Guangzhou, the third largest city in China and capital of the Guangdong region, is a bustling metropolis located near the beautiful and mysterious Pearl River Delta. The birthplace of Cantonese cuisine, Guangzhou’s culinary offering has become synonymous with Chinese food. Our guide to eating out in Guangzhou showcases the best cultural restaurants in this fascinating, historic city.
13FACTORIES, which takes its name from the area of town where it is located, is a wonderful hidden gem, tucked away behind the Sinopec building in the Tianhe business district. It serves good, old-fashioned Southern American fare such as pulled pork sandwiches, mac and cheese, jambalaya, Southern fried chicken and gumbo. They pride themselves on using the freshest of ingredients, with no MSG, and making everything from scratch – including their bread and pie pastry. This is honest, hearty comfort food at its best, which makes it no surprise that it’s so popular with expats and tourists looking for a break from Chinese food.
13Factories, 7 Tianhe N street, Tianhe, Guangzhou, China, +86 020 3884 9230
The beautiful island of Shamian, in the centre of Guangzhou, is a historically significant area full of colonial-era architecture and broad, tree-lined boulevards. And with its traffic restrictions, it feels a world away from the commerce of the rest of the city. Orient Express, conveniently located on the east of the island, is one of a handful of restaurants in the area. Surrounded by a large garden, this place oozes vintage charm, with a large dining room, a beautiful area for alfresco dining and two train wagons for added quirkiness. The menu consists of well-cooked, classic French cuisine, presented with a modern flourish, including dishes such as Bourgogne snails, grilled Australian beef filet mignon with red pepper, and pan-fried goose liver with strawberries. The restaurant’s enchanting atmosphere makes it a wonderful place to stop for a bite during a relaxed day of sightseeing.
Orient Express, 1 Shamian North Street, Liwan, Guangzhou, China, +86 135 4436 4070