Once known as a city of faded foreign glamour and decadence, Shanghai has rapidly developed into one of modern China’s greatest achievements. A high-speed, multicultural hive of construction sites, cultural heritage and economic growth. Food choices range from fine dining restaurants
to street food
. Like elsewhere in the world, Shanghai has also embraced the pleasures of a brunch. Here then, are our 10 favourite spots.
Bar, Restaurant, European, French, Vegetarian, none
Located on Level 2 of The PuLi Hotel and Spa and overlooking the JingAn Park, Phénix restaurant & bar opened its doors to the public in March 2016 replacing the previous Jing’An restaurant. Diners can choose from a range of dishes such as omelette, black Yunnan truffle, hazelnuts, and burre noisette. A key part of any brunch is cocktails, and bloody Mary’s are one option, or ‘free flow’ champagne is offered. Diners can also enjoy views of the Park from this restaurant, located just opposite the beautiful Jing’an Temple. It’s also a great place for an after-brunch walk.
Phénix 1 ChangDe Road, The PuLi Hotel and Spa, Jing’an, Shanghai, PR China, +86 21 2216 6988
Cocktails |© Didriks/Flickr
Bar, Restaurant, French, Italian, none
Napa offers diners a ‘Vintage Lunch’ Tuesday to Sunday (it’s open for dinner the rest of the week). Diners can make the most of Eurasian cooking, with British, French and Italian flavours all featuring on the menu, as well as champagne. Of course with a name like Napa, the rest of the wine list is extensive. At the pass is chef Patrick Dang, overseeing dishes like miso cod, with porcini, asparagus and miso beurre blanc. One of the main draws of Napa are its excellent views of the Huangpu River.
Napa, South Bund 22, 2nd Floor, 22 Zhongshan Dong Er Lu, Shanghai, PR China, +86 21 6318 0057
Pasta / © Pexels
Bar, Restaurant, American, none
This stylish, modern restaurant serves contemporary American-style cuisine and delicious brunches. Madison was created with the intention of showcasing high-quality American cuisine, prepared in China by Chef Austin Hu. Diners can enjoy breakfast treats including beautifully soft poached eggs, melt-in-the-mouth brioche French toast with caramelised bananas, and moreish refried potato pancake sticks. As well as the delicious food, the restaurant also serves a host of refreshing drinks at the bar, including an orange and ginger-based drink, the Madison Mimosa, and the dreamy Spiced Hot Chocolate, a warming mixture of cacao, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and chili. There is also a well sourced wine list, for those seeking a quiet lunchtime drink.
Madison, 3 Fenyang Road, Xuhui, near Huai Hai Lu, Shanghai, PR China, +86 21 6437 0136
Soft Poached Eggs | ©Katherine Lim / Flickr
Restaurant, French, none
For diners seeking to enjoy a French-style breakfast, Jean Georges offers a classic selection of breakfast treats and charming window views of the Bund. Western pastries, pancakes and juices feature prominently, but there are also savoury alternatives, including smoked salmon, eggs Benedict and French toast. The restaurant is Jean Georges Vongerichten’s first signature restaurant outside of the United States. When describing the concept behind the restaurant, Jean Georges reveals, ‘the French cuisine at Jean Georges is very light and uses mainly locally grown organic produce and the freshest seafood.’
Jean Georges, 3 Zhongshan East 1st Road, Shanghai, PR China, +86 21 6321 7733
Century Avenue Restaurant
Restaurant, Chinese, none
100 Century Avenue Restaurant
Regarded as one of the finest restaurants in Shanghai, 100 Century Avenue Restaurant provides high quality breakfasts, lunches and dinners. The restaurant is housed within the 101-storey Shanghai World Financial Center, on the 91st floor, offering stunning views of the city below. The restaurant boasts one of the most inspired show kitchens in the city, each section serving lots of diverse dishes, including rich seafood, fresh sushi, prime Wagyu beef and crispy Peking duck. The decor is modern with gorgeous mosaics and reliefs adorning the walls.
