Shanghai has no less of its share of cafes and we managed to visit quite a few during our short stay.
We typically interspersed our cafe hopping in between meals and shopping/walking. And sometimes we just happened to see some interestingly-looking cafes and just decided to try. 🙂 Such is the luxury of vacation…
In general, the cafes in Shanghai are decent but not exceptional, compared to places like Melbourne, London or even Hong Kong. Nevertheless it was still a great experience to taste the coffee in Shanghai and enjoy the great weather, atmosphere and most importantly, the company! 🙂
We wanted brunch, and were the first customers waiting outside this hotpot restaurant 😛
For ¥160, we thought the food was not bad, and the meal became nicer because there was 猪血 Pig’s Blood.. haha!
- Location: 上海市黄浦区宁海东路280号 (Baidu Maps)
- Hrs: 11am – 3am
These two eateries were just a few steps away from each other, and since this was our last night in Shanghai, we decided to have two dinners 😮
We tried 四喜烤麸, 油爆虾 and 熏鱼 at 老兴隆 (total ¥141), and 香肠酱油饭 (¥16) and 白灼生菜 (¥10) at 老街小食, and wow, the food at both places were very delicious!
What a perfect way to end our last night here 🙂
- Location: 上海市黄浦区天津路528号 (Baidu Maps)
- Hrs: 10:30am – 9:30pm
- Location: 上海市黄浦区天津路502号 (Baidu Maps)
- Hrs: 10am – 9pm
This eatery might be small, but the food were certainly big on flavours 🙂
We tried the 蟹膏小笼 Crab Roe Xiao Long Bao (¥58) and 蟹粉虾仁馄炖 Crab Meat Prawn Dumpling (¥39) and we thought both were awesome, especially the Xiao Long Bao that was very juicy and flavourful.
- Location: 上海市黄浦区天津路506号底前 (Baidu Maps)
- Hrs: 8am to 8pm
After lunch, we took a 40-min stroll to 豫园 Yu Garden. It was really crowded 😮
Soon, we felt really tired and headed into 宁波汤圆店 Ning Bo Rice Balls Shop for a break. We shared a 传统宁波汤团 Traditional Ning Bo Rice Balls (¥20 for 8). The fillings were black sesame, and it was a pretty nice dessert with thin skin and awesome fillings (hubby’s favourite!)
上海 Shanghai, here we come~
Called for a car via 滴滴出行 Didi Rider app (¥11) to 杭州火车站 Hangzhou Railway Station to catch the 8+am train to 上海虹桥火车站 Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station, followed by a Metro ride to 大世界 Dashijie Station (¥5 per adult).
Made our way to the hotel, dropped our bags and we were off to our first meal in Shanghai!
The flagship store of 大壶春 Dahuchun was just around the corner, and so, we had some really awesome 生煎包 Pan-Fried Pork Buns again!
We had to order a portion of pork buns and soup each, so we ended up with a plate with 鲜肉 pork fillings (¥8 for 4 pieces), 虾仁 prawn fillings (¥12 for 4 pieces) and 2 bowls of 葱花鱼丸汤 Fishball Soup with Spring Onions (¥8 per bowl).
Compared to the version which we tried in Hangzhou, the buns here had thicker skin, but were meatier. We liked the fluffy top part and the crisp bottom. The overall taste felt homely and hearty. The soup was pretty normal.
- Location: 上海市黄浦区四川中路136号 (Baidu Maps)
- Hrs: 6.30am to 7:30pm
As we slowly made our way back to our hotel through a maze of lanes, we spotted a cafe still in operations, and so, off we went for some 牛奶咖啡 Latte (¥42), 龙井茶 Dragon Well Tea (¥58) and 蜂蜜柠檬芝士蛋糕 Honey Lemon Cheesecake (¥42).
The coffee was not bad, and I really liked the tea. The cake had a nice balance of sweet and salty, and we really enjoyed the ambience of this cafe.
- Location: 浙江省杭州市上城区开元路38号 (Baidu Maps)
- Hrs: 9.30am to 1am
There were quite a few outlets, and the one we went to was at 高银街 Gao Yin Street.
We shared 生煎双拼 (鮮肉/蝦仁) Pan-fried Pork Buns (Pork / Prawn) (¥10.50) and 家常卤肉拌面 Dry Noodles with Minced Meat (¥19) since we were not particularly hungry.
As this place was similar to a fast food restaurant, we did not have much expectations of the food. Our perception changed when hubby took the first bite into the 生煎包 pan-fried pork bun and sent a spurt of juice towards me *LOL* 的确是咬不得啊！汤汁喷得像火箭! We certainly did not expect the bun to be so juicy, and were very careful about eating it after that 😛
We were very impressed that there was so much juice enveloped by the thin skin. The fried base was also nicely crispy. Overall, we thought it was a very good 生煎包. The noodles was a bit on the salty side though.
- Location: 浙江省杭州市上城区高银街22号 (Baidu Maps)
- Hrs: 6.30am to 11pm
From 西湖 West Lake, we followed instructions by 百度地图 Baidu Maps to 胜利河美食街 Shengli River Food Street by bus route 12 (¥2 per adult) with a bit of walking.
The food street was not long; we walked up and down the full length before picking a restaurant 开化农家菜 that looked quite popular. We had a 柴火鸡 Chicken Stew (¥168) and the staff helped us cook the dish. The chicken dish was awesome! It was addictive and comfortably spicy (we asked for mild spiciness) and the 玉米饼 Corn Bread complemented it really well. It was a perfect choice for such a cold night 🙂
Returning back to our hotel was via bus route 198 (¥2 per adult), where we had a nice stroll back cutting through 南宋御街 Southern Song Imperial Street. This street has some pretty buildings and intersected with 河坊街 Hefang Street.
Note: There was a ¥2 charge for cutlery. There were only public toilets (near the carpark) in this area.
- Location: 浙江省杭州市拱墅区霞湾巷284号 (Baidu Maps)
- Hrs: 5pm – 2am
It was already past 8.30pm by the time we were done with checking into 如家精选酒店 (杭州西湖吴山广场河坊街店) Home Inn Plus (Hangzhou West Lake Wushan Plaza Hefang Street) and freshening up, so we decided to just grab something nearby.
老杭州家常菜 was still opened, so we decided our first proper meal here would be some local delights, including 东坡肉 Braised Pork Belly (¥14) (very tough!) and 西湖醋鱼 West Lake Fish in Vinegar Gravy (¥58). We also ordered 炒油麦 Stir-fried Lettuce (¥18) to balance the meal.
We thought the fish was quite fresh. It was easy to eat as there were little bones. The vegetable was pretty standard. Unfortunately, the braised pork belly was very tough, and we hoped this was just a poor rendition of the very famous dish 😮
After which, we just strolled around 河坊街 Hefang Street (aka Snack Street) and the street parallel to it. That was when we realised there were quite a few 老杭州家常菜… Not sure if they belong to the same chain?
Note: There was a ¥1 charge for cutlery.
- Location: 浙江省杭州市上城区高银街141号 (Baidu Maps)
- Hrs: 9am – 9pm