Top 6 Most Famous Food Streets in Shanghai
Finding local cuisine has been always an important part of a trip. In Shanghai, there are many highly recommended local snacks for you to try, such as, Shengjianbao, Xiaolongbao, Guo Tie (pot stickers, Begonia Cake, Spare Ribs with Rice Cakes, etc. Then where to find those popular snacks in Shanghai? Here TCT would like to introduce some most famous food streets in downtown Shanghai, where gathers popular food from not only local Shanghai, but also around China.
Chenghuangmiao Old Street
Chinese Name: 老城隍庙小吃街
Address: Fuyou Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai
How to get: Take metro line 10 to Yuyuan Garden station, get out from the exit gate No.1, you could walk to the Chenghuangmiao street easily; take bus No.11,66,126 or 926.
Chenghuangmiao Old Street is a one of the most famous snack streets in Shanghai. It is near to Yuyuan Garden. It is regarded as the kingdom of snacks in Shanghai with all kinds of flavored gourmet. If you do not go to Chenghuangmiao Street while you visit the city, you can not say you’ve been to Shanghai. Steamed Buns, Pan-Fried Bun Stuffed with Pork (Sheng Jian Bao), pork balls, Spare ribs with rice cakes, crab shell cake, etc. are must taste snacks here. It is one of top 6 most famous food streets in Shanghai.
Wujiang Road Food Street is the most popular street in Shanghai. Most visitors come to Wujiangm Road for look for local cuisine. And they try to taste different snacks while doing shopping along the road, slowly moving in the stream of people. Recommended food on Wujiang road: Xiaoyang Sheng Jian Bao, tapioca pudding, barbecue, vermicelli made from bean starch, etc.
Chinese Name: 吴江路小吃街
Address: Wujiang Road, Jing An District, Shanghai
How to get: Take metro line 2 and get off at Nanjing Xilu station.
Qi Bao Old Street
There are many antique buildings in Qing and Ming Dynasty style on the both sides of Qi Bao Old Street. Qi Bao Old Street is divided into two parts: South Street and North Street. The South Street is focus on offering local snacks, which the North Street mainly sells tourism souvenirs, antiques, calligraphy and paintings, etc. There are all kinds of braised food, cakes, stinky tofu, dumplings, boiled mutton, etc.
In addition, Qi Bao Town is the nearest ancient town in Shanghai. You can also have a half-day tour to explore in the old town if you do not have time to Zhouzhuang, Tongli, or Wuzhen towns. Qi Bao Old Street occupys an important place in top 6 most famous food streets in Shanghai.
Chinese Name: 七宝老街
Address: Qi Bao Town, Minxing District, Shanghai
How to get: take bus no.91,92. Or you could get on the tourist bus from tourist centre at Shanghai Stadium which will take you to the street.
South Yunnan Road is an old food street located at the intersection of Yan’an Road and Xizang Road in Huangpu District. It has been a food street since 80s-90s in last century. Some of its restaurants here have a history of over 100 years. On the famous South Yunnan Road, there are a variety of restaurants or food stands, ranging from Shaoxing restaurant to Nanjing salty wild duck, covering almost all kinds of gourmet all over China. It is about ten minutes’ walk from the People’s Square and adjacent to Dashijie Amusement Park, so it is also called Dashijie Food Street.
Beijing roast duck and Jinling Salted Duck on Yunnan Road are the most famous. Spare ribs with rice cakes, boiled chicken, Nanxiang steamed bun, Tianjin Goubuli stuffed bun, Shandong dumplings, etc. are highly recommended too.
Chinese Name: 云南南路小吃街
Address: Yunnan South Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai
How to get: Take bus No.220, 127, 503, 126. Or you could take metro line 8 to station Dashijie; Take metro line 1 or 2 to People’s Square and walk to Yunnan south road street.
The buildings along Huanghe Road Food Street are all Nongtang lanes. With a prime central location near People’s Park, Huanghe Rd covers all the bases from cheap lunches to late-night post-theatre snacks. Besides, Huanghe road food street is within walk distance of the Bund, this is partly why it is always full of gourmet tourists all over the world.
Chinese Name: 黄河路美食街
Address: Huanghe Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai
How to get: You can take Metro Line 1,2 or 8 get off at People’s Square Station and walk to the street.
At Fangbang Lu Food Street, you’ll find a Shanghai from a different era – without all the pretension and bling that make up the city skyline. The buildings here are in old-style. And the food here ranges a lot from fresh fruits to cooked food. Fresh fruit vendors hold down the fort right outside the main gate, but it is recommended to pass on through and returning to them at the end, to quench your sweet tooth at the end of a meal. These small barbecue grills lay out a variety of skewered meats and veggies for you to pick from. the street stalls on wheels and their makeshift seating arrangements lie various cheap restaurants serving up regional specialties. Try dipping into a bowl of mouth-numbingly spicy Ma La Tang when it’s cold out, or hand-pulled noodles from the Lanzhou Lamian stalls.
These are the top 6 most famous food streets in Shanghai to search out the most delicious and wallet-friendly street food, interesting to find out the spirit of the real local lifestyle. In some of them you can find Shanghai-native eats, as well as popular snacks from around the country.