Top ChoiceDim Sum in Xiamen

Lucky Full City Seafood

If you eat out just once in Xiamen, join the queues for this Cantonese culinary masterclass, and then stack up the exquisite dim sum dishes like egg buns, roasted pigeon and pork dumplings. Catch a taxi here: the...

Top ChoiceChinese in Wuyi Shan

Chui Yan Restaurant

This bamboo-heavy, riverside restaurant buzzes most nights with groups sharing platters of Chinese dishes such as the local speciality of chicken fried with tea leaves and cumin, served in a bamboo basket. Part...

Top ChoiceChinese in Gulang Yu

Lāohǎi Wù

It feels like you’re cutting through an elegant alley on the way to somewhere else, but stop at the wooden benches for incredible noodle, fish and duck dishes at this friendly indoor-outdoor restaurant loved by...

Zhejiang in Fuzhou

Old Foochow

The antiquated spelling of Fuzhou hints at the old-world chic that's obvious as soon as you plonk down on the green leatherette booths and use a pencil to tick off some Fuzhou favourites from the picture menu,...

Seafood in Fuzhou

Yonghe Fishballs

Fuzhou is famous for its pork-stuffed fishballs and Yonghe has been fine-tuning its delicious recipe since 1934, with six in a bowl of plain soup. Go for a mixed bowl, which includes mackerel, squid and 'shark'...

Cafe in Xiamen

32/HOW Cafe

If Xiamen starts to wear you down, hide out in this atmospheric Taiwanese coffee shop in an old house near Zhongshan Park. The coffee is brewed with aplomb and the decor is mid-century Europe: velvety reds and...

Cafe in Fuzhou

30ml Coffee Studio

Near the corner of ‘Seven Alleys', on the edge of the canal, 30ml is almost too cool for Fuzhou. Here you’ll find delicious coffee (¥28 to ¥32), cake, chicken wings, imported fruit beer and the diverse sounds of...

Modern European in Gulang Yu

Black Cat Dining Room

A former 1920s dance hall for sailors and diplomats, the Black Cat is now an antiques-filled multi-room restaurant with lots of intimate dining options. The menu swings to its own sweet rhythm between Chinese and...

Hakka in Quanzhou

Ānjì Kèjiāwáng

The Ān family are well known across town for their Cantonese-style dim sum, which sneaks a few Hakka delights onto the trolley. The xiāmǐ chángfěn (虾米肠粉, shrimp in rice paper) and xián dànjuǎn (咸蛋卷, salty egg...

Vegetarian in Xiamen

Dàfāng Sùcàiguǎn

This popular vegetarian restaurant attracts nearly as many devotees as nearby Nanputuo Temple. The tasty soy-based meals are lavishly named and presented. Dishes are large and best shared for variety.

Cafe in Gulang Yu

Chu Family Coffee

A little delight is found in this garden cafe where cats roam and an award-winning barista brews his magic. The Western desserts don’t skimp on the cream and sweet Earl Grey milk tea is a non-coffee speciality....

Vegetarian in Fuzhou


This reputable, decades-old vegetarian restaurant has a welcoming outdoor area and a variety of mock-meat dishes. It gets busy with workers at lunchtime. It’s about 2km east of Sānfāng Qīxiàng.

Cafe in Gulang Yu

Babycat Café

The sweet Amoy pies are the attraction at Babycat, a dimly lit cafe with wood furniture and feline touches. Go for the red bean or pistachio flavour.

Soup in Xiamen

Huángzéhé Peanut Soup Shop

Since 1945 this humble counter-service diner has filled an unusual craving for sweet local speciality huāshēng tāng (花生汤, peanut soup). Other snacks include fried zǎo (枣, red dates) and hǎlìjiān (海蛎煎, oyster...

Noodles in Xiamen

Kāihé Shāchámiàn

Shāchámiàn is Fujian’s favourite street noodle dish (¥25), sauced with dried fish, onion and chilli. Which animal protein you choose to add on top depends on personal preference – pork and shellfish feature...

Cafe in Chongwu

Medo Cafe

In modern Chongwu, on the busy strip facing the neglected port, Medo is the best of a number of pleasant eateries packed with a younger crowd sipping sweet teas and playing on their phones. There are cakes,...

Hakka in Quanzhou

Lánshì Zhōnglóu

In an area flush with eateries, this Hakka favourite draws a return crowd for its honest, affordable fare. The signature hēimǐzòng (黑米粽, black rice dumplings) and dànhuángzòng (蛋黄粽, rice dumpling with yolk) are...

Dim Sum in Xiamen

Seaview Restaurant

The prime 7th-floor viewing deck in the city also serves decent Fujianese and Hong Kong snacks such as prawn dumplings, sometimes as a buffet. It’s ideal for a predinner drink and the sunset may make you linger...

Italian in Xiamen


Popular with expatriates is this Italian restaurant run by long-term foreign residents. It feels familiar for homesick travellers, and the atmosphere is always convivial. Oh, and the pizza and pasta will do too.