Jiangsu

Restaurants

Top ChoiceCafe in Nanjing

Element Fresh

Ever-trendy Element Fresh gives the iffy Nánjīng cafe culture a good kick in the pants. The setting is smooth, the ambient tunes funky, the lines clean, the wholesome menu a delight and candles come on at night....

Top ChoiceSpanish in Suzhou

Toro Loco

Upmarket Spanish restaurant and cocktail bar on the 37th floor of the W Hotel. As well as excellent food, drinks and service, this place also has a terrace bar on the 38th floor that has amazing views over Jinji...

Top ChoiceJiangsu in Nanjing

Dàpái Dàng

This hectic, fun and vast place, decorated like a Qing dynasty eatery, with waiters scurrying around in period garb and lanterns hanging overhead, is deservedly packed out. There's a handy photo menu for ordering...

Top ChoiceNoodles in Suzhou

Tóng Dé Xīng

This institution has been serving up classic Suzhou-style soup noodles for 200 years. The delicious broth, which is made fresh each night from herbs, spices and a variety of animal bones, is the key component –...

Top ChoiceDumplings in Suzhou

Yáng Yáng Dumpling Restaurant

Downtown branch of this popular restaurant that specialises in dumplings but also offers a variety of tasty, locally inspired and classic Chinese dishes. The set menus offer great value for money. This branch is...

Top ChoiceDumplings in Nanjing

Lǐshì Guōtiē Guǎn

This restaurant is popular for its juicy and totally delicious beef 'potsticker' dumplings (牛肉锅贴, niúròu guōtiē). These golden, crispy wonders are easy on the wallet (¥10 for five) if not the waistline. Order and...

Top ChoiceBakery in Nanjing

Skyways Bakery

Cosy bakery located in the student area around Nánjīng University. As well as delectable baked goods like cakes and breads, they make their own nut butters. Their morning deal of a pastry with a cup of coffee or...

Gansu in Suzhou

Xībù Mǎnfú Lóu

Charming joint serving tasty western China style food, including roast lamb, kebabs, hotpot, and the standout Lánzhōu-style noodles (兰州牛肉面, ¥32). Located in the Xietang Old Street, where pretty canalside streets...

Dumplings in Suzhou

Yǎba Shēngjiān

With great clouds of steam rising from the kitchen, this local icon has been flogging noodles since 1943, but its handmade shēngjiān bāo (生煎包, pan-fried dumplings), stuffed with juicy pork, are outstanding and...

Jiangsu in Suzhou

Wúmén Rénjiā

Close to the Lion Grove Garden, this restaurant attracts a mix of locals and visitors for its subtly flavoured Suzhou cooking. The menu takes inspiration from what Qing-dynasty emperor Qianlong allegedly ate...

Noodles in Nanjing

Měitiānsīyú Chóngqìng Xiǎomiàn

This noodle joint serves vast, steaming bowls of rice noodles with copious amounts of chicken, beef, pork or fish thrown in. The fish noodles (水煮鱼片米线, shuǐzhǔ yúpiàn mǐxiàn) in particular is superb (watch out for...

Peking Duck in Nanjing

Běijīng Kǎoyādiàn

This place is reasonably elegant and certainly no dive, yet you can order up half a Peking duck (半只烤鸭; bànzhī kǎoyā) here for a paltry ¥39, including scallions, cucumbers and pancakes. That's a meal for one...

Xinjiang in Nanjing

Aladdin

This boisterous, two-level Xinjiang restaurant has a sizeable lamb-packed menu that runs that gamut from kebabs (¥5 each) and fried-bread-and-lamb (¥48) to roasted lamb shank (¥189) or whole lamb (¥1680). Other...

Indian in Nanjing

Taj Mahal

The stab at a classy ambience doesn't quite succeed at Taj Mahal, but the menu's a winner. The spiciness of the mutton vindaloo may be slightly moderated to suit lightweight local palates, but it's still...

Teahouse in Suzhou

Pinvon

Often busy, this seriously cute little teahouse is perched beside one of Suzhou’s most popular canalside streets, serving up excellent dumplings and delicate little morsels on small plates. The tearooms upstairs...

Chinese in Suzhou

Yáng Yáng Restaurant

Reasonably priced, upmarket restaurant offering a comprehensive array of local and classic Chinese dishes. The dumplings here are especially good, although everything on the menu is worth a try.

Chinese in Suzhou

Gūsū Cài Guǎn

This small restaurant has a lovely setting overlooking the canal that runs alongside Pingjiang Lu, right next to a picturesque stone bridge and a traditional teahouse. The restaurant serves up traditional...

Cafe in Nanjing

Wagas

Wagas is everyone's darling. The setting is all industrial chic: concrete floor, patchy and distressed white painted grey brick, staff in snappy but casual black outfits and a relaxed, casual crowd. The menu is...

Vegetarian in Suzhou

Yī Rán Táng

Come to this friendly Buddhist restaurant for a modest-yet-filling vegetarian buffet that, at ¥10, will barely make a dent in your wallet. Etiquette dictates that you eat everything that you put on your plate and...

Noodles in Suzhou

Zhūhóngxīng

Popular with locals, this red-wood-furniture-bedecked eatery, with several branches across town, has a long history and wholesome, filling noodles – try the scrummy xiàrén miàn (虾仁面; noodles with baby shrimp) or...