Find your way to the Huangpi Nan Road metro station in Shanghai, where you will meet your guide and group. Depart on foot for the Xintiandi area.
Make your first stop at a local restaurant serving up the best soup dumplings in the city. Find a table among the locals, then taste the famous dish and participate in an in-depth discussion on the flavor and consistency of the broth, the quality of the meat filling, and the texture of the dumplings' skin. Learn about the history of this dish as a Shangainese staple.
Continue to the famous Yunnan Road, once the border between the French Concession area and the Shanghai residential areas, approximately 15 minutes' walking distance. See the border where French-style apartments suddenly give way to traditional Chinese stone door houses (Shikumen).
Visit three restaurants in the neighborhood to try local dishes and see how the native city residents eat and live. Taste dishes such as spring rolls, candied lotus rice, roasted duck, scallion oil noodles, red-braised pork, and parched chicken. Between stops, cleanse your palate with green or black tea and listen to your guide's commentary on Shanghai's culinary culture and traditions.