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Chengdu Evening Food Tour

Chengdu Evening Food Tour

Daily at 6:30pm

Duration 3.5 hours

460 RMB / $69 USD per adult

360 RMB / $55 USD per child

Fully Operated by Tuktuk

The Essentials:

30% of all restaurants in China serve Sichuan cuisine, making it the most popular Chinese cuisine in China. In the world of food, that’s definitely a big deal. Come and see the best the capital of Sichuan cuisine has to offer, on a tour designed by our founder Ruixi Hu, who is born and raised here in Chengdu. This tuk-tuk serviced tour covers unlimited food, beer, and soft drinks to try at least 10 dishes across 4+ stops, plus one local bar.

Stops

A combination of sit-down, safe-to-eat restaurants, and street stalls, and one local bar.

Group Size

Small groups of 2-12 people per tour.

Start & End Location

This tour starts at Yushuang Road Subway Station. An email will be sent with detailed meeting location details immediately after booking. The tour ends at a local bar, approx. 10 minutes walk from a nearby subway station.

Dietary Requirements

We are happy to welcome vegetarians, but please let us know prior to your tour date as same day requests cannot be guaranteed. Please note, spiciness can be adjusted from virtually unnoticeable to mortally terrifying, please let your guide know what you prefer. Message us prior to booking if you have any questions.

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About This Tour:

There are a million reasons Chengdu is an international food destination. It’s a UNESCO city of gastronomy. It’s the most popular Chinese cuisine in China. Not only is Chengdu the capital of Sichuan cuisine, but also the capital of eating out, with the highest per-capita ratio of restaurants, hot pot eateries, and teahouses in all of China. And at the same time, you could know all of this and yet know very little about food in Chengdu.

On this tour designed by our founder Ruixi Hu, travel through her hometown by tuktuk and encounter spots you could never find on your own for a mix of street food, sit-down restaurants, and family-run joints. In the capital of all things cultured, delicious, and unique, visit the eateries that took her a lifetime to discover on our very special evening food tour.

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What You'll Do:

Chengdu Evening Food Tour Pancakes Hand

Stuffed pancakes come in 4 flavor profiles: sweet, salty, spicy, and strange. Discover this flavor profile unique to Chengdu at a street-stall-turned-shop that has served up strange for over 30 years.

Chengdu Evening Food Tour Wontons

Chengdu style wontons come in 5 flavors. Learn why locals call them "Chaoshou" and test your spice threshold at a family's restaurant that serve the best in town.

Chengdu Evening Food Tour Dan Dan Noodles

Originally served on the street by men who carried the ingredients around on bamboo poles, Dandan noodles are possibly the OG hawker dish. We'll try a classic Dandan recipe among a variety of other popular Chengdu noodle dishes!

Chengdu Evening Food Tour Lost Plate Tuktuk

Enjoy unlimited beers while exploring the backstreets on this tuktuk serviced exploration of Chengdu’s best local food.

Chengdu Evening Food Tour Mapo Tofu

Sample local delicacies and classic Chengdu dishes, like Mapo Tofu swimming in a bowl of numbing and spicy chili oil (don't worry, there's plenty of not-so-spicy dishes here as well).

Chengdu Evening Food Tour Bar

Try locally made Chengdu spirits in a 70s-80s themed bar that captures a unique turning point in China’s history.

Featured In:

The Best Dumplings In Chengdu? You'll Have to Climb Through a Window.

When you think of going out for amazing dumplings, you don’t picture yourself climbing up a rickety ladder in a former military community in Chengdu, and crawling through an oversize window. But that’s exactly where I found the best dumplings I’ve had in my life: after stepping into a small apartment and into a dense cloud of Sichuan spices.

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Eating the BEST of Chengdu Food with Lost Plate and Aleese Lightyear.

