Shandong

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Top ChoiceShandong in Qingdao

Shawn Tren's

Housed in a former electrical office building dating from 1909, this super little restaurant, with big-window street views, knocks out delicious but affordable Shandong cuisine from its small open kitchen....

Chinese in Qufu

Zi Yue Man Ju Restaurant

This clean, modern restaurant attached to Zi Yue Man Ju Hotel does ordinary Chinese fried dishes and noodles, as well as Confucius Cuisine. Staff are welcoming, but there's no English here. Confucius Cuisine...

Dumplings in Yantai

Xiāngfǔ Ròudīng Shuǐjiǎo

At the south end of Fulai Lijie, this tiny restaurant draws foodies from afar with its speciality dumplings (水饺,shuǐjiǎo); the ones stuffed with tender bàyú (鲅鱼; ¥40 per jīn, more than enough for two), a locally...

Seafood in Yantai

Róngxiáng Hǎixiān

At this perpetually packed local institution, the seafood is crawling/swimming/blinking at one end of the room where you put in your order. Everything is priced, even the veggies; you just point at what you want,...

Food Court in Qingdao

Mix C food court

Do as the locals do and escape the heat by taking the metro out to the city's most dazzling shopping mall where a 5th-floor food court is waiting to wow you with flavours from across China – Shanghai dumplings,...

Shandong in Qingdao

Jiāngníng Huìguǎn

The drama stage inside Jiangning Assembly Hall has been a long-time draw for renowned performers in Qingdao, and they still perform for diners here. Lunchtime shows (noon to 1pm) are Peking opera, while evening...

Barbecue in Yantai

No 9 Courtyard

Set back from the promenade, but still with a view of the sea, this place comes alive in the evening when the barbecue is wheeled out, and punters sit in the courtyard enjoying grilled skewers (lamb chunks,...

Noodles in Tai'an

Lǐjì Miànguǎn

This no-frills noodle shack is one of numerous noodle joints on and around the non-signposted lane Yunzhou Jie (云舟街), out the back of Tai Shan International Youth Hostel. As with all of them, there's no English...

Noodles in Penglai

Xī'ān Xǐchángcháng Miànguǎn

On the right as you walk towards the beach, just past Joy Plaza, this unassuming Shaanxi noodles joint is easily the best of the numerous restaurants on this stretch of Zhonglou Beilu. There are many types of...

Street Food in Qingdao

Huangdao Market

In the heart of Old Town, this long-standing, often frenetic street market is chock-a-block with vendors selling everything from squirming seafood, fried chicken and pancakes to fruit and soy milk. It’s all...

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Jiānbing Guǒzi

You find jiānbing (savoury pancakes sprinkled with chives, coriander, spring onion and a light chilli sauce) all over northern China, but Tai Shan folk are particularly proud of theirs, which they wrap around yóu...

Shandong in Ji'nan

Lǎopáifāng

Just inside the low-key food street called Daguan Gardens, this is a decent place for a refined take on Lǔ (Shandong) cuisine. Order the unpretentious classics like sweet and spicy cabbage with glass noodles...

Street Food in Qufu

Late-night barbecue stalls

Street-side vendors are banned from Qufu these days, so the barbecue crew now set up their smoky grills just off the road in this large car park immediately northeast of the walled town's north gate. Barbecue...

International in Qufu

Qing Lu Tea Restaurant

One of the few places in town with an English menu, this friendly cafe-bar-restaurant attached to the town's excellent youth hostel does a mix of Western (pizza, pasta, salads, sandwiches) and Chinese (noodles,...

Cafe in Qingdao

Wù Yuán

This upmarket cafe-restaurant isn't quite on No 3 Beach, but it sure is close. The coffee is excellent, as is the Western food (sirloin steaks, lamb chops, salads and soups), and there are sea views from the 1st...

Street Food in Qingdao

Pichaiyuan Food Street

Off Zhongshan Lu, an archway with a plaster motif ‘1902’ leads to a vast warren of street-food stalls that buzz with hungry tourists looking for seafood skewers, pig's trotters, dumplings and more. It's...

Street Food in Ji'nan

Furong Jie

Heaving with hungry punters in the early evening, this raucous, pedestrianised street-food alley is lined with hole-in-the-wall places to eat servings clams, stinky tofu and barbecued skewers. Unashamedly...

International in Ji'nan

Ronghui Jinan Old Commercial Port

This rebuilt restaurant enclave, with attractive treaty-port-style architecture, is dotted with upscale restaurants, bars and cafes and is a popular hangout come evenings.

Shandong in Qingdao

Chun He Lou

In the old quarter of town, this Lǔ (Shandong) cuisine institution was founded in 1891 and is known for its delicious dumplings. Choose either shuǐ jiǎo (水饺, boiled dumplings) or zhēng jiǎo (蒸饺, steamed...

Street Food in Ji'nan

Yǐnhǔchí Jiē

Evenings used to be smoky on Yinhuchi Jie in the Hui district near the Great Southern Mosque, with hawkers fanning the flames of charcoal grills lining the street, roasting up all manner of shāokǎo (barbecue...