Shangri-La Dining

Shangri-la dining will bring you some information about what to eat and where to eat in Shangri-la. Shangri-la food is mainly Tibetan flavor, buttered tea and Zanba are the main food here. Yaks are the main livestock of Tibetan people. Yak milk can be made into milk residue and cheese. Yak beef can be braised in soy sauce, which is very delicious.

What to Eat in Shangri-la

When visiting Shangri-la during your Yunnan travel, Tibetan cakes, zanba, pipa meat, buttered tea, yogurt and barley wine(a Tibetan wine made from barley) are must taste.

Featured Food


Zanba is one of the traditional staple foods of Tibetan herdsmen, which is the Tibetan transliteration of fried noodles. In fact, it is the highland barley fried noodles, and is the staple food that Tibetan people must eat every day. When visiting a Tibetan family, the host will certainly serve the fragrant buttered tea and highland barley fried noodles.

Pipa Pork

Pipa pork is a kind of meat prepared by traditional Tibetan salting methods, which can be preserved for a long time and can be preserved for years. The meat is delicious and tasty with transparent color, making people mouth watering. Pipa pork can be boiled, stewed or fried, usually used to treat guests.

Yak Meat

Living in the area above 3500 meters all year round, yaks often eat wild herbs such as fritillaria, cordyceps and so on. Therefore, their meat is delicious and tasty. Yak body is treasure, meat can be eaten, skin can be sewn into garment, boots and bags, etc., head can be processed into crafts, tail can be made into brooms, and bullwhip is an aphrodisiac medicine. In addition, yak beef can be braised in soy sauce, stewed or dried to eat, with unique taste.


Buttered Tea

Yak butter tea is a necessary drink for Tibetan people to entertain guests. It is often served with zanba and other staple foods. Brick tea contains much tannic acid, which can stimulate gastrointestinal writhing and accelerate digestion. If you drink the tea alone, you will be easy to get hungry. So yak butter or milk is needed when drinking the brick tea. Buttered tea is the best beverage in Shangri-la area because of its high quantity of heat, which can eliminate the cold and replenish the heat needed by human body. 

Barely Wine

The highland barley wine, which has a history of more than 1000 years, is one of the main drinks in Tibetan area of Shangri-la. When you enter a Tibetan house, they always welcome you with barley wine. The barley wine has a clear and pure color, and a lingering taste.

Tibetan Yogurt

Tibetan yogurt is a kind of unique dairy product in the Tibetan area of Shangri-la. It is made with the yak milk which has been extracted yak butter. It is rich in nutrition, helpful for digestion, producing saliva and slaking thirst. It is most suitable for the old people and children.

Where to Eat in Shangri-la

There are many Tibetan Restaurants in Shangri-la city and Dukezong Ancient Town. Besides going to restaurants, you can spend some money having a meal in a Tibetan home.

Tibetan Style Restaurants

  • Quiet Manishi Tibetan Restaurant(静静的嘛呢石藏餐吧)
    Address: No.3, Zuo Ba Rui, Dukezong Ancient Town, Shangri-la, Diqing迪庆州香格里拉市独克宗古城作巴瑞3号
    Tel: 0887-8286627/13988776674
  • Zang Ji Kang(藏吉康)
    Address: No.2, Gun Ma Lang, Dukezong Ancient Town, Shangri-la, Diqing迪庆州香格里拉市独宗古城衮玛廊2号
    Tel: 0887-8200988 13988728728
  • Potala Restaurant(布达拉木楼)
    Address: The Intersection of Dawa Road and Changzheng Avenue, Shangri-la, Diqing迪庆州香格里拉市达娃路与长征大道交叉口
    Tel: 13988766305
  • Zang Yue Lou(藏月楼)
    Address: The Intersection of Leboduolang and Jinlong Street, Shangri-la, Diqing迪庆州香格里拉市勒波多廊与金龙街交叉口
    Tel: 18908877088
  • Akhustonpa Tibetan Restaurant
    Address: Xiangbala Old Street, Cangfang Street, Shangri-la, Diqing迪庆州香格里拉市古城仓房街香巴拉老街
    Tel: 13988724351
  • Zhaxi Yangqing Tibetan Restaurant(扎西阳青藏餐)
    Address: No.7, Gun Ma Lang, Ancient Town North Gate Street, Shangri-la, Diqing迪庆州香格里拉市古城北门街衮玛廊7号
    Tel: 13398871877