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Shanghai Shi, China
Eat Like A Local: Shanghai Night Food Tour

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icon3 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Avoid the hassle of trying to find out where to grab a good meal while in Shanghai. This Shanghai food tour takes you off the beaten path as the sun starts to set so you can taste some of the most authentic regional dishes of the city. Pop into family-run eateries, and sample food, beer, and spirits well-liked by locals. Travel in a small group for a more intimate experience as you sample foods with a guide who also tells you about the city’s history and culture as you go.
  • Shanghai food tour at night featuring regional Chinese cuisines
  • Stroll around Changning & Jing’An districts while sampling local food and spirits
  • Taste local dishes, including rice and wheat-based noodles, twice-fried bamboo, soup dumplings, classic Sichuanese dishes, and a Cantonese fruit dessert
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of eight guests per guide ensures a personalized experience
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Samplings of food and drink during tour
Post-tour welcome packet with helpful restaurant recommendations, local travel tips & so much more to help make your stay in Shanghai easy & fun
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drink that is not included in tour itinerary
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Departure Point

Jiang Su Lu, Jingan Qu, Shanghai Shi, China

Meeting Point: Exit 6 (street level), Jiangsu Rd Metro Station (Line 2/11). Note: Jiangsu Rd Metro Exit 6 is located on the northwest corner of Yuyuan Rd near Jiangsu Rd. 江苏路地铁站6号出口,江苏路和愚园路路口西北角. Please send

Departure Time

6:00 PM

Return Details

650 Yu Yuan Lu, Jingan Qu, Shanghai Shi, China

The tour ends a 5-minute walk from the Jiangsu Rd. subway stop at Fu Chun restaurant, 650 Yuyuan Rd.

Greet your guide at a central, pre-arranged location and embark upon your exploration of Shanghai’s diverse food scene. Stroll through a residential area brimming with restaurants that are popular with locals, but hard to find on your own, including a family-run restaurant that has been in business for decades. At each stop, sample several dishes that highlight the best of the region’s flavors, while sipping on amazing local beers, yellow wine, and spirits. As you walk, chat with new foodie friends, sip drinks, digest, and learn about the area’s history and architecture.

Finish your culinary journey at a busy neighborhood Shanghainese restaurant, where you learn how they make their famous xiaolongbao (Chinese steamed bun). Bid your guide and group farewell at a convenient location near the Jiangsu Road metro stop.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Shanghai
As the financial capital of China, Shanghai attracts millions of migrants who bring their local culinary traditions and ingredients with them. As the sun sets, join UnTour Food Tours as we explore the best local and regional cuisines the city has to offer, paired with local beers, spirits (or soft drinks) in a centrally-located, authentic residential neighborhood. Taste local dishes from the Shanghai Jiangnan area, as well as southern and northwest China & Sichuan. Explore just how different regional Chinese foods can be on this evening Shanghai food tour!
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road)
Explore the neighborhood just north of the famous Nanjing Road. Known for its colonial history during the Republic of China, this area of Shanghai was home to some of the city's most famous locals and expats during the 1920s and 1930s.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Jing'an Temple
End your tour a stone's throw from historic Jing'an Temple. You can hop on the subway from there, or explore the bars in the neighborhood. Your guide will be happy to give you recommendations!
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking - advanced notice is required to be able to cater to any dietary restrictions
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Please wear comfortable walking shoes
  • Standard group size is 8, but in some cases groups can be up to 12 people with a second guide
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY UnTour Food Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Eat Like A Local: Shanghai Night Food Tour?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Eat Like A Local: Shanghai Night Food Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Eat Like A Local: Shanghai Night Food Tour?
A:The policy on sanitization is:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
See all safety measures taken by Eat Like A Local: Shanghai Night Food Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Eat Like A Local: Shanghai Night Food Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Eat Like A Local: Shanghai Night Food Tour.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Eat Like A Local: Shanghai Night Food Tour?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Eat Like A Local: Shanghai Night Food Tour.

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Traveler Tips


  • "Absolutely make sure to bring an appetite and an adventurous spirit - The food is varied, and there's LOTS of it (and drinks to go with it, as well)." See review
  • "Would recommend this for first-timers, but not for experienced travelers." See review

