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Because Shenzhen draws in Mainland Chinese migrants and is so close to Hong Kong, its restaurants serve cuisines from across China, including Szechuan and Cantonese. Here are Forbes Travel Guides editors’ picks for the best places to eat in and around Shenzhen:
1. Dan Gui Xuan (Laurel Restaurant). This Cantonese restaurant serves all-day dim sum — including delicious shrimp dumplings — as well as superb Peking duck. If you won’t be visiting Beijing, get your fill of delicious duck and other dim sum favorites here.
2. Benjia. The meat at this Korean barbecue spot is tender and flavorful; pair it with sides of pickled vegetables, kimchi, and crab and you’ll leave sated. Queues are long on the weekend and prime dinner time, so go during off hours if you don’t want to wait.
3. Fu Gow. An enormous old tree grows straight up through the floor at this seafood restaurant, located near Shenzhen’s airport. Ask your hotel to help you reserve a crab in advance. Adventurous eaters will delight in the pungent durian chicken soup as well as fried duck with taro.
4. 360. The Shenzhen China Shangri-La’s 31st-floor restaurant offers sweeping views of the cityscape. The food is done very well here, and service is what you’d expect at the Shangri-La — attentive and knowledgeable. Steak and red wine dinners are popular with business travelers.
5. Rapscallions Cafe Bar. For a casual beer and burger, grab a seat at Rapscallions. On a cool summer night the rooftop is a great place to kick back with one of the restaurant’s imported beers, which include BrewDog from Scotland, American Rogue beers, and Canadian Moosehead.