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 sp…
Top Choice Tibetan in Shangri-la

The 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 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 second-floor dining area, a great spot for people-watching, and tr…
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…
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…
Western in Lìjiāng

N’s Kitchen

Clamber up the steep stairs for one of the best breakfasts in town, a monster burger and fine Yúnnán coffee. It’s a reliable source of travel info too and can arrange bus tickets.
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…
Barbecue in Lúgū Lake

Zhāxī Cāntīng

Lively restaurant and barbecue joint that's good for the local speciality, Mosuo pork (¥50). You'll see the pigs being roasted whole outside, where you can sit near the lake.
Western in Shangri-la


Bustling spot for a fine breakfast, and a popular hangout for Western travellers. Salads, steaks, pasta and pizzas are all available, as well as a few generic Asian dishes. Great cakes and coffee and non-smoking 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 cr…