Shanghai is a big city, with big names and players in every industry, and food and drink are no exception. In a city with over 24 million people it’s a guarantee you’ll find many grand restaurants and bars to admire and snap a few Instagram pictures, and while no trip to Shanghai would be complete without visiting these impressive venues, it’s easy to overlook the many small and quaint establishments.
“Often, it’s the quirky and unique venues that land up surprising you the most.”
Bird + Bitter
Separated by an alleyway on Wuyuan Lu and Changshu Lu, it’s hard to miss these two sister concepts by Camden Hauge. Subtly intertwined but able to stand out on their own, you’ll find Bird and Bitter. To explain why both are worth visiting over some more famed venues in Shanghai, we must take a closer look, first up Bitter.
Bitter can best be described as an easy-going and inviting café during the day and a casual but vibely little cocktail bar by night. With enough space to seat around thirty people, Bitter is only just bigger than sister Bird.
A great place to meet up with friends during the day or pre and post dinner, Bitter reflects a similar modern and minimalist feel to Bird, with exposed concrete, light wood and tons of light filling the triangular-shaped room.
You can sit inside or out on the tree-lined street in the former French Concession. Bitter’s kitchen serves up light brunch like plates through the day, but if you are after more unique dishes, then Bird should be your next stop.
Bird like Bitter is small, clean and minimalist in style, but with a kitchen that really delivers. You’d be forgiven for thinking this tiny space, seating less than twenty people, wouldn’t offer carefully designed and exceptional dishes… but it does.
The food at Bird is intended to be shared, and you’ll find no more than ten items on the menu that changes every month. Along with the menu, there are always a few daily specials scribbled on the chalkboard. It’s difficult to pinpoint the food you’ll find at Bird, but we can guarantee it’ll be inventive and fun. Whether it’s a spiced ricotta, carrot chip and pistachio brioche or a rice cake with prosciutto, bechamel and crispy shallots, there’s no doubt you’ll find something that piques your curiosity. Have fun pairing any or the dishes with the short but curiously interesting wine list.