Top 10 Chengdu Restaurants You Should Not Miss

Chengdu, the birthplace of Sichuan Cuisine, is full of restaurants, snack streets and food stalls on streets and alleys. You would satisfy your appetite in Chengdu surely. Here are the top 10 Chengdu restaurants with diverse palatable dishes for your reference.

1. Chen Mapo Tofu

Chinese Name: 陈麻婆豆腐
Specialties: Ma Po Tofu, Kung Pao Chicken, Twice-Cooked Pork, Sliced Beef and Ox Organs in Chili Sauce, Duck Blood in Chili Sauce
Opening hours: 11:00-14:00, 17:00-21:00
Average cost per person: CNY 68
Chen Mapo Tofu is a time-honored Chengdu restaurant providing Sichuan Cuisine, which was founded in 1862 and became popular for its Ma Po Tofu. Now it has been a chain brand in Chengdu with quite a few branches, so that you may easily find one near the major attractions in the city.

The Head Restaurant: No.51, Donghuamen Street, Qingyang District
Qinghua Road Branch: No.10-12, Qinghua Road, Qingyang District
Shiren Road Branch: No.41, South Shiren Road, Qingyang District
Jinsha Branch: No.3, Tongshen Road, Qingyang District

2. Pan Xiang Shi

Chinese Name: 盘飧市
Specialties: Pot-Stewed Duck Palms, Pot-Stewed Chicken Wings, Chinese Cabbage in Supreme Soup, Lotus-shaped Chicken Slices
Average cost per person: CNY 69
Pan Xiang Shi, famous for its pot-stewed meats, is one of the best restaurants in Chengdu with a high popularity. There is usually a queue waiting to taste the dishes.

Chunxi Road Branch: No.62-64, Huaxing Street, Jinjiang District
Opening hours: 11:00-14:00, 17:00-21:00

Balizhuang Branch: at the eastern roadside, about 50m (55yd) north to the crossing of Shuangjian Road and South Shuangjian Alley, Chenghua District
Opening hours: 10:00-20:00

Shuangnan Yiteng Branch: No.6, Yidu Road, Wuhou District
Opening hours: 09:00-22:30 during Mon. to Thur., and on Sunday; 09:00-23:00 on Friday and Saturday

3. Chuan Hsi Pa Tzu

Chinese Name: 川西坝子
Specialties: tender beef slices, thousand-layered tripes, duck intestines, mashed shrimps, sweet tofu pudding
Opening hours: 11:00-03:00
Average cost per person: CNY 100
If you want to try hot pot, Chuan Hsi Pa Tzu must be the first choice. This is a quite young but hot Chengdu restaurant of Sichuan hot pot, having six branches now in the city.

Dufu Caotang Branch: No.43, Qinghua Road, western side of the north gate of Thatched Cottage of Du Fu, Qingyang District
East Qingjiang Road Branch: 1F, No.3 Building, No.8, East Qingjiang Road, Qingyang District
Jinsha Branch: No.6, Huangyuan Street, the back gate of Jinsha Site Museum, Jinniu District

4. Xiao Tan Dou Hua / Xi Yue Cheng Tan Dou Hua

Chinese Name: 小谭豆花/西月城谭豆花
Specialties: Tofu Pudding with Fried Dough Twists, Cold Sweet Tofu Pudding, Tofu Pudding with Beef, Dan Dan Noodles, Noodles with Tofu Pudding
Opening hours: 07:30-21:00
Average cost per person: CNY 20
This is a budget snack bar among the best restaurants in Chengdu, which is welcomed for varieties of Tofu Puddings.

Chunxi Road Branch: No.56, North Second Shuwa Street, Jinjiang District
West Street Branch: No.86-13, West Street, Qingyang District
East Daqiang Street Branch: No.150, East Daqiang Street, Qingyang District
Guanghua Branch: 1F, No.162, North Third Guanghua Road, Qingyang District

5. Ma’s Kitchen

Chinese Name: 马旺子·川小馆
Specialties: Kung Pao Shrimp Balls, Bean Jelly, Sliced Fish in Hot Chili Oil, Sliced Beef and Ox Organs in Chili Sauce, Duck Blood in Chili Sauce
Opening hours: 11:30-14:00 & 17:00-20:30
Average cost per person: CNY 113
Address: No.1, Dongkangshi Street, Jinjiang District
Ma’s Kitchen is decorated with bamboo here and there, which is distinctive out of Chengdu restaurants. There would be full of people at meal times.

