Food and Drinks in Shanghai with a View
Shanghai cuisine is known for being on the “sweeter side” of the spectrum. More sugar is used in Shanghai’s local cooking than any other in China. That being said, Shanghai is still one of the most diverse cities in China, with an equally impressive variety of food choices!
Thanks to the city’s remarkable position, Shanghai is a hub for commerce, culture, and amazing food! To top it off, Shanghai also offers incredible cityscape views. We took the liberty of combining those two (great food and views) in a list for you to choose from. Below are our Top 4 choices for the best restaurants in Shanghai with a view.
1. Scena (The Ritz-Carlton – Shanghai, Pudong)
On the 52nd floor of the Ritz-Carlton, Scena pairs fine-dining Italian classics with breathtaking views of The Bund. Rustic wooden beams, floor-to-ceiling glass windows, and Shanghai’s entire metropolitan skyline make this an amazing and memorable experience.
Try the tortello scallops or lobster bisque for a sea taste; pair it with a glass of chardonnay. Or, if you would rather stay “on land,” try the Australian beef ribs with a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon or Zinfandel.
Web: Scena – Ritz-Carlton
After having dinner in Scena, you can go up to Flair, on the Ritz-Carlton’s 58th floor . Enjoy a nightcap while appreciating the unmatched views of the Pearl Tower. Here you can also try one of their many asian-style tapas.
2. M on the Bund (The Bund, Shanghai)
Drawing on flavorful local ingredients, and a few imports, M on the Bund showcases dazzling seasonal menus. You can visit the Art Deco terrace and sit where countless celebrities have been guests in formal parties and product launches.
Enjoy the restaurant’s season-inspired flavors, while overlooking the glimmering of the Huangpu River. We might recommend their Crispy Suckling Pig, Leg of Lamb, Smoked Salmon, or one of their delicious cakes.
Web: M on the Bund
3. VUE Restaurant (Hyatt on the Bund, Shanghai)
Classic European in its design, VUE Restaurant features traditional continental cuisine. Eclectic in its decor, the restaurant is filled with books, shelves, sofas, model cars, pipes, and other vintage pieces.
This venue is perfect for business dinners and champagne brunches. Try their Spanish cuisine options, a night of wine tasting, or their famous Sunday Brunch for a spectacular experience. Also, consider visiting VUE Bar for a refreshing cocktail on the top of the Hyatt hotel.
4. Mr. and Mrs. Bund (The Bund, Shanghai)
A “modern eatery by Paul Pairet,” Mr. and Mrs. Bund serves modern french brasserie cuisine. The ambiance is casual, perfectly prepared for family-style shared meals. Here you can try one of Chef Pairet’s original avant garde creations. Like, Meunière Truffle Bread, the Chicken Picnic Aioli, or the Lemon-and-Lemon Tart.
Alternatively, you can also try something from their House of Ribs’ grill and roast selection. Delve into a Beef Tenderloin, some Ribs, a Rack of Lamb, or Chicken Breast. We suggest reserving a window seat in advance to guarantee a riverside view. Also, look for the back exit leading to their terrace. It’s perfect for snapping a few pictures while having a relaxing drink.
Web: Mr. and Mrs. Bund
Unfortunately, these last few didn’t make it into the official Top 4. However, they do still earn a place in our Honorable Mentions:
An Italian restaurant by three-Michelin star Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. The restaurant offers a gorgeous space with a feeling of organic and natural elegance. Try one of their delectable salads, pizzas, desserts, or cocktails.
Offering a rooftop terrace with unbeatable views, Bar Rouge has risen to be one of the city’s go-to venues. Having hosted a long list of DJs including David Guetta, Bob Sinclair, and Claptone, it’s a staple of the Shanghai nightlife scene.
Try some genuine Yunnan folk cuisine at this artistic and cultural dining venue. All recipes are adaptations from original indigenous recipes and cooking techniques. One of the city’s must-visit restaurants, Lost Heaven showcases the best of Yunnan cuisine.
Getting Around Shanghai
Make sure you remember to plan how you will be getting around Shanghai. As China’s biggest city, public transport gets crowded. Also, taxi drivers don’t often speak English. For this, we recommend using a reliable car service. One that guarantees you a professional local driver that knows your itinerary and the city. The service even offers 24-hour customer support.
Best Restaurant Views in Shanghai
Shanghai has jaw-dropping views all around its city. Nevertheless, the views of The Bund are difficult to compete with. Regardless of where you choose to dine, you can rest assured that these are all wonderful options. Don’t take our word for it, however, there is really just one way to make sure! Enjoy your visit to this magical city and be sure to take plenty of pictures for those trips down memory lane.