Try tasty cuisines from across China in Shanghai's French Concession, which has everything from Xinjiang-style roasted meats to hot Sichuanese and mushroom-based Yunnanese dishes. Eat with the locals at one of the Old City's dumpling restaurants. Or join Shanghai's wealthy set at The Bund's Michelin-starred restaurants and upscale cocktail bars. For funky live music, head to the bars in Shanghai's French Concession district.
Shanghai restaurant districts
Wander Shanghai's Old City to sample some of the classic local dumplings or chopped noodles with a dazzling array of flavours. Head to The Bund area or Xintiandi district for Shanghai's numerous upmarket restaurants, which serve a mix of quality Chinese and international flavours. You'll find cosy ethnic restaurants in Shanghai's French Concession as well as colonial-style international restaurants with lush gardens.
Shanghai restaurant tips
As in the rest of China, don't tip in Shanghai's restaurants. If you do, it probably won't go to your waiter, so it's best not to bother. Vegetarians should be aware many vegetable dishes in Shanghai's Chinese restaurants come with meat sauces or shredded meat, so ask before you order.
Spend time in Shanghai for China's most buzzing nightlife, with everything from glamorous Shanghai bars to superclubs and chic after-hours drinking dens. Dress to impress for the glitzy bars and clubs on The Bund, where you can sip champagne with China's most beautiful people on outdoor terraces. Head to smoky jazz bars in Shanghai's French Concession or dance the night away in its funky underground clubs.
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