Stone Roses is a very well known restaurant/coffeehouse/bar on West Street in the heart of Yangshuo town... Its interior decor features a vast expanse of stones on the walls... We had a lunch there and the food was very good... I especially remember an excellent bowl of cucumber soup, which I am eating in the photo seen here...!
Le Votre Cafe has al fresco dining available but also has an interestingly decorated interior as well, shown in this photo... It includes an almost endless panorama of Buddhas statues, eclectically mixed in with gigantic wall portraits of Chairman Mao Zedong and Premier Zhou Enlai, as well as some traditional French advertisement posters from around the early 20th century...
Le Votre Cafe is the most famous French restaurant in Yangshuo, with an array of traditional French culinary options available for the gastronome... They also have some very good Italian pizzas on hand, and if you ask, they'll bring you some olive oil to drizzle on top...! Only one complaint about this place: there creme brulee was the worst I've had anywhere in the world; it seemed they didn't know what the words meant because the sugar on top wasn't even burnt, it was just sprinkled on top... Maybe their blowtorch wasn't working that night?? Also, the consistency was like rubber...
In the photo shown here, I'm enjoying a good breakfast at the Blue Bird Cafe, located in the heart of West Street in Yangshuo... Blue Bird Cafe is one of many cafes which offer approximately the same selection of foods, typically omelettes, pancakes and the like... This place had very good omelettes... They also serve various alcoholic drinks if you want to drop by later in the evening...
You can get these in any of the eatery shops along West Street. All shops will have the menu for you to order the dishes. Prices are on per dish but becareful when you order the fish, crabs or the prawns - they are priced by weight.
Favorite Dish: We ordered 3 dishes which are really too much for 2persons as each serving is big.
1) Tofu with tomatoes and green chillies - tasty
2) Green vegetables - something like the spinach but with a slimy feel
3) Soya skins/sheets - this is supposedly to be a speciality of Yangshuo/Guilin. We ordered it fried with pork. The soya sheets are compact and taste chewy.
Overall a hearty meal!
Price : 51yuan for 2paxs
This is a small shop (half a shop really) where lots of locals have their meals. There is only one thing that they sell and is the Rice Noodles or more appropriately called the "Loh Sze Fen". There is a big pot of soup (slightly spicy) in front of the shop and when you order a bowl of it, the lady will put some rice noodles (should be Guilin Mee Fen) and some vegetables into a sieve and boil it over the pot of soup. After a few shakes in the hot soup, she will put the noodles in a bowl, add the soup and she will scoop from the bottom of the soup to add in the shell seafood and she will add some groundnuts. If you want it to be more spicy, she will scoop the top layer of the chillies in the hot pot and add it to your noodles.
Favorite Dish: The noodles is really smooth and nice to eat. The soup is tasty and mind you, it's pretty spicy. You can suck on the little shells for the meat inside. There's a trick on how to get the meat out of the shell. You need to suck on the pointed end of it (which has been purposely chipped off) and then turn the shell the other end and suck it. Once you get the meat out, there's a tiny scale on it. Throw this away and just eat the meat. If however, you suck and suck and still cannot get the meat out (which is quite frustrating!), get hold of a toothpick and dig and scrape the meat out!
**If you want the noodles to be even more spicy, help yourselves to the dried chillies on the table. There are also chopped string beans which are fried for you to add on to your noodles without additional charge.
**If you don't like the strong taste of the bamboo shoots, tell them not to add it to your noodles
Per bowl of noodles : 4yuan
This shop is along Pantao road, same row with Yangshuo wet market...The shop is a corner lot shop. It does not have an English name but the translated Chinese words are "Lao Wan Tung Claypot Rice". (It is next to a Hutun shop). Lots of locals patronize this shop. The frontage of the shop will display lots of claypots cooking over slow fire. Prices vary for each pot of goodies - you can choose to have it at 6yuan to 9yuan. A row of meat and vegetables for you to choose to put into the pot before adding the rice. The pot of goodies will then be cooked over slow fire. You will need to wait for about 20minutes before they can serve. If you can't wait, there are ready ones which you can choose from.
See picture attached for location of this outlet
Favorite Dish: 9 yuan clay pot goodies - Mixed of vegetables and pork boiled with rice. Once the cover of pot is opened when cooked, the aroma of the food is very tempting. You stir up the rice and mix with all the toppings. As usual, if you need to add more chopped string beans and chillies, help yourselves to more at the counter. Crust of rice at base of pot is crunchy - I love it.
