Restaurants

Top Choice Hangzhou in Hángzhōu

Green Tea Restaurant

Often packed, this excellent Hángzhōu restaurant, on the third 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 surpri…
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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 pick…
Top Choice Hangzhou in Hángzhōu

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 …
Market in Hángzhōu

Zhongshan South Road Food Street

Hángzhōu 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 …
Dumplings in Hángzhōu

Nan Fang Mi Zong

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

Innocent Age Book Bar

You couldn't ask for a prettier setting than this cafe, set just down the slope of Bǎoshí Shān from Bǎochù Pagoda. Indoors, there's a quiet reading-room atmosphere and the shelves are full of books. Outside is a glo…
European in Hángzhōu

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 …
Dumplings in Níngbō

Gāngyāgǒu

Gāngyāgǒu has been making Níngbō's signature dumplings (宁波汤圆; Níngbō tāngyuán; six for ¥10), silky boiled rice cakes stuffed with sugar-spiked ground sesame, since 1926. They come in more inventive flavours too, suc…
Noodles in Hángzhōu

Yīhé Zángxiāng Beef Noodles

A superb lunch stop, where the restaurant's namesake – beef noodles – is a must-order. These are done Lanzhou-style (read: magnificently fiery) and the meat is served separately so you can drop it in yourself. Long …
Vegetarian in Pǔtuóshān

Zǎozǐshù

Far more upscale (and with prices to match) than a typical temple canteen, Zǎozǐshù serves up delicacies like stir-fried tea mushrooms (干煸茶菇; gānbiān chágū) and stewed papaya with snow lotus seed (瓜田雪莲; guātián xuěl…