European in Hangzhou

The crowd is super-stylish, the lakeside location is outstanding, and the chandeliers, gorgeous botanical arrangements and soft-wood decor make Carbon a fine place for an evening meal. The food itself doesn't quite live up to the lovely setting, with a menu that's trying to please everyone and zigzags between cuisines (think baked snails to flammekueche via pineapple fried rice).

Follow up your meal with a drink in the balmy night air on the outdoor terrace if the mood takes you.