Zhejiang

Restaurants

Top ChoiceHangzhou in Hangzhou

Grandma’s Home

There's no end to the hype about this restaurant, which now has branches across the whole country, with eager diners constantly clustering outside. It almost lives up to its reputation, with low prices and...

Top ChoiceZhejiang in Shaoxing

Xiánhēng Jiǔdiàn

Xiánhēng Jiǔdiàn is a fantastic, if touristy, place to sample local food and drink. Dishes include dried broad beans stewed in fennel water (茴香豆, huíxiāng dòu) and 'drunk' river crab (醉蟹, zuì xiè) that has been...

Top ChoiceHangzhou in Hangzhou

Green Tea Restaurant

Often packed, this excellent Hangzhou restaurant, on the 3rd floor of Intime Mall, has superb food. With a bare-brick finish and rows of clay teapots, the low-lit dining room is sleek and trendy. Prices are...

Market in Hangzhou

Zhongshan South Road Food Street

Hangzhou is spoilt for choice when it comes to foodie streets, and this stretch of Zhongshan Nanlu (starting at the Drum Tower) is an absolute delight. Casual sit-down restaurants line the road, and stalls that...

Dumplings in Hangzhou

Nánfāng Dà Bāo

Who would have thought the humble bāozi could taste so good? The fluffy steamed buns served at this small corner stand near the Rénhé Hotel building are simply huge, and come with either pork or a sweet bean...

Dumplings in Ningbo

Gāngyāgǒu

Gāngyāgǒu has been making Ningbo's signature dumplings (宁波汤圆, Ningbo tāngyuán; six for ¥16), silky boiled rice cakes stuffed with sugar-spiked ground sesame, since 1926. They also come in more inventive flavours,...

European in Hangzhou

Carbon

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...

Vietnamese in Jinhua

Pho More

Authentic Vietnamese food in a back alley of downtown Jinhua is not what you might expect, but the pho (beef stock noodle soup) at this tiny restaurant is good, the barbecue pork and vermicelli great and the...

Chinese in Hangzhou

Innocent Age Book Bar

Enjoy snacks, cakes, tea and coffee on a glorious terrace overlooking the West Lake at this cafe set just down the slope of Baoshi Hill from Baochu Pagoda. Try the huge and flavoursome bowl of Hangzhou beef...

Vegetarian in Putuoshan

Zǎozǐshù

Far more upmarket (and with prices to match) than a typical temple canteen, Zǎozǐshù serves up vegetarian delicacies like stir-fried tea mushrooms (干煸茶菇, gānbiān chágū) and stewed papaya with snow lotus seed...

Chinese in Hangzhou

Dōngyīshùn

Specialising in food from China’s Muslim Hui minority, this busy Gaoyin Jie spot has lamb kebabs (羊肉串, yáng ròu chuàn; ¥10 for four), roast mutton (¥40) and roast chicken (¥48) like all the others, but you’ll...

Noodles in Hangzhou

Yihe Zangxiang Beef Noodles

A superb lunch stop, where the must-order beef noodles are done Lanzhou-style (read: magnificently fiery) and the meat is served separately to drop it in yourself. Long spacious tables looking out onto bustling...

Zhejiang in Hangzhou

Yinshi Restaurant

Yinshi's name literally translates as 'Hidden Stone Canteen' and indeed it's tucked away in a backstreet with unexpected retro charm inside with pewter cups, old posters and classic Zhejiang dishes such as shrimp...

International in Ningbo

Tianyi Plaza

Ningbo's spiderweb-shaped outdoor central square is lined with restaurants offering an international spread of cuisines, including plenty of wallet-friendly fast-food joints and a supermarket. It's also the main...

Hangzhou in Hangzhou

Máocǎo Wū

Near the China National Tea Museum, this restaurant serves traditional Hangzhou cuisine in a beautiful setting overlooking a pond and surrounded by tea bushes. The melt-in-your-mouth dōngpō ròu (东坡肉, braised pork...

Noodles in Nanxun

Zhuàngyuánlóu

One of Nanxun's local specialities is shuāng jiāo miàn (双浇面), a kind of long thin wheat noodle in a rich, dark soy broth. This is the most popular shop in which to try it, though it looks nearly identical to...

Zhejiang in Hangzhou

Lóuwàilóu

Founded in 1838, this is Hangzhou's most famous restaurant. The local speciality is xīhú cùyú (西湖醋鱼, sweet and sour carp) and dōngpō (braised) pork, but there's a good choice of other well-priced standard dishes....

International in Moganshan

Moganshan Lodge

Grab a book from the shelves (there are many in English) and curl up in one of the vintage armchairs here with a pot of tea. Should you decide to stretch your legs, Moganshan Lodge is your best source for advice...

Chinese in Hangzhou

Jiàndé Zhuàngyuán Pù

This clean stand is perfectly placed near Ding'an metro station for some pre-travel snacks for breakfast or after a trip. Vegetarians can rejoice for tasty steamed buns filled with bamboo (笋干包) or spicy tofu...

Desserts in Shaoxing

Gāo Lǎotài Nǎiyóu Xiǎopān

Shaoxing's custard tarts are different from the ones you find in Shanghai or Macau, with thin crisp shells, the lightest of custard and wispy caps of meringue. Get 'em to go from this tiny stand; look for red and...