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Chengdu Evening Food Tour

Chengdu Evening Food Tour

Daily at 6:30pm

Duration 3.5 hours

$65 USD per adult

$50 USD per child 4-15

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 homes. 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- test your spice threshold in a local family's apartment, in the middle of a previous military base built when China was on the cusp of the Cultural Revolution.

Chengdu Evening Food Tour Dan Dan Noodles

Dandan noodles mean “bamboo pole street hawker noodles” - for this recipe to be known as THE hawker noodles should be an impossible feat.

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: pork ribs are soaked in cooking wine and specialty soy-sauce, before being fried and topped with aromatic fried garlic. This is a classic Chengdu dish for distinguished guests.

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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Jump into the deep-end of Chengdu’s food scene with Lost Plate Food Tours with this video by Itchy Feet on the Cheap.

Customer Reviews:

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

5/5

“I live in shanghai and my friend who joined the tour before recommended me to try it! So I finally got the chance while I was traveling to Chengdu! It was excellent and our guide Olivia was adorable! She was so nice to us especially it was new year eve and she prepared us a new year gift which I did not expect at the beginning! This is the best way if you don’t know what to eat when you just arrive in the city. Join the tour.

Sophia J

January 2020

5/5

“We love Sichuan cuisine, and we don’t know what to order or eat especially most restaurants in Chengdu don’t have English menu nor pics. So we joined the tour with local guide. We had an amazing time, incredible stops and we would never ever find on our own, and the food was sensational. We highly recommend the tour! Especially if it’s your first time travel to chengdu and want to try Sichuan cuisine!!”

Emily H

December 2019

5/5

“In and out of tuk-tuks, in and out of the most intriguing food establishments I wouldn’t be able to find even if I was totally lost. The best was the in-home dining – in through the living room and out through the back window. All the food we tried was marvelous, the company of fellow adventurers was super, and our guide Linxi was delightful. This was my second Lost Plate tour (after Xian) and I look forward to collecting the beer coozies from all the rest!”

The KCB

November 2019

5/5

“What a fantastic way to spend a night in Chengdu, especially as a solo traveler with limited time in the city. Olivia was our guide and was so amazing – thoughtful, fun and full of local knowledge. She brought us to five fantastic spots. We tried so many different foods as you can see in the other reviews – I don’t know if I could pick a favorite they were all so good and definitely places that you could never find on your own, let alone be able to order. We ended the night in an apartment turned into a cafe on the 43rd floor of a high rise with amazing views and a great espresso martini. Don’t think twice about doing this tour but definitely come hungry, there is more food than you can possibly eat.”

Micah S

November 2019

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.
  • Social Distancing Measures: We will maintain social distance whenever possible during the tour. We follow all local regulations and restaurant requirements, which means it’s possible your group may be seated at multiple tables at a venue.
  • Masks Required: All guides and guests are required to wear face masks at all times when not eating or drinking. If you are unsure where to purchase a mask, please let us know so we can send some recommendations. If you have a medical exemption or disability that prohibits you from wearing a mask, you must book a private tour for just your group by contacting us.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Your guide has the right to refuse service to anyone not complying with safety protocols. 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

5/5

$65 USD/person

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