Yunnan Road Food Street

Yunnan Road Food Street, Shanghai: Tickets, Tours, Address, Yunnan Road Food Street Reviews: 4/5

Yunnan Road Food Street
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The area
Neighborhood: People’s Square
People’s Square brings with it all the excitement you would expect from the town square of one of the biggest cities in the world. The area around People’s Square and People’s Park is always a abuzz with activity. Oceans of local and foreign tourists flow in and out of the area every day to see grand museums, go shopping and eat at some of Shanghai’s most storied food centers. Shanghai residents, meanwhile, live and work in the many residential and office high-rises. While much of Shanghai stays busy late into the night, this really is an area that never sleeps with glitzy nightclubs keeping people up until the wee hours of the morning.
How to get there
  • Dashijie • 2 min walk
  • Yuyuan Garden • 9 min walk

43 reviews
Very good

Singapore, Singapore12 contributions
Local delights
Dec 2019 • Solo
Definitely visit this street for local food at night. There are very little foreigners here and it's therefore not touristy at all. The road is filled with lamb meat skewers. There were flying biscuits, pigs brain, and smelly tofu which were amazing chinese cuisine. Definitely worth a visit especially if you want to try the local delights. I didnt manage to eat at any of the restaurants because I was too full but they look reall good and I'll be sure to come back for more the next time I'm in shanghai.
Written December 4, 2019
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Miguel B
Montreal, Canada61 contributions
So many choices
Mar 2019 • Family
We stayed at a hotel a few blocks from Yunnan st. It became our go to for breakfast (scallion pancakes and dumplings) and dinner (Seafood; Sichuan and soup dumplings & soups). All very local and authentic. from cheap eats to mid range dinners.
Written March 12, 2019
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St Helens, UK1,854 contributions
So much choice of local specialities
Feb 2019 • Couples
I was so glad my girlfriend took me here for early evening food. The streets are just awash with Chinese fast food places. If you don't speak or read Chinese then there are plenty of pictures to show you what is on offer (although even some of these are still baffling). The best places are the ones where the food is there in front of you, and just pointing works perfectly, even if what you get is mystery meat. The kebabs that we had were was the baozi we had afterwards too.
So many places to eat and so much foodstuffs on will be spoiled for choice.
Written March 11, 2019
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam1,614 contributions
Super fun exploring so many different kinds of local foods by us food nerds
Nov 2018 • Family
This is the kind of place where you need to have the right cultural mindset/expectations before coming... most of the food stores here started out as street hawkers, which are extremely common throughout Asian countries through 1920s till present day (e.g. Taiwanese/Thai night markets). So come with the mindset to EXPLORE, not to nitpick on cleanliness.

Other than having the right mindset, I have to say, it really helps if you speak and read the language... or go with someone who does! Since most of them were or are still street hawkers, it's obvious that they speak mainly local languages.

There's a reason why not many non-Asians can truly appreciate this street. Even though I speak and read the language, but coming from clean Singapore, the vast variety of foods, prepared in all manners, and street hawkers calling out to us was a bombardment of our senses. And instead of getting lost in that, we chose to embrace and enjoy it. Of course, we also had to be wise too to choose the cleaner stores since we didn't want to risk getting food poisoning.

So, if you're game enough, here are the wilder stores to try:

- Fried creepy crawlies like scorpions, starfish, etc
- Roadside grilled lamb right at Ninghai East Rd's road sign. It was super delicious with the right seasonings and melt-in-your-mouth fats especially in the cold weather. Most locals ordered at least 10 but we only ordered one. Less than a dollar each.
- Charcoal hotpots with "ma la"/麻辣 broths. It's almost like cooking all your hotpot ingredients in chilli oil that's almost guaranteed to make you run for the toilets the next day (yes, even the locals will get the runs), but it is REALLY tasty if you like spicy stuff
- Numerous seafood restaurants selling fresh seafoods you may or may not have seen before. So exciting to try. But you'd better go with a local to prevent yourself from getting cheated since they always go by "seasonal prices" and you just never know what price is right!

Not so wild but still very famous stores with proper seating:

- Xian de lai/鲜得来: near the end of the road away from the Bund is this famous store opened in 1921 which sells pork chop with sticky rice cakes. They're also famous for their layered noodle dumpling soup.
- Da hu chun大壶春: The best pan-fried buns aka 生煎包 which are synonymous with Shanghainese cuisine. They've a few outlets across town. That's how famous they are.
- I'm waiting for you in Chengdu 我在成都等你: Yes this store with a crazy funny name not just sells hotpot with rather decent seating compared to the other roadside stores, it also has a street-facing store front at its side that is also famous for its "flying pancake" or "印度煎饼". That's "Roti Prata" in Singapore or "Roti Canai" in Malaysia. They actually use very good quality fresh durian for their pancakes.

