Restaurants

Top Choice Chinese in Píngyáo

Tianyuankui Guesthouse

With warm wooden furnishings and floral cushions, friendly staff, free wi-fi and soft music, this restaurant has an easygoing vibe that invites travellers to linger over their meals. The English iPad menu has photos…
Top Choice Chinese in Tàiyuán

Shānxī Huìguǎn

Behind the imposing grey exterior is a refined restaurant serving quality northern-Chinese cuisine. There's everything from hotpot to homemade tofu and, of course, noodles, served by eager staff. If you're lucky, yo…
Top Choice Chinese in Píngyáo

Déjūyuán

Traveller-friendly, but no worse for that, this welcoming and popular little restaurant has a simple and tasty menu (in English) of northern Chinese dishes such as dumplings (¥25), plus all the local faves. Try the …
Chinese in Dàtóng

Fènglín Gé

Exquisite and delectable shāomai (steamed dim-sum dumpling) is the star of the show at this traditionally styled restaurant at the heart of the old town. Order by the steamer (笼; lóng) or half steamer. The crab shāo…
Chinese in Dàtóng

Tónghé Dàfàndiàn

This fantastic, bright and cheery spot alongside the Hóngqí Hotel and a short hop from the railway station can look a little intimidating with its big, round tables better suited to functions, but solo diners can pu…
Noodles in Tàiyuán

Tàiyuán Noodle House

With a cake shop on the ground floor, head up to the bustling 2nd floor of this restaurant for Shānxī’s famous vinegar/noodle combo. If you're bewildered by the choices, go for the six-type taster (六中面套餐; liùzhōng m…
Chinese in Tàiyuán

Food Street

Head to this long, long street lined with all manner of restaurants and outdoor shāokǎo (barbecue) places. You can get noodles, of course, but also hotpot, dumplings and fried dishes. It gets lively late in the even…
Cafe in Píngyáo

Sakura Cafe

This eclectic and fun cafe-bar attracts both locals and foreigners with its daily food and drink specials. It does decent, if pricey, pizzas (from ¥65), burgers, sandwiches and omelettes, plus breakfasts, coffee, be…
Noodles in Dàtóng

Dōngfāng Xiāo Miàn

Forgive the chain-store decor and bear the long queues (always a good sign) and you'll soon be in noodle heaven at this popular local chain. Steaming bowls of the humble Shānxī speciality (削面; xiāo miàn) is the star…