• Location: Shanghai, China
  • Duration: 3 hours (approx.)
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Satisfy your taste for traditional Chinese food during this 3-hour 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.

This tour is currently running late night special tour session at 8:30PM. During this late night session, you will be able to see the night Shanghai, to taste of some craft beers or desert with some fresh hand-pulled beef noodles and lamb kabab.


  • 3-hour culinary tour and tasting in Shanghai
  • Taste 12 traditional Shanghainese dishes
  • Learn about how locals eat and spend free time in Shanghai
  • Explore the famous Yunnan Road's restaurants

What You Can Expect

Authentic Local Food Tour in Central Shanghai

Food tour in central Shanghai

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.

Customer Reviews

Emma M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2018

This tour was quite literally the highlight of our whole China trip.
Jim was an amazing tour guide with fluent English. We started in the French Concession sipping craft beer to walking around traditional Shanghai trying local food vendors. There was tea tasting, dumplings, vendor food and a surprise Chinese ice-cream at the end. Jim informed us about the history and the culture of Shanghai whilst answering all our questions. We had a small group of only 4 from various countries.
You may think a food tour would be a debatable thing to do in a foreign country, but all the places we were taken to were full of locals and had fresh food, cooked in front of you. The back streets were amazing and we could have taken Jim on the rest of our 17 day stay as a professional tour guide. Just amazing!

If you have one day in Shanghai, this is the tour I would recommend!!

Megan M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Excellent tour. I will be talking about this night to everyone who will listen for years!

janet f

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Jim was absolutely the best. This young man loves his culture and sharing it with others. We had the greatest noodles, dumplings and a variety of other foods. The tea ceremony was special for me. We learned a lot about the areas, neighborhoods , culture and food. Loved this tour

Stephen S United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Jim was a gracious and personable host. We immediately felt at ease, as if we were being shown around by a friend. All of the food was fantastic and certainly more than we could manage! Come hungry you will not be disappointed!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

My family and I had a great late night food tour with Jim and Aaron. Jim not only introduced us to amazing food, tea and craft beers but gave us insights into local culture and history. This is a great way to experience the real Shanghai with the help of a knowledgeable guide. We would not have found these off the beaten track places without a local guide. And Jim's enthusiasm and passion what for he does made it all the more enjoyable. Thank you Jim and Aaron.

Nancy K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

I have lived in Shanghai for a few months and always wanted to try the delicious local food but was intimidated by the language barrier and lack of knowledge. My guide, Jim, was very friendly and was very knowledgeable about not only the food, but about architecture and history Shanghai. It was a great experience and will be bring others on this adventure.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Jim was knowledgeable, helpful and took care of everything. He shared his culture and the food eaten by the local Shanghai people . He only took us to family owned , made as you wait , eating spots . You will taste many of the foods you read about , and they were excellent! He is a passionate foodie


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

I almost didn't go because I was so tired from my flight over...I'm so glad I went. Jim was an excellent guide - it was just me with one other person that evening, and it was such an easy, informative walk through the area due to the small size. I never would have tried the places Jim took us to and it was truly a great new experience for me. Highlights for me were the homemade noodles and also the dumplings at the end of the tour. Just a tip...meet Jim right outside the metro station, not inside.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

A great tour on our first night in Shanghai!
We were in Shanghai during the Chinese New Year so a lot of the small local eateries were already closed for the holdays. Jim had done his very best and found alternatives, so we had some great authentic food, tea, as well as a lot of information about Shanghai. Jim was a great guide for this evening, very knowledgeable in everything from food to local history.
We would highly recommed this tour for anyone visiting Shanghai who is interested in local food and local neighborhoods.

William S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Jim was very informative and we had wonderful food - will do again!

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