Hello Chengdu! Famous food, fabulous flavors, and quintessential Chinese cuisine.
Truly, Chengdu is a city that has it all, especially for those China adventurers new to its culinary appeal.
So if you’re dreaming of a deep dive into the many exciting Chengdu dishes, you’ve arrived at the perfect launchpad. That’s right. Recommendations from our local guides and go-to sources on the ground.
From Chengdu street food to Chengdu snacks and well beyond, we cover it all right here, having researched the research and assembled literally every tiny detail you need to know about the food that makes Chengdu famous.
But - and it’s a big caveat we state here - before you start dropping perfectly rounded balls of flavor into your first Sichuan hotpot, there’s something every visitor looking for things to do in Chengdu should know, and it’s not what you think.
Chengdu people don’t strive for the glamorous life of a Shanghainese or yearn for the pomp and precision of Beijing.
What they do align with, however, is the ethos of a tasteful life; an aspiration reflected in the abundance of well-known and cherished dishes that make up the city's cuisine, which could be considered China’s most sensational (in the truest sense of the word). A word to the wise for you food lovers; keep this in mind as you read on.