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Weera Thai Kitchen.
Weera Thai Kitchen.
Weera Thai Kitchen

Let’s Go on a Food Crawl Around Shanghai Plaza in Las Vegas

The Chinatown strip mall offers a feast of exceptional dining — all within walking distance

Janna Karel is the Editor for Eater Vegas.

Generally speaking, Las Vegas isn’t known as a walkable city. Even more congested areas like the Las Vegas Strip are more accessible by car than by foot — and that’s not even taking the 100-degree summer days into account. But there is one strip mall tucked inside Chinatown on Spring Mountain Road that serves as an ideal starting point for a casual day of wandering, snacking, and delighting in some of Las Vegas’s most crave-able bites. The Shanghai Plaza in Chinatown is a two-story horseshoe-shaped shopping area that is home to fluffy Korean shaved ice, Taiwanese baked goods, steaming soup dumplings, and super crunchy corndogs.

Cups of milk tea.
The Tea Maison.
The Tea Maison

First stop: The Tea Maison

Kick off an afternoon of dining by stopping inside the Tea Maison. A hit of sugar and caffeine will spur your appetite, with choices like Okinawa milk tea with brown sugar, fruity mango green tea, and sweeter selections like Oreo brûlée green milk tea and strawberry matcha lattes. Drinks can be ordered with chewy boba, slippery egg pudding, refreshing grass jelly, or fruit — among other add-ins.
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A potato-crusted corndog.
Cruncheese.
Cruncheese.

Lunch, part one: Cruncheese

At the northwesternmost area of the plaza, you will find Cruncheese, a Korean-style eatery for super crunchy deep-fried snacks on a stick. The most popular item here is the original hotdog, coated in thick batter and diced potato cubes. The mozzarella sticks — either alone or paired with a hotdog — offer a substantial cheese pull, just right for dipping in ketchup, cheese mustard, or garlic parmesan and taking on the go.
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A tray of baked goods.
85C Bakery Cafe.
85C Bakery Cafe

Lunch, part two: 85C Bakery Cafe

Grab a tray near the door when you enter this popular Taiwanese chain and scan the shelves of just-baked toasts, pastries, and croquettes. Using the provided tongs, select a warm pork sung bun topped with dry shredded pork and mayo sauce. Or get a box and fill it with soft bread stuffed with ham, potato croquettes, and creamy egg tarts.
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Shopping Break: Miniso

Whatever small home good, beauty product, or generally cute thing you may be seeking, this variety store tucked into the rear corner of the plaza is sure to have it. And, in most cases, it will be under $5. For all sorts of books, toys, and anime, stop into Manga Hole Vegas. And 888 Collectibles will satisfy your mid-crawl browsing needs with aisles of Funko Pop toys and trading cards.

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A bowl of fat noodles.
Shanghai Taste.
Shanghai Taste

Dinner part one: Shanghai Taste

Everything at chef Jimmy Li’s restaurant is good, but in the interest of economical use of stomach space, limit your selections to Shanghai Taste’s xiao long bao dumplings, filled with savory broth. And the aptly named fat noodles, thick and chewy, are exceptional when paired with pork, shrimp, or mushrooms.

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Weera Thai Kitchen.
Weera Thai Kitchen.
Weera Thai Kitchen

Dinner part two: Weera Thai Kitchen

This mini Thai chain in Las Vegas offers reliably delicious Thai food. Save room to end the crawl with one more course of savory fare. Start with a bowl of the khao soy Northern thai-style noodle soup. Round out your second dinner with a plate of sweet and salty pad Thai and a delightfully spicy papaya salad. While you can pair your dinner with sake or soju, the cocktails here are worth consideration, with an old fashioned made with jasmine-infused bourbon, a light lychee cosmopolitan, and the Phuket All which combines gin and citrus with house-made botanical coconut cream.

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Korean chocolate bingsoo, now being served at Sul & Beans at the Shanghai Plaza. Sul & Beans

Dessert: Sul & Beans

You’ll wish you saved room for dessert once you glimpse the incredibly arranged bingsu shaved ice bowls at Sul & Beans. The giant mountains of fluffy milk-based shaved ice are creamy but light, more refreshing than ice cream. The earl grey bingsu is lightly sweet, with a bold tea flavor and a scoop of ice cream on top. The fresh strawberry variety comes with thin slices of fruit layered over a heap of creamy shaved ice. Or end the night with the traditional bingsu, piled with sweet and earthy red beans.
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85C Bakery Cafe

4258 Spring Mountain Road, Las Vegas, NV 89102 Visit Website

Weera Thai Kitchen - China Town

4276 Spring Mountain Road, , NV 89102 (702) 485-1688 Visit Website

Tea Maison

4284 Spring Mountain Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89102

ShangHai Taste

4266 West Spring Mountain Road, , NV 89102 (702) 570-6363 Visit Website
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