Top ChoiceCantonese in Guangzhou

Bingsheng Mansion

One of only eight restaurants awarded a star in the inaugural 2018 Guangzhou Michelin guide, this is the upmarket flagship of the esteemed Bingsheng chain, serving creative riffs on Canto classics in an elegant...

Top ChoiceDim Sum in Guangzhou

Tao Tao Ju Restaurant

An esteemed name in Canton's yum cha dynasty, Tao Tao Ju packs in the over-60s for dim sum wheeled out on heated carts. There's no menu; you'll be given a slip of paper which gets stamped each time you help...

Top ChoiceCantonese in Guangzhou

Bingsheng Taste

This marvellous restaurant, one of several branches of Guangzhou's highly regarded chain that also boasts upmarket editions like Bingsheng Mansion and 'Little Bingsheng' (小炳胜, Xiǎo Bǐngshèng), serves hit after...

Top ChoiceCafe in Guangzhou

Supin

The gleaming interior of this Shamian mansion conversion is all glass, marble and chandeliers, baiting you to photograph it. Equally social-media shareable are organic dishes such as salmon with pine nuts and...

Top ChoiceDim Sum in Guangzhou

Diǎn Dōu Dé

With around 25 branches in Guangzhou, Diǎn Dōu Dé is one of the best-loved names in dim sum, turning out delicious shrimp dumplings, shāomài (烧卖, shrimp and pork dumplings), rice rolls, durian puffs and all the...

Top ChoiceDim Sum in Guangzhou

Panxi Restaurant

Set in Liwan Lake Park amid ornamental gardens interlinked with pools, courtyards and corridors, Panxi is typical of Guangzhou's garden restaurants, designed to give the effect of 'every step, a vista' (一步一景)....

Cantonese in Guangzhou

Táng Lì Yuán

Known for its roasted pigeon (金牌乳鸽, jīnpái rǔgē), this traditional garden-restaurant is nestled inside Lìwān Lake Park (荔湾湖公园, Lìwān Hú Gōngyuán). You can reserve one of the six-seat dining boats for dinner:...

Dim Sum in Guangzhou

Guangzhou Restaurant

The grand master of dim sum, this is reckoned to be Guangzhou's oldest restaurant, still churning out bamboo steamers of deliciousness the traditional way, but without the trolleys. There's no English dim sum...

European in Guangzhou

Wilber's

Tucked away on the fringes of Yuexiu District, gay-friendly Wilber’s gets top marks for cocktails and atmosphere, and the food isn't far behind. You can dine on snacks at the bar, or opt for well-presented,...

International in Guangzhou

Social&Co

The Australian owners of this casually cool cafe command some of the best value (for the quality) international dishes in Guangzhou. Highlights are the Portuguese-style chicken, braised pork ribs, signature...

Cantonese in Guangzhou

Chén Tiānjì

In a narrow alley off Baohua Lu, this hugely popular hole-in-the-wall serves three dishes – crunchy blanched fish skin (鱼皮, yúpí) tossed with peanuts and parsley, sampan congee (艇仔粥, tǐngzǎi zhōu) and rice-flour...

Soup in Guangzhou

Dayang Coconut Chicken Soup

Cooking chicken soup in a coconut with its own sweet coconut water is as delicious as it sounds. Then add superfood goji berries, bamboo and stewed chicken (they're black silky hens). This hole-in-the-wall eatery...

Cantonese in Guangzhou

Qiáo Měishíjiā

The best restaurant on Shamian Island, specialising in Canto fare such as steamed fish, sticky char sui pork, and roast squab, which you pull apart with gloves. You'll spot the restaurant from the live seafood...

Vietnamese in Guangzhou

Tiger Prawn

The nightly queues (up to an hour) reflect the remarkably enduring popularity of this Southeast Asian favourite, which must be down to using the right herbs, aromatics and spices in the pho (rice noodles in beef...

International in Guangzhou

Kapok

An easy option if you have kids in tow near Shangxiajiu Pedestrian Street, with photo menus in English, kids' meals and snacks, and clean spacious booths to spread out in air-conditioning. There's salmon, steak...

Desserts in Guangzhou

Nánxìn

This time-honoured emporium is a must-visit for Chinese tourists for its Cantonese custard-style puddings. A speciality originating from the nearby town of Shùndé is 'double-skinned milk' (双皮奶, shuāngpínǎi) a...

Vegetarian in Guangzhou

Fó Yǒu Yuán

An unpretentious, popular vegetarian restaurant hidden in the Xìngfǔ Xīncūn residential quarter. Dine on mock-meat and seafood dishes that taste unerringly like the real thing, or keep it simple with veggie...

Vegetarian in Guangzhou

Big Buddha Temple Vegetarian

On the 2nd floor of the main building of the Big Buddha Temple, you'll find this sprawling veggie banquet hall of rough-hewn timber tables, costumed servers and an iPad picture menu presenting mock-meat Canto fare.