Three insiders reveal their go-to spots in the city.
Chef-owner of Madison and Madi’s
“If you’re looking for authentic eats, head to the wonton shop at the corner of Zhaozhou and Hefei Roads, known as Guangtou Huntun; you’ll know you’re at the right place by the crowd surrounding the coal-fired kitchen. For the best Japanese food, my favorite places are Kanai Zushi (corner of Xian Xa and Weining Rds.; $$$) for quality sushi, Aji no Kura (501 Anlung Rd.; 86-21/6262-5003; $) for all my ramen needs, and Toriyasu (20 Shuicheng Rd.; 86-21/6295-8286; $$), which serves excellent yakitori.”
Founder and chief designer for Insh and Helen Lee clothing brands
“Don’t miss dinner at Mr. & Mrs. Bund–Modern Eatery by Paul Pairet ($$)—the staff is knowledgeable and the food delicious; try the steak and foie gras. For something more casual, Yang Fang Hotpot (1 Yueyang Rd.; 86-21/3368-0677; $$) stands out among other hot-pot joints, thanks to its super fresh seafood and vegetables. My studio is in Tianzifang, which is great for anyone interested in getting a taste of real Shanghai. It’s filled with restored lane houses, cafés, and old-timers hanging out.”
Director of the Rockbund Art Museum
“I love wandering through the showroom at More Less, a local furniture maker that mixes Chinese style with contemporary design, often using walnut wood. Song Fang Maison du Thé, in a charming three-story building in the Former French Concession, is a wonderful teahouse that carries an infinite variety of blends. Dinner at Cuivre ($$) is a must. You can’t go wrong with the tuna tartare and warm duck-gizzard salad.”