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As we all know tourist areas are notorious for raising the price a little. For this reason it is a good idea to avoid the "Sichuan Specialty Items" stores and buy souvenirs elsewhere. Also you probably don't want to go to an overpriced average restaurant.
In China it is important not to judge a restaurant by its appearance. Sometimes the best food comes from a place the size, shape, and perhaps even feel of a garage. Here are the best places for delicious food near the top tourist areas in Chengdu.
The Zhugeliang Memorial is the place to go in Chengdu for those interested in the Shu Kingdom and Three Kingdoms Culture. Right next to that is Jinli Ancient Street where you can get a feeling for ancient China and try some bizarre food.
While visiting these places you have an excellent chance to try Tibetan food, because just across the street is a Tibetan area. A place that is sure to please is the Gresar Tibetan Restaurant. Try the homemade yogurt!
But if you want some good Chinese food have a try of what the locals recommend. Just outside of the local high school is Sanyikoufu Dumpling restaurant. You'll find all the basics here: rice, noodles, dumplings.
Those interested in Eastern philosophy can travel to Qingyang Palace to get a glimpse into Daoism. And just a little ways away is a place to contemplate poetry and learn about Dufu, a famous poet. In between these two places are the Sichuan museum and Huanhuaxi Park.
Chen Mapo, a great place for authentic Sichuan cuisine, is just across the street from the museum. Long Chaoshou around the corner is a famous place for noodles and dumplings. Closer to Dufu's cottage, Guanghua Niurou Guan is a great place for a unique meal. Try the fried bananas!
Wenshu Monastery is the center of Buddhism in Sichuan. The monks don't eat meat, but still make great tasting vegetarian food and you are invited to have a try. There is a restaurant in the monastery.
SuZhai vegetarian restaurant is situated in a traditionally styled two-story building by the Wenshu Buddhist monastery. One of the highlights of this restaurant is its vegetarian buffet, which runs on the first floor between 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. and costs ¥35 per person. The buffet then transforms into a hotpot restaurant between 5:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. every day, offering a huge selection of vegetables, imitation meats, and sauces. The second floor serves as SuZhai’s à la carte dining area, where diners are free to pick and choose dishes off the menu and enjoy them surrounded by a beautiful interior.
Also located on the bustling street by the Wenshu Buddhist monastery, the Long Chashou Restaurant is famous for its local dishes and is a must when visiting the area. Don’t let the restaurant’s cafeteria-style layout fool you, however, the local specialties on offer are to die for and their Sichuan style wontons (Long Chao Shou), Dan Dan noodles, and spicy pork dumplings are some of the restaurant’s best sellers.
These alleys are renovated, but still in the old style. Tai An Ju is a restaurant that serves dishes that the locals love, but others consider strange (pig snout, rabbit head, bullfrog). If you'd like something with less of a culture shock then head down to Hongshao Niurou Mian for some nice beef noodles. Finally, Lixue Niuza Hotpot is a well-known hotpot restaurant that Chengdu people enjoy.
China Highlights tours take you to authentic local restaurants. Our Chengdu tours visit many of the attractions above, and if they don't include one of the above restaurants that you would like to eat at, our tours can be customized to your requirements at the inquiry stage.