Shanghai Coffee & Breakfast Tour

Daily at 8:30am Duration: 3 hours

$59 USD per adult, $45 USD per child

This walking food tour covers approx. 1.25mi / 2km.

The Essentials:

Shanghai boasts one of the highest number of coffee shops per capita in the world, leading China’s innovative artisanal coffee movement. This tour explores the city’s dynamically evolving French Concession neighborhood while visiting the trendiest cafes alongside traditional street-food vendors and longstanding local restaurants.


Enough food for breakfast and lunch, plus two specialty coffee drinks, at 6 different stops.

Group Size

Small groups of 2-10 people per tour.

Start & End Location

Starts at Wuding Road Subway Station. Ends 10 minutes walk away from Changping Road Subway Station. An email will be sent with meeting location details immediately after booking.

Cancellation Policy

Reservations cancelled 24 hours or more before your tour start time are fully refundable.

Dietary Requirements​

We are happy to welcome vegetarians, but please let us know prior to your tour date as same day requests cannot be guaranteed. This tour is not recommended for gluten free or vegan diets. Please message us prior to booking if you have any questions.

What You'll Do:

Meeting Location:

This tour starts at the Wuding Road Subway Station. An email will be sent with meeting location details immediately after booking.

Scallion Pancakes

For 16 years, this pancake shop has been a neighborhood staple. Just 5 simple ingredients are transformed into perfectly fried dough, layered with scallions, made by a family who starts their day at 3am for this labor of love.

Street-fried Fish

Deeply rooted in Shanghainese culture, this delicacy is enjoyed during major celebrations and festivals. The fish is delivered daily from a nearby island, then filleted, fried, and soaked in homemade sauce when ordered for the freshest fish you’ll ever have! 

Coffee with Fermented Rice

This cutting-edge cafe has a seasonal rotation of beans, with bespoke roasts, and uses traditional ingredients to inspire creative blends. Their signature drink, named affectionately after a rescued pup, uses whipped fermented rice and is the best insight into Shanghai’s modern coffee culture.

Soup Dumplings, Potstickers, & Tofu Pudding

With over 100 menu items plastered on the wall, we’ll grab our faves before they sell out. Their signature tofu pudding is a local favorite, and the Suzhou-style soup dumplings are larger and thicker than Shanghai’s classic style. Plus there’s so much more!

Explore Shanghai's French Concession by Foot

Every corner has something to tell in this neighborhood where past meets present. Our walks between stops are along streets with tales of writers and revolutionaries, set against a backdrop of unique architecture and hidden courtyards.

All the Bings (aka Breads)

Walk up to this cheerful hole-in-the-wall and grab a selection of their sweet and savory dough sticks and flatbreads, just like the locals do.

THE Neighborhood Cafe

If you live on this street, this is where you stop for your morning coffee. Run by a couple and their two dogs, Yummy and Demon, they’re known for their uniquely flavored Americanos. The funky decor and patio seating emphasizes the owner’s focus on inclusivity and comfort.

Plus More Surprises!

* This itinerary is subject to changes and adjustments based on daily vendor operations and availability, but it will always be awesome.

Shanghai's French Concession, where tradition meets trend.

Shanghai’s history of migration has made it China’s largest and most diverse city. Long-time locals have called this place home since it was a sleepy fishing village, yet skyscraper-studded business districts have attracted plenty of outsiders who keep Shanghai at the forefront of global trends.

What does it all mean? It can be difficult to discern the good from the great in a city with over 8000 coffee shops and a plethora of eateries offering flavors from every corner of China and beyond. But fear not, for we’ve spent decades eating (and sipping) our way through the city, and we’ve got the best lined up for you – all tucked away in the charming streets of old-Shanghai.

Shanghai Breakfast and Coffee Tour Breads

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"The Best Dumplings I've Had"

Winding our way through the nongtangs (old-fashioned alleyways) passing humble apartment blocks with European-style balconies, where I found the sheng jian bao of my dreams in a small storefront. They were fluffy on top, crunchy on the bottom and filled with savory, fatty juice.

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Frequently Asked Questions:

We are not a tasting tour, we provide much more than a full meal’s worth of food so we recommend you come prepared to eat. You will try a lot of food on this tour across 6 different stops, and it should fill you up through lunch. In addition to all of the food, you’ll get two coffee drinks. 

Our tours have been designed to accommodate as many diets as possible, including vegetarian, while still remaining stupid delicious, but please let us know prior to your tour date as same day requests cannot be guaranteed. This tour is not recommended for gluten free or vegan diets.

When booking online, you’ll have the opportunity to let us know if you have any dietary restrictions or special requests. Please use this field to let us know about your requests and we will follow up if there are any problems or questions.

Please keep in mind that if you do have dietary requirements, there will not be direct substitutions for every dish we try. 

Non-coffee drinkers will be offered simple alternatives at our coffee stops, but we do not offer discounts for those that don’t drink coffee.

Please note that children will also be offered these alternatives by default. 

This is a walking tour; let’s just get that out of the way. This tour covers about 2 km/ 1.25 miles by foot, so we recommend leaving the heels at home. This distance is split up between 7 stops, so it’s roughly a 5-10 minute walk between each stop and a great chance to digest a bit before the next stop. We also find that exploring by foot is the best way to see and experience the French Concession.

Our child pricing is valid for ages 4 through 15. Children ages 3 and under are free. Please note that children will not be offered coffee drinks at the two coffee locations.

The tour starts at Wuding Road subway station which services subway line 14. You’ll get the exact address, directions, and transportation details immediately after booking.

The tour ends at our last stop, where you can relax as long as you like with some coffee. The stop is about a 10 minute walk from Changping Road subway station on line 7.

Our minimum is 2 and maximum is 10. It’s small enough to be intimate, but big enough to get away with trying several dishes at each stop. Bottom line is, you’ll follow the guide through a super-local experience and make friends along the way.

The tours usually last about 3 hours, depending on the size of the group.

All of our tours are rain-or-shine, so we suggest you dress for the weather. If rain is possible, an umbrella, along with shoes that can get wet, is a good idea. In rare cases of extreme weather, your guide will cancel the tour and provide a full refund. 

Yes we do! If you would like to book a special tour for your organization or group, just contact us and we’ll take care of you.

We have many happy customers who do more than one of our tours in Shanghai and across China! We have designed our tours to focus only on food from each city. This means that each dish, story, and vibe is unique to each tour and there aren’t any repeats.

Most people are very surprised how much the cuisine changes as they travel throughout China, and our tours are a good way to discover those differences. We encourage you to pick the tours that best fit your itinerary and we offer a 10% discount if booking more than one tour.

Yes! You’ll get a promo code in your confirmation email that will give you a 10% discount on all future Lost Plate tours. It doesn’t matter if the tour is in the same city or a different city, we want to keep feeding you as long as you let us. Also, children ages 4 through 15 receive a discount on all tours (3 & under are free).

Bookings canceled 24 hours or more before your tour are fully refundable (100% refund). Bookings canceled within 24 hours notice are not refundable. If you would like to reschedule your tour with less than 24 hours notice, we will need to charge 50% of your total since we are unable to fill your spots at short notice.

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