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Xian Morning Food & Market Tour

Xian Morning Food & Market Tour

Tu/Th/Sa/Su at 9am

Duration 3 hours

$49 USD per adult

$35 USD per child 4-15

Tuktuk + 30 minutes walking

The Essentials:

The Muslim quarter is full of eateries that consistently sell out before lunch, one of China’s oldest and largest markets, and sensory experiences you have to be there in person to believe. See how many times you can be surprised in 3 hours on this morning tour that covers Xian breakfast staples you won’t find anywhere else in China.

Stops

A handful of safe-to-eat restaurants and street stalls plus a bunch of surprises while strolling through Xian’s sprawling morning market.

Group Size

Small groups of 2-10 people per tour.

Start & End Location

This tour starts at Xi Hua Men Fire Station, near the Bell Tower. An email will be sent with detailed meeting location details immediately after booking. The tour ends near Sajinqiao subway station.

Dietary Requirements

This tour is not very vegetarian or gluten-free friendly, instead we recommend joining our tours in Beijing, Shanghai or Chengdu. Please notify us of any dietary requirements prior to your tour date, same-day requests cannot be guaranteed. Message us prior to booking if you have any questions.

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About This Tour:

There’s the side of the Muslim quarter for tourists (you’ll know it when you see it), and then there’s the side of the Muslim quarter that isn’t. And because the former isn’t trying to woo any repeat customers, you know the food is 1000% better at the latter. 

How does one of China’s oldest markets start their day? The heart of the Muslim quarter is its spice market, and that bounty radiates outwards in delightful surprises you definitely owe it to yourself to try.

Beyond that, learn about the vendors and chefs that make up this community, who are a vibrant part of continuing the legacy of this famous market that has stood the tests of time. At the end of the Silk Road, Xian has the definitive say in how three continents and 11 thousand kilometers can crescendo in flavor. It’s something you’ll have to taste to believe. 

 

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What You'll Do:

Xian Morning Food Tour Tuktuk

Fly through hidden streets and alleys by tuktuk to visit eateries that only locals visit, away from all the tourists.

Xian Morning Food Tour Beef Pancakes

Your first course are savory beef pancakes. Beef is seasoned with fennel, star anise, ginger, and other spices, then stuffed and friend in a flaky croissant-like layered bun.

Xian Morning Food Tour Breakfast Stew

Get a bowl of Xian’s favorite breakfast: a 13-spice soup with meatballs, and whatever root vegetables are in season. All ingredients you’ve had before, but together? A new thing entirely.

Xian Morning Food Tour Morning Market

Wander through one of China’s biggest and oldest markets with a guide who can speak the local language.

Xian Morning Food Tour Persimmon Cakes

Persimmons are one of China's favorite fruits, and since they're local to Xian we have the best fried persimmon cakes.

Xian Morning Food Tour Noodles

End the tour trying to squeeze in the best bowl of noodles you’ve ever had. They will haunt you forever - don’t say we didn’t warn you.

Featured In:

One of the Best Things to do in Xian

In addition to trying some of the best eats in the neighborhood, you'll also have the chance to learn about the history of this community and get to meet some of the people who make the best biang biang noodles (so named for the loud way they slam onto the table) and Eight Treasures congee, which was a staple of travelers along the Silk Road thanks to its easy-to-haul ingredients like nuts, spices and seeds.

#1 Food Experience in the World

TripAdvisor's Travelers Choice Awards ranked our Xian Food Tour as the best food experience in the World!

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Customer Reviews:

5/5

“To say this is a food tour is a bit of an understatement, it is such an enlightening way of seeing how locals around the area live, shop and social, all while eating delicious food. My local friend joined me for the tour and he said he learned something new as well, this is testament to how deep and sophisticated this experience can be.”

Tian G

November 2019

5/5

“Michelle led us and another traveler through the streets of Xian where we watched and most importantly ate, delicious savory meat pancakes made by locals honing their craft for years. We also sampled delicious breakfast stew, clearly popular based on the long line of locals. The morning tour also included a walk through the muslim market, an attack on all your senses which was utterly fascinating. Not to be missed! We left with full, happy bellies and new experiences and knowledge we could have never found on our own.”

Chris M

September 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.

It is our professional recommendation to come hungry, and pace yourselves. There’s a bunch of dishes to try, so please pace yourselves because you are going to want to try everything we have.

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

Vegetarians will not be able to eat everything on this tour. Our eateries are small, family run, and very specialized, which means they make one thing nd don’t offer substitutes. For vegetarian diets, we recommend you check out our Beijing, Chengdu, and Shanghai tours as they will have more options for you.

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.

This tour is serviced by tuk-tuk, but we will get out and walk through Xian’s morning market for about 30 minutes.

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

The tour starts at 9am at the Xi Hua Men Fire Station which is about a 5 minute walk from the Bell Tower. You’ll get the exact address, directions, and transportation details immediately after booking.

The tour ends Sajinqiao subway station. Your guide will point you in the right direction for wherever you need to go next, or you are welcome to stay and explore the market and surrounding streets some more!

Our minimum is 2 and maximum is 10. 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 around 3 hours, dependent on group size and their interests. There’s a lot to do, see, and taste on this tour, we try to personalize each experience as much as possible!

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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Xian Morning Food & Market Tour

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$49 USD/person

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