Hangzhou is a beautiful city in China full of ancient temples, lakes, pagodas, and gardens; and it’s also a popular destination for food lovers. Numerous great restaurants here serve everything from traditional Hang Bang Cai cuisine to international fare. We list the best spots to stop for brunch when you’re exploring here.
With huge floor-to-ceiling windows, Tiny Salt is a bright restaurant offering a range of Western foods, such as the tasty American steak sandwiches, Italian pizzas, and a French-style rack of lamb, all complemented by illy coffee. The environment is cozy as well, with wooden furniture and plenty of plants.
Housed in a three-storey building, Eudora Station is a Western-style restaurant offering sandwiches, soups and pastas. Dine on the roof terrace, which is definitely the best spot to eat during the summertime. The staff are welcoming, and all of them are fluent in English.
With the motto ‘your second home’, Korean café Homestead Coffee aims to provide diners with a homely atmosphere. The menu is mainly traditional Korean food, plus there are some Western snacks and Chinese dishes. The coffees are memorable; try the sweet purple sweet potato latte, the rich chestnut latte, or the special black tea latte.
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Opened by a Korean, the two-storey Maan Coffee mainly serves Korean-style food, desserts, and drinks, and the most popular dishes are their fruit waffle set, the ice cream pancake set, and the BLT sandwich. Their brunch sets are creative and tasty and relatively inexpensive. A quirk of Maan Coffee is that it provides diners with teddy bears to cuddle while they are waiting for the food.
Victoria Harbour One offers Cantonese dim sum daily from 9.30am to 1.30pm. The restaurant follows the décor of traditional Cantonese restaurants in Hong Kong, which normally includes a big banquet-style dining hall and many round tables. The menu is equally authentic, with delicious dishes including chicken spring roll, Chaozhou beef ball, barbecued pork bun, and Victoria Harbour shrimp dumplings.
Park 1999, a two-storey restaurant located next to the beautiful Xihu (West Lake), provides diners with French, Italian, English, Germen, Mexican and American brunch daily from 1pm to 4:30pm. Their Germen menu is particularly fabulous, with traditional sausages and hams. Don’t forget to have a look at their terrace, a perfect spot for eating outside when it’s warm.
Provence is one of the most popular French restaurants in Hangzhou, offering delicate French dishes; try the homemade goose liver terrine with brioche roast, the blue cheese salad and the salmon and spinach lasagne. The restaurant also has a good cocktail menu.
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