Harbin has a wide variety of food choices from dumplings to hot pots and even ice cream despite of the -20 C weather. Central Street (Zhongyang Street) is a pedestrian street full of food vendors, restaurants, and boutiques. A lot of locals and tourists visit the street at night. I recommend everyone to try the local food as you visit Harbin.
Bing Tanghulu (Candied Hawthorns)
Bing Tanghulu is their traditional Chinese snack which are sugar coated fruits skewered on a long stick. Tanghula comes with various fruits like strawberries, cherry tomatoes, kiwi fruit, pineapples, bananas, grapes, and dragon fruit. This is a perfect snack while walking around the Central Street.
The Modern Popsicle (also located in Central Street) are selling cream Popsicle all year round. Even though it’s winter, the people still indulge on them because of its distinct milky flavor. You can eat them for as long as you can and it won’t melt due to the -20°C temperature!
Orient King of Dumplings (DōngFāng Jiaǒzi Wáng (东方饺子王) )
I highly recommend this place. When we dine here, we accidentally ordered everything from the dumpling menu. What I also love about this restaurant is their dumplings are freshly made in-house and you can see their kitchen from your table. There is a bunch of dumpling choices that goes from pork, and shrimp to vegetables.
The staff is very helpful, but they cannot speak English at all. We even use sign language to understand each other! Still, kudos to the staff for being very helpful and accommodating despite the language barrier.
Expect to pay RMB 100-150.
Address: 51 Zhongyang Dajie, Daoliqu, Harbin
Tel: 0451 8465 3920
The food is more pricey than the others (listed above), but the food serving and the ambiance make up for it. They have big servings of food and the staff can speak and understand English.
This is one of the famous cafes in Harbin. It comes with a bakery, while the coffee shop is upstairs. We visit this cafe every now and then, while we were in Harbin to warm us up. Freshly brewed coffee is a huge help when you’re in a place like this.
Address: Nangang District, Harbin, East Street, No. 323
This seasonal restaurant and bar, only opens during winter. It has an inside temperature of minus 18 ℃, and can accommodate 90 people to enjoy winter hot-pots. The ambiance may lack comfort because you have to dine with your coats on, but the experience is worth it! The entire place was built from ice blocks. The hot-pot prices starts from RMB 158 per person. Each person will be given his/her own hot-pot to cook a variety of seafood, raw meat, and vegetables.
The bar can accommodate 30 people and they serve different types of Vodka and hot drinks.
Make sure you book your dinner in advance because they do not allow walk-in customers.
The restaurant opens daily for lunch from 11:30 – 14:00 and for dinner from 17:00- 21:30.
Ice Bar opens from 10:00 until 22:00.
For reservations: Phone (86 451) 8485 8888 Fax (86 451) 8462 1666
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