8 Best Food Tours In Shanghai, China - Updated 2023

best food tours in shanghai

In China, most people will always ask you whether you had your meal after greeting each other. It is important to get your stomach filled for the Chinese. Being a very large and vast country, there are hundreds of cuisines available in China, from the carbohydrate loaded Northern cuisine, to the more robust and spicy Southern delicacy. There is bound to be something in the Chinese cuisine to meet your taste palate. Shanghai is the cosmopolitan city of China, with bountiful restaurants, small eateries and cafes to choose from, there is no lack of places to dine. But why not join a food tour instead to learn how to prepare the Shanghai delicacies from scratch, or go on a bicycle around the streets of Shanghai with a guide to show you where to get the different local snacks. The variety of food tours is bound to leave you wanting for more.

1. Authentic Local Food Tour in Central Shanghai (from USD 69.0)

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The 3 hour culinary tour lets you enjoy all the good food that Shanghai has to offer. The tour starts at the Huangpi Nan Road Metro station where you will meet up with your guide for stops at several restaurants for local favorites. Well known Shanghai dishes like scallion oil noodles, steam buns and xiao long bao (soup dumplings), will whet your appetite. Open up to the Chinese culinary world by learning about the history and culture of these delicacies. Also, see how they are being made and prepared at the restaurants or eateries.

Specially included is the night session of this tour, which only starts at 8:30pm, where you will get to visit Jackie’s Beer Nest where you get to taste some of their 80 craft beers and some delights like the hand-pulled beef noodles and lamb kebab. It is a quick tour to enjoy good food and drinks.

Authentic Local Food Tour in Central Shanghai

Duration: 3 hours

389 reviews

2. Early Bird Shanghai Street Breakfast Tour and Visit Fabric Market (from USD 88.0)

For the early birds, this tour will bring you to explore the typical start of the day in Shanghai. Try out the typical Shanghai morning favorite: flat bread, deep fried twisted dough sticks, sticky rice and shanghai style pancake. There are also many other dishes along the way for participants. Get to see how the daily breakfast is prepared, and enjoy it with other people in the group. The guide will explain the preparation and making process and also the best way to savor the food. After a hearty breakfast, get ready to walk around the fabric market and also the antique market.

Shanghai Early Guided Walking Tour, Breakfast, Fabric Market

Duration: 4 hours

5 reviews

3. Private Cooking Class: Make Your Own Dim Sum in Shanghai (from USD 66.0)

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The traditional Chinese snack, Dim Sum, is well liked by many people around the world. It is originally a Cantonese dish, usually eaten in the morning as breakfast. Now you can learn to make Dim Sum in this private cooking class taught by an experienced chef, who will teach you the recipe to making your own delicious and specially designed Dim Sum. From the basics of making Dim Sum to finally your own creation, you are sure to have a lot of fun preparing, making and seeing your own creations come to life. You can choose 2 out of a menu of Dim Sum to create, the menu also includes vegetarian options and the usual favorites like Shrimp Dumpling, Four Happiness Dumpling, Siew Mai (the pork dumpling) and Xiao Long Bao.

Private Cooking Class: Make Your Own Dim Sum In Shanghai

Duration: 2 hours

6 reviews

4. Private Shanghai Evening Street Food Walking and Cruise Tour (from USD 110.0)

This private tour is perfect for foodies. You will get to walk around and explore the city while indulging in Shanghai delicacies such as soup dumplings, traditional noodles, more dumplings and lamb skewers (just to name a few). You will also get to walk off your meal, passing by the Shanghai Old Town Bazaar, while learning about the city’s history at the same time.

Private Shanghai Evening Street Food Walking and Cruise Tour

Duration: 3 to 4 hours

44 reviews

5. Shanghai Cooking Class in a Family Home (from 75 USD)

Learn how to cook some favorite Shanghai dishes not in a cooking studio, but at a local family home. Mingle with the local cooking instructor. You get to choose 2 to 3 dishes from a menu and cook them with the guidance of the local cook. Learn about the Chinese traditional culinary way of life in Shanghai. You will also get to try out some Chinese tea. The cooking class is about 4 hours long and you get to enjoy your own works!

Shanghai Cooking Class in a Family Home

Price: from 75 USD


6. Shanghai: 3 Hour Walking Food Tour (from 112 USD)

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The 3 hour day tour guides you through the streets of Shanghai, in search of the local delights. From the markets to the eateries, you can experience local delights and also get to know about the history of the food traditions and their tastes from the local guide. The guide will also show you and explain the various ingredients used in common Chinese and Shanghai dishes. You will also get to enjoy a good meal prepared by chef Tony Lu.

3 Hour Walking Food Tour in Shanghai

Price: from 112 USD


7. Half Day Shanghai Chinese Cooking Class (from 89 USD)

A quick half day activity for you to whip up some local dishes all by yourself with the guidance of a local chef. Learn how to cook authentic Chinese cuisine or Dim Sum. Choose from the Chinese wok course which includes some stir fried dishes and a visit to the local wet market, or another option is the Dim Sum course, where you will get to make some Dim Sum like dumplings and buns. The course includes pick up from your hotel and also the recipes for the dishes you create. The best part is you get to enjoy the food after cooking.

Half Day Shanghai Chinese Cooking Class

Price: from 89 USD


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Join one of these tours to get the real, authentic taste of Shanghai cuisine in a different way!

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