Top 5 Snack Streets in Xi'an Favored by the Natives
As Xi’an is one of China's four ancient capitals (Beijing, Luoyang, Xi'an, and Nanjing), people of ethnic groups set up their liquor stalls along the streets as they did when the Tang Dynasty began. It is a good indication of the integration of local people and people coming from afar. Today, food from the whole country is gathered in Xi'an and provided in all corners of the city. Foodies know the city’s food routes like the back of their hands. In addition to the renowned Muslim Quarter, there are still many gourmet streets favored by the natives.
1. Dapiyuan - where classic old shops are gathered in Xi'an
The 396.5 meter-long Dapiyuan was constructed 600 years ago. It's not as lively as the Muslim Quarter, but it is more favored by locals. From the spicy soup (Hula tang) served in the morning to the fried noodles and barbecue in the evening for those who are just off from work, the natives trust part of their lifestyle here. Just head on into any delicacy shop and you will discover one of the authentic tastes of Xi'an.
Yizheng House, Tongsheng & Sun Qinghai Cured Beef and Mutton, Grandma Hua's Plum Juice, Jia's Mix Congee, Ma's Jiafen Steamed Meat with Rice and Wonton, Hongshunxiang Marinade Bean Jelly, Xi'an Sheng Zhiwang Steamed Flour with Sesame Paste, Ding's Fried Meat (halal), Liu's Yiwei Meat Ball and Hula Soup (halal), Wang's Dumpling House and Laohuifang Spicy Hot Pot
Address: Lianhu District, Xi'an
Transportation: Subway Line 2, Gulou Station
Nearby Attractions: Bell Tower, Drum Tower, Small Wild Goose Pagoda, Fortifications of Xi'an and Daming Palace National Heritage Park
2． Shajin Bridge - an authentic cuisine street favored by Shaanxi people
Shajin Bridge is actually a street that extends in the north-south direction. The 800 meter-long quarter is as noisy as a bazaar from 6 o'clock in the morning. Various stalls on both sides of the road are filled with daily necessities, and a tour of the street will bring you the real life in Xi’an. The life in the evening continues deep into the night. Even at two or three in the morning, it is still full of people.
Ma's Beef Pancake, Li's Meat Balls and Spicy Soup, Yang Tianyu Sandwich with Cured Beef, Jingde Shredded Bread Soaked in Mutton Soup, Bai's Meatballs and Braised Cabbages and Aromatic Pancakes.
Address: Lianhu District, Xi'an
Transportation: Take Subway Line 1 to Shajin Bridge Station or take No. 10, No. 12, or No. 28 and get off at Shajin Bridge Bus Stop.
Nearby Attractions: Daming Palace National Heritage Park, Small Wild Goose Pagoda, Bell Tower and Drum Tower
3． Xiyangshi - the most popular delicacy street
The Beiyuanmen Street is to the east of Xiyangshi and North Guangji Street is to the west of Xiyangshi. The street itself is well over 400 meters long, extending east to west. It is a traditional historic street in Xi'an City. 600 years ago during the Yuan Dynasty, it was developed as a market for the sheep and lamb trade. Now the Hui Minority's delicacy shops are prosperous here, which serve as the core of the Muslim Quarter. The shops in the street are basically all about snacks and delicacies in the Hui style. Tourists from the whole country and the world consider it a must go-to place.
Address: Near North Guangji Street, Lianhu District, Xi'an City
Transportation: Take bus No. 4, 7, 8, 15 or 32
Nearby attractions: Bell Tower, Drum Tower, Fortifications of Xi'an and Small Wild Goose Pagoda
4． Yongxingfang - a food street of intangible cultural heritage
Yongxingfang is a very unique street in Xi'an as listed in the intangible cultural heritage list. The reconstruction of the antique community shows the food culture of intangible cultural heritage in Shaanxi Province. Unlike the halal cuisine of the Muslim Quarter, it is mostly Han snacks. In addition to snacks, Yongxingfang is also where the Shaanbei House, Guanzhong House and Shannan House are located (whose names are separately three major regions of Shaanxi Province). Visitors have access to flavors from all over the province in Xi'an.
Hanzhong (South Shaaxi, or Shaannan) Fried (keng) Potatoes (Yangyu), Zichang Pancakes, Sanyuan Thousand Layers Oil Pancakes and Wugong Dough Twist Workshop.
Address: No. 1, Dongxin Street, Xincheng District, Xi'an
Transportation: Take Subway Line 1, Chaoyangmen Station, or take No. 22, 32, 33, 47, 263 or 502 and get off at Zhongshanmen Station.
Nearby Attractions: Fortifications of Xi'an, Daming Palace National Heritage Park and Small Wild Goose Pagoda
5． Shun Cheng Lane
Shun Cheng Lane is located at the Fortifications of Xi'an. The 13.7 km long lane is quiet and beautiful. In this alley paved with green stone, various youth hostels, restaurants, bars, coffee houses and so on can be found. There are distinctive restaurants with different themes as well as local cuisine shops.
Recommendation: Wei Zhuo Yin, Urban Minor Scale Movie Restaurant, Shrimp Pond and Zhu Xiuying Fried Guts
Address: South Gate of Stele Forest, Beilin District, Xi'an City
Transportation: Take bus No. 26 or 322 and get off at Nanmen Station
Nearby Attractions: Fortifications of Xi'an
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