A Foodie’s Guide to GT-Shenzhen
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Shenzhen is a city of immigrants and has cuisines from all parts of China and the world. Being a seaside city also means it has good fresh seafood. Shenzhen is a foodie’s paradise. Much information is available on the internet about dining in Shenzhen. See, for example, this page. We focus below on dining options within walking distance from GT-Shenzhen.
GTSI, located in the Vanke Cloud City (万科云城), sits in the middle of several important centers of life in the Nanshan district, including a major commercial and residential district, as well as a cherished park.
You may never run out of options on dining here, as there are several cafes, convenience stores, and restaurants in this area. Below are the popular ones in each cuisine category.
Bubble Tea and Cafe
There are plenty of bubble tea and cafe options in Vanke Cloud City. HEYTEA（喜茶）and Starbucks are right across the campus. Nayuki（奈雪的茶）and Costa Coffee are within ten-minutes’ walking distance.
If you want some snacks or grab a bite at reasonable prices, convenience stores can be good options. There are plenty of them around the campus.
It will be a while before you run out of options for a meal at Vanke Cloud City. Hot pot, barbecue, Cha chaan teng (Hong Kong-style cafés), Halal food, Taipei cuisine, Sichuan cuisine. The campus is surrounded by flavors across the nation.
Pizza, burgers, fried chicken…Luckily, you don’t have to travel far to satisfy your taste buds.
Food Delivery Apps
Meituan Waimai 美团外卖 and Eleme 饿了么 are the two main food delivery apps in China, coordinating food delivery from restaurants to your door step. You can also find chain restaurants that have their own delivery teams, such as McDonald’s and Domino’s. These platforms cover most, if not all of the restaurants in your neighborhood.
Special Dietary Needs
GTSI’s dorm has a communal kitchen for those who have special dietary needs and wish to cook for themselves.
Nearby Vegan/Vegetarian friendly restaurants
(DISCLAIMER: We provide these recommendations to assist our program participants but this by no means implies that we endorse these vendors nor that we guarantee their food quality or safety.)
- Vegetarian House 素食屋
Address: No. 3003, Tongsha Rd, Xili Subdistrict, , Nanshan District. (580m from Exit B, Liu Xian Dong Metro Station, Line 5)
Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, Chinese, Fast food
- HUHE VEGAN 素禾素食（西丽店）
Address: No. 5-3, Guanlong Rd, Xili Subdistrict , Nanshan District. (930m from Exit B, Liu Xian Dong Metro Station, Line 5)
Cuisine: Vegetarian buffet of Chinese style dishes.
- I See 蔬食生活 I See Vege Life
Address: 3rd Floor, Fulizhen Building, Nanshan District, Shenzhen
Cuisine: Western style vegetarian dishes
- Su Fang · Cha Shi 素芳·茶事
Address: Shop 1-4, Hailong Court, Longjing Rd, Taoyuan Subdistrict, Nanshan District
Cuisine: Vegetarian buffet of Chinese style dishes
- Vege House at Zhigu Cafe 智谷食堂素食屋
Address: 103 Jin Qi Zhi Gu (Building 4, Chongwen Huayuan), at Liu Xian Avenue and Tangling Rd intersection. Around 10 mins walk (600m from GT-Shenzhen).
If you are fasting during Passover, Ramadan, or have other special dietary needs such as Kosher food or gluten-free items, please contact the GT-Shenzhen office for help.