Restaurants

Top ChoiceHunan in Changsha

Huǒgōngdiàn

Don't miss the experience of eating this culinary landmark, established in 1747 and set around a small temple courtyard. Downstairs has a Hunan menu and dim sum trolley; upstairs is the self-service area (perhaps...

Top ChoiceHunan in Shaoshan

Máo Jiā Fàndiàn

The best-known restaurant in the village was opened in 1987 by business-savvy octogenarian Madam Tang, who used to live in the house opposite Mao, but who now owns a restaurant empire with more than 300 outlets...

Top ChoiceHunan in Fenghuang

Zuì Xiāngxī

One of Fenghuang's most popular restaurants, the speciality here is a type of fish stew (石锅鱼, shíguō yú), cooked at your table in a delectable broth. It's a Chinese menu only, but the owner speaks some English...

Hunan in Fenghuang

Miss Yang Restaurant

Specialising in local cuisine, particularly that of the Miao and Tujia people, such as Tuo River fish (沱江小鱼, Tuó Jiāng xiǎoyú), this intimate restaurant serves tasty delights in an atmospheric upstairs setting of...

Dumplings in Changsha

Sōnghuājiāng Jiǎoziguǎn

Not a romantic choice, this bright, bustling place specialises in the mellow cuisine of northern China. Dumplings (饺子; jiǎozi) are the speciality and come in many varieties, including pork and chives, lamb and...

Hunan in Changsha

Huǒgōngdiàn – Wuyi Dadao

This Wuyi Dadao branch of Huǒgōngdiàn is a cavernous restaurant with stone tabletops, diligent staff and traditional music wafting over diners. The dim sum and cold veggie dishes come around on squeaking...

Hunan in Changsha

Lǎo Chángshā Lóngxiāguǎn

This cavernous and raucous warehouse-like dining hall is the most enjoyable place to sample one of Changsha's signature dishes: spicy crayfish (龙虾; lóngxiā). You may need to wait for a table, so grab a number, a...

Chinese in Changsha

Xīhúlóu Jiǔjiā

About 9km northeast of the city centre, the world’s biggest Chinese restaurant, according to the Guinness World Records and a plaque on the wall, is a village of five kitchens, staff of 1000, and banquet halls,...

Italian in Fenghuang

Soul Cafe

This upmarket cafe serves proper coffee (from ¥28) and the setting is lovely, with sofas, comfy chairs, lampshades everywhere and river views. If you want to push the boat out, there are imported wines, Cuban...

Street Food in Changsha

Taiping Jie

A good place to start the night is Taiping Jie, a pedestrianised street between Wuyi Dadao and Jiefang Xilu. One of Changsha’s oldest surviving streets, it has a mix of street food, tea stands and souvenir shops...