Top ChoiceYunnan in Shuhe Old Town

1 Restaurant

Built into a historic courtyard house once owned by a trader of the Tea Horse Road era, the restaurant's very modern menu features Yunnanese and Naxi specialties and even a few truffle dishes. Ask if a table is...

Top ChoiceYunnan in Nuodeng

Yánquán Nóngjiā

The one genuine restaurant in the village is also one of the most famous in Yunnan, after being featured on the hit Chinese TV show A Bite of China. People come from far and wide to sample shúhuǒtuǐ (熟火腿; ¥40), a...

Top ChoiceYunnan in Kunming

Tǔ Shēngshí Guǎn

On the ground floor of a converted warehouse a couple of kilometres northwest of the city centre, this family-run place strictly uses locally sourced organic ingredients for its selection of flavourful Yunnan...

Top ChoiceInternational in Shangri-la

Flying Tigers Cafe

French-run bistro in a hundred-year-old courtyard house, with the finest wine list in town (from ¥30 a glass) and a diverse local and international menu that utilises local ingredients. Try the house-made...

Top ChoiceYunnan in Kunming

Shípíng Huìguǎn

Try authentic Yunnan cuisine in a beautifully restored heritage courtyard building with outdoor seating – this is one of our favourite restaurants in the city. No English menus (or spoken), but digital tablet...

Top ChoiceYunnan in Lijiang

Les Petites Écuries

High-end Yunnanese cuisine fills most of the menu at this Yunnanese–French collaboration, in an upmarket setting on the south side of the old town. Bring a group of three or four and try the Yunnan Nations...

Top ChoiceInternational in Jinghong

Meimei Cafe

This is the first of all the western-style cafes in town and still the best. Choose from Dai and Chinese, burgers and breakfast, Belgian beer and espresso drinks; the menu has it all and everything we've tried...

Italian in Shaxi

Hungry Buddha

The most sophisticated eatery in town and one of the most notable in all Yunnan, with a mouth-watering all-vegetarian Italian menu utilising locally produced ingredients across the authentic menu. The range of...

Barbecue in Lugu Lake

Zhāxī Cāntīng

Lively restaurant and barbecue joint that's great for the local speciality, Mosuo pork (from ¥50), which you cook yourself on tabletop wood-fired grills. It's popular anytime, but the atmosphere becomes...

Yunnan in Dali

Méizi Jǐng

This charmingly authentic Bai restaurant is composed of three grey-brick courtyards each containing small seating nooks where you can feast on traditional local cuisine. The English menu features some erratic...

Cafe in Ruili

Bo Bo’s Cold Drinks Shop

This Ruili institution is busy from early to late, with Burmese waiters clad in their native, sarong-like longyi hustling as they serve up fantastic fruit juices, Burmese-style milky tea, ice cream and cakes....

Vegetarian in Shaxi

Pear Blossom Vegetarian Restaurant

Operating in the forecourt of the restored Pear Orchard Temple (慈荫庵, Cíyīnān) the delightfully clever menu here presents Shaxi dishes made primarily with ingredients locally sourced from farms in the surrounding...

Vegetarian in Kunming

As You Like

This all-vegetarian cubbyhole cafe/restaurant is pleasant, though upstairs seating gets absolutely sweltering in the summer. Staff make excellent pizza, salads and sandwiches, all from local organic produce, as...

Yunnan in Kunming

Hóng Dòu Yuán

This old-school Chinese eatery, with a duck-your-head stairway, is a real locals hang-out on cosmopolitan Wenlin Jie. The food is excellent and will draw you back, despite the long dinnertime lines. Try regional...

Italian in Kunming

Cantina

This large, light-filled Italian-run venue is set around an attractive central bar. There's a wide selection of pizza, pasta and panini (from ¥28), steaks and more. Good wine list, aperitifs, and cocktails, plus...

Pizza in Kunming

Brooklyn Pizzeria

Pizza, pasta, salads, sandwiches: the list continues. If you're looking for western comfort food, this is the place to find it. It's unsurprisingly popular with the expat crowd. Find it northwest of the centre of...

Yunnan in Kunming

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 Xishuangbanna in the deep south of Yunnan, including such delicacies...

International in Shangri-la

Compass

Bustling spot for a fine breakfast, and a popular hang-out for international travellers. Salads, steaks, pasta and pizzas are all available, as well as a few generic Asian dishes. Great cakes and coffee; it's...

Yunnan in Lijiang

Tiāntiān Xiān

Locals flock here for the superb grilled fish and chicken and soy-bean-paste dishes (get here before 7pm or they will have run out). But all the Naxi specialities on offer are fantastic and great value. No...

International in Kunming

Salvador’s

Always busy with travellers and students, Salvador’s is now a Kunming staple. With a Mexican/Mediterranean food theme, as well as solid breakfasts, good coffee and a decent range of teas, it caters for all hours...