Even the most dedicated coffee drinkers should explore China’s tea culture. In Dalian, that means a visit to nearby Xinmadao where Mr. Yin specializes in antioxidant-boosting pu’er tea. If the master is in his ocean-facing teahouse, he’ll likely explain how long to steep the leaves, the importance of swishing them, and just why his pu’er blend (made from fermented leaves) is so unique. Afterwards, browse Mr. Yin’s thoughtful selection of ceramic housewares from Taiwan, Japan, and Korea that are for sale. Continue your healthy trend at Lotus Vegetarian Restaurant, cooking up a contemporary take on Chinese vegetarian food. Don't pass on the corn and enoki mushroom dumplings or five-spice black pepper fish. Top table tip: have the hotel call ahead and book you a seat with straight-shot sea views.
Cross Renmin Road East and walk towards the pier. You’ll find Xinmadao and Lotus Vegetarian Restaurant inside of Shiwuku, a former warehouse converted into a space for cafes and restaurants.
XINMADAO (信馬道): 4/F, Block D 4-1, Shiwuku, Dalian Port, Zhongshan District; 8262-6191
LOTUS VEGETARIAN RESTAURANT (荷恬心語): 3/F, 5-2, Shiwuku Block C; 0411-8262-5622