Brunch—the perennial question. Here are three new Shanghai brunches to check out, all of which have extended brunch hours and are pet-friendly venues. Plus, the average check for these brunches are all under ¥150 for food.


UP Shanghai

UP Shanghai is a hot new bar/club in Jing’an that does great, affordable drinks. Cocktails start from ¥70. And there’s a dedicated DJ from open to close. The terrace opens for brunch, and there’s plenty of seating inside. Family-friendly. Pets allowed inside and outside. Elevator access inside the building.

It’s a great recovery brunch with plenty of post-party comfort food to help cure your hangover. The brunch menu of eggs, wraps, sandwiches, and carb-on-carb combos is also supplemented by the bar bites menu.

Oysters for brunch at UP Shanghai, a bar/nightclub in Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk.
Peter Pan Oysters (half dozen ¥98, 12 for ¥178), subject to availability.
Salad for brunch at UP Shanghai, a bar/nightclub in Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk.
For the health conscious. Morning Run Around Central Park (¥85) — quinoa, barley, black rice, cabbage, avocado, egg.
Szechuan breakfast omelette for brunch at UP Shanghai, a bar/nightclub in Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk.
Szechuan B-Fast Omelette (¥58) — onions, peppers, and cheddar folded into three eggs. Lao Gan Ma sauce and potatoes. This is my cuppa tea.
Ultimate Burrito for brunch at UP Shanghai, a bar/nightclub in Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk.
Can’t deal with utensils? This is for you. Ultimate Burrito (¥62) — scrambled eggs, marinated beef, bacon, jalapeno, emmental cheese.
Gyro for brunch at UP Shanghai, a bar/nightclub in Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk.
Chef Carlos is from Peru. Carb-on-carb is a thing where he’s from. I’m all for it. Mykonos to NYC (¥58) — grilled chicken gyro in lafa bread with Sriracha aioli, onion, tzatziki, and fries.
Sandwiches at UP Shanghai, a bar/nightclub in Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk.
BLT Grilled Cheese (¥65)
Fried rice with mala sausage at UP Shanghai, a bar/nightclub in Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk.
From the bar bites menu: Recovery Take-Out (¥58) — fried rice with mala sausage .
Waffle fries  at UP Shanghai, a bar/nightclub in Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk.
From the bar bites menu: Waffle Fries (¥35)
Bar bites, chicken karaage  at UP Shanghai, a bar/nightclub in Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk.
From the bar bites menu: Chicken Karaage (¥68)

Free-flow: 2 hours for ¥198. Includes spritz, Bloody Mary, and their Espresso Not Martini cocktail. Available throughout brunch time, starts when you order.

Bloody Mary  at UP Shanghai, a bar/nightclub in Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk.
Espresso Not Martini Cocktail at UP Shanghai, a bar/nightclub in Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk.
Espresso Not Martini (¥90) — vodka, espresso, Illy liquor, caramel syrup, sea salt.

el Bodegon (Panyu Lu)

el Bodegon is a casual Argentinian steakhouse that also serves Peruvian food. They’re known for their more than affordable cuts of beef—¥100 for 200g of Argentinian steak—and equally cheap drinks. Panyu Lu is their second location; the other is on Changshu Lu.

They only serve brunch at Panyu Lu, which boasts a spacious covered terrace, perfect for those good weather days, and is also pet-friendly.

el Bodegon (Panyu Lu), Argentinian steakhouse in Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk.
el Bodegon (Panyu Lu), Argentinian steakhouse in Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk.

The brunch menu is uncomplicated and with plenty of the same trappings el Bodegon is known for: steak, ceviche, and sandwiches. It’s a great value brunch. A kids menu is also available.

Chivito Sandwich (¥120) is a favorite. It’s thin-cut tenderloin steak (150g), bacon, lettuce, tomato, onions, mozzarella, pickles, and a fried egg in between ciabatta bread. And of course, there’s the steak.

Sandwiches at el Bodegon, Argentinian steakhouse in Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk.
Chivito Sandwich
Ceviche at el Bodegon, Argentinian steakhouse in Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk.
Ceviche Bodegon (¥45/¥80)
Provolone Cheese at el Bodegon, Argentinian steakhouse in Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk.
Grilled provolone cheese (¥38/¥80)

Steaks to choose from include rib eye, striploin, skirt, or rump cuts. It’s ¥100 for 200g, ¥150 for 300g, and comes with a salad. Side of fries for ¥25.

Steaks at el Bodegon, Argentinian steakhouse in Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk.
Fries > Salad

Free-flow: ¥150 for 2 hours of unlimited prosecco, house wine, sangria, draft beer, aperol spritz, G&Ts, and filtered coffee. Bottomless filtered coffee is ¥50, also for 2 hours.


FED by July

FED by July is a casual-ish French-ish restaurant—brunch is casual with a mix of western dishes, but dinner is finer with a French-inclined menu.

FED by July. Photo by Rachel Gouk.
FED by July. Photo by Rachel Gouk.

The main dining room is in a glasshouse. It’s bright and sunny, and shielded from the unpredictable Shanghai weather.

Brunch prices are, in part, really affordable. The food is not mind-blowing, though, the pasta is fantastic. FED serves as an easy-going option for the area. Pet-friendly indoors.

Salmon Benedict for brunch at FED by July. Photo by Rachel Gouk.
Smoked Salmon Benedict (¥67). Good hollandaise on a nice toasted, buttered bun.
Truffle Chicken Pasta for brunch at FED by July. Photo by Rachel Gouk.
Truffle Chicken Pasta (¥67) with tons of Parmesan cheese. Excellent al dente noodles, good flavor, value for money.
Chicken and Waffles  for brunch at FED by July. Photo by Rachel Gouk.
Chicken and Waffles (¥67) comes with sweet-spicy chili sauce. The waffle is way too dense, but the chicken is like, KFC Zinger crispy.
Sauteed Mixed Mushrooms for brunch at FED by July. Photo by Rachel Gouk.
Sautéed Mixed Mushrooms with Egg (¥57). Again, nothing mind-blowing, but you can’t beat the price. It’s a sizable portion.

Other items on the menu: steak (¥147), burger (¥77), and soufflé pancakes (¥57).

Oh, and the Bloody Mary (¥67) is fantastic! The bartender knows what he’s doing. The tomato base is made from scratch, and it’s laden with spices and is suitably peppery. You can taste the heft of the house made base.

Bloody Mary at FED by July. Photo by Rachel Gouk.
One for the road, please.
Latte at FED by July. Photo by Rachel Gouk.
Latte (¥37)

FED is great for those who live nearby and want no-frills sustenance while pounding some Bloody Marys.

No free-flow, but happy hour (buy-one-get-one) is from 4-8pm.

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UP Shanghai
Address: 2/F, 688 Shaanxi Bei Lu, near Kangding Lu 陕西北路688号2楼, 近康定路
Tel: 18317131910

Brunch hours: Sat 12-6pm, Sun 12pm to close

el Bodegon (Panyu Lu)
Address: 2/F, 326 Panyu Lu, near Fahuazhen Lu番禺路326号2楼, 近法华镇路
Tel: 62260780
Brunch hours: Sat-Sun 11am-4pm

FED by July
Address: 918 Changle Lu, near Wulumuqi Zhong Lu长乐路918号, 近乌鲁木齐中路
Tel: 62770500
Brunch hours: Daily 10:30am-4:30pm