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Make more of the weekend with a hearty Sunday brunch

SUNDAY brunch is a timeless tradition in Shanghai, and several venues in the city exceed usual expectations for the provision of great food and beverages within a cozy environment.

Spoil yourself and get more out of your weekend with a brunch at one of these four most sought-after outlets where you can enjoy inspired menus and service with poise in elegant surroundings.

Hilton Hongqiao

The five-star Hilton Hongqiao, which opened at the end of last year, is Hilton's newest hotel in China. Conveniently located in the rapidly developing Hongqiao section of Minhang District, it offers some of the most spacious and luxurious guest rooms in Shanghai and the largest ballroom in Puxi.

As the market leader of all-day dining and buffet restaurants in Hongqiao, it started the Sunday brunch at Essence restaurant and Pulse lounge bar in April.

The cold counter features a diversity of dishes from crispy glutinous rice cake, tandoor spiced chicken and grilled pumpkin to a selection of seafood including prawn, mussels, crab and oysters.

Japanese food, beef steak and eel are available at the hot counter. Desserts include chocolate truffle, mango pudding, and strawberry tart,

Kids are also catered for with a large children's corner with a wide range of games and a buffet between the Western and the Chinese section offering favorites such as chicken nuggets, French fries, pasta and more.

The children's area also encourages creativity as young diners are allowed to decorate paper tablecloths, cups and plates.

There are also two cooking class areas where children can learn how to make simple items such as cookies and then take their tasty creations home with them.

An all-in-one beverage station at Essence offers a selection of fresh juices, smoothies, ice tea and hot drinks. Guest can choose from the fresh fruits on display and the bartender will transform them into fresh juice drinks.

Opening hours: 11:30am-3pm

Address: 1116 Hongsong Rd E.

Tel: 3323-6571


298 yuan per person

398 yuan per person including Champagne

Half price for children aged six to 12 years old, free for those under six years.

Sheraton Pudong

Sheraton Pudong opened in 2007 is strategically located in the heart of the Pudong New Area, next to the Shanghai New International Exhibition Center. It offers comfortable accommodation with a total of 525 guest rooms and four dining and drinking outlets.

Families gather at the table in its Feast restaurant every Sunday to enjoy the delectable and sumptuous Sunday Family Brunch Buffet with signature delights and activities for children.

"Just like the name of the restaurant, the buffet at Feast is aimed to create a real feast of a dining experience for all guests by combining abundant food choices from all over the world," says Alex Siju, the hotel's director of food and beverage.

The chef team have created a dining extravaganza by featuring eight food stations which include cold counter - salads, cold appetizers, fresh seafood bar, sushi and sashimi; hot counter - Asian and continental favorites; soups, breads and cheeses counter; pastas and wood-fired pizzas counter; noodle and dim sum counter; BBQ counter - grilled meats and seafood; desserts counter and bar counter.

Additionally, a children's area and baby-sitter are available at Feast so adult guests can enjoy the food while their children enjoy the fun.

Opening hours: 11:30am-2:30pm

Address: 38 Pujian Rd, Pudong

Tel: 5089-9999 ext 2240


298-498 yuan per person including assorted beverages

150 yuan per person for children aged four to 12 years old

No charge for children under three years old

Waldorf Astoria

With tastes from the East to the West, inspired by impeccable cuisine and indulgent service, the Waldorf Sunday Brunch Tour also awaits.

Start the journey with pre-brunch drinks and appetizers served in the legendary Long Bar.

Experience the unique charm of old glamor and enjoy the breathtaking view of the Bund.

Guests can taste freshly shucked oysters served by the Maitre crustacean and indulge in Waldorf-signature cocktails, champagne or red and white wines.

For coffee lovers, come over to the elegant Peacock Alley and enjoy freshly brewed coffee. Assorted delectable house-made Viennoiserie such as red velvet cupcake, classic Danish croissants and adorable muffins perfect this pre-brunch experience.

And the brunch sensation continues at the Grand Brasserie. Enjoy an exciting array of dynamic stations serving sumptuous Waldorf Astoria-signature seafood including oyster and caviar, or select from premium tartare and roast carvings.

Choose from a special spread of exquisite dishes from the chef's brunch recommendations as main course. With the most creative inspiration from the executive chef, the restaurant offers a delightful medley of Waldorf-signature omelette specialities that are not to be missed.

Round up your journey with irresistible sweet delights and heavenly desserts.

Opening hours: 11am-1pm (Long Bar); 11am-1pm (Peacock Alley); 12-3pm (Grand Brasserie)

Address: 2 Zhongshan Rd E1

Tel: 6322-9988


488 yuan per person plus 15-percent service charge, including still and sparkling water, freshly squeezed juices, soft drinks, gourmet coffees and fine teas.

Enjoy additional free-flow Veuve Cliquot champagne, red and white wines for an added 100 yuan per person.

Xintiandi Langham

Xintiandi is one of Shanghai's most fashionable venues, with a collection of glamorous stores, eclectic restaurants, historic sites and hip clubs.

The Langham Xintiandi stands as the gateway to Shanghai's entertainment scene, featuring an expansive and multi-purpose space. Like the surrounding district, it reflects a mix of classical elegance and contemporary innovation.

If variety is the spice of life, the restaurants in Langham have more bite than most, indulging in a range of tantalizing dishes from around the world.

The hotel's Cachet dining area launched its Sunday brunch in March and from the beginning of next month, the brunch will move to XTD Elevated.

Destined to be the bar of choice among Shanghai's movers and shakers, XTD is sure to boost Xintiandi's cool factor by a few notches. Combining casual dining, classic cocktails and funky fun grooves from a resident DJ, XTD is an open-air chill-out lounge that's ideal for pre-dinner drinks, late-night mixers - and everything in between.

Here guests can not only enjoy a wide selection of international and Asian cuisine, but now the Spanish executive chef Albert Servalls also adds his own flair to the selection with a range of appetizing Spanish specialties including paella, tapas and tortillas, all served family-style at the table.

Continuing with the Spanish influence, Langham Xintiandi's Sunday brunch also includes traditional sangria, soft drinks and selected premium wines or guests can enjoy free-flow Laurent Perrier Champagne for an additional charge.

Opening hours: 12-2pm

Address: 99 Madang Rd

Tel: 2330-2288


350 yuan per person including soft drinks and juices

480 yuan per person including soft drinks, juices, beer, selected wines and sangria

580 yuan per person including free-flow Laurent Perrier Champagne


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