theDesk: Calling all Foodies!

Summer is ending soon, and we are in such a fast paced city, today we want to show all the foodies what’s good to eat in the neighborhood of theDesk, starting from enjoyable handcrafted coffee to the world of cuisine!



This coffee shop is the closest one to theDesk, within less than 100m walking distance. It’s a small shop with a very artistic interior, very cozy atmosphere, and great tasting coffee. A coffee shop by day and a bar by night, it’s a unique place to get inspired, a birthplace of creative ideas, with a delicate and quiet vibe, a great spot to spend your own happy hour in.

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Address: 468 Jumen lu
Price: $$


2.Canton 8(喜粤8号)

At theDesk, we have a neighbor named Canton 8 which was among the first batch of restaurants to receive an award in Shanghai’s first Michelin guide. Since 2016 and 2017 and until now it is an official 2-star Michelin restaurant which makes Canton 8: The Worlds cheapest 2 Michelin star restaurant! Also only 1 minute walk from theDesk, it offers delicate Cantonese food such as Char siu, Har gow, Shu mai etc.
Address: 63 Runan Street
Price: $$$


3.HuiYueXuan Gaungdong Claypot Rice (Jumen Branch)(惠粤轩广东煲仔饭(局门路店))

HuiYueXuan is a chain famous for their ready-made Clay pot Rice. 5 minutes’ walk from theDesk, with about 30 seats, but a decent interior, it has a great variety of options on the menu. It’s very affordable with great portion sizes, and you will be surprised how delicious and crunchy the thin crust of slightly browned rice at the bottom of the pot is.

Address: 367 Jumen Lu
Price: $


4.FuMai Xiaolong(富麦小笼)

Xiaolong bao is one of the most iconic food items in Chinese cuisine, especially symbolic of Shanghai and its surrounding provinces. Having authentic xiaolong bao early in the morning is a great way to start your day. Just 5 minutes’ walk from theDesk, FuMai Xiaolong’s interior looks very traditional, and it’s also very affordable. Not only do they open early and provide various breakfast items, this place also offers a traditional Chinese set lunch, which makes this place great for the white collar workers in this neighborhood.

Address: 517 Jumen Lu
Price: $


5.Dongbei Renjia Dumpling Farmhouse(东北人家饺子王)

Again only 5 minutes’ walk from theDesk, Dongbei Renjia (the Northeastern Family 东北人家) is also a chain in China, but they have genuine dong-bei style interiors, a huge space (2-floors) and offer private rooms with tables for up to 8-12 guests. It’s a great place for team meals and gatherings as it offers amazing value. We’ve been told that the flavors are very authentic, and you can find the best dumplings in the whole of China here! The other signature dish, Braised Chicken with mushrooms, is also a must-have northern dish not to be missed.

Address: 523 Jumen Lu
Price: $$


6.LuXiangJi Noddle House(卢香纪面馆)

This noodle shop is very famous for its 20-year long history and it has been popular ever since it opened. It’s constantly busy and it operates 24 hours which is very rare in Shanghai city. The noodles are very unique but arrive bathed in a typical Shanghainese style thick red soup. 10 minutes’ walk from theDesk Bridge 8, it’s never too late to visit this amazing Shanghainese 24-hour noodle house!

Address: Liyuan Lu 501
Price: $


7.Ramen Mitsuyoshi (满吉)

This shop has only been open for a few months, co-owned by people from Shanghai and Tokyo. Here, they serve the same menu as the parent restaurant in Tokyo. The store has also been awarded 1 Michelin Star and has a vending machine to order food just like in Tokyo. The chef takes ingredients, quality control and dedication to guests very seriously. Many fans travel from far and wide to taste what’s good at this new genuine Japanese noodle joint.

Address: Liyuan lu 501-2
Price: $$


8.Family Cui Korean BBQ (崔家木炭烤肉)

A very traditional Korean restaurant located 10 minutes’ walk ouside of theDesk, the owner is also Korean. The menu is full of choices with fresh ingredients, and great portions too. If you would like to experience something typically Korean, with great value, you can’t go wrong with this choice!

Address: 169 Mengzi lu
Price: $$$


9.Yuan Yakiniku Restaurant and Bar(缘·烧肉酒场)

Japanese food is famous for its high quality, and at only 10 minutes’ walk from theDesk, Yuan Yakiniku restaurant and bar provides the most premium Japanese dining experience, with the best quality beef and sashimi. Perfectly suited for bringing special guests or treating a client to dinner with some sake.

The interior is, of course, also very traditional with tatami, and great service. Enjoy the sizzling sound and mouth-watering smell from this great Japanese Yakiniku restaurant

Address: Mengzi Lu 207
Price: $$$$


10.Scarpetta (食光西餐厅)

Scarpetta is a very low-key spot, but also one of the most prestigious restaurants on this list, with the Michelin guide awarding it a Michelin Plate. The atmosphere Scarpetta offers can be summed up as classic European country style, it can be both casual and romantic at the same time, 15 minutes’ walk from theDesk, Scarpetta is a great destination for a great luxurious treat. Recommended for special occasions, celebrations or to bring visiting out-of-towners.

Address: 33 Mengzi Lu
Price: $$$$$

This is only a small list of restaurants around theDesk, there is so much more to explore and to be found. Join us if you are a fellow foodie to explore the special neighborhood of Huangpu District in Shanghai.

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