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.
Tiny Salt, 83-85, 1/F, Intime Mall, 380 Fengtan Road, Gongshu District, Hangzhou, China, +86 571 8761 6426
Restaurant, American, none
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.
Eudora Station, 101-7 Nanshan Road, Shangcheng District, Hangzhou, China, +86 571 8791 4760
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.
Homestead Coffee, 3/F, Liyuan Mansion, 88 Jiaogong Road, Xihu District, Hangzhou, China, +86 571 8785 9889
Panini serves a wide variety of tasty panini, which are filled with fresh ingredients. The café is tiny but warm, perfect as an afternoon stop for some lovely cakes, teas and coffee. Local patrons are mostly students, as the cafe is located next to the Zhejiang University, who are drawn by prices that are relatively low.
Panini, 418 Xichi Road, Xihu District, Hangzhou, China, +86 571 8515 8353
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.
Maan Coffee, Building 6, Queen’s Park, 277 Wulin Road, Xiacheng District, Hangzhou, China, +86 571 8970 0377
Victoria Harbour One
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.
Victoria Harbour One, 3/F, Tai He International Mansion, 168 Chaohui Road, Xiacheng District, Hangzhou, China, +86 571 8791 4760
Zhi Wei Guan
Restaurant, Chinese, none
Zhi Wei Guan
If you want to have some traditional Hang food as brunch, go to Zhi Wei Guan, a local restaurant founded in 1913 for Hang dim sums, snacks, and desserts. You can bring your food to the second storey, where you can appreciate the beautiful lake scenery while dining.
Zhi Wei Guan, 83 Renhe Road, Shangcheng District, Hangzhou, China, +86 571 8701 8638
Restaurant, French, Italian, American, German, none
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.
Park 1999, 87 Nanshan Road, Shangcheng District, Hangzhou, China, +86 571 8671 1133
La Vita is an artistic café full of wooden tables, chairs, comfortable green sofas and colorful plants. They offer a wide range of food suitable for breakfast, and their pizzas and coffee are particularly good. If you want to appreciate the beautiful scenery of the West Lake, you should definitely pick a window seat on the second floor.
La Vita, 6 Lvyang Road, Shangcheng District, Hangzhou, China, +86 571 8653 6332
Restaurant, French, none
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.
Provence, 1 Baisha Quan, Shuguang Road, Xihu District, Hangzhou, China, +86 571 8797 6115