One of the most charming Western-Chinese fusion spots on Kulangsu, this garden restaurant, bar, and simple bed-and-breakfast draws inspiration from the friendly owner Roger’s time spent in New Zealand.
First and foremost on the menu–and totally unique on the island–is Kulangsu’s best version of fish and chips, crunchy and delicious, with a crunchy and well-seasoned batter. The kitchen’s tour de force, however, is a masterful seafood mixed grill served at the table over a fire.
Blessed Paradise also makes an excellent oyster omelette.
The rooms are clean, pleasant, and inexpensive, and the location is great.
Address: Quanzhou Lu 95, Gulangyu, Xiamen, Fujian, China
This recently opened bar and restaurant took over a large swath of the island’s Xiamen-facing outdoor-bar territory between the Lun Du ferry port and the San Qiu Tian tourist ferry terminal, along the Xiamen-facing boardwalk. If you turn left as you’re stepping out of the San Qiu Tian tourist ferry terminal, it’ll be the biggest bar garden in sight. If you come to the Global Bowen Bear Hotel, you’ve gone too far.
This new indoor-outdoor restaurant and music bar is touristy but fun., and live music acts of variable quality take to the outdoor stage and play from early evening until around 10pm. The kitchen turns out good french fries and decent steaks, loaded potato skins, and other straightforward Chinese-Western fare with mediocre service.
The most notable thing about The One Place In The Life is its live music stage and expansive garden with bay views, complete with a kitschy white digital baby grand piano. Torches heat the expansive garden at night.
Live music is mostly Chinese pop. Western dishes include thin but tasty T-bone steaks, french fries, potato skins, and other appetizers that will help satisfy homesickness for Westerners. Torches warm things up in the garden on cold evenings in winter.
Address: Yanping Road, Gulangyu Island, Siming District, Xiamen City, China
One of China’s best branches of the legendary American fast-food chain, Kulangsu’s outpost has a few outdoor tables from which you can gaze over the treetops of the main port square and giant octopus statute, and many light-soaked indoor tables from which you can enjoy that same view through giant picture windows.
Cheeseburgers are consistently well made, queues are short, service is friendly, and quality is high. Don’t miss the chance to try some of the rotating menu items that are unique to China, such as pork sandwiches, spicy chicken wings, and various versions of congee.
Address:6-60 Longtou Road, Gulangyu Island, Siming District, Xiamen City, China
There’s nothing better than kicking back with a fresh beer poured straight from the tank after a long day of exploring, and Yiko’s unfiltered brews are the island’s best. Our favorite is the pilsner, which glows with a cloudy golden goodness. The micro-brewery, which is owned by the adjacent Naza Hotel, also turns out a deeply colored “American IPA” that’s light on hops and thus better than the original, and the amber ale is dry and malty, more thirst-quenching than most. The kitchen’s reliable Western-Chinese fare, also available at the more formal restaurant across the street, is well photographed and explained on the menu. Stir-fried asparagus and surf clams are delicious, and quesadillas hit the spot. Curiously, the wine list is all Hungarian.
Address:38 Anhai Road, Gulangyu Island, Siming District, Xiamen City, China