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1 City 5 Ways: Food Traditionalist

Delta Sky Magazine September 2011

Courtesy of Song Fang Maison de Thé

Shanghai is a cosmopolitan city, but it’s also home to some of China’s tastiest regional cooking, including the local delicacy of choice: hairy crab.

Where to Stay // Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund
After days spent overindulging on Shanghai’s many delish delicacies, head back to this cosseting hotel, with its superplush four-poster beds, swank interiors and white-glove service. 

Breakfast // Yi Café
Breakfast buffets in China are a veritable art form, and this café at the Pudong Shangri-La is one of the best, thanks to its 10 open kitchens making a range of dishes from across the continent. 

Lunch // Nanxiang Mantou Dian
Xiao long baos, broth-filled pork dumplings, are a Shanghai specialty, and the best place to try them is at this 100+-year-old dumpling house.

Tea Time // Song Fang Maison de Thé
To sample the best brews China has to offer, take a taxi to this restored French Concession townhouse—now an überchic tea emporium.

Dinner // Wang Bao He
A local delicacy that can only be found during the fall months, hairy crab—and its sweet meat prepared in many different ways (dumplings, soups, etc.)—is the hallmark of this restaurant, which claims to be Shanghai’s oldest (it was founded in 1744).

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