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Restaurants in Shanghai - worth a visit (2018)

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If you’re about to embark on an internship in Shanghai, you might be wondering what food you can expect. In general Asia is known for its unusual and delicious food. The food you will be eating at the great variety of restaurants in Shanghai will probably not resemble anything you are used to eating at home. As a traveler it is important to explore the different kind of food a country has to offer. A city like Shanghai is home to restaurants serving different cuisines, which is convenient when you feel like you want something familiar or fancy. Let’s take a look at some of the places in Shanghai you would not want to miss before returning home.  If you’re about to embark on an internship in Shanghai, you might be wondering what food you can expect. In general Asia is known for its unusual and delicious food. The food you will be eating at the great variety of restaurants in Shanghai will probably not resemble anything you are used to eating at home. As a traveler it is important to explore the different kind of food a country has to offer. A city like Shanghai is home to restaurants serving different cuisines, which is convenient when you feel like you want something familiar or fancy. Let’s take a look at some of the places in Shanghai you would not want to miss before returning home.  

Culinary trip in Shanghai

Bird (and Bitter)

When starting or finishing your language classes at Hutong School you will most probably pass by these two restaurant sisters. Bird and Bitter are located at 50 Wuyuan Lu, and 58 Wuyuan Lu, near Changshu Road. Bitter restaurant on the  left, offers coffee and snacks by day, cocktails and more by night. A place for pre- or after-dinner drinks would be Bird restaurant on the right. Bird is a small place with only 20 seats, which gives the restaurant a cozy atmosphere. Bird has a revolving menu of sharing plates and an emphasis on “wine with interesting stories”. The venues and menus are separate, but there's some obvious back-and-forth action going on. You can go to one or the other, or both and get the full package. Bird’s menu is a simple one-page card with 8-10 dishes, a few more snacks, and a chalkboard of daily specials. These will change every second week. It is always an “event” eating at Bird, as the menu switches every two weeks. The food and wine are always excellent. There is a great team behind these venues, who care deeply about what they put on the table. And it really reflects in the atmosphere, the hosting and of course in the lovely food they serve.

Oha Eatery

It may not be the easiest place to find if you don’t know what you are looking for. But do not give up! Don´t let the enormous “coffee” sign fool you, when you arrive at Oha eatery, 23 Anfu Lu, by Changshu Road.  Look for the small print on the opposite wall that says “Oha Eatery”. Make sure not to have any other plans when visiting Oha, because once you find your way, you will want to stay there all night. Oha has a warm and neutral atmosphere in a bar style setting. This is filled with an ever-shifting menu of small plates made up of local ingredients, accompanied by natural wines and bottled cocktails. When eating at Oha you can expect playful and bold flavors with unexpected flavor pairings, some of which are quite spicy. True to the restaurants Guizhou roots, heat and spices pop up all over the place. The plates have unfailingly gorgeous compositions that can be hard to find elsewhere in Chinese restaurants. This place is a go-to place for curious eaters. A restaurant where you will leave with a good mood. 

Lotus Eatery

Lotus eatery is located at 1112 Dingxi Lu, near Wuyi Lu, Changning District. Lotus Eatery is an affordable and cheerful restaurant that specializes in China's more exotic southwestern food. The focus is primarily on Yunnan cuisine unique dishes. For the adventurous taste buds, they also offer a few dishes made with insects. A few spicy Guizhou and Sichuan options can be found on the menu too. But what gives this space an extra touch, is the pleasant second floor terrace overlooking the street below. The courtyard-like space is full of plants and sun shades. This is the perfect place for almost every occasion. 

 

 

RAC

RAC is everyone’s favorite brunch and lunch spot, so you should be prepared for a bit of a queue. But it´s totally worth it! RAC is located at 322 Anfu Lu near Wukang Lu. RAC is a French style café and bar that specializes in sweet crêpes and savory galettes with a supplement of breakfast buns, toasts and all-day breakfasts. The place is decorated with communal wooden tables and a wine bar at the back. RAC is a nice place for eating but also a place you can relax between the breakfast and lunch rushes. This is definitely the place for you, if you have a serious craving for tasty breakfast, lunch, brunch or desserts. 

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Hai Di Lao

Hai Di Lao Hot Pot is perhaps China’s best-known and most loved hot pot chain. It is located 3/F, 1068 Beijing Xi Lu, Faod Park, by Jiangning Lu. It is famous for its remarkably accommodating service, so expect a queue at peak times. But they have a solution for that! You can kill time with a manicure or enjoy free watermelon slices and play games. When you do get to your table, expect a cheap and cheerful menu of beef slices, vegetables, mushrooms, hand-pulled noodles and fiery soup bases. Bring friends, family or whoever you want because this is the place where everyone can gather for a nice dinner. 

El Willy

The next place we are going to take a look at, is the Spanish tapas restaurant El Willy, located 5/F, 22 Zhongshan Dong Er Lu inside Bund 22. This is definitely the place to go, if you like a nice brunch on the weekends or if you enjoy different kind of Spanish food, tapas etc. Because of the restaurant´s location you can easily go for a work along the Bund, either before or after visiting the restaurant. In the restaurant you will find a relaxed dining room decorated with furniture in warm colors. They serve skillfully rendered dishes that mix traditional and contemporary Spanish cuisine. It is known for being a happy place, where you can enjoy a view of Shanghai’s futuristic skyscrapers. They have a sassy staff and excellent range of Spanish wines and sherries - really, what’s not to like?

 

Hakkasan

Exploring ShanghaiHakkasan is a fashionable Chinese restaurant, located at the Bund 18, 5/F, 18 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu, near Nanjing Dong Lu. The soul of the menu is Cantonese and features traditional ingredients. The beverage line up is huge with a voluminous wine list and an extensive cocktail program. But wait till you see the space for yourself. It is beautifully arranged with dim lights and intricate wooden screens, which create cozy little alcoves. The service here is great and it is a popular place to go for dinner meetings with friends, colleagues, family etc. Apart from the amazing decoration, the menu is full of extremely delicious, affordable and generously proportionated dishes. But be aware, it can be hard to choose which dessert to go with, so you might have to go there more than once.

This is just a small overview of all the amazing restaurants that you most definitely need to visit during your internship at Hutong School in Shanghai. There are so many more beautiful and outstanding places to eat as an intern in Shanghai. Whether it is during your lunch break at your internship or if it is dinner with your new colleagues or if it is a casual brunch on the weekends with your new friends.  There is something here for every taste – have a look for yourself!

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