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China Town is one of Lahore’s most popular Chinese restaurants

If you are looking for a delicious Chinese meal to celebrate the Chinese New Year on February 19, consider heading to Mian Mehmood Ali Kasuri Road, which has recently emerged as Lahore’s buzzing Chinese strip.vertical

The interior of Heng Chang Restaurant

Tantalising Chinese cuisine… Mian Mehmood Ali Kasuri Road is dotted with Chinese restaurants; these include China Town which soon became the go-to place for a Chinese meal. Heng Chang is equally popular, with red lanterns and Chinese art adorning its walls and menu offerings ranging from fried wontons to Schezwan chicken. For a more casual setting, you can head to The Cube, popular for its Kung Pao chicken.New cafes on the block… The strip’s culinary options are varied. If you are in the mood for Italian, Café Costa is the place to go, while Gloria Jean’s and Espresso are perfect for a quick meal and coffee and dessert with friends. There are a few desi restaurants nearby, where you can enjoy traditional Lahori food.

The recently constructed Xinhua Mall

The recently constructed Xinhua Mall

Bustling bazaars… Shopping is largely limited to branded outlets in the recently constructed, multi-storey Xinhua Mall, offering fabric, accessories and homeware among other things. You will also find several high-end furniture showrooms and boutiques nearby, in addition to a cluster of small grocery stores that cater to the everyday needs of residents. M.M Alam Road – Lahore’s shopping hub – Liberty and the Ghalib Markets are a few minute’s drive away, offering everything under the sun from clothes, and jewellery to books and furniture.

The real estate take… Categorised as premium real estate, commercial property options on Mian Mehmood Ali Kasuri Road include standalone shops, office and retail space in low and high-rise buildings. The area is completely built-up; prices and rentals increase by 10% annually.

In a nutshell… With plenty of shopping and foodie options, Mian Mehmood Ali Kasuri Road has emerged as one of Lahore’s trendiest new hotspots.

– Moneeza Burney

First published in the Real Estate Section of the DAWN National Weekend Advertiser on February 15, 2015.