It is a great place to eat if you are a hungry expat longing for a decent western meal. I recommend the steak fajitas, best in China.
9, First Ring Road South, Section 1, Lower Level, Chengdu
+86 138 8178 2604
KaffeStugan is a family-run Swedish cafe in Chengdu. Conveniently located on a major road, near Chengdu's Sichuan University and Babi II, the cafe is a great place to hang out for an afternoon and catch up on emails/news/plan the next day over a cup of hand dripped coffee.
The cafe has a great atmosphere, wonderful owners, traditional Swedish food (and inspired vegetarian food), whisky, Wi-Fi, and is a great spot to find out local information. The owners stock English language magazines, and they appear to have lived there long enough that they know where to go and what to do.
Most information in the cafe is available in English, Korean, Swedish, and Chinese.
The food is fantastic and worth the few extra RMB. The chef is a former vegan and makes wonderful vegetarian dishes. The coffee is also fabulous, if a bit slow as it is hand dripped, and apparently carefully selected by the owner's wife.
Unfortunately, the cafe doesn't open until 11am, but it is open until at least 10pm.
2nd Floor (above WoWo 24 hour store), #9, First, South Section, First Ring Road (opposite Hongwasi)
Tel:+ 860 28 8544 3365
Google map: tinyurl.com/2uh8lq8
Yang Yang's is one of Chengdu's hottest local restaurants; visited by locals and ex-pats alike. If you arrive late for lunch or dinner expect to have to wait for a table.
For purveyors of Chinese cuisine this restaurant fits into the "dirty delicious" category. For those who don't know, dirty delicious is a category of local restaurant that would not meet Western standards of hygiene, but whose food is outstanding. Notable dishes on the menu include tie ban qie zi, and tie ban tu dou si.
English menu: yes
English speaking staff: no
Walking directions: From the American Consulate on Ling Shi Guan Rd. head east to the next intersection, turn left (north) at the WoWo 24 hour convenience store, continue walking for about 100 meters and it is on the right hand corner.
Google map: tinyurl.com/yaexwgn
British bar/pub, the best place in Chengdu to watch sports (rugby, footy, cricket, boxing, whatever is on satellite) and a civilised place to have a few beers, relax, and chat.
Chill out on the sofa, natter at the bar, sup in the barbershop chairs. Excellent Brit memorabilia, from footy programmes to classic photos of celebs, and the staggeringly artistic screwdriver on the wall.
Also check out the quote of the day on the blackboard. Old Speckled Hen, Abbot Ale, Tiger, German lagers, a tasty range of cocktails. Occasional dancing ensues.
Open afternoon until as early as necessary.
Kehua Jie No. 19 / 科华街19号
30°37'32.96"N 104° 4'37.82"E
On the first floor (second floor for non-Brits) opposite the WoWo minimart on KeHuaJie, near the south gate of Sichuan Uni, so ask the taxi driver for ChuanDa NanMen. Just down the street from Cafe Paname, and next to some good local and Korean restaurants.
World class Sichuan cuisine by
Chef Liao He Yi & his team in the five-star German-run Kempinski Hotel.
No visit to Chengdu and Sichuan would be complete without a visit to Shuxiangge. Try some of the very famous local dishes: Mapo Toufu, Lai Dumpling, and Han Steamed Bun.
Kempinski Hotel Chengdu
42 Ren Min Nan Lu, 4th Section,
Chengdu 610041 Sichuan Province
People's Republic of China
Phone: 86 + 28 + 85269999
Bernhard Kern 86+13350056464
(speaks fluent English & German)
Peter's has quickly become a favourite haunt of not only Chengdu's expat community, but also the locals looking for some home cooking Texas-style.
Open every day: 7.30am – 11.00pm
Stop in to get a few (covered in frosting) home baked cinnamon rolls wrapped up for a few days' supply at only 6RMB each (0.60 Euro).
No. 117 Ke Hua Bei Lu,
Chengdu. Sichuan China
(Nearby Sichuan University west gate)
Phone: 86 + 28 + 85227965
No. 12 Tong Zi Lin Dong Lu,
Chengdu. Sichuan China
(Near South Section 3, 2nd Ring Road)
Phone: 86 + 28 + 85180903
The well-established Shamrock (Irish) Bar is something of a landmark meeting place for Chengdu expats and locals. Up to 150 people per night roll up for music and fun on a Friday or Saturday evening. There is a free pool table, as well as live international sport (such as Aussie Rules, cricket, rugby, and soccer) televised on several screens throughout the bar area. The beer garden out front provides an excellent alternative for those who wish to generally chat.
