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UR Shanghai
by LUXE City Guides

  • 100 Century Ave
    Smart Casual Restaurants

    A feast for the eyes as well as the palate, with live Western, Chinese and Japanese show kitchens, pastry counter and huge wine cellar. Add floor-to-ceiling windows and pilot's seat vistas of river and city from one of the world's tallest buildings.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Cha’s
    Relaxed Restaurants

    Join the perma-lines for this retro, chequerboard floored, cantopop drenched, 1950s-esque Hong Kong diner, an enduring hit with hungry locals in search of traditional, greasy spoon 'cha chaan teng' staples.

    30 1/F, Sinan Lu, by Huaihai Zhong Lu
  • Chun
    Relaxed Restaurants

    The framed sign at this private kitchen (read: four-table foodie desti) is a Chinese lament that Kelly Hoppen refused to do the interior. No menu, no English – eat what the chef serves. The real deal for market-fresh, home-style Shanghainese cuisine. Book ahead and arrive on time.

    124 Jinxian Lu, by Maoming Nan Lu
  • 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!

    29-31 Mengzi Lu, by Xujiahui Lu
  • Crystal Jade
    Relaxed Restaurants

    A heaving glass n' granite delight, serving up plenty of loud Cantonese din plus a sprinkle of Shanghainese hustle and a dash of Beijinger bustle. Dim sum, duck and crispy pork belly are the standouts.

    Bldg 6-7, Sth Block Xintiandi, Lane 123 Xingye Lu
  • 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.

  • 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
  • Din Tai Fung
    Relaxed Restaurants

    Show up early (or prepare to queue) to this mighty Taiwanese chain, now a well-oiled and world-famous dumpling machine, for faultless soup-filled morsels and an ace Xintiandi aspect.

    Unit 11A, 2/F, Bldg 6, Sth Block Xintiandi, Lane 123 Xingye Lu
  • el Efante
    Smart Casual Restaurants

    More of Willy's moreish, med-focused menu, this time in a restored French Concession colonial villa with a sunny patio. Expect perfectly aimed Spanish and Italian flavour bombs, while the deli sells specialty cured meats and small-batch imported cheeses.

  • 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
  • elEFANTE
    Smart Casual Restaurants

    The Med-focused sister of Shang's fave el Willy entices with the chef's tasty tapas plates and tidbits fired up over the natural charcoal grill, best enjoyed on the breezy terrace. Ace brunch, too.

  • Fifty 8º Grill
    Glam Restaurants

    Visionary Michelin-lauded Dutchman Richard Ekkebus' temple to French artisan ingredients, served in a striking Deco-esque salon. Slink into one of the leather banquettes and indulge in the coveted Blackmore purebred Australian Wagyu, grilled faultlessly over an open fire.

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.

  • 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
  • Henkes
    Relaxed Restaurants

    Sprawling, terraced trattoria and wine bar in shopping central, where Aussie chef Craig Willis dishes Med pates in a casual but polished, dim-lit atmos. The cafe counter offers carry out pastries and sandwiches.

  • HoF
    Relaxed Restaurants

    Give into the sinful, sensual, sweet tooth seduction by a St. Regis pastry alumni, with mini-puddings, artisan chox, and airy cakes in uber stylish digs serving cocktails later. You simply can't say no...

    30 Sinan Lu, by Huaihai Zhong Lu
  • Jean-Georges
    Smart Casual Restaurants

    Oh honey! It's out with the dark and in with the 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
  • 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
  • Kappo Yu
    Smart Casual Restaurants

    Little sis to Oyama and a starlet in her own right, with a bang-on seasonal 10-course kaiseki served at a lipstick red bar counter, or in two small tatami private rooms. Book ahead.

    33 Wuxing Lu, by Huaihai Zhong Lu
  • Liquid Laundry
    Relaxed Restaurants

    Not your regular rinse n' dry. Kelly Lee's upscale micro brewhouse is a real crowdpleaser, with buzzing all-day atmos, a dozen rotating brews on tap (try the Workday IPA or Puxi Patrol Porter), a cocktail bar churning out crafted mixes, bourbons and whiskys... And then mop it all up with wood-fired pizzas and homemade charcuterie.

