Restaurants

Top Choice Noodles in Lánzhōu

Mǎzilù Beef Noodles

In business since 1954, this place has locals flocking here for steaming bowls of the city's most well known export: spicy hand-pulled noodles (拉面; lāmiàn). Join the queue inside the door and ask for niúròu miàn (牛肉…
Top Choice Tibetan in Xiàhé

Nirvana Restaurant & Bar

This lovely, bright restaurant serves Tibetan and Western dishes, such as the popular yak stew with potatoes (¥20), pizza and fresh espresso. The welcoming, casual vibe makes leaving Nirvana difficult, as does the l…
Top Choice Chinese in Dūnhuáng

Zhāixīng Gé

Part of the Silk Road Dūnhuáng Hotel, this rooftop restaurant is ideal for a meal (the Western buffet breakfast is excellent) or a sundowner gazing out over the golden sand dunes. Dishes do not cost much more than p…
Market in Lánzhōu

Zhengning Lu Night Market

One of Lánzhōu's best night markets, this small pedestrian street is lined with vendors on both sides cooking up all manner of Silk Road delights. The mix of Hui, Han and Uighur stalls offer everything from goat’s h…
Yunnan in Lángmùsì

Happy Homemade Yunnan Taste

The Yunnanese folk at this family-run restaurant are infectiously happy. Sample the strong homemade báijiǔ (Chinese spirit) and you might be too. Popular with travellers for the guòqiáo mǐxiàn (Yunnanese hotpot) and…
Dumplings in Lángmùsì

Hangzhou Dumplings

This friendly family-run restaurant offers a wide range of Chinese dishes and top-quality dumplings. There is an English menu, but note that many of the prices are out of date so you'll need to compare to the regula…
Market in Dūnhuáng

Shāzhōu Night Market

Extending from Yangguan Lu south to Xiyu, this market is both a place to eat and to socialise, night and day. Off Yanguang Donglu are dozens of well organised stalls with English signs: expect Sìchuān, Korean noodle…
Tibetan in Xiàhé

Snowy Mountain Cafe

This chilled-out spot caters to travellers with a menu of Tibetan, Chinese and Western staples, as well as a full-service bar. Try the Tibetan-style noodles (¥20) or yak steak (¥70). There's also a nice Western brea…
Tibetan in Lángmùsì

Black Tent Cafe

Friendly service, a Tibetan-style interior, rooftop seating, proper coffee (from ¥25), and a good menu offering numerous Western and some Tibetan dishes are some of the highlights of this 2nd-floor cafe run by the f…
Noodles in Tiānshuǐ

Běidào Qīngzhēn Lǎozìhào Niúròu Miànguǎn

Get a ticket from the kiosk out front and collect your beef noodles (niúròu miàn; ¥7) from the kitchen window inside. The noodles are excellent, infused with dollops of scarlet-red chilli oil. For extra meat, ask fo…