Catch some rays – and views – at the following Shenzhen restaurants, bars and cafes with outdoor seating.
This Western food establishment is as chic as it is practical: glass overhead protects diners from rain, while umbrellas create a shady space to dine.
In a quiet corner of OCT-Loft, surrounded by hipster coffee shops, you'll find an outdoor haven complete with a fountain. Order yourself a creative entree or drink, and get ready to chill.
In the evening, Baia's outdoor seating offers an excellent view of Shekou nightlife. You can get even further into the mood by attending one of the restaurant's Funky Friday or Latin Saturday events, when dancers and drinkers take over the rooftop.
Enjoy live music inside Butterfly Dream, then go outside to relax and take in views of OCT Harbour.
This Huaqiangbei rooftop bar yields drinkable cocktails, savory snacks and stunning shots of central Futian. The only downside? The close-to-infinity pool isn't open to bar-goers.
If you can't get enough of rooftop bars, here's another must-visit. Located in Hilton Shenzhen Shekou Nanhai, it offers both sea- and skyscapes.
Located above OCT Harbour's Tesla shop, the sophisticated Future One is a prime destination for trendy barhoppers.
Besides its main draw (see photo above), this Westin Shenzhen Nanshan spot also offers meals, desserts and of course, drinks.
The OCT-Loft restaurant is as roomy on the outside as it is within. A screen of bamboo separates the outdoor patio from the main street of the area.
The combination of French pastries, coffee and lush plant life is almost too cute to be true. It's no wonder the walkway leading up to this outdoor cafe is a favorite of selfie-takers.
At Maoshuli, childhood treehouse fantasies meet a grown-up cafe and bar. Sip a decent latte and ponder how far you've come on a rooftop patio surrounded by lush foliage.
Sip cocktails and whiskey from the comfort of Mon Saigon's brick upper-story terrace, thickly populated with potted plants and boasting a unique view of Honey Lake's abandoned roller coaster.
The best part of being located on the tip of the Shekou Peninsula might just be the view. Oggi serves up authentic Italian cuisine accompanied by cooling sea breezes.
What's better than a handmade, thin-crust pizza pie? That plus refreshing views of Seaworld's waterworks, of course.
The Sugar Box, located on the first floor of the Grand Hyatt Shenzhen, hits more than one sweet spot with its cakes, pastries and comfortable outdoor seating arrangement.
Some of Shenzhen’s finest pizza – crunchy, well-baked crusts beneath authentic Italian flavors – are found at Sùgo. So is pleasant patio seating, with plenty of plants enlivening the space.
Have a fine dining moment at this French restaurant in Xiangmihu. To sweeten the deal, al fresco seating gives customers an experience that's as posh as it is delicious.
Located inside the Futian Shangri-La Shenzhen, this restaurant and bar offers Chinese food in addition to afternoon tea and drinks. Enjoy an outdoor area surrounded by plenty of greenery.
Order everything from afternoon tea to cocktails and finger foods at this laidback yet classy establishment, located in the Four Seasons Hotel Shenzhen.
This guide was originally written in June 2017, and has since been updated and re-published.
[Cover image via Dianping]
For more reviews and recommendations, see our bars and restaurants page.
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