Top Choice Hotpot in Chéngdū

Chóngqìng Yúanlǎosì Old Hotpot

Though it may seem like sacrilege to eat Chóngqìng-style hotpot in rival Chéngdū, this place is cleaner than most and the flavour and ingredient quality speak for themselves (plus the beer is cold).
Sichuan in Chéngdū

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…
Market in Lè Shān

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…
Vegetarian in Chéngdū

Wénshū Temple Vegetarian Restaurant

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

Chóngqìng Bāyé

This gānguō (干锅, dry pot) specialist serves sizzling concoctions in very hot iron pots. Our favourites include chāojí huānlà xiā (超级欢辣虾; shrimp), zhúsǔn jībāo (竹笋鸡煲; chicken and bamboo shoots), xiānglà páigǔ (香辣排骨; …
Street Food in Chéngdū

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 Chéngdū

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…
Sichuan in Chéngdū

Lǎo Mā Rabbit Head

The menu has the full range of Sìchuān dishes, but it's only really worth the trip for the namesake: rabbit head (兔头; tùtóu). Order by the piece, kinda-spicy (五香; wǔxiāng) or pretty spicy (麻辣; málà). When it comes, …
Sichuan in Lè Shān

Xiàogōngzuǐ Bàbā

One of a cluster of cafe-restaurants with terrace seating on the riverbank, this place is perfect for tea (from ¥15) or fresh coffee (from ¥25) during the day or a riverside beer (from ¥10) come evening. Choose from…
Barbecue in Lè Shān

Zhao Family Crispy Duck

Foodies flock to this tiny barbecue stand for its speciality – sweet, crispy roast duck (jīn; ¥22). The draw is the skin, which is best described as duck candy, a miraculously ungreasy bite of heaven. Eat it while i…