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Lijiang restaurants offer many delicious Lijiang cuisines. The cuisines available in Lijiang are diverse and prepared naturally to highlight their tasty flavors. You will notice these small-town restaurants are not like the five-star establishments to be found in the big cities.
Amayi Naxi restaurant is located inside a quiet courtyard in the ancient town. The restaurant cooks delicious Naxi food, such as roast fish (马帮烤鱼), braised steak fillet (小炒肉), bean jelly made from jidou ('chicken bean', a kind of specialty bean in Lijiang 鸡豆凉粉), hot pot with dried spareribs (腊排骨火锅), buttered tea (酥油茶), roast meat (马帮烤肉), and Naxi fried rice (纳西炒饭).
It is a restaurant offering delicious rockfish. There are two ways to eat the rockfish (石鱼) in this restaurant: hot pot or sashimi. It is a great place to relish the local delicacy.
Qiuyue Pavilion Restaurant is one of the oldest restaurants in Lijiang. Customers there can relish many delicious dishes such as salmon, dried spareribs, roast fish in Naxi style, and wild mushroom.
Besides delicious meals, the restaurant also provides wireless internet services and performance. Also, customers can appreciate the architectural design of Naxi buildings: the buildings have no nails or rivets.
The restaurant is located inside Yuerong Village, facing the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. The food is delicious, and the highlights are amazing. In the restaurant, customers can choose to sit strategically with a magnificent view of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain.
The restaurant focuses on vegetarian dishes.
It is a tiny restaurant with only five tables. Hence the environment is very "local" and "homely". However, the restaurant still enjoys a great fame for its special “manager” (Laodao Ma) and its delicious home-style dishes, such as huangmen chicken (黄焖鸡, a kind of stir-fried chicken), hot pot with dried spareribs (腊排骨火锅), stewed chicken with Chinese wild yam (山药炖鸡), braised beef in sauce (红烧牛肉), braised fish in sauce (红烧鱼) and wild mushroom (野山菌).
The windows of the restaurant face the farmland. The restaurant provides some traditional dishes, most of which are a little spicy. These include mixed pot dishes (杂锅菜), huangmen chicken (黄焖鸡, a kind of stir-fried chicken), fish cooked with pickles, roast fish, hot pot with dried spareribs (腊排骨火锅), and bean jelly made from Jidou, a kind of special bean in Lijiang (鸡豆凉粉).
It might be a little challenging to find this small restaurant in Zhongyi Wholesale Market. The friendly locals will direct you if you ask for help. However, the restaurant is quite popular, because of the great services and the delicious dishes such as hot and sour fish in Naxi style (纳西酸辣鱼), mixed pot dishes (杂锅菜), braised beef tendon (烩牛筋), slices of pettitoes, and braised beef in sauce.
If you want to eat at local restaurants and try real Naxi flavors, let us know. See our popular tours below for inspiration:
3-Day Lijiang Tour: Discover the best of Lijiang. Reward yourself with a relaxing and time-smart vacation. Lose yourself and find your soul. We can extend the tour and visit local restaurants for you to enjoy tasty Lijiang cuisines.
12-Day Beijing, Xi'an, Chengdu, Guilin, and Hong Kong Cuisine tour — explore the most popular destinations in China and savor local Chinese food in each city. Tell us if you'd like to go to other areas.
Not interested in the above tours? Just tell us your interests and requirements, and we are more than happy to create a tour for you based on your interests and requirements.