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Customer Reviews:

5/5

“Daisy our guide was knowledgeable and fun (spoke very good English too!) and we got to taste great local food at 4 stops. Capped off the night in a cool bar with plum wine. The tuktuk ride added to the experience and some of the Chengdu food we tasted included Dan Dan noodles, Tianshui Noodles, Lamb Skewers, Dumplings etc., some seasoned with Sichuan spices and all very tasty and delicious. This was our third Lost Plate tour (Beijing evening tour and 1 week Yunnan experience prior) and as always, we had a blast and can only recommend!”

Ailton007

June 2022

5/5

“I had heard Chengdu had amazing food and this tour made sure we got to sample it all. I was only in town with a friend for 1 night so we wanted to maximize our time and eat all the food we could. This Lost Plate tour was the best way to accomplish this. I had done the Beijing Lost Plate Food Tour and loved. On this tour you not only get to eat some of the most famous dishes in this region, but you also get to find the hidden gems of the city in just a few hours. The tuktuk ride is safe and adds charm to the adventure. Our guide Patricia was wonderful and we learned so much about the food culture of Chengdu from her. We ended at the coolest little bar that had so much personality too. Will be back and will definitely try another of the Lost Plate’s tours.”

Diane J.

May 2022

5/5

“Linxi and Daisy were amazing guides of our Chengdu tour! They fit in great with the group. The food we had was phenomenal, and the ladies were awesome about giving us the stories behind the food and also ensuring the air con was on in each of the spaces we were in! We enjoyed chatting with them so much, we were sad to see them go when they left us at the final stop. I highly recommend a Lost Plate food tour. I actually did 3 this summer while traveling China. Two in Xi’an and one in Chengdu. And my husband and I plan to do a Beijing tour or two in the fall when it’s cooler.”

Sharee

August 2021

5/5

“This was a fantastic way to experience the great food culture of Chengdu. Our guide was very knowledge and shared his enthusiasm for the food we tried. It brought the whole experience to life. We will definitely do tours with Lost Plate as we visit other cities they operate in.”

Christopher

July 2021

5/5

“The Chengdu evening food tour, guided by Chino, was the best part of our long weekend in Chengdu! Would wholeheartedly recommend it, and suggest taking part near the beginning of your trip if possible. Chino was a great guide, and the food we tried was fantastic. Highlight was sharing a table and chatting with 3 aunties in the dumpling restaurant!”

Chris

November 2020

5/5

“Olivia was such an amazing guide. She brought us to Chengdu’s hidden gems, and made local food accessible in a way that would have never been possible without a local guide. We even climbed up stairs, squeezed through a window, and had dinner in the living room of a family apartment! This would never have been possible without Olivia and Lost Plate Food tours. Highly recommend!”

Johannes M

March 2020

5/5

“Three weeks in China and South East Asia and we were not able to replicate the deliciousness of the food we enjoyed on this tour. From street stalls, a “climb-through-the-window-to-enjoy-the-best-dumplings-in-the-world” home visit to a high street noodles bar. The tour was worth every penny, as we would have never found half of these amazing eateries. The tuk-tuks were an experience and the end of the evening brewery expedition was the perfect way to end off. Our guide was excellent and the booking procedure and communication was top-class. We even received a pamphlet with recommended restaurants, addresses and what to order at the end of the evening.”

Annie B

January 2020

5/5

“We participated in the Chengdu Evening Food Tour via tuktuk and it was excellent in every respect! We have lived in Chengdu 2.5 years, but visited restaurants and tried food we had never experienced before. The guides were knowledgeable, funny and flexible. I would highly recommend this tour for anyone. Don’t wait 2.5 years to do it!”

Francisco A

January 2020

COVID-19 Health & Safety.

