Best restaurants in Tianjin

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    Shāguō Lǐ

    Despite having walls adorned with photos of television celebrities who've eaten here, this place remains refreshingly unpretentious, and locals still come for the speciality pork spare ribs in a sweet barbecue sauce – so tender they pull apart at the touch of a chopstick. The small portion (¥72) is easily enough for two people. Has a range of other dishes too, and an English menu.

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    Ānhuī Bǎnmiàn Wáng

    On the periphery of gentrified Wudadao, this tiny, no-frills noodles joint is an English-free zone, but serves up delicious, filling bowls of noodles, washed down with ice-cold bottles of Harbin beer (¥5). The speciality is bǎn miàn (板面, hand-chopped noodles in a soup), but we particularly like the rè gān miàn (热干面, fried noodles with crunchy beansprouts and peanuts).

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    Gǒubùlǐ – Main Branch

    Tianjin’s most famous restaurant chain – sometimes called 'Go Believe' – is a mixed bag. While the trademark xiǎo lóng bāo (小笼包, steamed dumplings) are big, juicy and delicious, locals will also tell you they’re overpriced (¥46 for eight). Nonetheless, it's been in business since 1858, they have vegetarian options and there's a picture menu with some English.

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    YY Beer House

    Despite the name, this cosy, atmospheric place is actually a Thai restaurant with a wide range of flavourful dishes from the land of smiles. It does, however, also have an excellent range of imported beers, including some craft ales, and it's fine to just come for drinks. The English-speaking owner is super friendly and there's an English menu.

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    Maan Coffee

    Occupying a long swathe of the southeast corner of Minyuan Plaza, this cavernous, chandelier-filled, Western-style Chinese coffee chain does freshly-ground coffee (from ¥24), fruit juices (from ¥30) and comfort cafe food (toast, waffles, sandwiches and wraps; ¥30 to ¥50), but no booze.

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    Shíjì Jiānbing Guǒzi

    On a lively crossroads lined with small restaurants, fruit stalls and snack shops, this typical hole-in-the-wall takeaway joint specialises in Tianjin's signature savoury pancake, jiānbing guǒzi (煎饼果子), often wrapped around a crispy fried cracker.

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    Bistro Thonet

    Top-quality international cuisine (salmon, sirloin steaks, salads) with a delightful historic garden-courtyard setting that's part of Prince Qing's Mansion (庆王府; Qìng Wáng Fǔ), built in 1922.

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    Gǒubùlǐ – Jinwan Sq

    This riverside branch of Tianjin’s most famous dumplings chain is opposite the train station.

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    Cafe Sunflower

    In the heart of the Italian Concession district, this smart European-style cafe has good coffee (from ¥32), craft beers (from ¥40) and a strong selection of Western food (salads, pasta, gourmet burgers).

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    Pizzeria Scugnizzo

    Pocket-sized pizzeria on tree-lined Hebei Lu. Young, friendly staff, an English menu and beer on tap.