Shangri-La's population is formed largely of Tibetans together with many ethnic minorities. This creates a opportunity to be immersed in beautiful scenery while enjoying local food and drinks, Tibetan Cake (sweet and crisp), Zanba, Pipa Meat, Saimi Lamb ,Guoben Hot Pot, butter tea, yogurt, and Suolima (a kind of Tibetan Liquor brewed with the highland barley) are the most popular. Zanba is the Tibetans' staple food, made from highland barley flour. Usually, the locals like to eat Zanba with buttered tea. Buttered tea is high in energy providing sustenance from the cold plateau climate. Pipa Meat, a non-greasy preserved form of pork is a delicious food usually kept for entertaining guests.
There are some restaurants, offering with comfortable environment, unique flavor of Tibetans, such as Congben Tibetan Restaurant, Teacher Zhang, and Halfway.