It’s back! Running from October 15 till November 4, the Canton Fair is one of Asia’s largest trade shows, bringing to town a plethora of businessfolk looking to source everything from office supplies to patio furniture and everything in between. If you are visiting Guangzhou for this autumn’s fair – or live here and want to check out some quality eats – we have four must-try restaurants for your consideration!
Image via Qing Man Party Restaurant
One of Guangzhou’s most popular party restaurants, Qing Man Party Restaurant delivers authentic and delectable Thai fare coupled with a cheerful atmosphere. In addition, the eatery offers diners some of the best river views in the city. During the Canton Fair, the much-loved spot is offering a delightful set dinner for the bargain price of RMB158 (normally RMB200). The set meal includes grilled short rib, avocado bacon salad, a traditional soup and a refreshing beverage made from grapefruit and cranberry or Thai green coconut.
See listing for Qing Man Party Restaurant.
Image via Antidote Restaurant and Bar
Tucked away among residential buildings in the Tianhe North neighborhood, Antidote Restaurant and Bar is one of our favorite dining options in the laidback area. The restaurant lures diners in with its artsy aura and beautifully presented Western fare. Adorned with conceptual, grandstanding paintings created by sought-after artists, the intimate, soft-lit dining area has a pleasant, welcoming ambience also reflected in the wait staff. Artworks, which are swapped out every two or three months, are also for sale.
See listing for Antidote Restaurant and Bar.
Image via Slow Life Kitchen Elite
Wholesome edibles crafted with organic ingredients have gained traction in Guangzhou over the past couple years, with diners in the city taking an increasingly health-conscious approach to dining. Slow Life Kitchen Elite popped up this past summer to cater to this growing market. The restaurant aims to introduce patrons to the ‘rarity’ of authentic Western fare through a selection of well-crafted, eye-pleasing dishes and a delectable array of tapas. Highlights from the tapas menu include the highly-recommended Spanish-style garlic shrimp (RMB75), a full-flavored dish with thumb-sized crustaceans steeped in a sour and spicy soup, as well as the roasted asparagus and scallops with truffle cream sauce (RMB90), which mashes up flavors to deliver a juicy yet delicate mouthful of shellfish. During the Canton Fair, dine at Slow Life Kitchen Elite and get 10 percent off your bill by showing your exhibitor’s pass.
See listing for Slow Life Kitchen Elite
Image via Zapata's
Zapata's has something for everyone, whether it is a quiet drink or an outrageous party. The ground floor features a huge bar top where you’re encouraged to dance the night away as DJs, the Money Maker Party Band and Tequila Girls perform the biggest hits from the last four decades. Located in Party Pier, just a stone's throw away from the Canton Fair complex, the hot venue also comes with an outstanding riverside terrace, which is perfect for an evening of drunken merrymaking. Show your exhibitor’s pass and get a 15 percent discount during the Canton Fair.
See listing for Zapata's.
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[Cover image via Zapata's]