Lines of small square tables crowd the street as hungry tourists and locals feast on regional specialties and old favorites amidst shouts of "fuwuyuan!" and bursts of laughter. The food streets of Hangzhou are full of life and boast some truly delicious eats. From food stalls and hole-in-wall shops to the famous and fancy restaurants, the streets of Hangzhou have it all and we've lined up the ten best streets for culinary exploration.
Dadou Lu Food Street. Photo: cityhz.com
1) Dadou Lu Food Street View In Map
Located west of the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal (京杭大运河) and east of the shopping district, Dadou Lu Food Street (大兜路美食街) is a neat, open street clustered with antique buildings. The detailed architecture gives each restaurant a different feeling. Green Tea (绿茶) and Jiangnan Yi (江南驿) are two establishments on the street serving Zhejiang and Jiangsu cuisine that are especially popular with the young crowds. The street has a mix of popular and affordable restaurants, as well as more upscale dining rooms.
Add: Dadou Lu, Gongshu District, Hangzhou
Getting there: Take bus No. 36, 76, 151, k151, 251, 348, 516, 816, k816 to Cangji Xincun (仓基新村)
2) Shengli River Food Street View In Map
Once a dilapidated area, Shengli River Food Street (胜利河美食街) has become one of Hangzhou's premiere food streets in the past few years. Since reopening as a food street in 2009, the area has attracted several popular restaurants and has become a hot spot for hungry Hangzhou residents. The street is best known for Laotou'r's (老头儿) spicy fried shrimp and Waipo Jia's (外婆家) cook-offs, as well as Dingjibai's (丁记白) sliced lamb.
Add: Shengli Meishi Jie, Gongshu District, Hangzhou
Getting there: Take bus No. 26, 33, k33, 57, 58, 78, 82, 338区间, k209, k338 to Tongxin Shichang (通信市场)
3) Baijing Fangxiang View In Map
The Baijing Fangxiang (百井坊巷) restaurant area may be especially popular with tourists, but it's also a great choice for anyone looking for a good Hangzhou-style meal. The restaurants on this food street are small and cozy and cost an average of 50 RMB per person. Enjoy a meal at the Xiangdingge Blackfish Restaurant (像丁哥黑鱼馆) or the Zhanghuli Lobster Restaurant (张胡李龙虾馆) after a long day of shopping.
Add: Baijing Fangxiang, Xiacheng District, Hangzhou
Getting there: Take bus No. 13, 188, 216, 801, 991, k13, k92, k105, k201, k219, k517区间, k900, y8, 观光8 to Ting'an Xincun (延安新村)
Nansongyu Jie Food Street. Photo: xinhuanet.com
4) Nansongyu Jie Food Street View In Map
The newest restaurant street on the scene, Nansongyu Jie (南宋御街美食街) features a collection of popular restaurants with flavors from Fuzhou, Shanghai, Nanjing, Xi'an, Yunnan and more. Kitchens serve up authentic Fuzhou fish balls and vermicelli rice noodles straight from Yunnan. The food street becomes a night market in the evening hours as hundreds of snack carts dish out every type of street food imaginable.
Add: Zhongshan Nan Lu, Shangcheng District, Hangzhou
Getting there: Take bus No. 8, 59, 87, 189, 190, 198, 208, 301, 404, 510, 514, 801, 808, 834, k195, k315, y6 to Gulou (鼓楼)
5) Hefang Jie View In Map
A Hangzhou historical district, Hefang Jie (河坊街), also known as Qinghefang (清河坊), is a microcosm of city history. The street is lined with ancient buildings dating back to the late Ming and early Qing, such as Huqingyu Hall (胡庆余堂) whose dishes include foods with Chinese medicinal properties, Wanlong Huotui Manor (万隆火腿庄) which serves traditional Hangzhou cuisine and Yangtang Restaurant (羊汤饭店) which mainly specializes in dishes from the Zhejiang and Jiangsu region. In addition to the numerous restaurants, the area also attracts folk art performers and craftsmen and is a fun section of the city to explore.
