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Authentic Local Food Tour in Central Shanghai
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Authentic Local Food Tour in Central Shanghai

By Shanghai Foodie
Recommended by 98% of travelers
98% of reviewers gave this product a bubble rating of 4 or higher.
About
Shanghai’s diverse food scene can be daunting for first-time visitors. Opt for an authentic taste of Shanghai on a food tour, a great cultural introduction to China’s second city. Sample a dozen traditional Shanghai dishes—noodles, buns, and soup dumplings—and receive restaurant recommendations to enjoy throughout your vacation. Morning, lunch, evening, and late-night tours allow you to fit this Chinese food experience into any travel itinerary.
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Ages 0-99, max of 15 per group
Duration: 3h
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Live guide: Chinese, English
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Highlights
  • Guarantee a great Chinese culinary experience on a Shanghai food tour
  • Receive ample restaurant recommendations to ensure a trip full of great food
  • Sample Shanghai specialties and learn little-known facts about local culture
  • Choose from several departure times to suit every schedule

  • Local guide
  • Food and drink tastings (enough for breakfast, lunch or dinner)
  • Local beer or desert for late night session
What's not included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Greet your guide at the designated meeting point at the time you selected when you booked your tour. As you walk toward the recently restored Xintiandi food area, your guide provides an introduction to the culinary culture of Shanghai. Over the course of the tour, sample dishes like dumpling soup, spring rolls, candied lotus rice, roasted duck, and many more local specialties. See, too, the bustling Yunnan Road, and cleanse your palate with cups of green and black tea between each stop. This Shanghai food tour ends on Yunnan Road, where you can keep exploring the city on your own or call it a day. 

Start:
  • China, Shang Hai Shi, Huang Pu Qu, 淮海中路333号 邮政编码: 200021
    Please meet up at Exit 2, South Huangpi Road Metro Station (Line 1) Directions: Take Shanghai Metro Station Line 1, and get off at South Huangpi Road Station. Your guide will be waiting for you at Exit 2. 你好,请带我去上海地铁1号线一大会址-黄陂南路站2号出口
End:
  • People's Square, Huangpu, Shanghai, China
    Tour will end around the People Square.