Comes with a pot of free soup
You can get all these along West Street. They are usually sold on pushcarts.
Favorite Dish: Great desserts or tea breaks...
Sesame paste : grounded black sesame boiled into a paste. It is served slightly warm. Taste is sweet and has nice smell of sesame. Good for health
Soya soup : Curdled soya in soft and smooth texture, like a watery egg tart. Served slightly warm with black sugar or clear sugar. Sweet for the tooth.
Price : 2.50yuan each
We ate Beer Fish twice when we were in Yangshuo. Both occassions, we ate in different restaurants just to see if there's a difference as many restaurant owners claimed that theirs is the genuine one. Well, both taste almost the same....
See two pics of Beer fish at different restaurants.
Favorite Dish: Beer fish is actually one of the Li Jiang river's fish (there are many types and each type is at different pricing). The fish is deep fried and then a tasty sauce (slightly brown) is added to flavour the fish. Chillies, tomatoes, ginger, spring onions are added to enhance the sauce. I guess by the name "Beer fish" - a dash of beer could have been added to the sauce. The dish is tasty and good to go with rice. The price of the fish does not only depend on the type of fish but also depend on the weight of the fish. Usually the weight of the fish is between 1.5kati to 1.8kati and cost will be about 40yuan. For 2paxs, a fish of 1.5kg is really a great fill!
**Becareful when eating the fish - some could be real bony!
Most locals here take noodles for breakfast. Most places will be selling the same thing ie noodles. This particular shop is located near the bus station in Xinping town. We had this when we arrived early a.m. The locals are all seated on small stools at the low tables.
Favorite Dish: It looks pretty plain but then it tasted great. The noodles is smooth and the soup is clear and tasty. There is a bowl of chillies and a bowl of chopped stringbeans if you wish to add to your noodles, without any additional cost.
Price per bowl : 2.50 yuan
This KFC outlet in Yangshuo is quite crowded eventhough the place is big. 90% of the customers are foreigners. This is a good place to relax if the weather is hot outside as the AC here is good. It is also a good place for you to base yourself if you just arrived in Yangshuo. The washrooms here are also clean. At the food counters, most (if not all) the attendants there do not speak English and you need to point to the order that you want.
Favorite Dish: This is ordered just so that we can hang out here as the weather outside is really hot and also because we wanted to try out KFC chicken taste in China. We actually had taken a heavy lunch. A set order consists of 4tiny pieces of chicken, a tub of mayo mixed veg and a drink. Price : 26yuan
Conclusion : Chicken pieces are really small as compared to backhome chicken pieces. Well, the taste??? Not too bad.
This is the other half of the shop (Loh Sze Fen shop occupies the other half). They sell wonton noodles or you can just order the wonton without the noodles.
Favorite Dish: "Wonton" is actually marinated meat (either pork with/prawns) wrapped with thin pastry sheets and then boiled over hot water. These wontons are then put into another bowl of tasty soup with added vegetables. It is then sprinkled with chopped spring onions. Have this when it is hot...and don't forget to add a dash of pepper for added flavour.
Price per bowl : 5yuan - for just wontons (about 15pcs) without the noodles
Most of the cafes and little shops along West Street serve nice cool fruitty juices : tropical fruits like pineaple, payaya and the watermelon. They also have citrius fruit juices like the oranges, apples, lime and lemon. Tomato or the carrot juices are also available. All these fruitty juices are great for that hot, hot day in Yangshuo.
Per serving : about 6-8yuan
This small restaurant is just outside the crowded part of the center; it is mentioned in Lonely Planet, but they put it on the wrong part of the street. It is in the quite part, the other side of the main road. The first time we came the waiters were waiting: they slept with their heads on the table. Food was veru good and we went for a second time!
English/Chinese card, speak a few words English. Recommended by Nancy.
Favorite Dish: Dumplings, but also the eel was very good. As was the duck and the fish. Some ingredients had to be bought and some things were not available. Food was not very spicy.
If you don't wanna eat on crowded and noicy west street in Yangshuo. Kelly's cafe is a great place to go. Just at the end of Guihua road, which runs parallel to west street, Kelly offers quality and inexpensive western and chinese food. You have a nice terrace to sit outside and enjoy to evening.