Authentic Local Food Tour in Central Shanghai

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Authentic Local Food Tour in Central Shanghai
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Taste a dozen traditional Shanghainese dishes in 3 hours during this culinary tour of Yunnan Road, the old border between the former French Concession and Shanghai residential areas. Sample soup dumplings with black vinegar, parched chicken, steamed buns, scallion oil noodles, and much more. You'll see how immigration brought prosperity and a vast diversity of cultures to this fast-changing city. This tour offers multiple departure times throughout the day.
This tour is currently running late night special tour session at 8:30PM. During this late night session, you will be able to see the night Shanghai, to taste of some craft beers or desert with some fresh hand-pulled beef noodles and lamb kabab.
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In Brief

Location:
Shanghai, China
Country:
China
Duration:
3 hours
Operates:
See availability
Highlights:
Instant Confirmation
Free drinks included
Lunch included
Get inside tips from a local
Small group ensures personal service
Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city
Choice of morning or afternoon departure
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Meet your guide at the Huangpi Nan Road metro station and depart on foot for the Xintiandi area of Shanghai. Start with a taste of notable soup dumplings and learn from your guide about their construction, including the savory meat filling and flavorful broth. 
Afterward, its a 15-minute walk to Yunnan Road, where you'll sit down alongside local residents catching up with their friends at three traditional restaurants and one dessert shop. On the way, notice French lane apartments of the French Concession give way to Chinese stone houses, called shikumen, and observe daily life among the street vendors, office workers, and mahjong players.
Sample authentic Shanghainese dishes, such as parched chicken, red-braised pork, scallion oil noodles, roasted duck, candied lotus rice, and spring rolls. Between food stops, you're offered green or black tea while your guide shares insights and anecdotes about Shanghai.

Inclusions

  • Local guide
  • Food and drink tastings (enough for breakfast, lunch or dinner)
  • Local beer or desert for late night session
  • Entry/Admission - Xintiandi
  • Entry/Admission - Former French Concession
  • Entry/Admission - Yunnan Road Food Street

Exclusions

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

South Huangpi Road Metro Station (Line 1)

Returns To

Concludes at Yunnan Road

Additional Information

  • 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

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

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Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

