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Guangzhou is an ideal location to taste a variety of authentic Cantonese and Sichuan specialties, but you’ll also find excellent international restaurants serving genuinely good Turkish-style seafood. Here are five of the best places to eat at in Guangzhou:
1. Panxi Restaurant. Overlooking Liwan Lake, Panxi Restaurant combines classy old-school Cantonese dining with a touch of history. The place was built in 1947 atop the imperial gardens of the Southern Han Dynasty. As you’d expect, the location is gorgeous, with weeping willows and perfectly manicured gardens all around. The food is equally as memorable, with delicate dim sum during the day and sophisticated Cantonese mains in the evening. Be sure to make reservations, as Panxi is a not-to-miss experience.
2. South Sea Fishing Village. There always seems to be a (long) line at this beloved seafood restaurant in Liu Hua Hu Park, but the wait is well worth it. Be sure to try the crispy, succulent pigeon and deep-fried pork dumplings.
3. Bingsheng. This is one of the best restaurants in Guangzhou for getting a tasty introduction to Cantonese cuisine. You’ll need some time to thumb through the encyclopedic menu, but the dim sum and fresh seafood are reliable touchstones. And don’t leave without trying the chef’s signature “black barbecue pork” or the silky, homemade tofu.
4. Beiyuan Cuisine. A 1920s-style restaurant with a banquet-style Cantonese dining room and lots of private dining nooks, Beiyuan Cuisine is decked out with glitzy chandeliers, gilded tapestries and ornate wooden screens. The two-story restaurant wraps around a picturesque Chinese garden, complete with goldfish and a latticed bridge. If you don’t speak any Putonghua, you’ll have to play charades for English menus – but they do exist! Arrive before 2:30 p.m. to sample the exquisite dim sum.
5. Bosphorus Premium Turkish Restaurant. Though eating Turkish cuisine in China may seem a bit incongruous with your location, Bosphorus Premium serves some of the best Middle Eastern food in Guangzhou and is a great option when you’re not in the mood for Cantonese. Order the succulent beef kebabs, lamb dishes or always-fresh seafood.