  • Flexible Cancellation Policy: We have always offered one of the most flexible cancellation policies in the industry and that hasn’t changed. You are able to reschedule your tour or receive a 100% refund for all cancellations made at least 48 hours before the tour start time. Your reservations with Lost Plate are worry-free.
  • Symptom-Free: We require that all guides and guests are free of any symptoms. Guides or guests showing symptoms of any illness, including fever, cough, or shortness of breath, will be asked to not join the tour.
  • All restaurants that we visit follow local requirements. Temperature checks, personal registration, and/or health app screening are likely. It is the guest’s responsibility to meet requirements at each stop.
  • Masks: In general, there are no mask mandates in our destinations but we do recommend wearing one when in public. Additionally, the establishments we visit may require you to wear a face mask. Carry a face mask with you at all times.
  • Sanitization: Hand sanitizer or hand-washing facilities will be provided at each stop.
  • Individual Portions: When possible, all portions will be served in individual servings. If larger dishes must be shared, public utensils will be made available to ensure each guest’s safety.
  • Your guide has the right to refuse service to anyone not complying with safety protocols. All Lost Plate tour guides are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you have any questions or concerns with any of these details, please contact us before your tour begins.

Frequently Asked Questions:

We are not a tasting tour, we provide much more than a full meal’s worth of food so we recommend you come prepared to eat.

This tour covers a large range of what Chengdu can do – street eats, local homes, and sit-down Sichuan eateries. You’ll try at least 10 dishes of unlimited food, but the most food is at the last restaurant so we recommend pacing yourself until then. Beer and soft drinks are also unlimited until the bar, where the first round is on us. Our online reviews agree that there is more than enough to eat, we got you covered!

Our tours have been designed to accommodate as many diets as possible, including vegetarian, while still remaining stupid delicious, but please let us know prior to your tour date as same day requests cannot be guaranteed.

When booking online, you’ll have the opportunity to let us know if you have any dietary restrictions or special requests. Please use this field to let us know about your requests and we will follow up if there are any problems or questions.

Not really, this is a tuktuk serviced tour that covers about 10km of the city.  This distance is split up between 5 stops, but there may be a ladder and small entryways to manage – if you have mobility issues please let us know.

Our child pricing is valid for ages 4 through 15. Children ages 3 and under are free.

The tour starts at 6:30pm at the Yushuang Road subway station which services subway line 4. You’ll get the exact address, directions, and transportation details immediately after booking.

The tour ends at a bar which is approx. a 10 minute walk from a nearby subway station. Your guide will point you in the right direction for wherever you need to go next, or you are welcome to stay at the bar as long as you like!

Our minimum is 2 and maximum is 12. There’s no flag to follow, or megaphone, or tacky uniforms. It’s small enough to be intimate, but big enough to get away with trying several dishes at each stop. You’ll get plenty of face-time with the experts. Bottom line is, you’ll follow the guide through a super-local experience and make friends along the way.

This tour lasts about 3.5 hours and ends in a bar, it’s not uncommon for guests to stay and keep the drinks going afterward.

All of our tours are rain-or-shine, so we suggest you dress for the weather. In rare cases of extreme weather, your guide will cancel the tour and provide a full refund.

Yes we do! If you would like to book a special tour for your organization or group, just contact us and we’ll take care of you.

We have many happy customers who do more than one of our tours in Beijing and across China! We have designed our tours to focus only on food from each city. This means that each dish, story, and vibe is unique to each tour and there aren’t any repeats.

Most people are very surprised how much the cuisine changes as they travel throughout China, and our tours are a good way to discover those differences. We encourage you to pick the tours that best fit your itinerary and we offer a 10% discount if booking more than one tour.

We sure do! If you decide to do more than one tour with us we are happy to offer you a 10% discount off your total amount. It doesn’t matter if the tour is in the same city or a different city, we want to keep feeding you as long as you let us. Our online booking system will automatically deduct the discount from your total if booking online at the same time. If you decide to add more tours later, your original confirmation email will include a promo code to use on those bookings. Also, children ages 4-15 receive a discount on all tours (3 & under are free).

Bookings cancelled 2 days (48 hours) or more before your tour are fully refundable (100% refund). Bookings cancelled within 48 hours notice are not refundable. Cancellations must be communicated by email to info@lostplate.com or by phone. If you would like to reschedule your tour with less than 48 hours notice, we will need to charge 50% of your total since we are unable to fill your spots at short notice.

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Chengdu Evening Food Tour

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$69 USD/person

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