Wang Bao He (王宝和)
Originally a winery, Wang Bao He was founded in 1744 and started in Shaoxing. It later relocated, becoming one of the earliest wine shops to open in Shanghai, finally settling at its current location on Fuzhou Road in 1936. It claims to be one of Shanghai’s first hairy crab (Dàzháxiè, 大闸蟹) and Chinese brandy (huángjiǔ, 黄酒) stores – an ultimate pairing of two of Shanghai’s most famous consumables. Visit during hairy crab season when they throw their notorious Chrysanthemum Crab Feast, as they do, after all, call themselves the “King of Crabs, and Ancestor of Liquors.” Even if you miss crab season, their seafood is still top notch. Try the unctuous drunken crabs (zuì xiè, 醉蟹), marinated in Wang Bao He brandy.