Central Sichuan restaurants

Top Choice Sichuan in Chengdu

Mǎ Wàng Zi

This high-end Sìchuān joint does everything right, from service and cuisine to ambience, but it's decidedly popular so you'd do well to make reservations beforehand.
Sichuan in Chengdu

Chén Mápó Dòufu

The plush flagship of this famous chain is a great place to experience mápó dòufu (麻婆豆腐; small/large ¥12/20) – soft, house bean curd with a fiery sauce of garlic, minced beef, fermented soybean, chilli oil and Sìchu…
Dumplings in Chengdu

Dumplings Bar

Start (or end) your night in Tóngzǐlín at this very modern take on the traditional dumpling joints – there are several enticing varieties to choose from as well as a number of small plates (the eggplant is particula…
Market in Le Shan

Zhanggong Qiao Jie

Zhanggong Qiao Jie's small night market is full of seafood restaurants that pull fish and more straight from tanks in front of the restaurant to throw into the pan. Dishes are priced by weight, so clarify a total co…
Barbecue in Chengdu

Iron Pig BBQ

Texas-style barbecue, biscuits a Southern grandma could be proud of and a nice open-air bar facing the street – though you'll immediately forget people watching once a giant plate of meat shows up in front of you. C…
Vegetarian in Chengdu

Wénshū Monastery Restaurant

This excellent volunteer-staffed vegetarian restaurant and the atmospheric teahouse that surrounds it are on the Wénshū Monastery's grounds. There's also a coffee shop in a separate pavilion in the first courtyard.
Street Food in Chengdu

Táng Sòng Food Street

This reconstructed ancient alleyway is jam-packed with tourists and Chéngdū favourites like chāoshǒu (抄手; wontons; ¥12) and chuànchuàn xiāng (串串香; the skewer version of the Chóngqìng hotpot; ¥2 to ¥4). Musical perfo…
Hotpot in Chengdu

Yùlín Chuànchuàn Xiāng

Sìchuān University's hungry students crowd this lively branch of the popular chain, which specialises in chuànchuàn xiāng (串串香), Chéngdū’s version of the Chóngqìng hotpot. Pick your broth, then load up on skewers fr…
Tibetan in Chengdu

Arè Tibetan Restaurant #1

Choose from a delicious array of Tibetan staples, from tsampa (roasted barley flour; ¥20) to thugpa (noodles in soup; ¥18), momo (dumplings; ¥20) and yak butter tea (¥18 to ¥25). The newer, less quaint branch, just …
Tibetan in Chengdu

Arè Tibetan Restaurant #2

The newer location of the popular local Arè Tibetan Restaurant across from the entrance to Wǔhóu Temple, this branch is the cleaner and more accessible of the two. There's coffee and drinks in the small cafe area do…