Top 20 Best Restaurants in Sichuan
So, you’ve heard that Sichuan has the best food in China and you’ve decided that it’s time to go on a hunt for the best restaurants in Sichuan. Well, luckily for you, we have put together a short guide to help you out.
Before we begin though (and we’re assuming you probably already know this), Sichuan food is spicy and numbing. As they call it here, it’s ma la. For some, the spice is a bit much, if you decide you want the less spicy version of food, just let them know by saying “bu yao la” (boo – yaow – la). Simple.
Long Chao Shou
Famous amongst locals in Chengdu, this restaurant serves classic noodle dishes and dumplings (one of China’s best foods!), along with a healthy dose of spice and Sichuan peppers. If you’re adventurous, try the restaurant’s snake meat, we’ve heard that it tastes like chicken…
No.61 Chengshou Street, Jinjiang District, Chengdu
Shujiu Xiang Hot Pot Restaurant
Sichuan is famous for its Sichuan Hotpot. You can’t really travel to the region without trying it at least once. Everyone eats from on communal hot ‘pot’ in the middle of the table, dipping in a range of different meats and food stuff. Delicious.
Unit 2, Block 11, Nijiaqiao Road, Wuhou District, Chengdu
Lao Ma Tou Hotpot
An alternative hotpot location, this one’s a little pricier than the last, but this really does give an authentic Sichuan experience – and is one of (if not the) best restaurants in Sichuan. Try the Pig brain if you’re feeling adventurous.
29 Yulin Middle Road, Wuhou District, Chengdu
If you think that your taste buds are ready for second level spice, the had to Chongqing hot pot, where the hotpot is the spiciest you can possibly get. It’s worth the trip, but don’t say we didn’t warn you!
3F Pengruili Shopping Mall, Qingyang District, Chengdu
There’ another type of Hot pot called Chuan Chuan. This involves sticks and usually doesn’t have a flame under your pot. It’s also spicy. It offers a slightly different experience.
Unit 23, Block 26, Yulin Street, Wuhou District, Chengdu
Funan New Street
A new area in Chengdu, but one which you probably shouldn’t miss out on. If you’re looking for a choice when it comes to hotpot restaurants, then this is it. With over 20 hot pot restaurants within walking distance of each other, you can have a look around and see which one takes your pick. You might even get a competitive deal.
Funan New District, Chengdu
Yu’s Family Kitchen
If you want to eat here, you’ll have to make sure you book up first. It’s a special restaurant and frequently makes it to the top of lists highlighting the best restaurants in Sichuan. You can order a huge variety of different foods, including the strange Shark-fin soup!
Shuanglin South Branch Rd, ShuangLin Lu, Chenghua, Chengdu
Tian Tian Restaurant
The Tian Tian restaurant is famous for making specialty Sichuan dishes. It’s no wonder that the place is one of the best restaurants in Sichuan. Make sure to try the place’s Kung Pao chicken, for a real Sichuan taste experience.
16 Yulin E St, Chengdu
Chen Mapo Tofu
Have you heard of Mapo Tofu? No? Well, it’s a Sichuan specialty, and the best place to buy it is Chen Mapo Tofu. Just next to Chengdu’s People’s park, you should make sure to drop in for a visit and try this spicy dish.
197 West Yu Long Street, Chengdu
Easily one of the best restaurants in Sichuan (definitely Chengdu), expect modern takes on traditional Sichuan cuisine. It’s located in the heart of Chengdu, so it’s easy to find. It’s definitely worth it!
Rui Sheng Bei Jie, Wuhou, Chengdu
Mike’s Pizza Kitchen
Sometimes you just want to relax with a slice of Pizza, Mike’s pizza make (surprisingly) pizzas, some of which have a nice dash of Sichuan spice and flavor. Check it out in Chengdu. Make sure to give the Goldilocks a try.
Tongzilin S Rd, Jiuyan Bridge, Wuhou, Chengdu
The Lazy Pug is another more westernized restaurant with a Sichuan twist. Frequently known as one of the best restaurants in Sichuan. You’ll find a range of food, from Shepard’s pie to Sichuan inspired chicken. Some of it’s spicy, some of it will give you stomach a little rest.
Master Building 1F Unit 22, 48 Renmin South Road Section 4, Wuhou District, Chengdu
Mixing burgers and Sichuan cuisine is something you might not have thought possible, but here it is. The Sichuan Burgers are spicy, tasty, and unforgettable.
29 Zijing E Rd, ShenXianShu, Wuhou, Chengdu
Ha’erbin Dumpling Restaurant
Sometimes, buying good food means going to any old restaurant. The Ha’erbin Dumpling Restaurant is one of the best restaurants in Sichuan because it just basic, simple, and tastes great! They sell dumplings, and you’ll be eating them through to dinner time.
31 Yulin Xi Lu, Chengdu
Head to Pengbeican near Xiaojiahe for some incredible meatballs. They will very possibly be the best meatballs which you will ever eat in your whole life.
22 Zijing South Lu, Chengdu
Huangcheng Laoma Restaurant
Expect to find specialty Sichuan dishes in this restaurant. Kung pao chicken and mapo tofu are both available. Try to mix it up with some fried beans and Sichuan peppers. If you don’t like spice, there’s also a lot of other options as well.
106 Qintai Rd, Chengdu
Ok, now this might be a hard one for some people, but it’s a Sichuan delicacy and eaten by many of the locals, so we thought we would include it on the list. The Baguobuyi Restaurant is the best restaurant in Sichuan to find and eat Rabbit head. Don’t worry if you don’t like it, most other provinces in China don’t either.
Chunxi Road’s Restaurants
This is actually a lot of different restaurants, but China is known for its street food. Chunxi road has a lot of them and is located in the heart of Chengdu City. You’re definitely going to find some of the best restaurants in Sichuan. Head around this area and take a look at the stalls trying to sell food to passersby. Make sure to get the price before you actually start eating it though.
Chunxi Road, Chengdu
Jinli Old Street
Again, another collection of different restaurants and places. Jinli old street is the perfect place to visit if you want to relax with a cup of tea or try out something new. The range of Sichuan snacks on sale makes this a place you shouldn’t forget about.
Jinlu Jie, Chengdu
Kuan Zhai Alley
The same as above, a historical street with a lot of snacks on sale. Make sure to try the area’s stinky tofu.
19 Guang Fu Qiao Bei Jie 8 Fu, Chengdu
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