6. Shunxing Tea House

Chinese Name: 顺兴老茶馆
Specialties: Duck Blood in Chili Sauce, Sliced Beef and Ox Organs in Chili Sauce, Dan Dan Noodles, Long Chao Shou, Short Ribs with Sweet and Sour Sauce
Opening hours: 10:30-22:00
Average cost per person: CNY 145
Address: No.166, Central Covered Bridge, Century City New Exhibition Center, mid-Tianfu Avenue, Wuhou District
It is an archaistic place to eat, which reproduces the old tea houses in Chengdu in ancient times. While eating the tasty local food, you could also watch the performance of Sichuan Opera there.

7. Chengdu Eater

Chinese Name: 成都吃客
Specialties: Grilled Fish Slices, Garlic-Flavored Ribs, Roast Pork, Baked Abalones on Tinfoil
Opening hours: 11:30-14:00, 17:00-21:30
Average cost per person: CNY 90
Kuixinglou Branch: No.8, Kuixinglou Street, Qingyang District
Jiuyanqiao Branch: No.28-11, East Zhimin Road, Wuhou District
This is a best restaurant in Chengdu, offering the new-style dishes in local flavors. Creative and popular, you could taste the new style Sichuan cuisine instead of traditional dishes.

8. Hongxing Restaurant

Chinese Name: 红杏酒家
Specialties: Duck Blood in Chili Sauce, Garlic-Flavored Shrimps, Chicken in Chili Sauce, Roast Squab, Braised Eel with Vermicelli
Opening hours: 11:00-14:00, 17:00-21:30
Average cost per person: CNY 85
Hongxing Restaurant has an extremely popularity among local people, and someone even call it the home kitchen. It offers Sichuan cuisine mainly, a few dishes of Cantonese cuisine and Huaiyang cuisine are also provided.

Jinhua Branch: by No.1 Gate of Wanda Plaza, No.68, Jinhua Road, Jinjiang District
Yipintianxia Branch: No.13, Yipintianxia Street, Jinniu District
Guanghua Branch: No.251, East First Guanghua Road, Qingyang District


9. Dongzikou Zhanglao’er Bean Jelly

Chinese Name: 洞子口张老二凉粉
Specialties: Pea Bean Jelly, Sweet Noodles, Bean Jelly Noodles, Small Glutinous Rice Balls in Rice Wine Soup, Cold Noodles
Average cost per person: CNY 14-20
This is a taste-worthy snack bar that must be on the list of best restaurants in Chengdu. The kinds of spicy Bean Jelly and Sweet Noodles with a compounding flavor of sweet, salty and spicy, would whet your appetite absolutely.

Wenshu Monastery Branch: No.39, Wushuyuan Street, Qingyang District
Opening hours: 08:30-18:30

Huanhua Stream Branch: No.10-8, Qinghua Road, Qingyang District
Opening hours: 08:30-20:30

Mixc Branch: 501-10, 5F, The Mixc, No.8, Shuangqing Road, Chenghua District
Opening hours: 10:00-22:00

10. Shu Jiu Xiang Hot Pot

Chinese Name: 蜀九香火锅
Specialties: thousand-layered tripes, thin beef slices, duck intestines, endive sprout slices, crispy pork, Huanghou (aorta of pig or beef cattle)
Average cost per person: CNY 105-140
Shu Jiu Xiang (SJX) Hot Pot, a famed native brand of Chengdu restaurants, provides fresh hot pot ingredients for you, especially the fresh meat. It is among the best restaurants in Chengdu to enjoy hot pot.

Yulin Branch: No.11-2, Nijiaqiao Road, Wuhou District
Opening hours: 10:00-03:00

Jiuyanqiao Branch: No.8, South Taiping New Street, Wuhou District
Opening hours: 10:00-24:00

Baihua iHome Branch: No.160, First-Ring Road West Section 1, Qingyang District
Opening hours: 10:00-23:00

Further Reading:
12 Most Popular Sichuan Foods – Have you ever tried?

15 Special Sichuan Noodles

Chengdu Dining

10 Most Popular Chengdu Street Food

- Last modified on Jan. 20, 2021 -
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