In New Yong'An Street, near the Old City of Shanghai China, there are a huge number of food stands. These are common on the streets of this huge Chinese metropolis, but here even more than usual. Lunch can generally be eaten very peacefully. I've eaten here a few times and have loved the food! I especially recommend the meat and vegetable dumplings, which are a delight. You can request them to go. There are also chestnuts, corn cakes, sausages, roasted ears ... All for a great price.
The Oriental Pearl Tower (Chinese: 东方 明珠 塔; pinyin: Dongfang Míngzhūtǎ; official name: 东方 明珠 广播 电视塔) is the TV tower in Shanghai, China. It is located at the tip of Lujiazui in the Pudong district on the east side of the Huangpu River. The tower serves as one of the prinicipal sights and icons of the city. Finished in 1994, the tower was designed by Jiang Huan Chen, Lin Benlin and Zhang Xiulin, and at 468 meters, it was the tallest building in China between 1994 and 2007. The tower has viewpoints on several levels, the highest of which is at 350 meters. It also sports a revolving restaurant.
One of the most famous specialties of the Shanghai cuisine are the fried dumplings, which are balls of dough filled with meat or vegetables. One of the streets of Shanghai most famous for the best quality dumplings is Wujiang Street (Metro West Nanjing Rd). Usually sold in packages of four, the dough balls are fried on the spot so they are always very fresh. The Wujiang food stalls tend to attract dozens of people lining up to buy some It is very common to see people eating walking down the middle of the street, because most of the stands don't have any tables or chairs. The prices are unbeatable.
This restaurant is just two minutes walk away from the metro station of Nanjing Road East. It specializes in crayfish and, in addition to Chinese, they also speak Japanese and some staff also speak English. It's quite a pretty place and, what´s more, the food is exquisite, although perhaps the place is somewhat noisy (which is not surprising of this type of restaurant in China). The waiters are friendly and polite, although the service does not meet our expectations of a high-class restaurant, since the prices discriminate against the average Chinese citizen, but they are normal for us (at around 30Euros per guest including a refreshing Tsing Tao). It was recommended by a Japanese friend and I do not regret having taken his advice
In Shanghai, it's not unusual to see cafes and bars in the streets, but they're only in certain areas and mainly aimed at western clientele. There are a few Starbucks in the city and this is one of my favorites because it's a little ways away from the bustle of the area. It's in the basement of the Everbright Kerry Shopping Mall in Tianmu Street, near the Shanghai Railway Station.
Yoshinoya is a Japanese fast food chain that has been introduced to China and is a place to get a good meal and a very good price. Normally, you'll find these restaurants on the shopping streets of Shanghai. There's an extensive menu of Chinese dishes each week, and there are always special offers. The average price is usually about 3 euros.
On of the most typical dishes of Shanghai and throughout China are the Dumplings. You can enjoy them in the Yuyuan Market. We recommend the "Nanxiang steamed bun restaurant", an establishment located in the old City of Shanghai. You can see how they make them fresh right in front of you. Recommendation: go early in order to avoid the long queues.
Latina Xintiandi is a Brazilian restaurant located in the heart of Shanghai in the exclusive area of Xintiandi. The best thing about this restaurant is the buffet offered on weekends. For China, the price is a bit expensive (about 18 euros) but the quality is excellent and the variety is fantastic too. You can serve yourself from a buffet of traditional Brazilian food (feijoada, vegetables, beef stew, fried plantains...), and in addition, waiters will come to your table offering different kinds of meat to add to your meal: beef, pork, duck.... If you have a appetite this is the place to come for a Sunday afternoon!
In China, tea is an institution. The drink is native to the country, and was exported to Europe for the first time in the seventeenth century, where it was popularized worldwide by the English. Tea is grown in southern China and consumed at all hours, from morning until dinner. Many Chinese people carry thermoses of tea in the street and there are shops where you can buy tea of all kinds, as well as traditional Chinese teapots and cups. One of them is this Tea & Tea Set beside Jing'An Temple. It sells dozens of kinds of tea as well as traditional teapots. Other notable teahouses among the hundreds in Shanghai: Huxinting Teahouse in Yuyuan Bazaar, Bonomi Café in East Zhongshan Rd or Boona n1 Café in Xinle Rd or 1931 in South Maoming Rd.