    1028 Huaihai Zhong Lu, 2/F K Wah Centre
  • 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 French Concession outlet, with its enchanting decor, subtle candlelight is more romantic than bigger Bund-side sib.

  • Lynn
    Relaxed Restaurants

    Whack on your stretch slacks and gorge on toothsome Shanghai and Hong Kong delights in this stylish resto, which is especially packed on the weekends with all-you-can-eat dim sum.

    99-1 Xikang Lu, by Nanjing Xi Lu
  • 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, as well as its ace fare from eggs benny to a shareable Danish Smorrebrod. Whatever you do, 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
  • Maya
    Smart Casual Restaurants

    More Tinseltown chic than Tex-Mex, with hacienda-like arches, off-white and sandy hues, Latin beats and a spruce crowd. Dive headfirst into tacos and tequila, then when you're as stuffed as a chile relleno, retire to the Hustlers Lounge.

    568 2/F, Clubhouse, Shanghai Grand Plaza, Julu Lu
  • 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!

    3 6/F, Three On The Bund, Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu, enter on Guangdong Lu
  • Mia’s Yunnan Kitchen
    Relaxed Restaurants

    Pull up a pew at one of the communal wooden tables in this earthy neighbourhood go-to, and tuck into a guilt-free feast of home-style Yunnan delights.

    45 Anfu Lu, by Changshu Lu
  • 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.

    18 6/F, Bund 18, Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu, by Nanjing Dong Lu
  • 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.

  • Pin Chuan
    Relaxed Restaurants

    Expat fave in an old Shang mansion with outdoor patio, where gentle tongue-tickling spices are whipped into creative dishes by three master chefs from the Sichuan capital. The chilli rating system is helpful for timid taste buds, while spice lovers go bold.

  • Shintori
    Smart Casual Restaurants

    This industrial minimalist jaw-dropper combines sky-high ceilings, mezzanine seating, and open kitchen with uber-hip vibe and Nippon plates. Follow the bamboo path through the unmarked entrance, and imbibe at svelte urbane lair People 7 pre or post.

    803 Julu Lu, by Fumin Lu
  • 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.

    30 Donghu Lu, by Huaihai Lu
  • Spicy Joint (Xin Xiang Hui)
    Relaxed Restaurants

    Craving a Chengdu peppercorn sensation? Follow the hip young thangs to the tables at this bright, mod spice box, and then dig into the satisfying and tongue-numbing signature Sichuan menu.

    500 4/F, Jinling Dong Lu, People’s Square, by Xizang Lu
  • 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
  • Sushi Oyama
    Smart Casual Restaurants

    Book ahead for a coveted perch in this itsy bitsy 14-seat talk of the town, and sample chef Oyama-san's divine daily omakase, sourcing raw cuts jet-fresh from Japan.

    20 2/F, Donghu Lu, by Huaihai Lu
  • 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.

    110 Fenyang Lu, near Fuxing Zhong Lu
  • 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
  • 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
  • The Commune Social
    Smart Casual Restaurants

    Maze alum Scott Melvin 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.

  • Tomatito
    Smart Casual Restaurants

    Down the dim-lit alley you go for cuisine king Willy Trullas Moreno's relaxed n' quirksome tapas tiger. Sitting below El Ocho (see Bars) this colourful, collectable-strewn cookie serves deliciously simple Spanish staples like ceviche, patatas bravas, sardines and paella, sluiced with sangria, natch. Sit at the bar if you're happy to take your chances, otherwise res essential.

    99 2/F, Zhong Plaza / Taixing Lu, by Nanjing Xi Lu
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Xiao Yang Sheng Jian
    Relaxed Restaurants

    A firm favourite for delectable pan-fried pork dumplings, a Shanghai street food classic. Hot soup within so crunch with caution. Look for the hot pink 'Yang's Fried Dumpling' sign and the snaking line of hungry, patient patrons. The beef soup is also a treat.

    269 2/F, Wujiang Lu, by Taixing Lu
  • 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
    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.

    338 Hse 6, North Block Xintiandi, Huangpi Nan Lu
  • Yi Café
    Relaxed Restaurants

    The ultimate foodie buffet, with 12 live cooking stations spanning the globe, plus a fresh juicing counter and decadent dessert display. One thing's for sure – it's a far cry from your average ho-hum hotel brunch.

  • 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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