As the most economically progressive and seat of entertainment in Guangdong Province, Guangzhou has one of the highest concentrations of restaurants all over the country. However, despite the countless dining places, a handful of them truly stand out for the quality of food and service, location, happy vibe, and unique, pleasant experience.
Here are the top restaurants you can find in Guangzhou. We’ve added a short “how to get there” section to help you find it quickly. Take note that point A is pegged at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport. Moreover, the entries are listed in no particular order.
Le Saint-Tropez French Restaurant and Bar
This is currently ranked as no.1 among the listed and reviewed restaurants in TripAdvisor. It’s a French restaurant that combines classicism with its impeccable interiors and modernism with its feel-good vibe. Especially at night, the restaurant and bar simply comes alive with some great music. For those who want something light, they can order light fare such as sandwiches and crepes. Besides these, the restaurant also serves a hearty brunch. There are different tables to choose from, from large ones for families and corner tables for couples who want to be alone. Currently, Le Saint-Tropez offers around 100 food options.
Address: No.1 Jianshe 6 Malu, Guangzhou, China
Phone Number: 1 371 069 9054
Average Price: CNY 232
Operating Hours: 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.
How to Get There: Take Line 3 toward Tiyu Xilu and disembark at Jiahewanggang. Proceed to Line 2 and stop at Guangzhou South Railway Station. Move to Line 5 going to Wenchong, stopping at Taojin. Jianshe 6 Malu is around 5 minutes away. The restaurant is located along Yuhai Food Street.
This is often compared with Le Saint-Tropez since both are French-inspired restaurants. Nevertheless, when it comes to a more authentic Parisian experience, Chez Max has the upper hand. For one, it has a French chef at the helm. Some of the most well-known dishes served in the restaurant are black pudding sausage, tuna tartare, and foie gras. Since it opens quite early than the other restaurants, it’s a great place to get some brunch. It also offers a wide range of imported wines that are surprisingly not too pricey.
Address: 38 Hua Le Lu, Yuexiu District, Guangzhou, China
Phone Number: +86 20 8360 2157
Operating Hours: 11:00 a.m. to midnight
How to Get There: Take Line 3 toward Tiyu Xilu and disembark at Jiahewanggang. Proceed to Line 2 and stop at Guangzhou South Railway Station. Move to Line 5 going to Wenchong, stopping at Taojin. Huale Lu is around 9 minutes away.
It’s easy to get carried away with restaurants and food that have plenty of bells and whistles. 13 Factories, on the other hand, is almost “barebones,” a more scaled-down version of the various eating establishments in the city. Being basic, though, works to its advantage since diners are able to focus more on the food, which is usually homemade. For those who are extra conscious of the kind of food they eat, they would feel more comfortable here since the dishes are made from the freshest ingredients and, most of all, not laden by preservatives such as MSG.
Address: Bei Jie No. 7 Tiyu Xi Lu, Tianhe District, Guangzhou, China
Phone Number: 20 3884 9230
Average Price: CNY 100
Operating Hours: 11:00 a.m. to midnight
How to Get There: The restaurant is found along the Tiyu Xi Lu area in Tianhe District, which is famous for its long history with European settlers. It’s easy to get here from the airport. Just take a Metro Line 3 toward Tiyu Xi Lu. It will take about an hour and 12 stops.
As part of the Pearl River Delta Region, it should be easy for you to get to Hong Kong from Guangzhou. In fact, one of the fastest means is through a train. But then again, you don’t really have to go far if what you’re after is original Hong Kong food. One of the best places to eat Hong Kong dimsum is Woo’s Restaurant. Like most of the typical Chinese dishes, the prices are incredibly cheap that you can have more than 5 various menus and still afford all of them. But more than anything else, the dishes are hearty and plainly delicious.
Address: 75 B1 Floors 103-107, Tianhe East Road, Guangzhou, China
Phone Number: 20 875 70062
How to Get There: Take Line 3 to Tiyu Xilu, stopping at the end of the station. The journey can take about 59 minutes. From Tiyu Xilu, move to Line 3 this time toward Tianhe Coach Terminal Station. Your next destination is just one stop at Shipaiqiao. Walk for around 4 minutes until ou reach Tianhe East Road.
Bread Meets Cheese
Do you fancy some delectable rolls, breads, and chesses? If you find yourself around Tianhe District, then make sure you can take some snacks or light meals at Bread Meets Cheese. It’s one of the go-to places for anything related to decadence and sweetness. The café is extremely popular for their sausage rolls and pies that are filled by either chorizo or beef. As an added treat to their guests, they offer free in-house WiFi, as well as delivery services.
Address: 180 Huasi Road, Zhujiang Xin Cheng, Tianhe District, Guangzhou, China
Phone Number: 20 3806 7301
Operating Hours: 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
How to Get There: The restaurant is located in Zhujiang New Town. From the airport, take Line 3 to Tiyu Xilu. The duration can be an hour. From Tiyu Xilu take the Metro Line 3 subway to Panyu Square, which is just one stop.
Ba Shun Xuan Restaurant
If you’re familiar with shabu-shabu, then you wouldn’t have a hard time eating at Ba Shun Xuan Restaurant. But even if you don’t, the mechanics are very simple. Each of the tables in the restaurant comes with its own hot stove, where a pot of hot spicy soup is placed on top. You are then free to choose to create your own meals using a variety of ingredients from meats to vegetables. Remember that the hot pots are naturally spicy, but you have full control with regard to its intensity.
Address: 5F Zhong Lu Commercial City, Zhongshan Wu Lu, Guangzhou, China
Phone Number: +86 20 8336 2650
Operating Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
How to Get There: Take Line 3 to Tiyu Xilu, stopping at Jiahewanggang. Take another subway bound for Guangzhou South Railway Station and stop at Gongyuanqian. Walk for around 2 minutes.
Banana Leaf Restaurant
While a lot of the restaurants in Guangzhou provide predominantly Chinese dishes, some also cater to other Asian flavors. One of these is Banana Leaf Restaurant. This is actually a very huge franchise that is also found in other Asian countries, and yet locals and tourists troop here if they are looking for Thai. You can never go wrong with an authentic restaurant, after all. To further attract more customers and make your dining experience more memorable, the restaurant usually schedules live performances such as songs and dances.
Address: 1F Guangshi Binguan, World Trade Mall, No. 8 Luhu Road, Yuexiu District, Guangzhou, China
Phone Number: 20 8359 7499
Operating Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
How to Get There: Take Line 3 to Tiyu Xilu. Stop at Jiahwewanggang. Take another subway to Guangzhou South Railway Station and then Line 5 to Wencheng. Arrive at Taojin and walk for 6 minutes.
There are a lot of reasons to go here at EDGE: the impeccable open-plan airy interior design, the hospitality of its staff as well as its owners who drop by regularly, and, of course, the awesome food prepared by no less than a renowned Australian chef. Some of the dishes to look forward to are seafood such as white-wine-infused mussels and vegetarian like salads. For the real carnivores, nevertheless, there’s to-die-for beef fillet from Canada. The heavy meats are then best paired by an imported ale like Rogue Dead Guy.
Address: Jiangshe Si Malu, Yuexi District, Guangzhou, China
Phone Number: 20 8305 6540
Average Price: CNY 250
Operating Hours: 5:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
How to Get There: Take a subway ride toward Line 3 bound for Tiyu Xilu. Stop at Jiahewanggang. Move on to Line 2 to Guangzhou South Railway Station. Proceed to Line 5 to Wenchong, disembarking at Taojin. EDGE is less than 10 minutes far.