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Hunting for Delicacies — Dadou Road 2019-01-02
The Grand Canal is the second biggest draw of Hangzhou after West Lake. Now that it has been successfully inscribed in the list of UNESCO Heritage Sites, the Grand Canal becomes even more popular among foreign friends. No doubt that food streets along the Grand Canal benefit a lot from the event, including Dadou Road (大兜路). Still, it cannot be denied that Dadou Road possesses its own appeal and truly deserves the affection.

Stretching from Daguan Road (大关路) to Jiangzhang Bridge (江涨桥) along the Grand Canal, Dadou Road covers an area of 95,000 square meters. In the street, lines of late Qing- and early Ming-style constructions, winding flagstone walkways, tall phoenix trees and red lanterns hung along the bank all demonstrate its importance in history, which surely has contributed to its formation as a historic block as well as a food street.


The food street is conveniently located. You can either take a public bus or water bus.
Available public buses: No.36, 76, 151, 251 and 516 bus
Stop: Maiyuqiao Stop (卖鱼桥)

Available water bus: No.1 water bus
Stop: Xinyifang Stop (信义坊)

Recommended Restaurants

Green Tea (绿茶)
If you have been in Hangzhou for a while, you must be very familiar with the name. I bet it’s more than once that the restaurant has been recommended to you. Its merits may have been repeatedly said. But they can never be emphasized too strongly: reasonable price, good environment, beautifully decorated rooms, let alone palatable Hangzhou dishes. What can beat those? It’s no exaggeration that even with your eyes close, you can order a dish which can satisfy your sophisticated taste bud. Based on the price and satisfaction-level, the restaurant is highly recommended.

Specialties: Bread Temptation (面包诱惑), Fish Head Temptation (鱼头诱惑)
Address: No.238, Dadou Road

Camphor Silver Lake Villa (香樟银湖墅)
There are a group of restaurants in Hangzhou collectively called “Camphor Restaurants” — a chain brand in Hangzhou, and Camphor Silver Lake Villa is one of them. These restaurants are specialized in preparing revamp Hangzhou dishes. Compared with other restaurants, the dishes in Camphor Silver Lake Villa are lighter. Housed in a two-storey wooden building, the decor of the restaurant is typical Jiangnan-style. Views from the restaurant are remarkable. By simply opening the window, you can closely enjoy the majestic Grand Canal.

Specialties: Steak Braised in Red Wine (红酒烩牛排), and Crab Meat Cooked with Tofu(蟹粉豆腐)
Address: No.268, Dadou Road

Grand Canal A Er (运河阿二)
First, there is a restaurant called “Jiangnan A Er” establishing in Shengli River Food Street, and next thing we knew the “Grand Canal A Er” opens along the Grand Canal. It’s self-evident that the two are related and “Grand Canal A Er” is also a Jiangnan-style restaurant, but only along the Grand Canal. In Chinese folklore, “A Er” refers to the fool who considers himself clever. So far, I still didn’t get why they were so named. Maybe we should focus on the food, rather than the name. As long as it offers delicious food, who cares its name!

Specialties: A Er Fish Head (阿二鱼头), Chicken Fried in Wine (醉炒鸡)
Address: No.252, Dadou Road
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