Shanghai is China’s largest city. Known as a global hub of business and enterprise, with tall buildings and bright lights, the area showcases the country’s achievements in the past 40 years. It’s a fantastic place to visit for a city break. Also present in Shanghai, if you fancy something different and are unable to visit the country directly, are several North Korean overseas restaurants. These venues are operated by real locals which offer an authentic taste and experience of the DPRK. They provide acomprehensive menu with many traditional and authentic Korean dishes, as well as local music. As of early 2020, we can confirm these venues are still open and staffed, despite sanctions and continue to be a great place to visit! Here’s our directory of their addresses and locations:
1) Changning district: 1088 Gubei Road, 2nd Floor. Telephone number: +8621-62781606
2) Century Avenue (Pudong New Area): 357 Songlin Road, Tongmao Hotel 1st floor, +86-2168405184
Location wise, the latter of the two restaurants is the most central if you’re spending the day in downtown Shanghai. It’s located near the Century Avenue metro station on line two which is near Liujiazui and East Nanjing road. This restaurant is divided into two components, the larger restaurant which opens on the evening (for scheduled performances and large groups) and the smaller cafe which is open throughout the day. Both nevertheless share the same menu. Fresh Taedonggang Beer may be purchased in each venue. Please note as per all North Korean restaurants, waitresses request you do not try and photograph them.
The prices of North Korean restaurants are slightly above average, but not expensive. Expect to pay around 40 RMB (£5) for a dish such as Pyongyang Cold Noodles (Raengmyeon) either way, it is well worth the experience! If you are heading to Shanghai, make sure you grab put it on your bucket list! Please note as a disclaimer Visit North Korea does not have any partnership nor affiliations with these establishments.