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.


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.

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.

Cancellation Policy

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

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. 

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. 


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.

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.

Featured In:

"Discovering Bourdain’s Lost Shanghai"

“In a tiny shop just off the main shopping street noodles come topped with caramelised green onions harboring a tiny piece of pork which are then mixed. The experience is all about the food, Bourdain would have loved it.”


Customer Reviews:

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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.

Yes! You’ll get a promo code in your confirmation email that will give you a 10% discount on all future Lost Plate tours. 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. Also, children ages 4 through 15 receive a discount on all tours (3 & under are free).

Bookings canceled 24 hours or more before your tour are fully refundable (100% refund). Bookings canceled within 24 hours notice are not refundable. If you would like to reschedule your tour with less than 24 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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