Date Night: How to Impress in Xihu Tiandi

Date Night: How to Impress in Xihu Tiandi
By Kevin Sundeen , eChinacities.com

Congratulations! You’ve got yourself a hot date tomorrow! But now the big questions set in: Where to go, what to do? If you’re in Hangzhou, Xihu Tiandi is a safe bet for those looking to impress dates, friends or visiting relatives. Situated downtown on Nanshan Lu right by the famed West Lake, Xihu Tiandi’s location really can’t be beat. Xihu Tiandi combines Hangzhou’s natural beauty with rampant shopping in a way that isn’t tacky and emphasizes the area’s natural beauty. Strolling through the bamboo-lined paths devoid of anything with wheels, you can also easily find something to please both Chinese and Western palates. In a way it is a great place because of its ability to capture all of what makes Hangzhou special.

However, all that beauty isn’t cheap. Xihu Tiandi’s location means that only the biggest names in food and drink can afford rent in a place like this, and for you that means you can expect to pay for it. While you won’t find any mom & pop ethnic eateries in Xihu Tiandi, you will easily be able to find something no date should be without: a 30 RMB latte.

1) Costa Coffee
Costa Coffee is an imported coffee chain from the U.K. and here in Hangzhou they have set up shop at the front of Xihu Tiandi, visible from the popular Nanshan Lu. All-glass walls provide a great view of the scenery without making it seem too much like you’re in a giant aquarium. Costa may be a touch less well-known than the Starbucks next door, but it’s every bit as good—in fact, Costa’s sandwiches and deserts are far better than the offerings at their competitor and they make better iced tea drinks. The coffee is also quite good, if anything, just as a change from Starbucks. Expect to fork over about 50 RMB for a drink and snack, but with that you’ll also get free Wi-Fi so you can ignore your date if things aren’t hot.

Costa CoffeeView In Map
Add: Hangzhou Xihu Tiandi, House no. 11, 147 Nanshan Lu, Hangzhou
地址:杭州市西湖区南山路147号西湖天地11楼
Tel: 0571 8702 7168
Opening Hours: 11:00 – 23:30
Getting there: Buses K4, 9, Y9, 12, K12, 102, 809, K850, to Yongjin Men

2) Haagen-Dazs
Tucked away to the south side of Xihu Tiandi is Haagen-Dazs. While there are locations all over the city, this one is definitely the best. With two floors and outdoor seating, it’s easy to grab a chair so you can enjoy your ice cream without having to walk and eat at the same time; if it’s busy enough that there aren’t any chairs, you can plop yourself down on one of the benches scattered throughout Xihu Tiandi. Iced treats at Haagen-Dazs are, simply put, wonderful, but they aren’t so friendly to your caloric or financial budgets.

Haagen-DazsView In Map
Add: Hangzhou Xihu Tiandi, G Department, 147 Nanshan Lu, Hangzhou
地址:杭州市西湖区南山路147号西湖天地 G号商铺
Tel: 0571 8702 6180
Opening Hours: 11:00 – 23:30
Getting there: Buses K4, 9, Y9, 12, K12, 102, 809, K850, to Yongjin Men

3) Tea and Wine Chapter 茶酒年代
For Chinese food lovers, Tea and Wine Chapter advertises on its business card; “Probably the best Chinese Cuisine.” The restaurant itself, in accordance with its name, has a decent wine selection and a better choice of teas to suit your discerning companion. The food is mostly Southern Chinese, although it is relatively expensive. As with most teahouses/restaurants, it can get crowded and noisy at peak hours, so you may want to sit outside if the weather is good—just watch out for mosquitoes in warmer months.

Tea & Wine Chapter View In Map
Add: Hangzhou Xihu Tiandi, building 7, 147 Nanshan Lu, Hangzhou
地址:杭州市西湖区南山路147号西湖天地7楼
Tel: 0571 8702 6933
Opening Hours: 11:30 – 24:00
Getting there: Buses K4, 9, Y9, 12, K12, 102, 809, K850, to Yongjin Men

4) Due Forni and Night and Day
If you’re in Xihu Tiandi for Western food, you can’t go wrong at the previously covered Due Forni. Due Forni features great pizza and other Italian classics, and often has live performers. However, if you leave Xihu Tiandi and cross Nanshan Lu you’ll walk right into one of Hangzhou’s best venues: Night and Day. Night and Day has three floors and some of the best Western food in the city. The café feel by day transforms into one of Hangzhou’s most lively bars at night, often with patrons salsa dancing to live Latin music—not a bad way to wrap up your date.

Night and Day 德纳咖啡酒吧 View In Map
Add: 240 Nanshan Lu, Hangzhou
地址:杭州市西湖区南山路240号
Tel: 0571 8777 0275
Opening Hours: 11:00 – 2:00
Getting there: Buses K4, 9, Y9, 12, K12, 102, 809, K850, to Yongjin Men

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