Light, delicate, and slightly sweet are the best ways to describe Suzhou's distinctive cuisine, which includes lots of shellfish, freshwater fish, and glutinous rice paste sweets. One signature dish, song shu gui yu, is a fish which slightly resembles a squirrel's tail. China's oldest restaurant, which has welcomed diners for over 250 years, is just one of many places to eat in Suzhou. Ping Jiang Road contains quite a few Western style coffee shops, while Suzhou's main nightlife district is Shiquan Street.Shopping
Several upscale Suzhou hotels will provide their guests with Chinese speaking personal assistants to help them navigate and bargain for the best prices on silk handicrafts, lanterns, jade carvings, mahogany furniture, snuff bottles, freshwater pearls, sandalwood fans, and other locally produced souvenirs. Modern Plaza, InCity Plaza, and Times Square are some of Suzhou's most modern shopping centres.