Best restaurants in Zhejiang

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants 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 generous portions, but dishes do vary enormously in quality. The braised pork and tea-scented chicken are both good bets to get a taste of classic Hangzhou flavours.

  • Restaurants 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 run along the middle of the road sell everything from fresh seafood and deep-fried insects to Beggar's Chicken and the absolute stinkiest of stinky tofu.

  • Restaurants 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 filling. The pork ones are sensational, with top-quality meat and a rich gravy. Queues stretch right down the street in the morning.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants 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 pickled and cooked with wine vinasse, the residue from the winemaking process. Order Shaoxing wine from the counter out front.

  • Restaurants 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, such as rose (玫瑰, méiguī) and pumpkin (南瓜, nánguā). You can make a meal out of it by ordering some xiǎolóngbāo (小笼包, soup dumplings; ¥19 to ¥36). There's a picture menu.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants 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 surprisingly low, with the signature fish-head dish the most expensive thing on the menu at ¥68. Eggplant claypot and a Cantonese bread and ice-cream dessert are also sensational.

  • Restaurants 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 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).

  • Restaurants 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 summer rolls (noodles and meat wrapped in ricepaper) are well paired with a sweet chilli sauce. The menu even has vegetarian choices.

  • Restaurants 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 noodles for good-value fuel before you continue your walk, or linger indoors with the quiet reading-room atmosphere among shelves full of books.

  • Restaurants 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 (瓜田雪莲, guātián xuělián). It's part of the Meicen Restaurants complex; look for the English sign inside that says 'vegetarian life style'.

  • Restaurants 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 also find hummus (¥28), felafel (¥30) and pizzas (¥58 to ¥88). There’s a take-out hatch for kebabs and náng bread. Picture menu.

  • Restaurants 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 Yan'an Lu make this a great stop for families or solo diners, and service is efficient and friendly. The hefty picture menu includes ample other Chinese options.

  • Restaurants 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 fried with tea leaves, or vegetarian sweet and sour tofu. Huge servings and unlimited rice please families and groups. Ask for the English photo menu.

  • Restaurants 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 shopping district, with all the popular international fast-fashion and upmarket brands represented.

  • Restaurants 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 belly) is especially good. Order from the large picture menu display inside.

  • Restaurants 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 others just like it (to spot it, look for the coal furnace outside).

  • Restaurants 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. The atmosphere is a little flat and the decor outdated, but it remains a popular choice for tourists with moody West Lake views.

  • Restaurants 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 and local maps. The kitchen cooks up roast dinners (by reservation only), full English breakfasts and sandwiches.

  • Restaurants 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 (豆腐包) that are animal-oil-free. There's warm, sugarless soy milk and meat options too.

  • Restaurants 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 black characters on a white ground-level sign.