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Meet your English-speaking guide at an easy-to-find central location then walk and explore the quaint neighborhoods and streets of Shanghai.Try the best local food in the city at places where only locals go that are truly off the beaten path. Enjoy yourself in a family-run, tourist-free restaurant that you can discover on your own. This tour focus on the old part of Shanghai away from the downtown and French Concession areas whereto can experience the real Shanghai!

While visiting over 5 food stops, learn about the families that have been making their specialties for generations and learn about the foods that locals love and why they became so popular as each dish, restaurant and neighborhood through this guided tour.

Start by visiting a noodle shop connected to a temple that specializes in serving tasty, vegetarian noodles for monks and Buddhists. Then walk through pedestrian streets and lanes that come alive with fresh, handmade (and safe) street food only served during the morning. Watch China’s most popular breakfast items prepared before eating them including fried beef pancakes, jianbing (savory Chinese crepes), and youtiao (Chinese doughnut sticks). Visit a local wet market to see locals bargaining and buying fresh produce, meat, and seafood and see what’s in season. Walk through some of Shanghai’s oldest residential communities to see how locals live their lives every day and learn about this interesting and historic area from your local guide (and new friend!) to get a feel for how locals have lived their lives in Shanghai for generations.  End your morning by exploring a local temple, tickets included with your tour.
Locations visited
Xiahai Temple
Old Town (Nanshi)
Lost Plate Shanghai Food Tour
Get to know Old Shanghai through this morning food and walking tour, including breakfast and a visit to the Xiahai Temple. Follow your guide through the ancient neighborhood's longing, or courtyard communities, visit six street stalls and eateries to taste 10 traditional foods that make up a hearty breakfast. End up at the Xiahai Temple, where entrance fees are included. A small group of just 10 people ensures your guide's personalized attention.
  • Walking tour through Old Shanghai to learn about daily life in the community
  • Taste popular breakfast foods such as beef pancakes, savory crepes, and doughnut sticks
  • Stop at six hidden-gem eateries to taste 10 different popular breakfast dishes
  • Entrance to the Xiahai Temple
  • Small group of just 10 people or fewer means an intimate atmosphere
  • Tastings included; food adds up to a hearty breakfast
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Reviewed 1 week ago
Street food tour

Nick introduced us to tasty and interesting street food in a fascinating old neighborhood. He also gave us a lot of information about Shanghai, and we enjoyed the company of the other tour participants.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Great Tour, Great Food

Nick was a great guide who was easygoing and accommodating. He took us to an interesting part of the city that we would have never seen otherwise. The food was all local, traditional street food that was delicious and filling. Bring your walking shoes because...More

Thank Elyse M
Nick Z, Manager at Lost Plate Shanghai Food Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for the lovely review, it's always fun to surprise people who have been living in China for a while! The walking definitely help us to discover the undiscovered side of Shanghai! I hope you enjoyed walking through the old Shanghai alleyways with the...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
Great authentic local experience

We did the morning breakfast tour with Nick. Great way to learn history and culture while enjoying an expertly guided tour. We had a small group and enjoyed chatting with Nick - so knowledgeable about the area and a great guide. We had AMAZING food...More

Thank Anne H
Nick Z, Manager at Lost Plate Shanghai Food Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello Anne, thank you for your excellent review! We are very glad to know that you enjoyed the variety of food and the history and stories that we shared along the way! The scallion pancake is sooo crunchy and flavourful isn't it? We still drool...More

Reviewed 13 June 2018
Arrive hungry and adventurous!!!

Enjoyed our tour run very professionally by Nick. Two people contacted him and let him know they were running late so he arranged for them to meet us on tour which meant they did not miss out and we were not delayed so a win...More

Thank Andrew M
Reviewed 12 June 2018
Shanghai delivered on a plate

The experience of this breakfast tour in an area of Shanghai thats off the well worn tourist track is divine. The food is varied and delicious. The guide, Nick, was entertaining, informative and interesting. The walking tour itself was fascinating and catered for both those...More

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