The (almost) definitive guide to Shanghai's best avocado toasts

Get a taste of these decadent toasts

Photograph: Cat Nelson 
For a food trend that seemingly peaked pre-2010, it’s impressive how long the avocado toast is stretching out its 15 minutes of fame. It’s the definition of basic and as millennial as that one shade of pink, but we love one of these superfood-topped toasts as much as we love yoga pants so no judgement here. Too cool to give in to this unrelenting trend? How about starting your day right with one of Shanghai’s best bagels, breakfast sandwiches or some excellent Chinese street food.
RAC Coffee
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RAC Coffee

RAC may be known for its Breton galettes, but this French eatery also makes a fabulous avocado toast (60RMB). Artfully presented, two slices of rustic country toast arrive topped with both creamy avocado mash and sliced avocado, a jammy egg, a generous sprinkle of crushed walnuts and a shower of chopped parsley. Finish it with Maldon sea salt to taste. 

O'mills
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O'mills

An imposingly thick slice of airy sourdough – the bakery’s house speciality – takes this avocado toast (58RMB) to the next level. Sliced avocado sits atop a simple-but-sublime avocado mash with a stiff drizzle of olive oil, pumpkin seeds and two beautifully poached eggs.

Bull and Claw
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Bull and Claw

Presented as one dish choice in a series of several courses in Bull and Claw’s brunch (from 98RMB), it’s a simple affair to support other dishes of more intensity you might have – served with roasted tomatoes, two soft wedges of lightly grilled ciabatta play support for smashed avocado, cubes of feta and two poached eggs. 

Highline
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Highline

As with all things Highline, the Green Toast (88RMB) is perfectly primed for Instagram with its lush forest vibes. Delicate slices of avocado curl atop a thick slice of seeded bread smothered in herbed ricotta, joined by lemony, grilled broccolini and delicate wisps of fried onion. The whole affair is adorned with sunflower seeds, fresh garden peas and pea shoots, plus a drizzle of bright arugula pesto. This toast is a bit of a splurge but it’s too pretty (and tasty) to miss out on.

The Flow Cafe by VCLEANSE
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The Flow Cafe by VCLEANSE

Though avocado toast is arguably the national dish of Australia, the world's love for avo knows no bounds. The only avo-toast on this list with Asian-inspired flavours, enters the Japanese edamame avocado toast (58RMB) from The Flow Cafe by V Cleanse. Loaded with chunky avo, beni shoga (pickled ginger), sliced pink radish, cucumbers and a generous sprinkling of sesame seeds - served with a side salad and refreshing soy dressing.

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