Reviews

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star-4
Very nice!
JosteinChr_D
, Jan 2020
Nice night visiting 4 different restaurants. The guide Kate, British, gave insights into the different dishes and let us all taste rabbit head as well as Jelly fish to mention a few. Both educational and entertaining and definitely worth the price - value for money.
star-5
Best food tour!
Sandra_F
, Oct 2019
We had an amazing time with Paul! One thing that made this food tour unique was that we had multiple sit down venues. We've done countless food tours all over the world where you stand the entire time and get small tastings from a plate passed around. Not here! Come hungry and thirsty because the serving sizes are generous! Paul was very entertaining and it felt more like a party with friends than a food tour with strangers. Thank you for a wonderful and delicious time!
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Thank you so much for reviewing your experience with UnTour. We firmly believe that one of the best things about going on food tours is having the opportunity to try a range of food in a short time, and that's even better in China where most dishes are served family-style so you get to try even more! We hope to see you on another tour in Shanghai for Beijing soon.
star-5
A Great Send-Off
blaster009
, Aug 2019
This tour was incredible - My only regret is that we attended on our last night in Shanghai. Had we gone on our first night, we would have known some of the best restaurants and food varieties! Our guide Ashley was wonderful, very friendly, funny, and energetic. She was extremely knowledgable about the different regions in China, their histories, and foods. She was also very accommodating for members of the group with dietary restrictions and went out of her way to help provide alternatives (e.g. vegetarian meals, low-spice meals, etc.). Absolutely make sure to bring an appetite and an adventurous spirit - The food is varied, and there's LOTS of it (and drinks to go with it, as well). The stand-out stop for me was the Schezuan restaurant that had plenty of delicious, spicy food, but all of the food was equally excellent.
star-5
BEST Experience!!!
Karl_F
, Jul 2019
I cannot think of a better experience then going on a country wide tour of Chinese delicacies all while walking within 5 city blocks. I am a foodie and this was the best way to combine that, culture and friendship. Doing it again at our next stop!!! —>Bangkok
star-5
Fun tour
Yvonne_Q
, Jun 2019
This was a fun night with about a dozen people led by an American studying in Shanghai. We got to try many different dishes. At the end our guide stayed with us to help us get a taxi. We had no luck so he called the Chinese equivalent of Uber for us which meant that he paid! He wouldn’t let us give him any money to cover it cos he said we’d already tipped him! Above and beyond!! Sorry I can’t remember his name - I couldn’t review at the time of the tour as Viator we’re doing site maintenance....
star-3
Just Average
STEVEN_G
, Apr 2019
(NB: We have been on several food tours here in Shanghai and elsewhere around the world.) Meeting point was tricky, so allow extra time. Guide was excellent and enthusiastic. Assistant guide went ahead to make sure facilities and food were ready. Good system. Group was too large at 12 persons, and we were all together the entire time; not broken up with assistant. Venues were too loud and we were spread out so as not to hear much of what guide said. Food was good variety but not that tasty. Weird at times. Four sit-downs, probably two too many. Needed more street food. Would recommend this for first-timers, but not for experienced travelers.
star-5
Fantastic tour!
Leigh_C
, Jan 2019
Li and Paul were great guides. We had the opportunity to try lots of different foods and learn about the history of the provinces of Shanghai through the cuisine. Excellent!
star-5
Tour was fantastic. It was a lot of...
Jordan B
, Aug 2018
Tour was fantastic. It was a lot of fun and the food was great. Li and Lauren were great tour guides really personable and made it a great experience. It happened to be my birthday and Lauren slipped away to buy me a birthday treat which was a great surprise. Highly recommend!!!
star-5
Highly recommended
Anjali_N
, Jul 2018
Thomas was a fantastic guide. We ended up being a small group of 4, which worked out really well for us as we were able to ask lots of questions and get to know one another well. I'm vegetarian but in spite of that, was able to sample a variety of dishes & was stuffed before we even got to our final stop! Great way to try food from different regions in smaller restaurants we would never have found by ourselves!
star-5
Three words: BOOK THIS TOUR. Two...
Holly H
, Jun 2018
Three words: BOOK THIS TOUR. Two more: COME HUNGRY. This was my second time in Shanghai as well as my second time taking a food tour. The one I took last year was fabulous and fun, so my expectations for this night food tour were very high. My tour guide was Jasmine and not only was she knowledgeable about Chinese cuisine and history, she was great company! I know youre reading his review to learn about the food, but let me establish that I am a food tour junkie, and the personality of a food tour guide has a huge impact on your overall tour experience. There were only three of us on the tour, all of us touring Shanghai solo business trips, and Jasmine fostered a very social atmosphere and forged a personal connection with each of us. This helped a lot because in order to share new and strange meals such as rabbits head yes, delicious Sichuan rabbits head, there needs to be a level of comfort around the table. No earpieces, buses, flags, or stilted tour guides the whole evening felt more like a couple of friends restaurant-hopping around a Shanghai neighborhood. The food is incredible, and there was so much of it! Our small group had a range of palettes which Jasmine gauged prior to starting the tour and remembered to cater to throughout. I made a promise to myself that I would try a bite of everything because the restaurants are well-vetted and the dish probably wouldnt be included in the tour if it werent worth trying. I encourage anyone who takes this tour to do the same, save for allergies or religious dietary restrictions. Everything that was placed in front of us was delicious! Sometimes it did not look appealing to the western eye, but Id start with a small bite, then load more onto my plate! The most exotic item we tried was Sichuan rabbits head which had been brewing in in a spicy stew for many hours. Jasmine walked us through how to eat it with good humor and understanding after some dissecting work, I had to try it, and it was my favorite food of the tour! Other favorite items I got to eat: pineapple bun, beef noodles, dumplings, and Kim Kardashian lamb. I was the lucky one who got to take home the bag of cookies at the end of the night my tour-mates declined and they were very handy and tasty for breakfast during the rest of my stay. I would recommend this tour to everyone who visits Shanghai! Simply traveling to Shanghai is a test of any westerners comfort zone, if youre coming out this far, be sure to BOOK THIS TOUR and COME HUNGRY

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