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 37849P1

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Children under 3 are free of charge
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Please wear comfortable walking shoes
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    淮海中路333号
    China, Shang Hai Shi, Huang Pu Qu, 淮海中路333号 邮政编码: 200021
    Please meet up at Exit 2, South Huangpi Road Metro Station (Line 1) Directions: Take Shanghai Metro Station Line 1, and get off at South Huangpi Road Station. Your guide will be waiting for you at Exit 2. 你好,请带我去上海地铁1号线一大会址-黄陂南路站2号出口
    See address & details
  • 1
    Xintiandi
    Stop: 45 minutes
    See details
  • 2
    Former French Concession
    Stop: 50 minutes
    See details
  • 3
    People's Square (Renmin Guang Chang)
    Stop: 50 minutes
    See details
  • You'll end at
    People's Square
    People's Square, Huangpu, Shanghai, China
    Tour will end around the People Square.
    See address & details
About the operator
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  • Shanghai Foodie
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    Joined in May 2016
  • bus0la
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    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best Ever Food Tour!
    Jim was an amazing guide! He personalised the food tour to my request to try authentic food in Shanghai. Even though it rained throughout I was still able to enjoy and ate enough to last me the entire day. 100% recommend when visiting Shanghai as you not only try food but walk around neighbourhoods that aren't on the tourist map!
    Written April 12, 2024
  • E8350OUsteved
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic Tour
    Jim and Jade were absolutely fantastic. They were both extremely knowledgeably and we had a great time on the tour. We ate and drank at places we would never have found as a tourist. The food and drink was delicious. Jim and Jade spoke good English and the tour was better than we could have imagined. For someone who has never visited China this was the perfect tour to introduce us to the culture and food of Shanghai.
    Written April 3, 2024
  • M3691OYrebeccah
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great food at local spots I never would’ve known to go to otherwise
    It was a little difficult for us to find the meetup spot since we couldn’t find the subway stop name online (google and other not banned web browsers). But the description of the meetup spot is accurate. We ended up mapping the address provided to find the tour. We went to a number of different restaurants and tried a variety of really good food. And our tour guide gave us some Shanghai history as we walked between spots. I definitely recommend this tour for a great small group food tour experience.
    Written March 28, 2024
  • matk469
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing food, beer and cultural experience
    I went on the brewery tour and wow, did it ever exceed my expectations. Not only was the beer really good, but I was blown away by the food and cultural perspectives that Jim shared with us. Would absolutely recommend doing this tour.
    Written March 22, 2024
  • Josh L
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Top Notch Food and even better company
    Was top notch experience. The eaterys were very unassuming but the food was A+++. Even better was the host who was extremely well spoken, very knowledgeable to the history of Shanghai. I learnt so much in just a short period. Also the food was more than you can eat!
    Written March 20, 2024
  • FBenji2
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must try if you are a foodie
    We went on this tour in March with my friend and I wholeheartedly recommend it. First we tried some local Shanghai dessert shops and bakeries with Jim and finished with tea tasting. All the while we talked about Chinese history and life in general, Jim really helped us bridge the gap between Chinese culture and ours.
    Written March 13, 2024
  • 891ashtonh
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great food tour!
    Jade was a fantastic tour guide! Her English was great and she was able to offer really cool insights into the area, aspects of Chinese culture, history of buildings, and food. The food was delicious, I really enjoyed trying new things and I had a really great evening - would definitely recommend to anyone traveling whether solo or in a group!
    Written March 10, 2024
  • P9679QZmatthewe
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great food, better company
    This was fantastic. The guide Jim was really knowledgeable and we had some interesting discussions about Shanghai culture. There’s lots of food (including a mango dessert) so I would skip lunch if you’re going - I particularly enjoyed our stop for street snack food and some of the meats were really delicious. I highly recommend this; it’s a great way to get to know the city
    Written March 8, 2024
  • nz557
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Highly recommend!
    Thank you for an informative and fun exploration of Shanghai through food. A great selection of dishes, well paced, relaxed and I learnt a lot about culture and history. I will be dreaming of those noodles for a long time!
    Written February 28, 2024
  • beauventrea
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing cocktails tour !
    Really enjoyed the cocktail night with my guide : jade :) She was really amazing with me , i spent a good time in 3 differents places :) I completly recommend :)
    Written January 22, 2024
  • parseltmouth
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Highly recommended
    My husband and I signed up for this food tour with a group. Our guide Jim was friendly and knowledgeable. He chose excellent spots and dishes, and shared tons of great insight into the origin of the dishes. He also made special accommodations for my dietary restrictions while still keeping the tour fun. We had a great time eating, chatting and talking about Chinese culture. It was a highlight of our trip to Shanghai!
    Written January 15, 2024
  • rungratb
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    More than just a food tour!
    Jim was a great guide. I was the only person on the tour but we still had a great time. We ate many local food and Jim also explained about the history of the area, local lifestyles and well as many other interesting topics. We went to places I would not have been able to find on my own, all the customers were locals and it was a refreshing experience! Totally recommended!
    Written January 9, 2024
  • Kathi86Cologne
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing tour with Jade - great Vegetarian food!
    I had an amazing food tour with Jade! It turned out to be a private tour (as I was the only guest) and Jade showed me so many different places with tasty food - both savory and sweet - and also a place to have a beer. Would have never found these hidden gems on my own and as a Vegetarian I am usually also a bit hesitant without knowing the language to try different things and just go into a small street food place. Thanks a lot Jade for going over and beyond to make this a great experience!
    Written December 20, 2023
  • Kyung N
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An amazing experience!
    I highly recommend this incredible tour! I loved hearing perspectives from Jim, a local Shanghainese person, while trying some amazing food at places I wouldn't have known to try.
    Written November 25, 2023
  • paulorJ6784WJ
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic food tour in Shanghai
    Fantastic food tour in Shanghai. Included 5 different places in the French Concession, all very good. Hard to say which was the best! Jim was excellent and explained everything in detail. I had excellent food and learned a lot!
    Written November 14, 2023
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happybongo
London, United Kingdom40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Friends
I have been on other foodtours in Shanghai during my previous visits. I can honestly say this is the best one. Jim is a local and gives you a local perspective not just on food but on the city itself. I learnt so much about food, history, beautful buildings and life in Shanghai. We had lots of food stops, everything from noodles, rice rolls, barbecue, dumplings of several types, micro brewery beer to a lovely tea session. Jim was really great, his English is excellent and he got us extras such as local ice cream and he ordered taxis when the weather was not kind to us. He also gave us tips on where to find the best breakfast xiaolongbao and crispy pancakes and we did find them the next morning on our own (and yes, they were superb!). The joining intructions were easy to follow, just make sure you read the signs for the correct subway exit (all stations in Shanghai have lots of exits but they are all clearly numbered so its easy). Overall this was a great experience and I thoroughly recommend it for anyone interested in food and culture.
Written September 19, 2023
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ellenlunney1
County Dublin, Ireland4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Couples
We thoroughly enjoyed our food tour in Shanghai. Our guide, Jim, felt more like a friend than a guide. We had great conversation throughout the night and he was very knowledgeable on food, Shanghai and all things we were curious about! He brought us to come places that we would have never found ourselves. The food at each stop was incredible. We did the night time tour and we even stopped off for some craft beer in the French concession.

