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Guangzhou Evening Food Tour

Daily at 6:30pm, Duration 3.5 hours

$59 USD per adult, $45 USD per child

Approx. 3km walking

The Essentials:

As China’s first foreign port, the city formerly known as Canton has woven a unique culinary fabric using ingredients and influences from around the globe. Come discover the dishes that only locals know about on this walking tour that makes 5+ stops through a rarely visited residential neighborhood where Canton’s upper class called home for centuries.

Includes

All food, local beer, and soft drinks at a combination of at least 5 sit-down, safe-to-eat restaurants and street stalls.

Group Size

Small groups of 2-12 people per tour.

Start & End Location

This tour starts at the 2nd Worker’s Cultural Palace Subway Station. An email will be sent with meeting location details immediately after booking. The tour ends near to Changgang Subway Station.

Cancellation Policy

Reservations cancelled 24 hours or more before your tour start time are fully refundable.

Dietary Requirements

We are happy to welcome vegetarians, but please let us know prior to your tour date. We can also accommodate gluten-free guests, but substitutions are not available for every dish. This tour includes fish and shellfish.

What You'll Do:

Meeting Location

This tour starts at the 2nd Worker’s Cultural Palace Subway Station. An email will be sent with meeting location details immediately after booking.

Coconut Herbal-Chicken Soup

Start the evening the local way with a special soup believed to have strong medicinal properties. Ingredients are chosen seasonally and cooked in a precise order over 4 hours – just like it has for generations.

Rice Noodle Rolls

In the birthplace of dim sum, this is our favorite! Visit a shop that uses traditional woven bamboo mats to prepare delicate noodle rolls filled with meat and topped with seasoned soy sauce. This spot is a long-time staple in the local community.

Wonton Noodles

These rare noodles are made from duck eggs and flour (without a drop of water), then kneaded and pressed using bamboo poles. The result? An impressively thin noodle with a thick chewy texture, perfectly accentuated by a light broth and shrimp wontons. 

Cantonese Imperial Cuisine

Try a selection of classic Cantonese dishes that highlight our most-used ingredients and cooking methods, such as sand ginger squid, fish cakes with chive, taro and pork belly in miso sauce, stuffed okra, and freshwater eel. 

Dessert

End the night with a classic dessert that uses only two ingredients, and discover how science magically transforms them into a rich custard that is delightfully refreshing! This stop is located near to Changgang Subway Station.

Plus More Surprises!

* This itinerary is subject to changes and adjustments based on daily vendor operations and availability, but it will always be awesome.

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About This Tour:

Given the name Canton by Portuguese traders centuries ago, Guangzhou’s rich history includes being a major hub along the Maritime Silk Road, serving as a strategic military outpost, and becoming China’s center for international trade. It’s also the birthplace of dim sum and Cantonese cuisine.

But what do the locals actually eat? On this tour, we’ll explore one of the city’s first residential areas by foot and get an up-close look at the local way life. Along the way, we’ll visit a mix of sit-down restaurants and street stalls at family-run joints to experience the soul of old-Canton.

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Customer Reviews:

5/5

“I have lived in Guangzhou for a few years and have eaten a lot of different things, but this tour offered me new, delicious dishes I hadn’t tried before! Loved the neighborhood too. Great for the mildly adventurous, open-minded food lover!”

Guangzhou Food Tour Review by Avalon

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December 2023

5/5

“Tour was super fun and our guide Bonnie was amazing. We tried 4 different kind of local delicacies, while drank beer when riding on Tuktuk. Really one of the best tour I’ve ever had.”

Sam

November 2023

5/5

“This was a really fun thing to do. We were a group of 10 people and we went to 4 restaurants and one bar at the end. The best thing was these were little local restaurants you would never find on your own. The food is very authentic and was excellent everywhere. We were plied with beer throughout the trip and ended up at a bar that does real ale. Our host was very helpful and friendly. This is a great idea and a great way to find little local restaurants a tourist would never find on their own. Just be careful not to eat everything at each restaurant – there are four of them.”

Barry

October 2023

5/5

“You absolutely get your money’s worth with this tour! Our guides did a fantastic job taking us around Beijing, explaining the history of the city and taking us to some really local spots with food that we never would have otherwise tried. We were stuffed to the brim with wonderful local delicacies and we even got some recommendations on where to eat during the rest of our visit, which also did not disappoint! Thank you again!”

Claire

September 2023

5/5

“Previously, I joined the Lost Plate tours in Beijing and had a good experience. Our guide Ming was very helpful in explaining the dishes, the culture and history behind it and was very personable. He made the group feel very welcomed. The pacing of the tour was just right. By the end of it, my stomach was full and food coma began to sink in. Lol I would definitely recommend this tour to everyone as it brings the local daily eating habits closer to you. Definitely non touristy! Ten thumbs up!”

Chengdu Evening Food Tour Review by Herwie

Herwie

July 2023

5/5

“We did food tours with Lost plate in Beijing, Xian and Chengdu during our visit to China and had a great experience each time. Ming was a great guide and took us to some excellent local restaurants. We got to try so many different dishes and also learned about the background. We didn’t know anyone in China so it was also great to have to opportunity to speak to local people. Would definitely recommend Lost Plate Food Tours!”

Camper

July 2023

COVID Travel & Safety in China:

  • China is Open for Tourism: Effective March 2023, Chinese embassies around the world began re-issuing tourist visas for entry into China. Existing, valid, and unexpired visas, regardless of issue date, are also valid – as is visa-free transit in select cities. There are no quarantine or vaccination requirements in China.
  • 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 24 hours before the tour start time. Your reservations with Lost Plate are worry-free.
  • Symptom-Free: We ask that any guide or guest showing symptoms such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath, not join the tour out of respect for other guests and our vendors.
  • Masks: Masks are not required during the tour, but you will occasionally see locals wearing one in public. Free free to wear a mask if you prefer.

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 Guangzhou can do – street eats and sit-down Cantonese eateries. You’ll try at least 10 dishes so we recommend pacing yourself. Local beer and soft drinks are 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!

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. 

Our tours have been designed to accommodate as many diets as possible, including vegetarian, while still remaining stupid delicious. Just keep in mind that there will be dishes that don’t have a direct substitute – many of the places we visit specialize in one type of cuisine/dish, and therefore don’t always provide a lot of alternatives. Please let us know prior to your tour date as same day requests cannot be guaranteed. This tour is not recommended for vegan diets.

This is a walking tour; let’s just get that out of the way. This tour covers about 3 km/ 1.8 miles by foot, so we recommend leaving the heels at home. This distance is split up between 6-7 stops, so it’s roughly a 5-10 minute walk between each stop and a great chance to digest a bit before the next stop. We also find that exploring by foot is the best way learn about this very local neighborhood rarely visited by tourists.

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 2nd Workers’ Cultural Palace Station which services subway line 2. You’ll get the exact address, directions, and transportation details immediately after booking.

The tour ends at a bar which is a short walk from Changgang Subway Station on lines 2 and 8. 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 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 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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Guangzhou Evening Food Tour

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$59 USD/person

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