Shanghai's best cooking classes

Don your apron, whip out your whisk and give yourself a chance in the kitchen

Give Sherpas, Eleme or [insert your food delivery app of choice here] a break for the night, and let the master chefs guide you on your way to culinary success in the kitchen. Whether you want to get stuck into Chinese regional cuisines or perfect your pastries, there's a cooking class for you.

And while you're on your learning kick, why not try your hand at arts and crafts or finally start improving your Chinese language skills.

Cook in Shanghai

Chinese cooking classes range from la mian workshops (hand-pulled noodles) to basic wok lessons, vegetarian dishes and visits to the wet market. ’Cause it’s Shanghai, try the tri-colour xiaolongbao workshop, where you’ll learn how to make and dye the dumpling dough, prepare the fillings and master the final steaming. The class finishes with you taste-testing your own creations. Private lessons and group workshops are also available.

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1690 Huaihai Zhong Lu

El's Kitchen

Run by ‘self-taught cook’ Els Nissans, who grew up in Belgium with the idea that all occasions centre around the kitchen, these creative cooking workshops offer chefs of all skill levels and ages a chance to have fun with food-themed workshops. The classes cover an extensive array of themes like One Pot Wonders, Eat Yourself Healthy, Feeling Saucy, Green is the New Black, World in Bitesize and many more. You can also build your own cooking classes, plan cooking parties or arrange teambuilding events.

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Chinese Cooking Workshop

Make your way in the world of traditional Chinese cuisines at these public classes. Here you can learn how to make dim sum, Peking duck or hand-pulled noodles; discover the basics of Sichuan, Shanghainese, Ancestral Huiyang or Guangdong cuisines and more. 

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370 Wulumuqi Nan Lu

Shanghai Young Bakers Baking Center

Run by the graduates of social enterprise Shanghai Young Baker’s pastry school, these public baking classes offer attendees the opportunity to learn the steps behind breads and pastries both simple and fancy. Try your hand at French macarons, mooncakes, layered cakes and more.

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