The Chinese like to eat, and Shanghai considers the tastebuds to be a body part of the utmost importance. From chic and elegant international restaurants to local dumpling joints, in this city you can eat your way around the globe. Whether you like your portions tiny but exquisitely arranged, or you prefer a tangled mountain of noodles, you’ll find it here. A note on tipping: it’s officially prohibited in China. While it has become usual to tip tour guides on organized outings, it is not common to tip taxi drivers or the staff of bars and restaurants.

1. Crystal Jade

Scrumptious dumplings and much else, this place serves some of the best Shanghainese and Cantonese cuisine. This chain restaurant offers a unique dining experience with exceptional food quality and good service.

Address: 2F-12A, Lane 123, Xinye Lu, South Block Xintiandi Plaza, Shanghai
Web: www.crystaljade.com

2. Di Shui Dong

Popular for its good-value, casual dining, it serves robust Hunanese flavours in rustic surroundings. The chef prepares the food with fresh ingredients and serves good portions. The ribs are recommended!

Address: 56 Mao Ming South Road, Shanghai

3. South Beauty

Since the company was founded in 2000, this restaurant chain has enjoyed tremendous success and popularity. It now has 19 branches serving fabulous, spicy Sichuan food in stylish surroundings.

Address: 829 Middle Yan An Road, Shanghai

4. Char Grill and Bar

This delicious restaurant is located at Hotel Indigo and offers a great view and an even better menu. They serve steak, sea food and delicious deserts.

Address: 585 Zhongshan Dong Er Road, Shanghai
Web: www.char-thebund.com

5. M On The Bund

Created by Australian restaurateur Michelle Garnaut. M on the Bund serves high-end Western food in classy surroundings. With its terrace overlooking the Bund, it has one of the best locations in town.

Address: 7F, 5 The Bund, Shanghai
Web: www.m-restaurantgroup.com