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Food Lover's Guide to Shanghai

Food Lover's Guide to Shanghai

Thanks to its cosmopolitan nature, Shanghai has developed a cuisine that melds the best flavors and techniques from regions throughout China, while using fresh, local ingredients such as freshwater fish, shrimp and crab. Since Shanghai's food is often sweeter than that in other parts of China, it also more closely resembles what travelers might find in the US. Here are a few foods and activities you won't want to miss.

Must-Try Dishes

Seafood lovers in Shanghai have plenty to choose from, but one of the most famous is steamed crab, or da zha xie, made from freshwater river crab caught in the area. Another local favorite is the soup bun ( xiaolongbao )—a steamed dumpling filled with a variety of savory ingredients and fragrant soup that bursts in your mouth when you bite into it. The dumpling action doesn't stop there; you can snack on fried pork dumplings, mini wontons served in soup or pan-fried dumplings.

In addition, Shanghai's contribution to China's wealth of noodle dishes comes as a thick-cut noodle stir-fried with meat, cabbage and onions in a slurp-worthy soy sauce-flavored broth.

Must-Do Experiences

  • Sample lots of different foods on a street food walking tour, either by day or night. In Shanghai, some of the best street food dishes, like soup dumplings, green onion pancakes and hand-pulled noodles, are served at breakfast, while night owls won’t go hungry either, as vendors cooking up seafood,barbecued meats, grilled vegetables and wontons come out at after dark.
  • Learn to make the city's beloved dumplings or buns and add new recipes to your repertoirein a hands-on cooking class.
  • Master the use of a variety of Shanghaiese ingredients with a tour of a local wet market.
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Late Night Food Tour in the Shanghai's French Concession

Late Night Food Tour in the Shanghai's French Concession

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Explore Shanghai's former French Concession long after dark, tasting several local foods along the way, on this culinary walking tour. Learn about the history and culture of the Xintiandi and Zhaozhou Road areas through your guide's commentary, and leave the tour with your culinary and historical appetites sated.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$93.75
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$93.75
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4-Hour Food Tour in Qibao Water Town from Shanghai by Subway

4-Hour Food Tour in Qibao Water Town from Shanghai by Subway

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Treat your palate to classic Chinese snacks at Qibao Ancient Town on this 4-hour Shanghai food tour. Travel by subway to this historical water town, and stroll the alleyways, bridges, and canalsides to take in the Ming- and Qing-dynasty atmosphere and architecture. On route, sample up to eight foods such as crab-meat dumplings and sweet Haitang cake, and savor Chinese tea. Upgrade to include a 60-minute foot massage. Includes food tastings, tea, and subway tickets.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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$94.94
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Eat Like A Local: Shanghai Night Food Tour

Eat Like A Local: Shanghai Night Food Tour

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Avoid the hassle of trying to find out where to grab a good meal while in Shanghai. This Shanghai food tour takes you off the beaten path as the sun starts to set so you can taste some of the most authentic regional dishes of the city. Pop into family-run eateries, and sample food, beer, and spirits well-liked by locals. Travel in a small group for a more intimate experience as you sample foods with a guide who also tells you about the city’s history and culture as you go.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$84.00
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Secret Noodle and Wonton in Shanghai Alleyways with Local Beer

Secret Noodle and Wonton in Shanghai Alleyways with Local Beer

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Nestled in Shanghai’s Old French Concession are a plethora of eateries selling noodles and wonton. Seek out the best backstreet hotspots on a 2.5-hour food tour that covers three critically-acclaimed restaurants, all renowned for distinctive noodle dishes as well as some local beer. Vegetarian options and a choice of departure times are available on this small-group tour, limited to seven food lovers.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$71.63
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Authentic Local Food Tour in Central Shanghai