YunNan South Road is the "street food" foodie street to try in Shanghai. To try those established restaurants and eateries in Shanghai as old as 300 years old!, you've to go to Fuzhou Road in Huangpu District. In other posts.
Written December 27, 2018
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poh lah
48 contributions
Good only if...
Jun 2018 • Family
Went there looking for a bbq/grill seafood meal with wife and a 7 year old kid. Visited this place called 'xiang ba la' located at the beginning of the street and which looks big and the menu impressive.

Sat down n started ordering. Didnt ordered the popular mini crayfish as tried it before in Singapore and didnt fancied the taste n texture. Looked at other dishes and tried ordering those that caught our attention. Most were not available. If we knew, we wouldnt had chosen the place. Settled on 3 cold dishes which incidentally were from an external street vendor, a spicy fish soup and 4 garlic flavoured oyster. The oyster was the saving grace.
Written June 10, 2018
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Carolyn H
Stow, MA21 contributions
Take this Tour!
Jun 2017 • Solo
I am thrilled I took this tour -- particularly early in my stay in Shanghai. I have a feeling this will be the high point of my trip.

As others have mentioned, Jim is a fabulous guide who knows and loves both food and Shanghai. I took the 1 p.m. tour, with very generous "tastings" at three different stops in an older neighborhood in Shanghai I would otherwise never have found. (Sadly, we learned that in rapidly changing Shanghai, many of these older neighborhoods are being bulldozed to make room for high-rise building developments. In just a few years, this neighborhood -- and the food sellers in it -- may no longer be here.) This is not just a taste, but also an immersion in old-world China.

Jim asked the three of us on the tour if we had any food allergies or dislikes and tailored the tour accordingly. Our first stop was sitting at the outside window of a small noodle shop where we had two types of noodles and pork cutlet. The noodles were superb. We were the only foreign patrons of the shop, and a bit of a curiosity for the other diners. Our second stop was for "soup" dumplings and wonton soup. Jim explained how to eat the dumplings -- otherwise we would not have done it properly. Our last stop could have been a full meal in itself -- a whole chicken, spicy green beans, and sweet and sour pork served with black tea. Since the shop that should have been our first stop for pan fried dumplings (what we would call Peking ravioli) had closed, at the last stop Jim went out to purchase some of these to try as well as other dessert items. No need for dinner that night!

In between our stops for food, we walked through a neighborhood I would not have had the knowledge or courage to find or explore on my own (thinking I might be considered rudely intrusive). Throughout the tour, Jim explained many things about living in China and Shanghai. It was wonderful to see a side of the city that isn't skyscrapers and neon lights.

Jim and his partner also offer morning breakfast tours and evening drink and dinner tours. I'm sure these are also excellent.

This was a wonderful three hours, and well worth the price.
Written June 19, 2017
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Jamie B
25 contributions
DEFINITELY eat here!!!
Mar 2017 • Solo
The food is yummy and affordable. I went to #15 & the dumplings were so cheap I assumed appetizers, so I ordered two orders. In the end I got 30 of the best dumplings I've ever had and an entire pot of amazing tea for under $5USD! Couldn't finish the food. Wish I'd discovered this earlier in the trip rather than doing the high-priced tourist restaurants that don't taste any better.
Written March 26, 2017
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Miami, FL485 contributions
Authentic food on modern way
Sep 2016
Moqian Restaurant was really the best of the best. Modern chine restaurant combined with authentic food. Interior was exellent choice with modern screens. Lot off Jung people, lot of colours and good music.

Be careful, the little spicy is very hot.
Written September 26, 2016
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Monroe, WI109 contributions
Fun adventure for street food and people watching
Sep 2015 • Business
Great neighborhood for sampling and kinds of street food, night shopping from street stalls and just enjoying people watching. Great place to sit with a beer in the open air and just enjoy the smells of the city.
Written August 14, 2016
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11,093 contributions
Not so clean environment.......
May 2016 • Couples
To get here, take Metro to People's Square station. It's about 5mins walk away.

Both sides of the street are filled with restaurants & small cafes selling local food/snacks. Some of these restaurants' staff were preparing raw meat on the outside, in front of the road. Some had dirty looking pots. The street itself wasn't very hygienic.

Decided not to eat here but bought some snacks from a shop selling local snacks delicacies.

Written May 19, 2016
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