100 Century Avenue Restaurant, Pudong, Shanghai, PR China, +86 21 6888 1234
Assortment of Sushi |© Sean Davis / Flickr
Restaurant, Chinese, Fast Food, none
For diners seeking a brunchtime date with dumplings, the delicious morsels on offer at Yang’s Fry-Dumpling restaurant are a prime example of Chinese fast food. This place is popular so it’s best to get there early as long queues form quickly. The tasty treats are worth the wait, however, and are the perfect way to start the day. Visitors shouldn’t miss out on the mouth-watering pork, sesame-coated dumplings, known as Shen Jian Bao. Eating the dumplings is an exciting experience, with precaution recommended, the delicious soupy innards have a habit of squirting out without warning, so bite carefully!
Yang’s Fry-Dumpling, 54-60 Wujiang Road, Shanghai, PR China
Fried Dumplings / ©Pixabay
Mr. Pancake House
The perfect place to visit for those with a passion for pancakes, Mr. Pancake House prepares great-tasting pancakes, waffles and crepes. Omelettes, burgers, sandwiches and salads are also available as delicious brunch-time alternatives. Featuring indoor and outdoor seating, the décor is simple, fresh and clean. The prices are also very reasonable, which is another great reason to drop by and take advantage of the great Western-style brunches being served.
Mr. Pancake House, 877 Wuding Road, Jing’an Temple, Shanghai, PR China, +86 21 6255 1648
Stack of Fluffy Pancakes|©Miss Messie/Flickr
Grand Café and Cloud 9
The Grand Café at Grand Hyatt Shanghai is regarded as one of the best restaurants in the city for scenic urban views, and is very popular with visitors. Housed within the impressive Jin Mao Tower, with its bamboo-influenced facade, the interior of the restaurant is fittingly art deco in style. The restaurant caters to many different tastes, but the freshly baked breads and other bakery items adorn the two-tier island bar in the kitchen central area. The lunch buffet offers diners the chance to enjoy high quality food in luxurious surroundings, with spectacular views of the Shanghai skyline. Later on, diners can take advantage of the city views and stunning cocktails by travelling to the ‘Sky Lounge’ bar, Cloud 9, a glamorous venue in the Tower often labelled as one of ‘The World’s Great Gathering Places.’ No visit to Shanghai is complete without a trip to this impressive skyscraper.
Grand Café and Cloud 9, Jin Mao Tower, 88 Century Avenue, Pudong, Shanghai, PR China, +86 21 5049 1234
Restaurant, French, none
Cuivre was awarded Restaurant Of The Year and Outstanding French during the 2016 Shanghai City Weekend Awards, so they must be doing something right. A steady menu of brunch favourites is joined by dishes like homemade taboulet, as well as ham and mozzarella croquettes. Other dishes blend West and East, such as foie gras with a sweet and sticky plum sauce. Cuivre is French for copper, a metal which just happens to feature strongly in the decor.
Cuivre restaurant, Huaihai Middle Rd, 1502号-1, Xuhui, Shanghai, China. +86 21 6437 4219
Boxing Cat Brewery
Breweries might not typically be associated with brunch, yet that’s exactly what makes this venue extra special on Sundays. An award-winning microbrewery, the Boxing Cat Brewery supplies great beers and serves mouth-watering brunches. The style of the food served here covers traditional and modern American cuisine, with a focus on Southern USA-style cooking. With Creole and Cajun influences felt within the dishes. The brunch menu is rich and diverse, and is broken down into exciting categories including ‘Big N Easy Brunch’, ‘Snacks on Steroids’, ‘The Lighter Side of Things (Soups & Salads)’, ‘BCB Sandwiches & Burgers’ and ‘Desserts’.
Boxing Cat Brewery, Sinan Mansions, Unit 26A 519-521 Fu Xing Road Central, Shanghai, PR China, +86 21 6426 0360