Authentic Local Food Tour in Central Shanghai

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Satisfy your taste for traditional Chinese food during this culinary tour in Shanghai. Make your way down the famous Yunnan Road, stopping at several restaurants that are local favorites. Try typical Shanghainese dishes such as scallion oil noodles, steamed buns, parched chicken, and soup dumplings with black vinegar. Learn about the history and culture of the quickly changing city through your guide's informed commentary. All tastings are included and add up to more than enough for a full meal. Tours are available from morning to late-night to experience the best of Shanghai's culture.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$67.00
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Private Shanghai Evening Street Food Walking and Cruise Tour

Private Shanghai Evening Street Food Walking and Cruise Tour

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Discover a side of Shanghai it takes a local to know on this private foodie walking tour. Explore main streets and back lanes as you snack and slurp on delicacies like soup dumplings, roast duck, and mango pudding—enough for a full meal. Finally, enjoy a Shanghai classic: a Huangpu River cruise.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$110.00
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Experience Shanghai: Dumpling Cooking Class and Tasting Tour

Experience Shanghai: Dumpling Cooking Class and Tasting Tour

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Immerse yourself in the rich culinary culture of Shanghai on a tour that includes a comprehensive cookery class. Pleasure your palate with local specialties like wontons, fried pot stickers and the city’s renowned ‘xiaolongbao’ (soup dumplings) as you discover enticing food stands with a knowledgeable guide. Uncover the secrets of Chinese cookery in a cooking class after your tour and learn to make delicious 'har gow’ (steamed dim sum shrimp dumplings), feasting on the fruits of your labor on completion. Receive personalized attention from your guide on this small-group tour, where numbers are limited to just 10 people.
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  • 3 hours
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$85.00
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Hot Pot Dining Experience with Hot Spring Bathing or River Cruise in Shanghai

Hot Pot Dining Experience with Hot Spring Bathing or River Cruise in Shanghai

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Ensure a memorable evening out in Shanghai on this 5-hour tour, with a choice of two itineraries. Choose to soak in the Gokurakuyu hot springs or admire Shanghai’s glittering skyline on an evening Huangpu River Cruise, then tuck into a delicious hot pot, one of China’s most famous dishes. Hotel pickup and private round-trip transport is included.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$135.00
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$135.00
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Eat Like a Local: Street Breakfast Tour in Shanghai

Eat Like a Local: Street Breakfast Tour in Shanghai

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Get a taste for Shanghai’s startlingly diverse food culture and its culinary specialties. A guide introduces Shanghai’s selection of pulled noodles, breakfast pancakes, and “xiaolongbao” (soup dumplings). Along the way, observe tai chi practitioners and water calligraphers in Xiangyang Park, and wander street stalls and a wet market, where you’ll see fresh Chinese dishes prepared before your eyes. This small-group food excursion, limited to eight guests, is also great for kids.
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  • 3 hours
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$80.00
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Old Shanghai Food and Walking Tour

Old Shanghai Food and Walking Tour

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Dive deep into Shanghai's culture during this 3-hour food tour. Stroll through the off-the-beaten-path areas of the city to taste local favorite dishes during eight tastings. Visit street vendors and traditional restaurants to taste dishes such as frog stir-fry, crab shell pastry and 'sheng jian bao' (pan-fried dumplings). Learn about the fast-paced Chinese city's culinary history and culture through your guide's informative commentary. All tastings included.
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  • 3 hours
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$71.46
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Sichuan Hot Pot Dinner with Shanghai Cuisine Tasting

Sichuan Hot Pot Dinner with Shanghai Cuisine Tasting

Make sure to come hungry to this 3-hour private food tasting and dinner experience in Shanghai. First, taste some traditional Shanghai home-style cooking, such as pickled edamame and cabbage, stir-fried rice cake, and crispy spring rolls. Then head to HaiDiLao Hot Pot restaurant for dinner, and end your night at the Shanghai First Foodmall, where you can pick up dessert if you wish.
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  • 3 hours
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$125.35
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$125.35
Price varies by group size