We had an awesome guide and ate SO MUCH FOOD! it was not only a great way to sample the food culture, but also to see a good part of the city by foot. Bring napkins/wet-wipes and an umbrella, in case it rains. I highly recommend this tour if you are an adventurous eater and love food.
• Submitted 01 May 2019
We ate some amazing food that ordinarily we would never have ordered. The egg pancake stuffed with beef was especially good... oooh I could eat one of those right now 😋
• Submitted 17 Apr 2019
Our guide Jim was excellent. He took us to places we wood have not thought to go, and they were wonderful. He explained everything clearly so we understood the relevance of certain foods and why they were eaten.
• Submitted 26 Mar 2019
An amazing food adventure with Jim. What a wonderful time we had discovering small venues and learning so much with our amazing guide. LOVED iT. The food was awesome and the whole afternoon will be one we will always remember fondly.
• Submitted 22 Nov 2018
I really cannot believe that any tour could provide more authenticity of the local food scene than this remarkable look at the real Shanghai. Lilac our tour guide aside from her perfect English was a joy to behold and helpful in every way possible in explaining where we were going and what foods we were going to have. We started a a local noodle joint to beer tasting in the hip French Concession and on to a multi course meal with a tea ceremony finishing in a soup kitchen that no person other than a local would know about (somehow Anthony Bourdain had found it in his Shanghai travel show). If you are looking for sophisticated food this is not your tour but if you want to experience authentic local food I cannot recommend this tour highly enough. We felt totally safe walking the streets at night and Lilac made sure to find us transportation back to the hotel. A fantastic evening and a very full stomach will remain as highlight in my memories.
• Submitted 05 Nov 2018
We had a fantastic night. Our guides were both enthusiastic and knowledgeable and the food was delicious. Really felt like we experienced a different side of Shanghai. Well worth it and would do it again!
• Submitted 10 Oct 2018
My husband I were very interested in tasting food in the real Shanghai, not just in restaurants so we decided to book this tour. It was an amazing experience! Jim our guide and a native of Shanghai, was able to tailor the food to our tastes we are adventurous eaters while at the same time explaining to us the food history of Shanghai. Everything we had at our 5 stops was delicious. We started at a craft brewery, then made our way to a resto where we enjoyed noodles, pork and tofu. The highlight for us was a tea shop where the owner prepared several teas and homemade foods. Our final stop was another craft brewery the first in Shanghai. Jim was knowledgeable, and passionate about food. It was great to spend several hours just chatting and learning from him. We highly recommend this tour.
• Submitted 02 Sep 2018
ローカルフードとおいしいビール、さらに色んな種類の中国茶を堪能し、最後は白酒と小籠包で締めくくるという大変充実したツアーでした。ローカルフードを味わうのはもちろんのこと、中国の文化や上海の今について教えてもらったり、ローカルが住むエリアで上海人の暮らしを垣間見ることもでき、中国や上海のローカル感をより味わいたい人に特にお勧め! It was very enjoyable tour! We tasted local foods, beer, so many kinds of Chinese tea and so on and everything was perfect. Tour is not only for eating foods but also good for understanding Chinese culture and seeing local life. If you want to experience local things, I highly recommend this tour.
• Submitted 14 Aug 2018
A great experience. A great way to familiarise yourself with the Shanghai street food. From this tour we had the confidence to try other foods. Jim Wang, our tour guide was great, friendly and engaging. Would highly recommend the experience. Vic and Gemma. Melbourne. Australia.
• Submitted 13 Aug 2018
Jim is so knowledgeable about Shanghai and the food scene. The highlight was a couple of craft beer stops and homemade Shanghai soup dumplings. A great way to experience Shanghai.
• Submitted 10 Jul 2018
Jim, the owner and guide was wonderful. We had local brewed beer in the French Concession, yummy noodles with meat and fish, then off to a Tea Shop and sampled several kinds, then to a scallion pancake maker these were the best, and finally to a dumpling shop with two different kinds and a wash down with a local liquor. Jim is very knowledgeable and makes his tour very enjoyable as we also took walks through Li Longs, the back alleys where the locals live and work. Highly recommend this tour to everyone. We took the 1P tour.
• Submitted 18 Jun 2018
Great tour from a highly knowledgeable host. Jim was very friendly and a delight. Authentic local noodle house was great, as was tea shop, dumpling restaurant, and other stops all delicious. This tour is perfect for travellers looking to try authentic local cuisine. You don't need to be very adventurous, all the food is great, but if you're a picky eater worried about whats in this/how much salt/fat etc a food tour isn't for you! And if you can't use chopsticks maybe bring your own fork :P My only feedback was a wish that the craft beer we had to start the tour was bigger. Would recommend!
• Submitted 16 Jun 2018
This was probably the best tour we did while In Shanghai. We did it on our first day in the city and it was the perfect opening to our trip. Jim is super awesome and very knowledgeable. He has spent the time to plan the walk perfectly with the placement of things you need exactly when you need them! The food places are all places you will never find on your own and are all delicious. Jim changes it up so I don't want to say where we went because you may not go to the exact same places, but wherever you go I guarantee you will thoroughly enjoy the experience and hanging out with Jim.
