One of the most beautiful classical gardens in Shanghai
Nanxiang lays claim to being the birthplace of the xiaolongbao and therefore has an entire street dedicated to the soup-filled dumplings beside the Ming dynasty gardens of Guyi Park. You’ll find dozens of xiaolongbao restaurants lining Guyi Yuan Lu (which has been demarcated as a ‘healthy street’ by the local government) all with near-identical steamers outside their front door offering the snack. Beside the park itself, Guyi Yuan Restaurant (218 Huyi Gong Lu, near Guyi Yuan Lu, 5912 1335) – notable for its grand, temple-like building and statues of xiaolongbao mascots Nannan and Xiangxiang – will do you a steamer of 20 Nanxiang xiaolongbao for 20RMB, or ten crab dumplings for 15RMB.
Once you've had you fill of xiaolongbao, Guyi Park (entry 12RMB) provides a pleseant setting for a post-snak stroll. Originally constructed by an officer in the Ming dynasty, the collection of landscaped gardens, teahouses and corridors all surrounding a central stretch of lily pad-laden water have been rebuilt and expanded a number of times, but remains an atmospheric place and is well worth a visit.