Brunch: Shanghai's favorite weekend pastime. When it comes to deciding on where to go for brunch, you factor in the type of food offered, be it a continental buffet spread or a good ol' fry up. Then, comes the booze—free-flow champagne versus all-you-can-drink Bloody Marys. Look no further. Here's a list of the best restaurants in Shanghai for brunch.
When it comes to mixing booze and brunch, it's not just any of the two elements. The Bull & Claw does a solid English breakfast and pairs it with three hours of free-flow drinks. Head to Liquid Laundry for an upscale American menu served a la carte. It's one of the most popular brunch spots in Shanghai, and you can enjoy some of their excellent craft beers while you're at it. A more laidback option is Kaiba's Kegs and Eggs all-you-can-drink brunch. The al fresco seating is a plus. Last, but not least, is MAYA. This is one of Shanghai's best restaurants and most famous for its free-flow margarita brunch combo. Read all about these brunches here.
Premium brunches? We're talking The Bund, champagne and all the caviar you can eat. M on the Bund should be on any foodie's must-try list—brunch with their British fry up and snap an iconic photo of The Bund from their terrace. The Cathay Room offers a lavish spread from foie gras to Boston lobster, a small price to pay for the quality at hand. It also has terrace seating and breathtaking views. While Table No. 1 might not be on The Bund proper, it's still worth a trip just for their glorious Eggs Benedict. They have one of the best Eggs Benny in Shanghai. What's brunch in Shanghai without Mr & Mrs Bund? This is one of the most famous restaurants in Shanghai, helmed by world renown chef Paul Pairet. Be sure to get the Real French Toast while you're there. Read all about these brunches here.
Okay, so you've exhausted all your favorite restaurants in Shanghai and are looking for something different. The Waldorf Astoria has a "brunch crawl" so to speak, starting off with oysters and champagne at the legendary Long Bar before moving into the Grand Brasserie for the spectacular buffet spread. There's live jazz entertainment, too. Jade on 36 invites diners into the kitchen to place your order directly with the chef. The unlimited mains are made a la minute and the experience unlike any other in town. Then, there's el Efante. This popular Spanish tapas restaurant does a pick of five tapas during brunch for RMB198. Most times though, they have guest chefs who take over the menu. The terrace is gorgeous when the weather's nice. Pink champagne and sexy nurses isn't the sort of thing you'd expect to hear when talking about brunch, but Le Bistrot at Le Royal Meridien does just that. Their La Vie en Rose may be the most creative brunch. Read all about these brunches here.
When it comes to declaring the best restaurant for dim sum in Shanghai, there's dime-a-dozen. If we had to whittle them down to just a handful, we'd say Hakkasan is at the top. For frugal eaters, there's Lynn, which offers all-you-can-eat dim sum for a whopping RMB98. It's a steal, but service is spotty. If you want satisfaction guaranteed, head to VUE Dining, the Cantonese restaurant at Hyatt on the Bund. It's also all-you-can-eat, but at hotel service and standard. There's also Crystal Jade. It may be a chain, but it's a damn good one. Read all about these brunches here.
If it's a simple breakfast you're craving for, then look no further than these breakfast burritos. We scoured the city to see who had the best eggy burritos and found satisfaction. Top of the list is KABB, a popular white-collar American restaurant with multiple locations in Shanghai. It's also great value. We also name Munchies, Mayita and Pistolera as having some of the best breakfast burritos in Shanghai.
Every weekend some of the best restaurants in Shanghai go head-to-head, competing for your appetite with all kinds of endless drink deals. From Mexican and margaritas to happy, sexy Spanish and cava to buffets and endless bloodies, there really is no shortage of restaurants in Shanghai to get a good weekend day drunk going with your eggs Benedict. Again, MAYA takes the cake for having one of the most legendary free-flow margarita brunch deals. There's also El Luchador, which has outdoor seating in Xintiandi. The Rooster does a real cheap deal for RMB150 and el Willy does free-flow cava for RMB100. Read all about these brunches here.
When Shanghai's weather gets nice and the pollen has stopped falling, you tell yourself, "This is one of the best cities in the world." When that happens, brunch is at its peak. If you're looking for a terrace, patio or semi-covered outdoor seating for brunch, we've got you covered. There's the expansive terraces at the Bund—POP at Three on the Bund, M on the Bund and the luxurious Cathay Room. The Commune Social has a courtyard and Highline has mid-level downtown views. T8 has a four-course brunch menu and overlooks the Xintiandi park, and Ginger is literally in a park—be sure to book ahead for this popular contemporary Asian eatery. The Cannery is great for lounging the day away with Bloody Marys and Brut Cake is an easy going, affordable option—both are pet-friendly! Read all about these brunches here.
Best Bloody Marys in Shanghai
Brunch is not complete without a Bloody Mary. (In our opinion, at least.) Whether you're nursing a hangover or just love the savory cocktail, this list is a good starting point to day drinking in Shanghai. We've compiled a long list of Bloody Marys and Bloody Caesars, some of which are really out of this world insane—burgers and skewers are involved. There are some complicated concoctions, while others are straight and traditional. Cobra Lily has a Sichuan peppercorn based cocktail and comes topped with beef jerky, while El Santo does fiery drink and Maya has a Mezcalada. Our favorite has to be the one from Hooked/Bull & Claw. Check out our list of the best Bloody Marys in Shanghai.
The city's favorite weekend pasttime affords us a plethora of dining options, but sometimes, you just want something really specific, like French toast. There's nothing quite like the French toast at Mr & Mrs Bund. The ingredients are basic, but the execution is nothing short of masterful. MMB is also one of the restaurants in Shanghai you should definitely add to your bucket list. Others include Al's Diner and Table No. 1. Find out more right here.
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