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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.

  • 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
  • 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.

  • 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.

    232 Anfu Lu, by Wulumuqi 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 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.

  • Dao Jiang Hu
    Relaxed Restaurants

    Singapore domin-eat-trix Betty Ng (owner of Ginger, see Restaurants) whips up taste-tastic regional Chinese flaves with a side order of goss in camp and cheery chinoiserie digs. Better still, it's all blissfully MSG-free, with GF options avail. Heyday Jazz Club (see Bars) is on hand for pre or post.

  • 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 for lunch or dinner (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 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
  • 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
  • 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.

  • 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
  • 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 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
  • 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
  • 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 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
  • 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
  • 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.

  • PHÉNIX eatery & bar
    Smart Casual Restaurants

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

  • 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 6466 5912
  • 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.

    Bldg 14, 332 Anfu Lu, near Wukang Lu, FFC
  • 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
    +86 21 6266 3969
  • 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.

  • 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
  • Taian Table
    Smart Casual Restaurants

    An interactive, intimate dining experience awaits at German pan man Stefan Stiller’s 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 website only – book well in advance.

    161 Bldg 1, Lane 465, Zhenning Lu, near Xinzha Lu
  • 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
  • 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

    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.

  • 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

    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 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.

  • 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 - 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.

    338 Hse 6, North Block Xintiandi, Huangpi Nan Lu
  • 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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