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Yíng Jiāng Dǎi Wèi Yuán

Popular with the locals, this bustling restaurant offers an authentic taste of the delicious, sour and spicy cuisine of the Dai minority from Xīshuāngbǎnnà in the deep south of Yúnnán, including such delicacies as b…
Buddhist Temple in Kūnmíng

Bamboo Temple

This serene temple (no photos allowed inside) is definitely one to be visited by sculptors as much as by those interested in temple collecting. Raised during the Tang dynasty, it was rebuilt in the 19th century by m…
International in Kūnmíng

Park Bar & Grill

With an enviable setting slap in the middle of Green Lake Park, this new place is drawing in both expats and flush locals. Solid menu of well-cooked Western dishes, as well as a few Mexican favourites, and a good se…
Buddhist Temple in Xī Shān

Huátíng Temple

At the foot of the climb, about 15km from Kūnmíng, is Huátíng Temple, a country temple of the Nanzhao kingdom believed to have been constructed in the 11th century. It’s one of the largest in the province and its nu…
Yunnan in Kūnmíng

Tǔ Shēngshí Guǎn

Located on the ground-floor of a converted warehouse a couple of kilometres northwest of the city centre, this family-run place uses strictly organic ingredients for its selection of favourite local dishes. The vegg…
International in Kūnmíng

As You Like

Cute cubbyhole cafe/restaurant that's all vegetarian. Staff make excellent pizza, salads and sandwiches, all from local organic produce, as well as fine smoothies and there's a good range of Chinese teas. To find it…
Park in Kūnmíng

Green Lake Park

Come here to people-watch, practise taichi or just hang with the locals and stroll. The roads along the park are lined with wannabe trendy cafes, teahouses and shops. In November, everyone in the city awaits the ret…
Yunnan in Kūnmíng

1910 La Gare du Sud

Offering good-value Yúnnán specialities in a pleasant neo-colonial-style atmosphere, this place is a fave with both expats – it’s the kind of place foreign students take their parents when they come to visit – and c…
Yunnan in Kūnmíng

Hóng Dòu Yuán

An old-school Chinese eatery, with a duck-your-head stairway, this is a real locals’ hang-out on cosmopolitan Wenlin Jie. The food is excellent and will draw you back. Try regional specialities such as the táozá rǔb…
Gallery in Kūnmíng

Chuàng Kù

West of downtown in a disused factory area known as Chuàng Kù, you'll find a small number of galleries and cafes featuring modern Chinese artists and photographers. Yuánshēng Art Space is a gallery-bar-restaurant-th…