Restaurants

Top Choice Pizza in Hāmì

Miss Chen's Pizza House

A young and friendly English-speaking team run this pizza joint, in perhaps the least likely culinary find in Hāmì. The pizzas (on an English-language menu) are handmade, and include the delicious Pannodo (basil, ga…
Top Choice Market in Kuqa

Uchar Darvaza Bazaar

The best place in Kuga for Uyghur food is this street at the junction of Tianshan Zhonglu and Youyi Lu. Kebabs, noodles and samsas (baked mutton pies) are all served hot and fresh, though our favourites are the chic…
Taiwanese in Ürümqi

Huāzhī Lín

This bright and stylish place, with plush booths, private nooks and city views is the place for a Taiwanese feast, though you'll struggle if you don't have a Chinese speaker with you as the menu has few photos. Try …
Cafe in Ürümqi

Tous Les Jours

This excellent bakery serves up an impressive selection of baked goods, including croissants, fresh bread and cakes, and does real coffee, fresh juice and a number of other things that might seem like a dream come t…
International in Ürümqi

Rendezvous

Well worth travelling out a little way for, this American-run cafe offers a welcome change of pace from Ürümqi's other dining options, with pizza, sandwiches, Tex-Mex and real coffee on the menu, not to mention an E…
European in Ürümqi

Aroma

One of the best places to eat foreign cuisine in Xīnjiāng, Aroma showcases delicious pizzas, pastas, seafood and risottos in its warm bistro environment. Order the marbled T-bone steak in black pepper sauce for a re…
Noodles in Ürümqi

Xīqí

This fantastic place in the heart of the city is busy with hungry diners all day and night. The fare is simple but delicious: choose from a variety of steaming bowls of spicy noodles and delicious meat-filled buns. …
Market in Turpan

Gaochang Lu Night Market

Come dusk, dozens of stalls set up shop by the fountains to the west of the main central square. Grab a cold beer and choose from fried fish, shāguō (沙果; casseroles), goat’s feet soup and cumin-scented kebabs. This …
Barbecue in Kuqa

Yàlì Náng Kēngròu

It's all about meat at this Han Chinese place in Kuqa's new city, where nevertheless a very Uyghur style of cooking is served up (complete with beer!). Choose your meat platter from the photo menu, or simply order d…
Shanghai in Ürümqi

Tiānfǔ Zhēngcài

A cosy and friendly neighbourhood place just northwest of the Hóngshān Intersection, featuring tasty eastern Chinese dishes and enjoying a tea house feel. Try the Shanghai-style braised meatballs (hóngshāo shīzi tóu…