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The Top 10 Restaurants in Xujiahui

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Updated: 12 June 2017
Xujiahui, an area in Shanghai’s Xuhui District, is known for its numerous restaurants and affordable shopping. But with so many dining options how can you choose? Culture Trip is here to help!

Pistolera

Restaurant, Mexican
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Good Mexican food in China? You heard it here first! Pistolera offers delightful Mexican and Tex Mex staples from a range of gourmet tacos to parrilladas and platos fuertes. And it wouldn’t be Mexican food without margaritas on offer. Luckily, Pistolera comes delivers with classic lime and several exotic fruity flavors like hibiscus and tamarind. Their Xujiahui location is spacious, with a large upper deck overlooking Xujiahui park. This is a must-try for brunch or RMB20 ($2.90) taco Tuesdays.

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Spicy Joint

Restaurant, Chinese, $$$
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It’s a wonder that Spicy Joint keeps prices so low for such good food, but they pull it off every time. Spicy Joint is a chain in Shanghai that has even expanded to Sydney, Australia, offering a large selection of spicy Sichuanese and other Chinese dishes. Rice and tea are free and unlimited, so if the spice gets to you, cool off with a mouthful of starch. The atmosphere is cool and the decor is surprisingly cohesive. Perfect for large groups.

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Cha's

Restaurant, Chinese, $$$
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Cha’s is a much-loved Hong Kong-style snack and breakfast food restaurant in Shanghai. From the moment you step in the door and see the green and white tiled floor and neon lighting, you’ll feel immediately transported down south, and the food is equally authentic. You can’t go to Cha’s without trying their classic Hong Kong milk tea, perfected to a T.

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Element Fresh

Restaurant, Healthy, $$$
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What started off as one guy in Shanghai making healthy smoothies to sell has become one of the largest chains of healthy restaurants throughout China. Element Fresh offers a respite from the often oily and greasy Chinese food that is ubiquitous throughout Shanghai. Prices are on the higher side, but you get what you pay for. Ingredients are all of the highest quality, and you’ll leave feeling good about yourself and the decisions you made for your body.

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Sun - Thu:
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat:
7:00 am - 12:00 am

Aniseed

Restaurant, Vietnamese, $$$
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There are few, although they are increasing, options for good Vietnamese food in Shanghai. Aniseed is one of the originals and one of the best. The restaurant is like Saigon meets Paris, and the dishes are simple but expertly executed. Start with a pho noodle soup. Culture Trip recommends the beef, which comes with a hearty helping of meat in a large portion.

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Tsui Wah

Restaurant, Chinese, $$$
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Want Cantonese food that isn’t just dim sum? Tsui Wah is perfect for you! The popular chain offers Cantonese staples as well as some simple western dishes. There’s also a Cantonese bakery on site, which is a great place to buy pineapple buns, Portuguese egg tarts, coconut pastries, and other Hong Kong favorites.

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Blue Frog

Restaurant, American, $$$
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If you want good burgers in Xujiahui, you can’t do much better than Blue Frog. This Shanghai chain cooks up massive burgers that will leave you feeling full for days. There are also other classic American dishes on the menu, like pastas, salads, and sandwiches. Culture Trip recommends trying it out on a Monday, when burgers are all buy one get one free.

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Sun - Thu:
9:00 am - 1:00 am
Fri - Sat:
9:00 am - 2:00 am

Din Tai Fung

Restaurant, Chinese, Dim Sum
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Yes, that Din Tai Fung. The internationally popular Taiwanese restaurant is a smash hit in Shanghai. The original perfectors of Xiao Long Bao, Din Tai Fung does Chinese snack food better than most. Dumplings, noodles, buns, oh my! If they can steam it, Din Tai Fung will serve it.

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Ippudo

Restaurant, Japanese, Ramen, $$$
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Ippudo is another international chain from East Asia, this time Japan. They specialize in ramen, offering just six different kinds of soup, so they can do each to perfection. They also serve pan-fried Japanese dumplings, pork buns, and other small sides. But the ramen is what you should go for.

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Cotton's

Bar, Restaurant, American, Chinese
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Cotton’s is more bar than restaurant, although the Cotton’s Fried Rice quickly gained notoriety for being one of the spiciest dishes in town. The Xujiahui location is an expansion of the original but every bit as charming. Located in a renovated heritage building with a large secluded patio, Cotton’s is a cozy place to grab a drink or enjoy brunch on a nice day. The bar has also gained a reputation as incredibly friendly, inclusive, and accepting.

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