Restaurants

Top Choice Yunnan in Nuòdèng

Yán Quán Nóngjiā

The one genuine restaurant in the village is also one of the most famous in Yúnnán, after being featured on the hit Chinese TV show A Bite of China. People come from far and wide to sample huǒtuǐ (火腿; ¥40), a slight…
Top Choice Italian in Shāxī

Hungry Buddha

The most sophisticated eatery in town, and one of the most notable in all Yúnnán, with a mouth-watering, all-vegetarian menu utilising locally produced ingredients. Great homemade cheese, pasta and pizza, as well as…
Top Choice Cafe in Ruìlì

Bo Bo’s Cold Drinks Shop

This Ruili institution is busy from early to late, with the 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. Th…
Top Choice International in Jǐnghóng

Měiměi Café

You’ll find it and you’ll eat here. This is the original of all the Western-style cafes in town and still the best, thanks to its menu of steaks, burgers, sandwiches, pizza and pasta, and foreigner-friendly Chinese …
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 Yunnan in Kūnmíng

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 Xīshuāngbǎnnà in the deep south of Yúnnán, including such delicacies as b…
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…
Top Choice Yunnan in Dàlǐ

Duan's Kitchen

Now so popular that you can expect to queue for a table, this place is set around a cosy and cute courtyard. The dishes are an interpretation of Bai cuisine rather than 100% the real deal, but the ingredients are ab…
Top Choice Yunnan in Ruìlì

Lántiān Xiǎochī

Fantastic, popular place for noodles at any time of day, but especially breakfast. It's also good for Burmese-style salads, fried rice dishes and fruit juices. No English menu, but there are pictures on the wall to …
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 (…