Make like the well-heeled locals and head to the vibrant Fisherman’s Wharf dotted with seafood restaurants, beer gardens, and casual barbecue spots (note: weekends are the busiest). A 20-minute taxi ride from the Conrad Dalian and you’ll arrive at Tiger Beach Bay. Here you can preview your next meal as you watch fisherman unload the daily catch from colorful boats, just a stone’s skip from a charming Victorian village with luxury apartments and boutiques that could be mistaken for Martha’s Vineyard. From the promenade, wander towards the lighthouse (a replica of Bremen Port lighthouse in Germany), and hunt for shells along the rocky shoreline. Ready for a cocktail? Take an ocean-gazing seat at No. 78 Café and have a glass of wine or imported beer with seascape views. Pick up a vintage postcard as a souvenir from this memorabilia-filled restaurant that illustrates Dalian’s cross-cultural history. Move along to dinner at Enjoy Ocean, an award-winning restaurant set in one of the New England-style buildings (look for the clock tower) and uniquely themed interiors (care to dine on a tram?). Nothing, however, will distract from the main event of just reeled in delicacies: stone pot abalone, steamed clams, seafood dumplings, or flash stir-fried whelks.
Hire a taxi for the 20-minute ride south along Zhongnan Road to Tiger Beach Bay and the entrance to Fisherman’s Wharf.
FISHERMAN'S WARF (渔人码头): 66 Binhai Road East, (Tiger Beach Bay)
NO. 78 CAFE: 78-3 Binhai Road East; 8887-7878
ENJOY OCEAN (品海楼): 72 Binhai Road East; 0411-8273-8088; 0411-8273-9088