Xi'an
Xi’an is a foodie paradise, with excellent restaurants serving local and international cuisine. The dining scene runs the gamut from upscale eateries to casual cafes to hole-in-the-wall bars. You can’t come to Xi’an without sampling some—or all!—of the following: savory, often spicy roujiaomo "burgers"; DIY roupaomo, a soupy concoction of bread in mutton stew; cumin-laden meat skewers in the Muslim Quarter; and refreshing liangpi rice noodles with peanut sauce, perfect for cooling down in the heat of summer. Make sure to visit the night market to explore the flavors of Shaanxi street food. And skip the Starbucks. Instead, head to a designer cafe or live music bar to mingle with the locals.