Do you sometimes find yourself at a loss for food plans on a day out in town? If like us, you’re an adventurous eater, and will never pass up on that chance to explore new restaurants, this exclusive membership club for foodies might just be what you need.
Enter TasteCard, a premier dining club where members enjoy up to 50% off, free giveaways, 2-for-1 deals at over 300 select restaurants in Shanghai and around China. Available on WeChat, and downloadable on your app store (available now only in Chinese and iOS), the service also boasts of a nifty AI-powered chatbot that can give you restaurant recommendations based on your current location or desired restaurant type. Great when you’ve got friends in town that you want to impress!
We’ve rounded up some of their top picks in Shanghai that will have you covered from brunch to after dinner drinks. And if you’re not in Shanghai, TasteCard is also available in several other cities in China, such as Beijing, Guangzhou, Chengdu.
Read all the way to the end of this post, because we’ll tell you how to get a whopping ￥100 off the membership — exclusive for Shanghaiist readers!
50% OFF with TasteCard VIP
Located in the trendy Panyu/Xingfu Road complex, Lazie offers light meals aimed to those looking for an easy and comforting meal to unwind from the daily stress of modern everyday life. As the name implies, Lazie is definitely the go-to place for a ‘lazie’ brunch date.
Kick back with a coffee and some comforting meals for brunch, a sure way to put a smile on your face.
VIP diners enjoy 50% off on dishes excluding items from the drinks and set menu. Brunch date for 4? ¥140 per head = ¥280 saved.
22% OFF with TasteCard VIP
Killing for some traditional Chinese food? Curious about Chinese history? Huang Pu 301 offers the most authentic Chinese food in town with a complete old-school dining experience to go with.
With Huang Pu 301 boasting a superb selection of fresh seafood dishes, the taste of the ocean is only a whip of chopsticks away.
VIP diners enjoy 22% off on dishes (excluding seafood), plus a complimentary dessert. Chinese food experience as a group? ¥132 saved (based on average spending and a group of 4).
30% OFF with TasteCard VIP
Head to the Hilton Shanghai for a luxurious afternoon tea experience! Atrium Café boasts an extravagant glass ceiling which paired with the marvellous food, brings diners closer to heaven.
Keen for something savoury? Sweet? A mix of flavors? Atrium has it all at their all-day buffet.
VIP diners enjoy 30% off on dishes, excluding drinks. Enjoy a high-end afternoon tea with ¥240 saved (based on average spending and a group of 4).
15% OFF with TasteCard VIP
Cho Collector is a cafe and chocolate concept store serving items catered to those with a sweet tooth.
While their menu offers a small selection of salads and sandwiches, the cafe primarily focuses on dessert items including their Cho ice cream sandwiches and hot chocolate.
VIP diners enjoy 15% off on everything, excluding other promotions. ¥80 saved (based on average spending and a group of 4).
Top Crust by bunlife
Enjoy complimentary Pizza with TasteCard VIP
Looking for an affordable but delicious place? Top Crust by bunlife offers simple but tasty Western food including steak, handmade pizza and pasta that will leave you craving for more.
VIP members enjoy a free Black Truffle Pizza. Who’d say no to an extra pizza for absolutely free? ¥128 saved.
50% OFF with TasteCard VIP
Calling for all vegetarians and vegans in Shanghai! Happy Buddha is a valuable addition to the small pool of vegetarian/vegan options in the city.
Happy Buddha makes vegan enchiladas, sandwiches and desserts; showing the world that Vegan food can be just as fun!
VIP members enjoy 50% off on all menu items excluding drinks, from Monday to Friday.
Supporting great causes by eating vegan? ¥160 saved (based on average spending and a group of 4).
20% OFF with TasteCard VIP
Speak loudly rather than speak easy. Established in 2014, Logan’s Punch is a dive bar with an avant-garde interior design. Come and witness the wondrous drawing of the Statue of Liberty with laser beams coming out of her eyes. From India, punch has become common in Europe and America; Logan introduces it to China.
Colourful and intriguing cocktails at your pleasure.
VIP members enjoy 20% off on all punches. Who could resist a cheap and tasty alcoholic beverage? ¥90 saved (based on average spending and a group of 4).
25% OFF with TasteCard VIP
Have you tried Japanese cocktails in an American bar? Much like its name, Blendi embraces cultural fusion on its menu and welcomes natives, foreigners and LGBTQs alike to come in for a drink and chat the night away.
VIP members enjoy 25% off on everything on the menu. The night is still young, am I right? ¥130 saved(based on average spending and a group of 4).
Here is your complete guide to a “full” day in Shanghai, and you’ve saved up to ¥800 using the Tastecard VIP! You’ve just earned your membership investment fee back in one day. Think about all the benefits you’ll reap and money you’ll save everyday for only ¥399 a year – equivalent to ¥1 a day.
TasteCard has got you covered not only in Shanghai, but also in several other major cities in China! Enter your city to discover.
Or, simply send your WeChat location.
Exclusive discount for Shanghaiist readers
Get a whopping ¥100 off for your 1st year Tastecard VIP membership fee!
Originally ¥399 per year
Now only ¥299
How to become a member?
1. Scan the QR below to follow UrbemTasteCard on WeChat.
2. Send ”SHSH” and follow the step-by-step instructions.
3. Fill in your name, mobile number and email.
4. Click on the orange link ‘Use my invitation code‘, and key in ‘SHSH‘. 100RMB will automatically be deducted from your purchase price.
5. Click ‘Submit application‘ and make your payment via WeChat Pay! Happy dining!
Need more help? Watch this user guide.