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Visiting Kunming? Here is Your Go-To Food Guide

Travelling through China and visiting Kunming, Yunnan, be sure to check out the best restaurants in the area with our go-to guide by Spoonhunt.

· Food Guide,Kunming,Travel

Kunming, the capital of the Yunnan province, is an absolutely beautiful city in China’s south central part right above Southeast Asia. Surrounded by mountains, Kunming is one of the most culturally diverse cities in China and is quickly becoming a popular destination for travelers looking to explore China’s hiking and backpacking spots. Kunming is home to tourist destinations like Green Lake, Yunnan Nationalities Village, and Yuantong Temple.

No matter where you go exploring in Kunming, or China for that matter, Spoonhunt has great dining options for you to check out nearby. Here are some of our favorites near the hot spots in Kunming.

To find the English menus for any of these restaurants in Kunming, search the Spoonhunt Shop ID in the Spoonhunt APP!

Green Lake 翠湖

Green Lake 翠湖 in Kunming 昆明 Best Food and Restaurants in China on Spoonhunt Travel Food Guide

Best Local Yunnan Restaurant

Huixiang Xilou near Green Lake 翠湖 in Kunming 昆明 Best Food and Restaurants in China on Spoonhunt Travel Food Guide

Huixiang Xilou 茴香熙楼

Spoonhunt ID: 1790408​

Address: 100 North Green Lake Road, Across from the West Gate of Green Lake Park 五华区 翠湖北路100号(翠湖公园西门对面)

Price Per Person: 124 RMB

Situated right outside the West Gate of the Green Lake Park, Huixiang Xilou is a modern twist on classic Yunnan cuisine. They serve many small portions, allowing you to try many different dishes. With a beautiful view of Green Lake and outdoor seating, this place is a must try in the center of the city.

Best Chinese Restaurant

Hong Dou Yuan near Green Lake 翠湖 in Kunming 昆明 Best Food and Restaurants in China on Spoonhunt Travel Food Guide

Hong Dou Yuan 红豆园

Spoonhunt ID: 1790002

Address: 142 Wenlin Street, Wuhua District 五华区 文林街142号

Price Per Person: 44 RMB

Donned with the owner’s face on the logo, Hong Dou Yuan is a Chinese family-style restaurant that has many crowd pleasing dishes like Sangna Beef, Pork Pancakes and Erkuai Chicken. During peak hours, people line up outside so it’s best to go after the dinner rush to get a fast table.

Best Hot Pot Restaurant

City Garden near Green Lake 翠湖 in Kunming 昆明 Best Food and Restaurants in China on Spoonhunt Travel Food Guide

City Garden 城市花园

Spoonhunt ID: 1790185

Address: 13 Jinghong Road, South area of Green Lake 五华区 翠湖南路景虹街13号(近翠湖)

Price Per Person: 87 RMB

City Garden Hot Pot features the a special kind of hot pot instead of the well-known spicy Chongqing hot pot. Yunnan Hot Pot is much less spicy and more sour and relies more heavily on the taste of the ingredients, especially mushrooms and seafood. Conveniently placed on the south side of Green Lake, stop in for a local hot pot experience.

Best Barbecue Restaurant

Taiwan Ali Mountain Stone Roasted Sausages near Green Lake 翠湖 in Kunming 昆明 Best Food and Restaurants in China on Spoonhunt Travel Food Guide

Taiwan Ali Mountain Stone Roasted Sausages 台湾阿里山石烤香肠

Spoonhunt ID: 1790534

Address: 51 Yuanxi Road, Wuhua District 五华区 圆西路51号

Price Per Person: 14 RMB

Although just a small stand, this barbecue place is a must visit if you love smokey and charred meat on a stick. Instead of roasting it over charcoal or on a grill with open flame, Taiwan Ali Mountain cooks their sausages on hot rocks. They have a huge assortment of meats you can pick from and everyone walks away happy.

Best Western Restaurant

Salvador's Coffee House near Green Lake 翠湖 in Kunming 昆明 Best Food and Restaurants in China on Spoonhunt Travel Food Guide

Salvador’s Coffee House 萨尔瓦多咖啡馆

Spoonhunt ID: 1790030

Address: 76 Wenhua Alley, Wenlin Street, Wuhua District 五华区 文林街文化巷76号

Price Per Person: 50 RMB

Well known amongst expats in Kunming, Salvador’s is the best Western Restaurant in the entire city. It’s got everything: beer, coffee, pasta, quesadillas, burgers, breakfast, and anything else you miss from home. The service is impeccable, the upstairs low-ceiling room has comfortable seating and is conveniently located at the end of the expat street.

Best Indian Restaurant

Cacaja Indian Restaurant near Green Lake 翠湖 in Kunming 昆明 Best Food and Restaurants in China on Spoonhunt Travel Food Guide

Cacaja Indian Restaurant 印度菜菜

Spoonhunt ID: 1789935​

Address: 11 Wenhua Alley, Wuhua District 五华区 文化巷11号

Price Per Person: 61 RMB

Halfway down Wenhua Alley is Cacaja, arguably the best Indian restaurant in the city. The restaurant itself has a few different floors with plenty of intimate seating. The food can be cooked to any level of spiciness you want and is a great place to get curry, naan and samosas. You can even get a henna tattoo there.

Best Tea House

Chi Cha Qu Jiuguan near Green Lake 翠湖 in Kunming 昆明 Best Food and Restaurants in China on Spoonhunt Travel Food Guide

Chi Cha Qu Jiuguan 喫茶趣久馆

Spoonhunt ID: 1790392

Address: In Zhonghe Alley, near South Green Lake Road 五华区 翠湖南路中和巷内(石屏会馆,中和会 ,海鸥宾馆)

Price Per Person: 45 RMB

Just south of Green Lake is this trendy Tea House. By day, Chi Cha Qu is a great spot to enjoy some local Pu Er Tea with practiced tea experts, but by night this cool tea house turns into a fun place for poetry, karaoke, music and hanging out.