In Xintiandi, one of the most exclusive areas of Shanghai, there is a two-story Starbucks that has become very popular among tourists and Chinese youth. What's special about this cafe is the place where it is located: a restored "shikumen". A "shikumen" is an old stone house built in the 1900s, few of which remain in Shanghai. Being in this cafe, especially on the second floor, is a delight as it has large windows where you can see more "shikumen" nearby. The atmosphere is very quiet, giving you the chance to relax, read or do some work.
Bakeries and pastry shops are sweeping Shanghai. Until just over a year ago, they didn't exist in the city but now there seem to be more and more everyday. Il Panino is one of my favorites in the neighborhood of Jing'An. They serve fresh juices, pastries, cakes and bread. They also have coffee, but it's quite expensive (about 2.20 euros) as is usual in Shanghai. There are a couple of computers connected to the internet, too. As you know, bread and cakes don't exist in traditional Chinese cuisine, so they are seen as very exotic. Furthermore, they see France and French products as refined and classy, so all the bakeries and cafes try to put on a European air, with French or Spanish music and decorations.
In Shanghai there is a chain of restaurants called Babela's Kitchen where they serve both Chinese and Western dishes. There are a few located around the tourist areas of the city, but my favorite is the one on the sixth floor of the Hongy Plaza mall on East Nanjing Road. I like it because it has a breathtaking view of the city's skyscrapers, especially at night. The prices are very affordable, and you can enjoy a meal out for about 6 euros.
The Bund is the main tourist area of Shanghai and in addition to the famous views, it provides plenty of interesting things for travelers. There are ice cream shops, restaurants, and even cafes - rare in China because, as you know, this is the land of tea. They are also very close to the Bund History Museum, which can be recognized by the triangles of its facade.
As the name suggests, the food in this restaurant is mostly homemade and all the recipes are traditional Chinese recipes: Shanghainese duck, pork dumplings, noodle soup, Chinese beans, rice with vegetables ... It is located very close to Bund Boulevard, so it's a place that, sooner or later, you will pass by if you come to Shanghai. The price is very good (about 7 or 8 euros per person), and the service is good, although they don´t speak English. It´s very clean and trustworthy.
The Herbal Legend restaurant, located in an area of Shanghai called Xintiandi, offers a wide range of Chinese dishes seasoned with the best traditional spices. China is a country where spices are enormously important, and you can really see it in this restaurant. All of this coupled with a healthy food concept aimed at gourmets. It stands in a restored, traditionally-built house that dates back over a hundred years, and it also has a terrace.
Vabene Ristorante is one of the most famous Italian restaurants in Shanghai. It is located in Xintiandi, an area that has been designed as a sort of mix between the traditional and the modern in the heart of Shanghai. Vabene Ristorante is almost always full, so if you fancy going I suggest you book in advance. It is located in a shikumen, a traditional house that has stood for over 100 years and has two floors. I recommend it - the menu is great, and in general all the dishes are sure to be good.
Paulaner Brauhaus is a German-style brewery and restaurant where they serve German beer and Western-style dishes. But the best thing about this site isn't the food, it's the terrace. It is one of the best in the area of Xintiandi, and sitting outside enjoying one of the city's best beers is a great way to beat the sweltering Shanghai heat. The prices are quite high (about 5 euros a pint), but sometimes the location is worth it.
Just below Shanghai Stadium, where some of the football matches were played during the Beijing Olympics, there's a quiet Starbucks where you can unwind from the hustle and bustle of this metropolis. As you know, China is the country of tea, so it's not easy to find western cafes. But here you can read a book or get online, and it's one of the best places to go to relax - it's not easy to find peaceful spots like this in Shanghai!