The first Dynasty of China was formed over 4000 years ago. There are tons of things that have survived throughout the course of China’s vast and interesting history: language, art, culture, etc. Nowadays, it seems like China changes with every blink of an eye. New shops, companies and ideas forming every second. But here are some restaurants that have been around for quite a while and don’t seem to be going anywhere.
Wang Bao He Restaurant 王宝和酒家
Established: 1744 during the Qing Dynasty (262 years old)
Address: 603 Fuzhou Road, Huangpu, Shanghai 黄浦区福州路603号
Wang Bao He claims to be Shanghai’s first Hairy Crab and Liquor store. With hairy crab being a very special dish with a special market price and season, fall tends to be their busiest time. They use their house-brand Shaoxing wine to marinate their crabs and other seafood dishes, making them even more delicious.
Hu Xin Ting Teahouse 湖心亭茶楼
Established: 1773 during the Qing Dynasty (233 years old)
Address: 257 Yuyuan Road, Huangpu, Shanghai 黄埔区豫园路257号
Known as the first Teahouse in China, Hu Xin Ting is located smack dab in the middle of the Yu Gardens Lotus Pond. The entire building is made entirely of wood, not even iron nails were used. It was originally a meeting point for powerful world leaders like Queen Elizabeth II, but now it is a fun tourist attraction to try some of China’s best teas.
Hong Chang Xing Mutton Hotpot 洪长兴
Established: 1891 (125 years old)
Address: 1 South Yunnan Road, Huangpu, Shanghai 黄浦区云南南路1号
Boasting the title of Shanghai’s oldest Halal restaurant, Hong Chang Xing is a family-owned century old mutton hot pot restaurant, now with 3 locations. Using coal to heat the hot pot allows the brass pot to funnel smoke upwards out the top, perfectly heating the clear broth and whatever meats and vegetables you’ve put in it.
Lao Fan Dian formerly Rong Shun 老饭店 愿为 荣顺馆
Established: 1875 (141 years old)
Address: 242 Fu You Road, Huangpu, Shanghai 黄浦区福佑路242号
From it’s humble beginnings as the Shanghai Classical Hotel restaurant named “Rong Shun,” Lao Fan Dian has moved location a few times in Shanghai but has never lost it’s core customers. This classic Shanghainese restaurant features expensive local favorites like Eight Treasure Stuffed Boneless Duck and the chef’s specialty Croaker dish for 1,000 RMB.
Shen Da Cheng 沈大成
Established: 1875 (141 years old)
Address: 636 East Nanjing Road, Near Zhejiang Middle Road 黄浦区南京东路636号(近浙江中路)
Located conveniently on the pedestrian street, Nanjing Road, near the Bund, Shen Da Cheng has over 100 year history of serving locals classic Shanghai eats. While incredibly popular and busy amongst locals, it remains relatively unknown to foreigners. It’s cheap but the quality of food is high and the experience is authentic. Chinese people tend to eat meals earlier so look to get there on the late side of lunch.
De Xing Guan 德兴馆
Established: 1878 (138 years old)
Address: 471 Guangdong Road Near Fujian Road in Huangpu District 黄浦区广东路471号(近福建路)
Known for their delicious variety noodles, De Xing Guan has been open for business for 138 years. Their sweet and heavy stock makes all of the dishes flavorful and warming. Other than their signature noodles, De Xing Guan features many other traditional Shanghai dishes.
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