Top ChoiceCantonese in Shenzhen

Phoenix House

This is one of the most popular Cantonese chains in town, so expect noisy waits for a table after 11.30am. Must-try dim sum here are the sweet durian puffs (榴莲酥, liúlián sū) and chén cūn fěn (陈村粉), a speciality...

Top ChoiceCantonese in Shenzhen

Hoi Fan

Get an iced lemon coke with your 'kung fu' crispy duck at this fun contemporary Canto chain, originally from Guangzhou. The bilingual picture menu presents all manner of treats from roast-meat platters to...

Top ChoiceDim Sum in Shenzhen

Fán Lóu

Excellent dim sum is served in square steamer baskets at this friendly and highly affordable restaurant. The tick-box picture menu is Chinese only; a simple payment key using Chinese characters denotes how much...

Indian in Shenzhen

Bollywood Cafe

Here you'll find the best food from the Indian subcontinent in Shenzhen, if not all Guangdong. Tandoor-baked breads and succulent meats are complemented by southern-style curries and dosa (savoury crêpes), and...

Chinese Islamic in Shenzhen

Muslim Hotel Restaurant

Enjoy juicy roast mutton from the great plains of northern China at this halal restaurant run by Hui (Chinese Muslims). The roast lamb legs, tender boiled ribs or dàpán jī ('big plate' stewed chicken) are best...

Zhejiang in Shenzhen

West Lake Spring

A mural of the Su Causeway crossing Hangzhou‘s West Lake greets you as you enter this classy restaurant. The 11th-century creator of the causeway, Su Dongpo, also gives his name to dōngpō ròu (东坡肉), the unctuous...

Hunan in Shenzhen

Mǐ Mǐ Jiā

For a cheap and easy meal, this canteen-style restaurant invites you to help yourself to petite bowls of freshly prepared (and spicy) Hunan dishes from the counter, to be eaten with rice (¥2). First choose from...

Fusion in Shenzhen

Magpie

Dine on small-plate fusion fare at this hip and stylish restaurant in OCT-LOFT. The Chinese chef owners draw inspiration from their Manchurian roots with ambitious creations such as horsemeat tartare with...

Vegetarian in Shenzhen

Summer Tea House

An unexpected oasis of tranquillity in a dull office block, this wood-panelled teahouse has deep armchairs just begging for your bottom and a creative, all-veggie menu of mock-meat dishes. You could easily while...

Dim Sum in Shenzhen

Laurel

A longstanding dim sum restaurant with more than half a dozen branches in Shenzhen, Laurel prides itself on friendly service. This one is right by the Hong Kong border, on the 5th floor of Luohu Commercial City....

Market in Shenzhen

Dōngméndīng

For grazers or gazers, this hectic warren of Chinese street food is a feast for the senses, offering everything from ¥10 steamers of dim sum to spicy Sichuan noodles or squid on a stick. We even found Thai-style...

Vegetarian in Shenzhen

Yunlaiju Vegetarian

A soothing respite from the street-food bedlam below, this spacious restaurant serves a range of tasty vegetarian dim sum, hand-pulled noodle dishes, mock meat and more. You might even see a local monk or two...