Din Tai Fung


31° 13' 8.2812" N, 121° 28' 31.1268" E
General info: 

Even though dumpling soup can be considerred the most authentic dish of Shanghai, it is not easy to find a really good restaurant serving it. A delightful exception to this rule is Din Tai Fung. You would imagine this restaurant has long traditions in Shanghai dumpling scene, but alas, this is a Taiwanese restaurant chain.

We don´t mind, these are the best dumplings around and this is Shanghai so it doesnt get any better than this. Delicate dumpling skin is wrapped around a juicy pork filling served in bowl of broth.

Getting there: 

Closest metro: Huangpi Rd (S), 8 mins. Walk

Mon-Thu 11am-3pm, 5pm-11pm;
Fri 11am-3pm, 5pm-1am;
Sat-Sun 11am-1am


Not expensive, price level is similar to other stadard Chinese restaurants.

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