Gourmet food streets can be the ideal places to feed yourself. Hangzhou gourmet food streets each have their own market positioning. Some excel at delicacies from other provinces and others stick to local delicacies. There are a number of restaurants offering both. You will definitely enjoy your feast in Hangzhou.
1. Dadou Road Gourmet Food Street
The west side of the Dadou Road Historic District is a section of the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), and the east side is all shops. Its openness and tidiness is very impressive. The unified vintage architecture shares a distinguished character with all of the other gourmet food streets. The business area of each shop is much greater than their counterparts in the downtown area, and provide an ideal dining environment.
Recommendation: Green Tea Restaurant, Jiangnan Post Restaurant (Jiangnan Yi), Waterside Orchid House (Shuiyu Lanting) and Gourmet Seeking in Hakka Wei House (Weilong Sanxun), all more or less poetic names
Address: Gongsu District, Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China
How to get there: Take Metro Line 1 and get off at Fengqi Road Station. Then take the bus No. 188 and get off at Chuangji Xincun Station. The street is within walking distance.
Attractions nearby: Xiangji Temple, Fu Yi (Affluency and Values) National Granary Site Park and Su Garden.
2. Hedong Road Gourmet Food Street
Hedong Road is a good place for late night snack fans. Most stalls are set at the beginning of Changban Lane. In the midsummer, fragrant ingredients over the burning charcoal are extremely alluring. Fish and shrimps, among others, are the most frequently consumed food on this street. All gourmet foods from the whole of Zhejiang Province are gathered here. The brand is the seafood from Wenzhou City, Zhejiang Province, which is also renowned for its commodity that reaches many corners of the world. From crayfish, Beef Dipped with Salt, Sichuan Cuisine, Hunan Cuisine, to specialties from Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, the gourmet food provided here will satisfy everyone.
Recommendation: Farmer Grilled Fish and Ding's Beef Dipped in Salt
Address: Hedong Road, Xiacheng (lower city) District, Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China.
How to get there: Take the metro Line 1 and get off at West Lake Cultural Square Station, Exit A. Walk for another 800 meters and you will see the street.
Attractions nearby: Desheng Dyke Site, Zhaohui (the glory of the sunrise) Park and Qinghe Sluice Gate Site.
3. South Song Dynasty Imperial Gourmet Food Street
This is a vintage street that is built on the old South Song Dynasty Site. It offers gourmet food from other provinces in China. Best known brands from Fuzhou City (Fujian Province), Shanghai, Nanjing (Jiangsu Province), Xi'an and Yunnan Province are gathered here. This is where the authentic Fuzhou Fish balls and Yunnan Crossing-the-bridge Rice Noodles are offered. As relatively few people know the new gourmet food street, tourists do not have to queue in front of stalls at least for now. When it is drawing close to the evening, over 100 mobile snack carts will gather on the street and start their business. There are many stalls offering the same gourmet food so it is wise to choose carefully.
Recommendation: Fuzhou Weizhongwei and Shanghai Shen Dacheng
Address: Hubin Street, Shangcheng District, Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China
How to get there: Take the metro Line 1 and get off at Anding Road Station, Exit D. Walk for another 500 meters and you will see the street.
Attractions nearby: Former Residence of Hu Xueyan, Drum Tower and Phoenix Mosque
4. Gaoyin Lane Gourmet Food Street
Gaoyin Lane is considered to be the predecessor food street in Hangzhou. Located close to another food street, Hefang Street (please note the negative rate for it) and the Railway Station, the tourists who come here form a constant stream. If you have no idea about the meals, come to Gaoyin and see all the options. Getting into any restaurant randomly means a great opportunity to have a good meal. There are both high-end elegant restaurants and average food eateries. Some follow grassroot style while others are grand and classical.
Recommendation: Huang Fan Er (Imperial Feast) and Zhiwei Guan
Address: No. 25, Houshi Street, Shangcheng District, Hangzhou, Zhejaing Province, China
How to get there: Take the metro Line 1 and get off at Anding Road Station, Exit C. Walk for another 600 meters and you will see the street.
Attractions nearby: Hangzhou Underwater World, Wansong Academy, Changqiao (Long Bridge) Park and Hangzhou Confucius Temple
5. Taiping Gate Straight Street
Taiping Gate Straight Street goes viral for the "Milk Tea Street", a 3-km long road where there are over 20 milk tea shops. Even the air is sweet.
Recommendation: Yi Dian Dian, COCO and LONG MATCHA & CHA
Attractions: Jianggan District, Hangzhou, Zhejaing Province, China
How to get there: Take the bus No. 210 and get off at Jingyu Bridge Station. Walk for another 550 meters and you will see the street.
Attractions nearby: Hangzhou Chong-yi Church (Christianity), Sanbao Garden (co-funded by residents in the community) and Hangzhou Mosque.