A colorful family style eatery, Shi Wang Fu is one of the destinations in the Shizi Qiao neighborhood. With a broad selection of local favorites, it specializes in Huaiying cuisine and just might be the place where visitors try their first bowl of duck blood soup.
Just a few steps from the subway station, step into Finnegans and be transported thousands of miles away. This is the real deal, an Irish pub to put all imitators to shame. The welcoming atmosphere and dark wood invite patrons to sit at the bar for a Guinness or an authentic Bushmills. The menu features comforting pub grub from fish and chips and burgers to cottage pie and bangers with mash. As the evening rolls on the bar fills up and before you know it, you'll have a dozen new friends.
Thai, Vietnamese and regional Chinese restaurants dot the street, which is packed with people as much as bicycle traffic. Cars are prohibited on this street between North Yunnan Road and Hunan Road, which means you can browse at your own pace. This is another epic dining destination in Nanjing where visitors can sample a wide variety of local foods for pennies. Loyal patrons rave about the Golden Harvest Thai Opera Cafe and the Shizi Lou Chinese restaurant. The nearby Matajie Night Market is another great place to people watch and soak up a vibrant evening atmosphere in the summer.
Whether you are looking for a dense, fresh bread or a Black Forest chocolate cake, this German bakery should be your destination. The selection is freshly baked daily and includes plenty of sweets too irrestistible to miss. Mornings start out with fresh croissants, doughnuts and fresh coffee. Lines begin to form around lunch time as people come to enjoy fresh sandwiches. A wide selection of cakes, including a cheesecake that will melt your heart, are available by the slice or for take home. Offering free wifi to patrons and a second location on Taiping Road in Xuanwu, Skyways should not be missed.
This little French-owned cafe is tucked into an alley near Nanjing University. Full of charm, the owners have succeeded in creating a cozy atmosphere that keeps patrons returning. The menu is reasonably priced and full of selections that might prove to be hard to choose between. Upstairs there is a full bar and a foosball table.
Sporting an unusual Spanish facade and Mediterranean dining room, Behind the Wall is known for its live music and noble attempt at Mexican food. The menu includes pizza and pasta, but people come here for the tacos, enchiladas and burritos to the accompaniment of sangria or a margarita. Weeknights feature acoustic Spanish guitar, but the weekend entertainment is turned over to local rock bands. Live music is scheduled from 8p-11p.
Whether coming to sample the tapas selection, sip some sangria or to hear the nightly live music, patrons of Don Quixote come for a one-of-a-kind experience in Nanjing. This open space is comfortably outfitted to accommodate groups both large and small and tends to get packed after 9p when the music starts. Don Quixote's also holds events and hosts touring jazz bands. It can be a bit difficult to find at first, look for the KFC on Zhujiang Road near Guangzhou Road, Don Quixote's is just opposite the KFC.
The distinct steel gray buildings with flashes of celebratory red dominate this entertainment complex near the Presidential Palace. Every night of the week feels like Friday as young urban professionals come out to play. Featuring some of Nanjing's most lively dancing and drinking, there is an excellent selection of dining options among the courtyards and archways of Nanjing 1912. Often compared to Shanghai's Xintiandi dining and shopping district, Nanjing 1912 is named for the year the Republic of China was established, with Dr. Sun Yat-sen as China's first president, an homage to the zeitgeist of the era's optimism and hope for change. Some popular spots include Blue Marlin, Scarlet and Mazzo.
One of the first restaurants in Nanjing 1912, Blue Marlin is a popular destination for groups who enjoy their small plates, broad beer selection and dance floor. The chef changes the menu regularly to reflect his latest muse and the seasons. One of the best Filipino rock bands in town plays here most nights of the week. Come jam along to classic rock favorites or head upstairs to the pool table and quieter terrace. Happy hour is 4p-7p.
If you have never tried Chinese vegetarian cuisine, stop in to 10,000 Buddhas for a treat. While the menu lists dishes such as chicken wings and fish soup, all "meat" is made from one hundred percent vegetarian imitations that embrace familiar textures. Satisfyingly filling and affordable, the temple setting of 10,000 Buddhas adds a relaxing and peaceful element to your meal. The early hours make this stop ideal for a leisurely lunch while exploring the sights of Xuanwu. The restaurant is run by the friendly monks of the temple.
Not far from the Presidential Palace, this walking street is full of small eateries where for less than CNY10 walkers can get a feast of Xinjiang-style roasted lamb, scallion pancakes, baozi and hand-pulled noodles. Hanfu Street is busiest around the lunch hour, but the early evening is also a good time to stop by and eat your fill. Pack your smile and plenty of lose change, not many proprietors speak English and all operate on a strictly-cash basis.
61 House is an ideal place to meet friends, colleagues and family. The place has an open air garden and is surrounded with trees on either sides. One can enjoy live music music performances, play billiards,chess and at the same time enjoy the delectable dishes - Multi cuisine. The venue also provides the option of hosting private parties like birthday parties, garden barbeques and many more.