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  • Tackling Hairy Crab: The name says it all. The signature dish of Shanghai is absolutely scrumptious, but it's seasonal (autumn) and best enjoyed at a big local restaurant. 
  • Rooftop Dining on the Bund: Dining high above Asia's most famous street is a heady experience not to be missed. We recommend enjoying a romantic dinner for two catered by world-renowned chefs in the cupola atop Three on the Bund.
  • Eating Xiaolong Bao: Unless you're a vegetarian, not trying Shanghai's favorite (pork) dumpling while you're here is tantamount in some circles to not having visited Shanghai at all. The "little steamed breads" spill broth in your mouth when you bite into them. You can find them everywhere, but Crystal Jade Restaurant serves up the best in the city. 
  • Savoring Shanghai's Street Food: This activity could well top all of the others in this category, so fun and delicious is it to snack your way through town on dishes that you'll likely not find at home. You aren't required to try the chou doufu (stinky tofu), but do have the shengjian bao (pork-stuffed fried bread dumplings) and jidan bing (egg pancake). The more locals in the part of town, the more likely you'll find it on any street. Or head to Sipailou Jie in the old Chinese city or the corner of Changle Lu and Xiangyang Lu in the French Concession.
  • Dining in a Colonial Mansion: These days, it's easy to find a restored old mansion for dinner, but two standouts that combine just the right colonial ambience with delicious food are Fu 1088, serving excellent Shanghainese cuisine in private dining rooms in a restored mansion, and el Willy, dishing out tapas and paella in the loveliest of garden settings.
  • Best International Dining: T8 in Xintiandi top the list for their consistently creative and tasty global cuisine over the years. 
  • Best Shanghai Dining: It's almost unfair to have to pick just one, since the city abounds in restaurants serving delicious local fare. But for elegant contemporary Shanghai cuisine, we like Fu 1088, which has the best smoked fish in town, and a colonial mansion setting to boot.
  • Best Room with a View: Competitors try, but it's hard to beat Shanghai's grand dame of world-class Continental dining, M on the Bund, for its glamorous rooftop setting and Bund and riverfront views.
  • Best Teahouse: The most famous teahouse in China, with its eaves soaring over the pond by Yu Yuan (Yu Garden), is Shanghai's own Huxinting, a welcome haven in the crunch of Old Town shopping and mass tourism.
  • Best French: Mr & Mrs Bund, Paul Pairet's modern French eatery, takes the prize for its creative and delicious cuisine that's all the more fun for being shared, and available till the wee hours of the morning. 
  • Best Asian (Non-Chinese): Simply Thai, with several outlets, serves consistently delicious, authentic Thai food in the most charming of environments. Outside of hotel restaurants, the best Japanese cuisine and freshest sushi can be found, if you're lucky enough to get a seat, at Sushi Oyama.
  • Best Tongue Twister (Due to Spicy Food): For the spiciest Chinese food, Di Shui Dongwill give you chilies straight up by way of Hunan Province. Your sweat glands will be working overtime.

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