Add: Hefang Jie, Shangcheng District, Hangzhou (near Wushan Square)
Getting there: Take bus No. 8, 25, 34, k34, 35, 59, 60, 206, 208, 814, 992, k206, k850, y7, y8 to Wushan Guangchang (吴山广场)
6) Gaoyin Jie Food Street View In Map
Gaoyin Jie Food Street (高银街美食街), or Guanfei Xiang (灌肺巷), was once a famous market during the Southern Song Dynasty. The name translates to "Silver Street," because of the constant bustle and exchange of silver pieces in the market. The street runs parallel to Gaoyin Xiang (高银巷) and Qinghe Fangping Jie (清河坊平行), and boasts ancient architecture and a wide selection of local fare. It's hard to choose the best restaurant on the street, but the fried meat-filled buns at Yaobude Gaozu Shengjian (咬不得高祖生煎) and Huangfan'er (皇饭儿) are both definitely worth a try.
Add: Gaoyin Jie, Shangcheng District, Hangzhou
Getting there: Take bus No. 8, 60, 208, 216, 404, k195 to Gaoyin Jie Dongkou (高银街东口)
7) Baochu Lu Food Street View In Map
North of West Lake, Baochu Road Street's (保俶路美食街) restaurants are concentrated on the road from the Huanglong Travel Center (黄龙等旅游集散地) out towards the scenic areas of Hangzhou. Indulge in crab meat tofu or cuttle fish balls at Yijiaxian (伊家鲜), fish with preserved vegetables or hot and sour shredded potato at Dingge Blackfish Restaurant (丁哥黑鱼馆) or abalone and durian cakes at Yuezhehui (粤浙会).
Add: Baochu Lu, Xihu District, Hangzhou
Getting there: Take bus No. 6, 11, 17, 25, 36, k11, k221, k36, k73 to Baochu Lu (保俶路)
8) Jingzhou Lu Food Street View In Map
A recent addition to the restaurant streets of Hangzhou, Jingzhou Lu Food Street (竞舟路美食街) boasts some of Hangzhou's most unique flavors. The street is rather remote, but it's definitely worth the trip! Stop in for a meal at Shou'er Huolu (首尔火炉) for some Korean BBQ, Huoheng Niandai (火红年代) for Hunan dishes such as pickled beans with pork or Jianyangcu Restaurant (柬阳粗菜馆) for some dry hot pot.
Add: Jingzhou Lu, Xihu District, Hangzhou
Getting there: Take bus No. 77 to Jingzhou Lu Lianhua Jiekou (竞舟路莲花街口)
9) Hedong Lu Food Street View In Map
Hedong Lu Food Street (河东路美食街) is a gourmet downtown spot that's packed at night with hungry Hangzhou residents looking for a good eat. And it's no wonder—this food street is the perfect place to try all of Zhejiang Province's specialty dishes, especially the Wenzhou-style seafood. The restaurants on the street are quite affordable and the seafood will satisfy even the pickiest of eaters.
Add: Hedong Lu, Xiacheng District, Hangzhou
Getting there: Take bus No. 44, 45, 46, 57, 58, 67, 218, 316, k38, k44 to Zhaohui Sanqu (朝晖三区)
10) Jinjiang Seafood Street View In Map
As the name suggests, Jinjiang Seafood Street (近江海鲜美食街) is home to a seafood night market that's definitely worth checking out. Simple tables line the street, and are packed with people enjoying the seafood and the noisy night atmosphere. The food stalls boast absurdly low prices on seafood, which brings the crowds back night after night.
Add: Jinjiang Cun, Shangcheng District, Hangzhou
Getting there: Take bus No. 14, 39, 44, 59, 60, 216, 516, 864, k20, k44, k202, k836 to Jinjiang Cun (近江村)
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