Restaurants

Top Choice Yunnan in Lìjiāng

Tiāntiān Xiān

Locals flock here for the superb grilled fish and chicken and soy-bean-paste dishes (get here before 7pm or it will have run out). But all the Naxi specialities on offer are fantastic and great value. No English spo…
Top Choice Tibetan in Shangri-la

Silent Holy Stones

Re-opened after the 2014 fire in a new location and still a favourite spot for local Tibetans, this relaxed and welcoming place specialises in yak meat hotpots (from ¥148). Great mómo (馍馍, Tibetan dumplings) too, wh…
Tibetan in Shangri-la

Rebgong

Excellent joint for Tibetan eats, even if it is somewhat lacking in atmosphere – and always busy with locals. The house speciality is yak meat hotpot, and they do a small version for two people (¥88), but the mómo (…
Yunnan in Lìjiāng

Āmāyì Nàxī Snacks

The name doesn’t do justice to the small but select and very authentic selection of Naxi cuisine on offer at this calm courtyard restaurant. There are fantastic mushroom dishes, when in season, as well as zhútǒng fà…
International in Shangri-la

Compass

Bustling spot for a fine breakfast, and a popular hang-out for Western travellers. Salads, steaks, pasta and pizzas are all available, as well as a few generic Asian dishes. Great cakes and coffee and nonsmoking too…
Yunnan in Lìjiāng

Sakura Good Food Square

Snackers should not miss the open-air food market where vendors sell appetising bite-size treats, some of which are native to Lìjiāng. Try the Nàxī kǎo qiézì (纳西烤茄子; Naxi grilled eggplant), served in a boat-shaped c…
Tibetan in Shangri-la

Tara Gallery Café & Bar

This upmarket restaurant, bar and cafe (and art gallery) is a tasteful, thoughtfully designed space, and includes a plant-filled second-floor terrace. The menu is a tantalising mix of Tibetan, Indian and Yúnnán dish…
Tibetan in Lìjiāng

Lamu’s House of Tibet

Friendly Lamu has been serving up smiles and hearty Tibetan and international fare for more than a decade. Ascend the little wooden staircase to the 2nd-floor dining area, a great spot for people-watching, and try t…
Yunnan in Lìjiāng

Tiān Hé Cāntīng

It’s hard to find a neighbourhood-style restaurant in the old town, or one that doesn’t also serve Western food, but this very solid, family-run place hits the spot with a mix of authentic Naxi dishes and Chinese st…
International in Shangri-la

Flying Tigers Cafe

New, French-run bistro located in a converted courtyard house with the finest wine list in town (from ¥30 a glass) and a small but select menu that utilises local ingredients: try the homemade mushroom ravioli or th…