Going out with friends for Sunday brunch is a Shanghai tradition for well-heeled locals and expats alike. Most of the best brunches are served in big hotels, offer dozens of standard and exquisite food options and come with champagne. Below are a few of the more popular ones.
The Stage at Westin
Brunch at The Stage – the open, lower floors of the Westin Hotel – is an iconic Shanghai experience. Stuff yourself well into the afternoon with Chinese steamers, pastas, omelets, soups and endless champagne. The supervised kids’ corner will allow you to relax and focus entirely on indulging yourself.
1/F, Westin Bund Center, 88 Henan Zhong Lu, by Guangdong Lu
Grand Brasserie, Waldorf Astoria
It’s the Waldorf. Think caviar, champagne and countless delectable culinary options.
Waldorf Astoria, Lobby Level, 88 Sichuan Zhong Lu, by Guangdong Lu
Yi Café, Shangri-La Hotel
An extensive hotel buffet brunch recommended by Shanghai Family, Yi Café has ten separate stations spread over an elaborate set-up. The food is excellent, and kids won’t be able to resist the incredible dessert bar, where they’re free to fill an ornate little box with sweets or take home a hand-made lollipop. The buffet is offered every day of the week.
Pudong: Shangri-La, 2/F, Tower 2, 33 Fucheng Lu, by Lujiazui Huan Lu
6882 8888 ext 210
InterContinental Shanghai Expo
It’s worth a trip out to the Pudong Expo grounds to feast on Sunday brunch at the InterContinental Shanghai Expo. While you eat, let your kids play on the big lawn in the fenced garden outside the hotel, which also features a bouncy castle and crafts. Bring a blanket and relax on the lawn after the big and delicious brunch buffet.
1/F, InterContinental Shanghai Expo, 1188 Xueye Lu