Yu), a darling designer (Neri&Hu) and a master patissier (Kim Melvin) walk into a bar, and French-Asian fare has never looked or tasted so damn good. Bold flavour combos like octopus tentacles coasted in gochujang and ume-miso glazed salmon are served as share plates or solo ventures. Superbly priced wine list.

    546 Yuyuan Lu, near Zhenning Lu
    +86 21 5299 8928
  • Tomatito
    Smart Casual Restaurants

    Cuisine king Willy Trullas Moreno's relaxed n' quirksome tapas tiger with lush terrace overlooking Xintiandi Park. Deliciously simple Spanish staples like ceviche, patatas bravas, sardines and paella are sluiced with sangria, natch. Res essential.

    Infinitus Mall, 3F#W08-10, 168 Hubin Lu, near Jinan Lu
    http://www.elwillygroup.com/tomatito/
    aking@tomatito.com.cn
    +86 21 6259 8671
  • Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet
    Glam Restaurants

    An all-out ultra-feast of swirling visuals, diffused aromas, ambient sounds and avant-garde tastes for 10 extremely lucky guests at one table. Book this 3-Michy starred showstopper well in advance.

  • Wei Jing Ge
    Smart Casual Restaurants

    Zip up the old wing lift to this wood beamed attic for regional Shanghai, Canton and Huaiyang fare. No Bund views, it's all about the food in this antique-filled fine diner arranged over six intimate dining rooms. Consult the sommelier.

  • Xibo
    Relaxed Restaurants

    Sample seriously full-bodied, veggie-heavy provincial flavours from the hills of northwestern Xinjiang in a lively, atmossy eatery with charmant roof terrace. No kitschy tribal tat here, plus the owners donate a quarter of their profits to charities in western China.

  • Xindalu - China Kitchen
    Smart Casual Restaurants

    Smart and contemporary, with a glassy open kitchen featuring four separate cooking stations for China's greatest hits. Date and applewood-fired Peking duck emerges from a BJ-style brick oven, tended to by chefs direct from the capital, and is served with all the trimmings in a refined marble and stone atmos.

  • Yè Shanghai
    Smart Casual Restaurants

    Shanghai-chic tea house reinterpreted, courtesy of architect Tony Chi, in a trad, slate-roofed shikumen with sleek interiors. Choose from an extensive menu of elegant dishes from the region and its neighbouring provinces. On the weekends there's dim sum brunch, or catch evening jazz performances in the upstairs dining room.

  • Zao Zi Shu
    Relaxed Restaurants

    Not only is there no decor to speak of, but also no meat, no seafood, no alcohol, and no MSG. So what the hell's going on? Terrific veggies, that's what.

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