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Shanghai lifestyle

Dining - local's favour

congee & noodles, ding te le

congee & noodles, ding te le

Ding Te Le is a humble little noodle and congee shop tucked snugly in an alley off of bustling Huaihai Road. A popular place among locals, the menu here features a wide variety of noodles and congees in homemade slow-cooked stocks. Their deep-fried pork chop and their yellow croaker noodles come highly recommended.

contact information
  • Lane 22, 494 Huaihai Zhong Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai (Near Yandang Road)
  • +86 21 5103 6275
hotpot, chongqing gao lao jiu

hotpot, chongqing gao lao jiu

Chongqing Gao Lao Jiu is praised for its value for money-big portions, lots of variety, and pretty good quality, too. They offer that buffet that offers condiments like crushed garlic and sesame. They're also generous with all kinds of promo freebies and discounts or giveaways. The downside: it's popular, so service can be slow.

contact information
  • 5/F, 500 Jingling Dong Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai (Near Xizang Zhong Road)
  • +86 21 6333 9779
  • 3/F, 386 Tianyaoqiao Road, Xuhui District, Shanghai
  • +86 21 3356 6011
  • 2/F, Huasheng Plaza, 399 Jiujiang Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai
  • +86 21 6330 9993
  • 2/F, 1 Wanhangdu Road, Jing'an District, Shanghai
  • +86 21 6218 7157
  • 2/F, 550 Xujiahui Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai
  • +86 21 6418 1596
muslim, dunhuang lou

muslim, dunhuang lou

Traditional Muslim cuisine with authentic hand-pulled noodle with beef and lamb shashlik. Many people are attracted and come all the way. Taste and you'll find every thing...

contact information
  • 2212 Zhongshan Bei Road, Putuo District, Shanghai (Near Zhenping Road)
  • +86 21 5290 4792
  • 436 Changning Road, Changning District, Shanghai (Near Jiangsu Road)
  • +86 21 6034 3618
noodles, xibei restaurant

noodles, xibei restaurant

A famous restaurant that serves authentic north-western Chinese culinary. The food are mainly made of meat and grain and have been cooked according to the traditional cooking method of north-western Chinese cuisine.

contact information
  • 4/F, Longhu Paradise Walk, 560 Jinsha Avenue, Xiasha Distrit, Hangzhou
  • +571 8990 2727
shanghainese, bao luo

shanghainese, bao luo

Bao Luo or Paul (it's English nickname you won't see this on the sign) is always packed with locals and expatriates. Value for money here is its biggest selling point. It's a good place to start in China if you're looking for an authentic restaurant in its food and atmosphere.

contact information
  • 271 Fumin Road, Xihui District, Shanghai (Near Changle Road)
  • +86 21 5403 7239
shanghainese, wang bao he

shanghainese, wang bao he

Local restaurant specialising in hairy crabs. Expect it to be busy during the hairy crab season.

contact information
  • 5/F, 555 Jiujiang Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai (Near Fujian Road)
  • +86 21 5396 5000
  • www.wbhhotel.com
shanghainese, ah niang mian

shanghainese, ah niang mian

Ah Niang Mian, or Grandma's Noodles, has long been a legendary Shanghai haunt. It is one of those places people would willingly wait hours for a meal. The restaurant still does a solid job, and it may take a while to get a seat, which, in Shanghai, tells how delicious the dishes are.

contact information
  • 36 Sinan Lu, near Nanchang Lu
  • +86 21 5306 6604
shanghainese, wei xiang zhain

shanghainese, wei xiang zhai

Situated in a historically rich building, Wei Xiang Zhai has been slinging tasty noodles for decades. Just look at every table, and you'll see bowls of noodles smothered in spicy, creamy sesame sauce. This is the speciality here. Do yourself a favour and order it.

contact information
  • 14 Yandang Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai (Near Huaihai Zhong Road)
  • +86 21 5383 9032
taiwanese, taoyuan village

taiwanese, taoyuan village

The Chinese take breakfast very seriously. Dim sum, congee, lamb soup and noodles are all popular choices depending on which region you're in. Taiwanese tradition takes a cue from the Shanghainese staples of soymilk (doujiang), crullers (youtiao) and shaobing with savory ingredients. You'll find all of these at Taoyuan Village, a new restaurant trending on the Chinese blogosphere in recent weeks.

contact information
  • 405 Taizhou Road, Jing'an District, Shanghai (Near Yuyao Road)
  • +86 21 6277 7917
  • 1/F, 150 Hubin Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai (Near Jinan Road)
  • +86 21 5353 0620
  • 1/F, SML Center, 618 Xujiahui Road, Xuhui District, Shanghai
xiao long bao, ding xin di

xiao long bao, ding xin di

That is Ding Xin Di-the Shanghainese pronunciation of dianxin dian, or dim sum shop-a testing bed for a planned citywide chain. Owner Yu Junyang and chef Gui Jianmin go way back, to when they both worked at the State Guest House in Hongqiao during the 1980s. Ding Xin Di sampled the top 20 xiao long bao places-as listed on Dianping.com.

contact information
  • B1/F, Zhaofeng Plaza, 999 Changning Road, Changning District, Shanghai (Near Huichuan Road)
  • +86 138 1806 5119
xiao long bao, wan shou zhai

xiao long bao, wan shou zhai

This store in Hongkou district started as part of a state-owned food company before being spun off about 10 years ago. Since then, it has become a destination for both young Shanghainese and the older neighbourhood locals willing to brave the notorious crowds for its smaller-than-average soup dumplings.

contact information
  • 123 Shanying Road, Hongkou District, Shanghai (Near Jixiang Road)
  • +86 138 1806 5119
yunnan, yun hai yao

yunnan, yun hai yao

As this restaurant is very popular with locals, it's quite usual to have to queue up for quite long to get a table but it is worth the wait as the typical Yunann food served here is fresh and tasty.

contact information
  • Building 1, 123 Xingye Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai
  • 2/F, SML Center, 618 Xujiahui Road, Xuhui District, Shanghai
  • 7/F, Joy City, 166 Xizang Bei Road, Zhabei District, Shanghai
  • 5/F, Metro Plaza, 1111 Zhaojiabang Road, Xuhui District, Shanghai
  • 6/F, Longzhimeng Center, 388 Xi Jiangwan Road, Hongkou District, Shanghai
  • +86 21 40 0991 2727