Dali Restaurants, Cafes and Bars: Eating and Drinking in Dali

Cafe de Jack
Cafe De Jack, Dali A Dali institution, Cafe de Jack bar and restaurants has been in operation since 1989.
This two-level joint has a snazzy interior, plenty of seating and nice outdoor balcony with a view of Cangshan Mountain. There is also free wireless internet access and public computers. On the menu is a mixture of Chinese, western and local Bai cuisine for average prices of around ¥30. Beers start at ¥10 for the local variety, but there is also a small selection of imported Belgian brews on offer. On the downside, service can sometimes be poor. But Cafe de Jack is always a nice place for a meal or a drink.
Address: 82 Bo’Ai Lu Ph. (0872) 267 1572
Directions: On Bo’Ai Lu between Renmin Lu and Huguo Lu Open: 7am-midnight
La Stella’s Pizzeria
La Stellas Pizzeria, Dali With the same owner as Cafe de Jack, La Stella’s Pizzeria has built a strong reputation for the quality of its wood-fired pizzas.
There are some left-field toppings on the menu, incorporating ingredients from the local cuisine. Prices depend on the topping you choose, but the average pizza will cost around ¥40. Unfortunately the interior of the restaurant is quite small and bland, but there are a couple of great outdoor tables.
Address: 21 Huguo Lu Ph. (0872) 267 9251
Gogo Cafe
GoGo Cafe, Dali The simple two-storey Gogo Cafe serves perhaps the best bacon and egg breakfasts in Dali.
Although the portion is rather small, the quality is some of the best you’ll find. Gogo Cafe also has a small range of local dishes and the standard western meals (pizza, burgers, etc) for standard prices (average ¥30). There’s a public computer to use if you can get the staff off it and there is a movie viewing room upstairs. Gogo Cafe is best for breakfasts, but reliable for any meal.
Address: 51 Renmin Lu Ph. (0872) 267 2506
Lazy Book Cafe
Lazy Book Cafe, Dali The Lazy Book has pretty much the same menu as most other cafes and bars in Dali that are aimed at westerners.
What distinguishes this cafe is its particularly cozy interior and large selection of DVDs that you can settle in and watch. Chinese, western and local Bai meals are on the menu. Prices start at around ¥15 for the Chinese dishes. In spite of the name, there’s nothing much in the way of English-language reading material at the cafe.
Address: 15 Huguo Lu Ph. (0872) 267 2096
Bad Monkey Bar
Bad Monkey Bar, Dali An institution in Dali, the foreign-owned Bad Monkey bar has a reputation for attracting a lively crowd.
There’s nothing much to the place – it’s small with limited tables – but they play good music, serve cheap drinks, and create a vibrant, friendly atmosphere. But it’s probably best to stay away by day when it’s more of a dark, depressing den of stoners. They also serve some reasonable baguettes. It might be over-hyped, but Bad Monkey is undeniably a fun little bar.
Address: 74-76 Renmin Lu (between Bo’Ai Lu and Fuxing Lu)