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Kǎi Lú Lǎo Zhái Cháyuán

For 200 years, one of the city's most venerable teahouses has been tucked away in a peaceful courtyard behind a stone archway off frenetic Kuan Alley, the distant hum of which is more than countered by the sound...

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He Ming Teahouse

Always lively, this century-old spot is the most famous teahouse in Chengdu and the ideal place to fritter away an afternoon with a bottomless cup of tea (¥13 to ¥30) and a view over the endlessly absorbing park...

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Wangye Temple

Housed within the ochre walls of a 100-year-old guild hall of boatmen and merchants, this lively teahouse (officially known as 临江茶楼, Línjiāng Chálóu) is one of the most atmospheric in Sichuan. Tea costs ¥12 to ¥20.

Coffee in Chengdu

Let's Grind

In-the-know locals call this some of the best coffee in Chengdu, and we're inclined to agree. It certainly has the best selection of brews we've seen in town, and the beans are roasted locally and ground fresh...

Cafe in Kangding

Himalayan Coffee & Trading Co.

The best coffee in town is served at this bright, cool and busy place near the big yak sculpture. Wraps, pizzas, house-baked pastries, waffles and wi-fi satisfy other common traveller cravings – though at...

Teahouse in Zigong

Jade Garden Mansion

Perched atop the Longfeng mountain park, this teahouse in a historical-style pagoda is a fantastic place to drink tea (from ¥8) and admire the view over Zigong down below. Walk about 15 minutes up the staircase...

Craft Beer in Chengdu

Foam Ranger Taproom

Stop in for a decent selection of US, European and Chinese craft brews, including from Chengdu's Wild West Taproom, and a top-floor terrace removed from the crowds of Tai Koo Li. The generous day-long happy hour...

Bar in Chengdu

Funky Town

Tiny, hole-in-the-wall bar where three people constitute a full house. There's a single sofa inside and a table and couple of chairs on the pavement outside, and the whole thing is held together by skateboard and...

Teahouse in Zigong

Huanhou Palace

This teahouse (tea ¥5 to ¥8) is located inside an 1868 butchers guild hall. Its dramatic stone facade opens up onto a tree-shaded courtyard with an old stone stage framed on all sides by beautiful wooden...

Craft Beer in Chengdu

Nanmen Craft Brewery

Craft beer, a convivial atmosphere and an eye-catching bar built around the brewing vats and equipment combine for a great thirst-quenching stop in Tongzilin. Sidle up to the bar and ask a bartender to help you...

Craft Beer in Chengdu

Honey & Malt

A wide selection of craft beers will have hop heads coming back night after night. Stock runs low at times, but pull up to the bar and check out the high-tech LCD menu to see what's available at the friendliest...

Tea Garden in Songpan

Yùyuàn Nóngjiālè

Set in an open-air garden with an eclectic array of furnishing, this family-run teahouse (tea from ¥3, dishes from ¥8) has a number of shady nooks that make for a great place to unwind after a long day hiking or...

Teahouse in Chengdu

Lao Nanmen Teahouse

This pocket-sized riverside tea garden stays open late for the summer crowds. Just under the bridge beside a rushing weir, it's a pleasant local favourite that serves all the usual teas (¥12 to ¥38 per cup) and...

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Gorgeous little bookshop and cafe that stocks a few classic and modern classic English language novels. After paying for your literary treasure settle down into one of the comfy seats, order a coffee and tasty...

Craft Beer in Chengdu

Wild West Taproom

Sample some (or perhaps all) of this Chengdu-based brewer's eleven different ales at its taproom off Jinli Gujie. The four- to 10-glass samplers are particularly good value and the potato wedges go with it all...

Coffee in Chengdu

Origins Coffee Company

A range of internationally sourced beans, ground to order for each cup, and a tempting selection of baked goods. This is your favourite coffee shop from home, dropped into the centre of the busy Tongzilin...

Cafe in Songpan

Zuwu Heritage House

Centred on a large tree-shaded courtyard, this combination teahouse/cafe/guesthouse is a chilled-out place to relax by day or a classy spot for a drink by night, with drinks for all hours starting from around ¥20.

Teahouse in Chengdu

Yuelai Teahouse

This local favourite adjoining the Jinjiang Theatre holds wonderfully informal performances on its small stage on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 2pm to 4pm (tickets ¥20 to ¥40; tea from ¥12).

Craft Beer in Chengdu

The Abbaye

Attracting more bankers than backpackers, this swish bar surrounded by fashion labes, banks and offices has street-side tables and a pretty tree-filled courtyard. Happy Hour runs from a civilised 5pm to 8pm...

Bar in Tagong

Khampa Cafe

By far the most popular place in town with travellers is the top-floor patio of the Khampa Cafe. They serve a tasty selection of Tibetan staples as well as steaks, burgers and pasta. A selection of local and...