• Submitted 15 Jun 2018
Jim and Laura were excellent tour guides. They are very knowledgeable about food and culture in Shanghai which really helped me appreciate the brief time I spent there. They showed me around the local neighbourhoods in the former French Concession and Laoximeng area. I was very lucky that it was only me in the tour so it turned out to be a private one! We tried different foods and my top favourites were the Xiao long bao pork soup dumplings, fried dough dipped in freshly boiled soy milk. We also went to the tea ceremony and tried different types of tea, that was really a good experience and gave me a great appreciation of how tea is prepared in the traditional way. Jim also got me to try this super delicious ice cream which wasn't part of the food tour but he went out of his way to have me try it which was indeed a bonus ! I highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting Shanghai for the first time. Thanks Jim and Laura. You guys are the best foodie guides.
• Submitted 23 May 2018
This tour was quite literally the highlight of our whole China trip. Jim was an amazing tour guide with fluent English. We started in the French Concession sipping craft beer to walking around traditional Shanghai trying local food vendors. There was tea tasting, dumplings, vendor food and a surprise Chinese ice-cream at the end. Jim informed us about the history and the culture of Shanghai whilst answering all our questions. We had a small group of only 4 from various countries. You may think a food tour would be a debatable thing to do in a foreign country, but all the places we were taken to were full of locals and had fresh food, cooked in front of you. The back streets were amazing and we could have taken Jim on the rest of our 17 day stay as a professional tour guide. Just amazing! If you have one day in Shanghai, this is the tour I would recommend!!
• Submitted 18 May 2018
Excellent tour. I will be talking about this night to everyone who will listen for years!
• Submitted 26 Apr 2018
Jim was absolutely the best. This young man loves his culture and sharing it with others. We had the greatest noodles, dumplings and a variety of other foods. The tea ceremony was special for me. We learned a lot about the areas, neighborhoods , culture and food. Loved this tour
• Submitted 21 Apr 2018
Jim was a gracious and personable host. We immediately felt at ease, as if we were being shown around by a friend. All of the food was fantastic and certainly more than we could manage! Come hungry you will not be disappointed!
• Submitted 09 Apr 2018
My family and I had a great late night food tour with Jim and Aaron. Jim not only introduced us to amazing food, tea and craft beers but gave us insights into local culture and history. This is a great way to experience the real Shanghai with the help of a knowledgeable guide. We would not have found these off the beaten track places without a local guide. And Jim's enthusiasm and passion what for he does made it all the more enjoyable. Thank you Jim and Aaron.
• Submitted 08 Apr 2018
Jim was knowledgeable, helpful and took care of everything. He shared his culture and the food eaten by the local Shanghai people . He only took us to family owned , made as you wait , eating spots . You will taste many of the foods you read about , and they were excellent! He is a passionate foodie
• Submitted 14 Mar 2018
I have lived in Shanghai for a few months and always wanted to try the delicious local food but was intimidated by the language barrier and lack of knowledge. My guide, Jim, was very friendly and was very knowledgeable about not only the food, but about architecture and history Shanghai. It was a great experience and will be bring others on this adventure.
• Submitted 14 Mar 2018
I almost didn't go because I was so tired from my flight over...I'm so glad I went. Jim was an excellent guide - it was just me with one other person that evening, and it was such an easy, informative walk through the area due to the small size. I never would have tried the places Jim took us to and it was truly a great new experience for me. Highlights for me were the homemade noodles and also the dumplings at the end of the tour. Just a tip...meet Jim right outside the metro station, not inside.
• Submitted 26 Feb 2018
A great tour on our first night in Shanghai! We were in Shanghai during the Chinese New Year so a lot of the small local eateries were already closed for the holdays. Jim had done his very best and found alternatives, so we had some great authentic food, tea, as well as a lot of information about Shanghai. Jim was a great guide for this evening, very knowledgeable in everything from food to local history. We would highly recommed this tour for anyone visiting Shanghai who is interested in local food and local neighborhoods.
• Submitted 25 Feb 2018
Jim was very informative and we had wonderful food - will do again!
• Submitted 18 Feb 2018

In Brief

Location:
Shanghai, China
Country:
China
Duration:
3 hours
Operates:
See availability
Highlights:
Instant Confirmation
Free drinks included
Lunch included
Get inside tips from a local
Small group ensures personal service
Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city
Choice of morning or afternoon departure