Kunming, the Spring City, has had its ups and downs as a Chinese city. First established back in 279 BC, it didn’t become a Chinese municipality until 1935. As the capital of the Yunnan province, it serves as a hub for many Southeast Asian countries and is very culturally and ethnically diverse. Throughout its history, a number of restaurants have remained for over 100 years and are still open today. Here are some of our favorites.
A Trace (Dong Feng Xi Road Shop) 一颗印东风西路店
Established: 1853 (163 years old)
Address: 18–19 Dong Feng Xi Road, Jixiang Alley 五华区 东风西路吉祥巷18–19号(近景星珠宝大楼东侧)
Featuring the beautiful architecture of old Yunnan homes, this restaurant is hidden in an alley in downtown Kunming. With outdoor seating, you can take advantage of the beautiful, temperate weather in Yunnan all while enjoying classics like steamed chicken, thin sliced barbecue and baby melons.
Yun He Xiang 云和祥
Established: 1904 (112 years old)
Address: 36 Xiangyun Street, Renhe Xiang Courtyard 南屏片区 祥云街仁和祥宅院36号
While the outside may look plain, the inside is decorated with elegant wood furniture, spiral staircases and a bright, open dining room. Located at the heart of Kunming, this restaurant is widely considered to be the only remaining old style house with a courtyard in Kunming. Their specialties include crispy skin roast duck, Dali hot and sour fish and pagoda rice.
1910 South Train Station 1910火车南站
Established: 1910 (106 years old)
Address: 8 Houxin Street, Nanzhan Pian District 南屏片区后新街8号
If you couldn’t guess from the name, this building was originally a train station office that was transformed into a special themed restaurant. With many different train decorations, including train tracks, lights and conductors, this restaurant is a great place for Yunnan Mashed Potatoes and Spicy Beef with Corn.
Shiping Hall 石屏会馆
Established: 1700s (over 200 years old)
Address: 24 South Cuihu Road, Zhonghe Alley 翠湖南路中和巷24号
The oldest restaurant on this list is Shiping Hall. It’s not exactly known when it first opened up, but we do know it’s be around for over 200 years. Known for it’s Shiping Tofu and Steamed Chicken, this restaurant is located just south of the beautiful Green Lake. With pictures of former emperors on the wall, you’ll really feel like you’re in ancient China.
De Yi Ju 得意居
Established: 1916 (100 years old)
Address: Jinbi Road, Golden Horse Jade Chicken Pedestrian Street JB3–6–1 五华区 金碧路金马碧鸡广场步行街区JB3–6–1号(近动漫城)
De Yi Ju is the pinnacle of traditional Kunming buildings and restaurants. Established just at the end of the Qing Dynasty, this restaurant sports high wooden steps, a stone door, red interior and Qing style bricks. The menu has many classic Yunnan dishes and old pictures on the wall.
Ji Qing Xiang 吉庆祥
Established: 1907 (109 years old)
Address: 30 Luofeng Street, Wuhua District 五华区 螺蜂街30号附近
While not technically a restaurant, Ji Qing Xiang has been around just over 100 years and the market have been serving Kunmingers since the Qing Dynasty. Throughout it’s history, it’s changed names and locations a few times, even becoming a cake shop during the Cultural Revolution.
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