Best Dim Sum Restaurant

Green Lake Manor near Green Lake 翠湖 in Kunming 昆明 Best Food and Restaurants in China on Spoonhunt Travel Food Guide

Green Lake Manor 翠府

Spoonhunt ID: 1789895​

Address: 76 North Green Lake Road, Wuhua District 五华区 翠湖北路76号(近讲武堂)

Price Per Person: 242 RMB

While pricier than most of the other resturants on our list, Green Lake Manor is one of the nicest restaurants in the area. The big stone building has a great view of the lake from the west side. They offer great Chinese dishes like honey steak, Yunnan ham, and Char siu. It’s worth the price for the quality, presentation and location.

Best Cafe

Sculpting in Time Cafe near Green Lake 翠湖 in Kunming 昆明 Best Food and Restaurants in China on Spoonhunt Travel Food Guide

Sculpting in Time Cafe 雕刻时光咖啡馆

Spoonhunt ID: 1789924​

Address: 28 North Green Lake Road, Wuhua District 五华区 翠湖北路28号(云南大学正门向西50米路北)

Price Per Person: 41 RMB

On the north side of Green Lake just across the street is Sculpting in Time Cafe. With a nice wooden patio, fresh coffee and delicious waffles, this place the perfect resting spot on a beautiful, especially if you can get an spot outdoors. It’s prime location allows you to keep exploring Green Lake after a not-so short pit stop.

Yunnan Nationalities Village 云南民族村

Yunnan Nationalities Village 云南民族村 in Kunming 昆明 Best Food and Restaurants in China on Spoonhunt Travel Food Guide

Best Local Yunnan Restaurant

Yi De Dianchi Scenery Restaurant near Yunnan Nationalities Village 云南民族村 in Kunming 昆明 Best Food and Restaurants in China on Spoonhunt Travel Food Guide

Yi De Dianchi Scenery Restaurant 怡得滇池风景餐厅

Spoonhunt ID: 1791530​

Address: 5 Guanjing Road, Sunshine Waitan 西山区 观景路阳光外滩5号(近西贡码头)

Price Per Person: 51 RMB

Just north of the Nationalities Village along the coast of Dianchi Lake, Yi De is the best Yunnan restaurant in the area. Their signature dishes are Yunnan mashed potatoes, dry pot beef and potatoes and steamed pork chop. Stop in after visiting the village for a local meal with a beautiful view of the lake.

Best Chinese Restaurant

Camera Ombra near Yunnan Nationalities Village 云南民族村 in Kunming 昆明 Best Food and Restaurants in China on Spoonhunt Travel Food Guide

Camera Ombra 照相的影子主题餐厅

Spoonhunt ID: 1791422

Address: 19 Huachang Road, Xishan District 西山区 华昌路19号(云纺)

Price Per Person: 51 RMB

This Hunan Cuisine restaurant isn’t near Dianchi, but it is one the way out to Yunnan Nationalities Village from the center of the city. If you’re returning from a day trip to the village, stop here for some authentic Hunan food like green bean and eggplant, dry pot pork, and spicy potatoes.

Best Western Restaurant

Wang Xin Studio near Yunnan Nationalities Village 云南民族村 in Kunming 昆明 Best Food and Restaurants in China on Spoonhunt Travel Food Guide

Wang Xin Studio 初墨别墅花园私房餐厅

Spoonhunt ID: 8325024

Address: 1274 Dianchi Road, Lienong Valley 1–7 西山区 滇池路1274号列侬溪谷1–7(西贡码头旁)

Price Per Person: 294 RMB

Wang Xin Studio looks like a home converted into a fancy restaurant. It is a calm environment with small portions but big taste. Their menu has Western cuisine classic like steak, oysters, fish and soup that are beautifully presented. It comes at a price, but the atmosphere, service and dishes are impeccable.

Yuantong Temple 圆通寺

Yuantong Temple 圆通寺 in Kunming 昆明 Best Food and Restaurants in China on Spoonhunt Travel Food Guide

Best Local Yunnan Restaurant

A Vast Building near Yuantong Temple 圆通寺 in Kunming 昆明 Best Food and Restaurants in China on Spoonhunt Travel Food Guide

A Vast Building 一栋洋楼

Spoonhunt ID: 1789887​

Address: 7–9 Huashan Dong Road, Near Luofeng Street, Wuhua District 五华区 华山东路7–9号(近螺峰街)

Price Per Person: 82 RMB

Just a short walk south of Yuantong Temple is this highly regarded local Yunnan restaurant. A Vast Building is known for its unique outdoor dining space and traditional food. Take advantage of the temperate Kunming weather and try their Bass, Tofu or crispy skin Chicken.

Best Hot Pot Restaurant

Frenzy Donkey Hot Pot near Yuantong Temple 圆通寺 in Kunming 昆明 Best Food and Restaurants in China on Spoonhunt Travel Food Guide

Frenzy Donkey Hot Pot 热火朝天驴肉馆

Spoonhunt ID: 590627​

Address: 71 Qingnian Road, Panlong District 盘龙区 青年路71号(圆通山动物园正大门东侧)

Average Price: 49 RMB

One of the more unique hot pot restaurants in Kunming is quite close to Yuantong Temple and is guaranteed to be a once-in-a-lifetime culinary experience. Most Western cultures don’t eat donkey, but in certain areas of China it’s readily accessible and delicious.

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