One of the most ubiquitous fixtures of Shenzhen is the Eat Street. These are found across town, each featuring a long line of lively Chinese restaurants. Different streets often have their own specialties, and there are dozens of them across town. Some of the most accessible are in Dongmen and Bagau.
While Canton influence prevails throughout this region, Shenzhen is vibrant and multi-cultural enough to enjoy great dining diversity. Western cuisine is rooted in the expatriate community of Shekou, while the ever-present Chinese tourists bolster demand for cuisine from practically every corner of China.
This residential area is largely home to expatriates and has accumulated the city's most diverse collection of restaurants. The centerpiece is Sea World, a retired French ocean liner cemented in place.
The tree-lined streets of Huaqiangbei are host to one of the city's densest collections of restaurants and bars. Diners enjoy Western favorites, especially fast-food restaurants like McDonalds, Pizza Hut and Starbucks.
Overseas Chinese Town (OCT)
The OCT is a particularly popular dining area, and most of the restaurants are highly accessible as they're within walking distance of the OCT metro station. While the selection here spans everything from Cantonese to Western cuisine, the OCT is an especially good place for Korean food.
Bagua First Road East Street
Bagua was the first ‘Eat Street' in Shenzhen. Early on, it served mainly Cantonese fare to homesick factory workers, though it's more diverse these days. Locals order snake (a kind of blue-collar delicacy) when it's in season from October to January.