Restaurants

Top Choice Hainan in Hǎikǒu

Ā Bo Pó

Ā Bo Pó means ‘grandma’ in Hainanese, though we’d also translate it as ‘best chicken ever'. Indeed made by a 70-something grandma, the chicken here is buried in sea salt and baked for four hours, then sealed in plas…
Top Choice Market in Sānyà

Sānyà Market #1

Sānyà’s most popular market is ostensibly a place to bargain for cheap and colourful clothes and accessories, but its real appeal lies on the fringes, where food vendors set up shop. Stop for barbecued seafood, gril…
Top Choice Seafood in Bó'áo

Sea Story

Bó’áo’s most famous restaurant is surprisingly un-flashy, cobbled together from driftwood and with a courtyard full of weathered old fishing junks. The kitchen turns out excellent local and Southeast Asian dishes (t…
Hainan in Hǎikǒu

Hǎikǒu Qílóu Snack Street

This marvellous colonial arcade is the repository of many of the street vendors swept off the street in the clean-up campaign and is easily the best place to sample local Hainanese dishes. Buy a prepaid plastic card…
Seafood in Hǎikǒu

Bǎnqiáo Road Seafood Market

For a fresh seafood dinner with lots of noise, smoke and toasting, head to the hectare of tables at the Bǎnqiáo Road Seafood Market, known island-wide. First bargain for the raw ingredients from the market – local o…
Italian in Sānyà

Casa Mia Italian Restaurant

A jaded traveller might pooh-pooh the thought of finding top-notch Italian in a Chinese resort town. But they’d be wrong. Casa Mia has truly divine pizzas, pastas (try the special seafood linguine) and classics like…
Indonesian in Xīnglóng

Xīng Xīn Gé

There’s no menu here: just pop into the kitchen and point to whichever of the Indonesian-style stews and curries looks (or smells!) the best. In the afternoon, stop by for coffee and qī céng gāo (七层糕), 'seven layer’…
Seafood in Bó'áo

Áogōng Hǎixiān Chéng

Come see what the local fishing boats haul in, and then splash out on a spread of fresh seafood. Pick and choose from among the tanks, which helpfully have prices listed – so you know how much that giant lobster wil…
Sichuan in Hǎikǒu

Red Bar

This moody, lantern-lit villa down an alley in Guómào is where you’ll find Hǎikǒu’s cool kids sampling fiery Chóngqìng-style street food (refined to yuppie standards). On the northwestern corner of Guomao Lu and Yus…
Hainan in Central Highlands

Shuǐmǎn Yìjiā

Steps from where the bus will let you off in Shuǐmǎn Town (look for the yellow sign), this is the best place in town for local food. Dishes to try include Shuǐmǎn yā (水满鸭; local Shuǐmǎn duck) and wǔjiǎo zhū (五脚猪; ‘f…