Nanjing, the capital of Jiangsu Province, boasts many delicious snacks which are about as famous as the city itself. In Nanjing, you will easily find some food streets where you can taste the authentic snacks of Nanjing, different types of Chinese food, as well as the delicacies from other countries. Among the food streets, the Confucius Temple Snack Street (Fuzimiao Snack Street) and the Shiziqiao Food Street (Lion Bridge Food Street) are the most famous ones.
Confucius Temple Snack Street (Fuzimiao Snack Street)
Nanjing Confucius Temple, also known as Fuzimiao, is the holy shrine of Confucius. In front of the Confucius Temple flows the Qinhuai River. The Fuzimiao Snack Street features for its collection of Nanjing local flavor snacks and traditional snacks of many other places in China. The highlights include the dumplings in sweet red-bean soup from Lianhu Rice Cake Shop, sesame pancakes from Qifangge and tofu jelly from Liufengju. Numerous self-serving open-kitchen canteens along the main road, Gongyuan Street, put most of the city’s signature dishes under one roof. Wan Qing Lou and Qinhuai Renjia are two time-honored restaurants with Nanjing characteristics, where you can taste all the delicate snacks of Nanjing including the Eight Unique Snacks of the Qinhuai River.
Address: Qinhuai District, Nanjing.
Shiziqiao Food Street (Lion Bridge Food Street)
The Shiziqiao Food Street (literally Lion Bridge Food Street) is located in the middle section of Hunan Road, marked by ornately carved stone archways topped with sculptures of Chinese lions. The 330-meter-long pedestrian street offers Asian delicacies that include Indian and Thai food, Western food, and Japanese and Korean cuisines. A popular place among the locals on the pedestrian street is Nanjing Impressions (or Nanjing Hawker Stall), a two-story restaurant with hanging lanterns on a grand façade. Here you can choose the most typical dishes of Nanjing from the open kitchen, such as duck-blood soup with rice noodles and duck soaked in brine. A live performance of Chinese opera is also staged in the restaurant every night.
Address: between Hunan Road and Hubei Road, Gulou District, Nanjing.
Wangfu Street, situated in the busiest shopping center downtown, is a time-honored delicacy street in Nanjing. With the development of Xinjiukou Shopping Street, the Wangfu Street has developed into a modern service industry center in Nanjing, with catering, business retailing, finance and entertainment. The delicacies of Wangfu Street are mainly Sichuan, Hangzhou and Hunan cuisines, and now there are over 100 restaurants along the street, including the Golden Eagle Restaurant, the Blue Bird Hotel, the Anleyuan Restaurant, the Qiaohong Grand Restaurant, the Jinbang Hotel, the Mao Family Restaurant and the Chuanjiang Haozi Hot Pot Restaurant, and so on.
Address: Wangfu Street, Qinhuai District, Nanjing.
Mingwalang Food Street
The most boisterous snack streets in Nanjing are Confucius Temple (Fuzimiao), Shiziqiao (Lion Bridge) and Xinjiukou. However, many “foodies” prefer to go to a small lane called Mingwalang. The roughly 200-meter-long road starts near Shigu Road, offering a combination of local delicacies and flavors from other parts of the country. If you go to Mingwalang, you will have the chance to taste Yijipidu Noodles topped with sliced, deep-fried pig skin, fresh Fujian Wonton, Laotou Gai Jiao Fan which is the stop for rice devotees, and Hongze Pan-fried Dumplings with a caviare fragrance. Walking further down, there are a number of sit-down restaurants, each enjoying a legendary reputation in Nanjing.
Address: between Shigu Road and Sanyuan Xiang, Baixia District, Nanjing.
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