Every Day: 10.00am – 3.00am
BAR FOOD SPECIALTY:
Pub grub includes the popular Shamrock burger and chips. Add lettuce, tomato, cheese, egg and / or bacon to your own liking. There is no shortage of ketchup (tomato sauce) to otherwise smother hot potato chips, wedges or onion rings. This can be washed down with a variety of local and imported beverages including Irish draught Guinness beer.
Thursday Solo singer
Friday DJ dance
Saturday Live bands
Sunday Solo singer
No.15 Renmin Nan Lu, Section 4,
(Around corner from USA consulate)
Shamrock Chengdu Forums:
Four-star, central, very clean, business rooms (£40) have free internet access. Restaurant does weird western food if you can't face Chinese for the 17th night in a row. I had fish fingers and chips with a blob of jam and my partner had mushrooms on toast with a little pool of lemon curd. Gorgeous.
No.55, Section 2, Ren Min Nan Ave, Chengdu, Sichuan 610016.
'Stone ground' doufu/tofu restaurant. Recently expanded and is now an integral part of the Yulin Hotel. The finger-length deep-fried doufu with vanilla/custardy sauce is a delight. Cannot remember the name, but there is a picture menu. Loads of other types of tofu/beancurd, good veg (broccoli=xilanhua), although some meat dishes can be greasier than other Sichuan restaurants.
50 metres west of the junction with RenMinNanLu and 1st Ring Road (YiHuanLu).
Chengdu has thousands of these, from the shabby, almost slum-like backstreet establishments, some of which show DVDs to entertain clients, to the ultra-posh teahouses, where BMW keys and smart rectangular-lensed specs are de rigeur.
Hang out where locals chill. In most of them, it's unlikely you'll be left alone if you don't want to be.
All over Chengdu. Da Ci Temple has a nice teahouse. www.randomstuff.biz has a description and map.
Classic Sichuan (and Chongqing, where hot pot is even spicier) food. Large bowl of soup/sauce in the middle of the table, perched on a gas hob/burner. Most often the metal bowl has a barrier vertically across the middle, so that a red, spicier soup is in one half, and a white, less spicy soup is in the other. Fans of the spicy half and the less spicy half can dine together, and of course you can mix and match.
Your group orders food, which is brought to you so you can decide what to put into the bubbling soup. Sliced pork and beef, vegetables, doufu, and mushrooms are all standard fare, and you can also get kidneys, liver and many other body parts for the soup. A very sociable way of eating.
Some places do a 'buffet' deal where you pay one price per person (rather than paying for the food you order), and you stroll up to the buffet table to get the food bits - good for your first hot pot, and this overcomes ordering problems. The buffet deals are pricier, but usually include beer and red wine and soft drinks.
Hot pot (huo guo) restaurants are on almost every vaguely lively street. One town we were in had seven hot pot restaurants.
More detailed guide on www.randomstuff.biz in the Eat section of Chengdu.
Peter's is the ultimate American Dream; a village boy with no foreseeable future moves to the big city and makes it big with his own restaurant chain.
The restaurant features a mix of Tex-Mex and Chinese food, the best milkshakes on the Asian continent, a comfortable atmosphere and free wi-fi if you happen to be carrying your laptop.
The original Peter's:
117 Ke Hua Bei Lu;
tel: +86 028 85227965
12 Tong Zi Lin Dong Lu;
tel: +86 028 85180903
Cafe Panam is a small French Bistro and one of a kind in Chengdu. While it doesn't serve the local cuisine it is a hot spot for French speaking Chinese, and those who just want a nice glass of wine.
143 Kehua Bei Lu, 2nd Floor, next to the Good Wood Coffee House;
tel: Chloe, +86 13880271515 or David, +86 13438094591
More than just a temple, it is a park, a teahouse, a shopping street, a snack street, and a mini-Sichuan theatre house all rolled into one. Go here anytime during the day or night for a bit of relaxation and fun.
Not far from Sam's Guesthouse at 130 Shanxi Jie.
The Shamrock, or Shrock to locals, is an Irish pub owned by an Aussie and sought out by anyone looking for a great English breakfast, good pizza, football, rugby, cricket and a place to dance all night. It is a bit of home in the middle of China.
www.shamrockinchengdu.com No. 15, 4th section, Ren min nan lu (right around the corner from the American Consulate)
Mentioned elsewhere already, but you should definitely go to the restaurant there - absolutely the best food i had in China.
All vegetarian, but incredibly skilful tofu imitations of traditional sichuan dishes - ever seen a whole 'fish' made of tofu? Go with a couple of other people and order a range of pot luck dishes. It's cheap too.
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