Despite the numerous possibilities of getting cheap and diverse food in the streets of Dali, some may miss the own kitchen or the act of cooking itself. For all those, but also for photographers and people interested in local food culture, two markets in Dali shall be recommended. The large numbers of vegetables and fruits are being cultivated in the fields between the Old Town of Dali and the Erhai Lake and the Old Town or its surrounding and Xiaguan (下关).
The range of food reaches from every green leaf vegetable, bananas as far as fish, meat, sauce and spices. Fish and Chicken could not be any more fresh, since they can be inspected by potential buyers directly on-side and subsequently get slaughtered. The prices are in relation to western ones decidedly cheap.