This was the most enjoyable food tour we have ever done and we would highly recommend this to anyone visiting Shanghai!

Apart from the tour being amazing, Jim also helped us to find everything we needed in Shanghai and gave us recommendations.

Five stars ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Written July 23, 2020
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Flying Kiwi
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
Fantastic tour with Jim! In addition to trying lots of amazing, authentic food, wonderful coffee and tea with local vendors and independent owners - I learnt more about Shanghai. One of my favourite parts of the tour was seeing how the older generation keep fit and healthy with dancing, fitness and games in one of the local parks. I also very much enjoyed taking tea. I appreciated the independent food and coffee places we went to, making a note so that I can go visit them again - and Jim even tailored my tour for me to try different food I expressed interest in. Jim is very knowledgeable and passionate about his city - I absolutely recommend taking one of his tours.
Written July 24, 2023
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Jay L
Kuala Ketil, Malaysia1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
I was on a short business trip to Shanghai and I had a half day free time before I leave. I booked probably 3 hours before the guided tour and this was the perfect choice. Even though I was the only participant in the tour, Jim was passionate in sharing the hidden gems of the city. The best part was Jim giving me a chance to try a couple of different baijiu at the last stop since I am a big fan of baijiu! I would highly recommend anyone to experience the city with Jim!
Written May 14, 2023
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Sarah B
73 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
Jim gave us a fantastic tour of Shanghai, perfect for my first time visiting. I could ask questions to a real local and felt like I got an authentic introduction to the city with it’s local specialties.

There were two solo travellers on the tour and he adapted to our tastes and questions really well. Apart from the food, the tea tasting was a real highlight, as was a tour of a local market.

I mentioned I wanted to get some treats for my work colleagues and Jim made sure we found the best. He even made sure I got back ok to my hotel on the metro. Going above and beyond is an understatement!!

I would highly recommend this Shanghai Foodie tour to anyone wanting a true local experience and who is open to trying lots of great food.
Written January 30, 2024
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Lucinda R
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
I cannot say enough good things about this tour. I had never been to Shanghai and was flying solo for a couple of days. Booking a food tour was the fastest way to learn what to eat in Shanghai, and get to know a bit of history at the same time. It was easy to meet our guide Jade at the metro exit, and there was also a british couple joining my tour. This small group made it easy to get around and taste all the food Jade offered us. I loved how friendly Jade was and how knowledgeable she was. She seemed to pick food she knew we would like. We never would have found some of the places to eat without local knowledge and it was nice to be able to engage in English! By the time we were done we had tried so many dishes that I was stuffed. I am sure if we had said we were still hungry we would have kept going. All food on the tour was included, as well as a ride via the Shanghai uber Didi. My favourite was the noodle place and the soup dumplings. I highly recommend this tour, it was real value for money.
Written April 1, 2024
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crispusUK
Liverpool, UK14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This was a great way of experiencing Shanghai food with a knowledgeable local guide. Jim was extremely friendly and professional, offering not only a commentary on the food that we ate but also the history of the city.

I opted for the 1pm tour and it was a great way of spending an afternoon while missing the lunchtime rush. I will certainly book in for an evening tour next time I am in Shanghai.
Written July 31, 2023
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go_lily_go
Tauranga, New Zealand15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
From the moment we met Jim he was professional, warm, and attentive. As a Shanghai local his knowledge of the city, it's history and development was insightful. The food was fabulous and we wouldn't have found these experiences on our own - even as pretty confident travellers. Jim went the extra mile when one venue had to be changed last minute. He made sure we didn't miss out and added in some extra places to visit.

Whether you are a Shanghai first-timer or have visited before, this tour is excellent and well worthwhile if you want to gain a deeper appreciation for the city and it's food culture. Jim, we will recommend your tour to any friends who visit Shanghai.
Written July 30, 2023
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felix
Antwerp, Belgium1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My experience with the Food Tour in Shanghai was absolutely extraordinary, especially thanks to our fantastic guide, Luoding. His deep knowledge and passion for local cuisine made this tour an unforgettable experience. The highlight was undoubtedly the tea ceremony, which was not only educational but incredibly soothing. Another standout was the delicious noodles in a hidden, unassuming restaurant, truly a hidden gem. I highly recommend this tour to anyone looking to experience the authentic culinary culture of Shanghai.
Written December 1, 2023
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Nenad B
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
Pan was a great tour guide, she told us a lot about the history of the city and the local culture. This experience and walk through the city was much more than just sampling of the delicious local food. I would recommend it to anyone!
Written August 1, 2023
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