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Chengdu Food Tours

Visit restaurants and flavors that our founder grew up with, in impossibly incredible restaurants.

Chengdu's Best Food Tours

Since ancient times, Chengdu has been known as the Country of Heaven, as a fertile plain elevated 0.5km above sea level and surrounded by unforgiving mountain ranges. Inside this cocoon grew the unique Sichuan peppercorn, agricultural produce of the highest quality, and a vast wealth that could satisfy Chengdu’s healthy appetite for whatever came along the Silk Road. The best part about this story is that you can now taste it. 

As the capital of Sichuan food and a UNESCO City of Gastronomy, Chengdu is worth visiting for the food alone. But it’s almost impossible for foreign visitors to get a taste of real Sichuan food. Years ago, a few visitors asked around their network and contacted our founder, Chengdu native Ruixi Hu, to show them her favorite restaurants. They enjoyed it so much that word quickly spread, and the rest is history. Come try our tours Ruixi’s hometown, full of places you need to be a local to discover.

Chengdu's Best Food Tours

Since ancient times, Chengdu has been known as the Country of Heaven, as a fertile plain elevated 0.5km above sea level and surrounded by unforgiving mountain ranges. Inside this cocoon grew the unique Sichuan peppercorn, agricultural produce of the highest quality, and a vast wealth that could satisfy Chengdu’s healthy appetite for whatever came along the Silk Road. The best part about this story is that you can now taste it.

As the capital of Sichuan food and a UNESCO City of Gastronomy, Chengdu is worth visiting for the food alone. But it’s almost impossible for foreign visitors to get a taste of real Sichuan food. Years ago, a few visitors asked around their network and contacted our founder, Chengdu native Ruixi Hu, to show them her favorite restaurants. They enjoyed it so much that word quickly spread, and the rest is history. Come try our tours Ruixi’s hometown, full of places you need to be a local to discover.

Chengdu Food Tours About

Our Chengdu Food Tours:

Travel through this UNESCO city of gastronomy by tuktuk with unlimited food & drinks.

Visit an authentic local teahouse, a local market, street snacks, and the best hot pot in town.

460 RMB / $69 USD per person

390 RMB / $55 USD per person

Daily at 6:30pm

Daily at 2pm

Includes unlimited food & beer

Includes all food, tea & drinks

Fully serviced by Lost Plate tuktuks

Walking tour through local streets and alleys

Currently available, book now!

Paused due to COVID-19.

Get 10% off if you book multiple tours online!

Our Chengdu 4-Day Join-in Trip:

From 4500 RMB per person

4 days, 3 nights

Visit Chengdu, Leshan, Countryside Tea Village

Our Chengdu Food Tours:

Evening Food Tour by Tuktuk

Travel through this UNESCO city of gastronomy by tuktuk with unlimited food & drinks.

460 RMB / $69 USD per person

Daily at 6:30pm

Includes all food, tea & drinks

Fully serviced by tuktuk

Hot Pot, Teahouse, and Market Tour

Visit an authentic local teahouse, a local market, street snacks, and the best hot pot in town.

380 RMB / $55 USD per person

Daily at 2pm

Includes all food & drinks

Walking tour through local streets and alleys

Get 10% off if you book multiple tours online!

Our Chengdu 4-Day Join-in Trip:

Culinary Journey of Chengdu 4-day Trip

From 4500 RMB per person

4 days, 3 nights

Visit Chengdu, Leshan, Countryside Tea Village

Why People Choose Us:

By sharing the living history of cuisine by the hands that make it, we're changing the way people think about food and its role in the universe.

Meet Your Resident Food Nerds at Lost Plate Food Tours

Experiences Led by Locals.

Only guides from each city can give you a true taste of the area in food and culture, all trained by our founders to ensure a perfect experience. We also work with the community through local producers and partners to ensure you’re getting a real local taste of what each community can do.

Get Fed, Leave Full.

We are not a tasting tour, if you leave hungry or thirsty, we aren’t doing our jobs. Most of our tours feature unlimited food and drinks (beer too!) The best part? You won’t have to worry about what to order or how to communicate with the owners at each stop. Everything we eat is tried and tested, plus you’ll see how it’s made and learn about the families who make it.

Chengdu Evening Food Tour Mapo Tofu
Chengdu Food Tours Beer Coozie

Craft Beer & Beverages Included.

The local culinary scene in every city is defined by food and drinks, so we make sure you experience it all! Our evening tours include (unlimited) alcoholic beverages along the way, and at least one stop to sink a glass (or few) of locally produced craft beer. All your bases are covered with us.

Off the Beaten Path.

We visit local neighborhoods where real locals live and eat. You aren’t going to find any other tourists here, or run into other tour groups. Our restaurants are local legends, family-owned and often specialize in only one dish, which means the quality is high and the flavor is even better. These places wouldn’t survive without regulars, that’s how you know it’s good.

Chengdu Hotpot Food Tour Teahouse

Get Hungry for Adventure.

A third of our customers were referred by a previous guest. Were you one of them?!

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

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

5/5

“My boyfriend and I had a great evening on the hot pot and market tour with Chino. Chino was a very knowledgeable guide and showed us some local cuisine which we never would have found on our own especially given the language barrier. You can tell that he has a lot of passion for food. We had a Chengdu waffle, several types of pancakes, the hot pot and 2 desserts. We definitely left with full stomachs! The hot pot was delicious and exceeded my expectations. Highly recommend this tour!”

Tiffany S

5/5

“We took (almost) all of the tours Lost Plate offers and it was the best decision we ever made. Bo was our tour guide for both tours in Chengdu and we loved every second. The first tour was the hot pot tour (if you don’t like spicy food, this may not be for you). We started at a local teahouse (I had the best jasmine green tea I’ve ever tasted) and ate delicious pickled veggies + snacks. Then we headed to the hot pot place where we had a wonderful evening chatting with Bo, eating a delicious assortment of foods from the hot pot, with ice cold beer. Couldn’t ask for a better evening. Definitely don’t pass on these tours in Chengdu!!”

Lauren M

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