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Top Chinese Local Food and Snack Streets

As a foodie, how can you miss Chinese snacks during the food tour? Chinese snacks are called Xiaochi in China. Many cities in China have their own snack streets or night market, like Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Chengdu and Guangzhou. However, some of the famous snack streets are built for the tourists. We believe that you can only eat the most authentic flavors at those snack streets where the local people visit most.


Famous Snacks

  • Cooked Beef or Sheep Tripe Cooked Beef or Sheep Tripe(bào dǚ)
  • Fried Liver Fried Liver(chǎo gān)
  • Douzhir Douzhir( dòu zhī)
  • Lǘdagunr Lǘdagunr(lǘ dǎ gǔn)
  • Yellow Pea Cake Yellow Pea Cake(wān dòu huáng)
  • Noodles with Soy Bean Paste Beijing Style Noodles with Soy Bean Paste Beijing Style(zá jiàng miàn)

Snack Street

Huguo Temple Snack Street

Huguo Temple Snack Street contains the essence of Beijing snacks and is a place full of old Beijing. This street is very popular among the locals. The flavors of the snacks here are very authentic and the prices are rather reasonable.
Get here: take Metro Line 4 and get off at Ping’anli, Exit B.

Niujie Snack Street

Niujie Snack Street is a Muslim gathering place. This street is full of Muslim and old Beijing flavors, like Douzhir, Cooked Beef or Sheep Tripe and various beef and sheep snacks. Muslim people and those who love Ethnic snacks should never miss this place.
Get here: bus 88 or 10 and get off at Niujie.


Famous Snacks

  • Deep-friedpersimmonpastry Deep-friedpersimmonpastry(huáng guì shì zǐ bǐng)
  • Steamed Cold Noodle Steamed Cold Noodle(liáng pí)
  • Buckwheat Noodle Buckwheat Noodle(qiáo miàn hé lè)
  • Chinese Hamburger Chinese Hamburger(ròu jiā móu)
  • Lamb Stew with Vegetable Lamb Stew with Vegetable(shuǐ pén yáng ròu)
  • Shredded Pancake in Beef/Mutton Broth Shredded Pancake in Beef/Mutton Broth(niǘ yáng ròu pào mó)

Snack Street

Muslim Snack Street

Muslim Snack Street is the most famous snack street in Xian. Over a thousand years history, this street concentrates the most Xian snacks. The street is a Muslim gathering place, so pork and alcohol are not served in Muslim restaurants.
Get here: bus 611, 205, 45, 4, 7, 43 and 300, get off at Guangjijie.


Famous Snacks

  • Soup Dumpling Soup Dumpling(xiáo lóng bāo)
  • Pork Chop with Rice Cakes Pork Chop with Rice Cakes(paí gǔ nián gāo)
  • Fried Bun Fried Bun(shēng jiān bāo)
  • Crab Shell Pie Crab Shell Pie(xiè ké huáng)
  • Duck Blood and Glass Noodle Soup Duck Blood and Glass Noodle Soup(yā xuè fěn sī tāng)
  • Deep-fried Rice Cake Deep-fried Rice Cake(zī fàn gāo)

Snack Street

City God Temple

City God Temple is an important part of Shanghai snacks. Located at Shanghai’s old city commercial center, City God Temple has preserved the old town scenery of China. This place has collected many Shanghai snacks here, and it can be called the kingdom of snacks.
Get here: bus 11, 66, 126 and 926 can get here.

Shippo Old Stree

Shippo Old Street are divided into North Street and South Street. North Street is mainly selling souvenirs, antique, calligraphy and painting, while South Street is focus on special snacks. The street is full of ancient buildings. You can experience traditional Chinese buildings and eat tasteful snacks at the same time here.
Get here: bus 91 and 92.


Famous Snacks

  • Steamed Rice Rolls Steamed Rice Rolls(zhēng cháng fěn)
  • Fried Rice Noodle Fried Rice Noodle(chǎo hé fěn)
  • Cha Siu Bao Cha Siu Bao(chā shāo bāo)
  • Custard Tart Custard Tart(dàn tǎ)
  • Shrimp Dumpling Shrimp Dumpling(xiā jiǎo)
  • Wonton Noodles Wonton Noodles(yún tūn miàn)

Snack Street

Commercial Street of Shangxiajiu

As the most ancient and famous snack street of Guangzhou, Commercial Street of Sxiajiu is full of old booths and stores and has most Guangzhou snacks. Besides, snacks here have the most authentic tastes.
Get here: bus 2, 3, 5 and night bus 5.

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Famous Snacks

  • Bang-Bang Chicken Bang-Bang Chicken(bàng bàng jī)
  • Dandan Noodles Dandan Noodles(dān dān miàn)
  • House Special Pancake House Special Pancake(dàn hōng gāo)
  • Sliced Beef and Ox Tongue in Chili Sauce Sliced Beef and Ox Tongue in Chili Sauce(fū qī feǐ piàn)
  • Lai Tangyuan Lai Tangyuan(laì tāng yuán)
  • Zhong Dumpling Zhong Dumpling(zhōng shuǐ jiǎo)

Snack Street


The ancient Jinli Street was one of the oldest and the most commercialized streets in the history of the Shu state. Nowadays, many Chengdu traditional snacks are sold in Jinli. You can get an experience of Chengdu people’s leisure life in Jinli.
Get here: bus 1, 57, 82, 334, and 335, get off at Temple Marquis.

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