After much teasing, world famous burger chain Five Guys is finally opening in Shanghai, China, on Monday, April 26.

Here’s an exclusive look inside Five Guys Shanghai and what to expect.

World famous burger chain Five Guys opens its first location in Shanghai, China. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Five Guys Shanghai
World famous burger chain Five Guys opens its first location in Shanghai, China. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
World famous burger chain Five Guys opens its first location in Shanghai, China. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.

Burgers, Fries, Hotdogs & Milkshakes

World famous burger chain Five Guys opens its first location in Shanghai, China. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.

Five Guys is known its four classic items: hamburgers, fries, hotdogs and milkshakes, and the option to fully customize your order with any of the free toppings.

World famous burger chain Five Guys opens its first location in Shanghai, China. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.

There are 15 free toppings, which include grilled onions, mushrooms, jalapeños, green peppers, barbecue sauce, steak sauce, and more.

World famous burger chain Five Guys opens its first location in Shanghai, China. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.

They also love to emphasize that they don’t have freezers in any of their outlets, highlighting the freshness of their products, which are prepared daily before the start of service.

World famous burger chain Five Guys opens its first location in Shanghai, China. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.

Other hallmark standards include serving hand-formed beef patties (80:20 lean-to-fat ratio), and deep-frying with peanut oil. (However, they don’t use Idaho potatoes, and source potatoes from China instead.)

World famous burger chain Five Guys opens its first location in Shanghai, China. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
World famous burger chain Five Guys opens its first location in Shanghai, China. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.

All orders are wrapped up and served in paper bags. (Bear with me—the rest of the photos are a bit messy.)

World famous burger chain Five Guys opens its first location in Shanghai, China. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.

There are eight burger options listed on the back board. A hamburger is (¥60), cheeseburger (¥70), bacon burger (¥75) and bacon cheeseburger (¥85), alongside four “little” versions of those.

World famous burger chain Five Guys opens its first location in Shanghai, China. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Hamburger (¥60)

Not sure what toppings to get? Order an “All The Way”, which has eight toppings: mayo, lettuce, pickles, tomato, grilled onions, grilled mushrooms, ketchup and mustard.

World famous burger chain Five Guys opens its first location in Shanghai, China. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Cheeseburger (¥70) “All The Way”

You can also get it without the bun, just say “no bread”.And yes, there is a Veggie Sandwich (¥35), as well as a Grilled Cheese (¥35) and BLT (¥55).

World famous burger chain Five Guys opens its first location in Shanghai, China. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
BLT (¥55) – The crispy bacon is great.

Two kinds of fries served: traditional “Five Guys style” or “Cajun style.” Available in three sizes: little (¥32), regular (¥42) and large (¥52).

World famous burger chain Five Guys opens its first location in Shanghai, China. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
They’re pretty good.
World famous burger chain Five Guys opens its first location in Shanghai, China. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
“little” (¥32) and “large” (¥52)
World famous burger chain Five Guys opens its first location in Shanghai, China. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Bacon Cheese Dog (¥60) with cheese and raw onion

Milkshakes (¥45) are served with or without whipped cream, and there are 10 “mix-in” combos. You can add as many mix-ins, including vanilla, chocolate, coffee, peanut butter, malted milk, salted caramel, banana, strawberry, Oreo cookie pieces and bacon. (No milkshakes available when I went today. #sad)

World famous burger chain Five Guys opens its first location in Shanghai, China. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.

Will Five Guys Shanghai have a secret menu? It is uncertain. But I’ll keep asking for the Patty Melt (Swiss cheese, caramelized onions and griddled rye bread) until they notice.

But you can build your own Instafamous burgers like The Presidential, Barack Obama’s order of a cheeseburger with lettuce, tomatoes, jalapenos and mustard.

World famous burger chain Five Guys opens its first location in Shanghai, China. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.

I asked for Nacho Style Fries, an order of fries smothered in melted cheese with bacon, and or jalapeno. I was politely declined. Will they have that in the future? Maybe.

World famous burger chain Five Guys opens its first location in Shanghai, China. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Sodas (¥25) come with free refills.
World famous burger chain Five Guys opens its first location in Shanghai, China. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
There’s also beer on the menu, Budweiser (¥30), Corona (¥30) and Tsingtao (¥25).

Future Plans For China

The franchisee plans to open 50-80 locations in China within the next 5-7 years. Maybe a second one in Shanghai in September; and Beijing will be the next city.

World famous burger chain Five Guys opens its first location in Shanghai, China. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Umm, they also have a fantastic playlist with lots of classic rock. Thin Lizzy, Rolling Stones, and Creedence? +100 points.

In Summary

World famous burger chain Five Guys opens its first location in Shanghai, China. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.

It’s worth trying. In summary, it’s aite. I was a bit disappointed in the lack of char on the patties from the burgers I got. However, I do want to return for the milkshakes, and a single cheeseburger for when I don’t have to eat the entire menu in one sitting.

World famous burger chain Five Guys opens its first location in Shanghai, China. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.

Expect…a long line.

Opens at 11am on April 26.


Five Guys Shanghai
Address: 1/F, Printemps mall, 939-949 Huaihai Zhong Lu, near Shaanxi Nan Lu 淮海中路939-949淮海中路, 巴黎春天1楼, 近陕西南路
Tel: 54526298
Hours: 11am-10pm
Opens April 26, 2021