As well as its grand imperial monuments, Beijing also has a fascinating dining scene that keeps gastronomes interested, from its national pride, Peking duck, to imperial culinary feast and hundreds of traditional snacks like baodu, chaogan, miancha, lvdagun, aiwowo, etc. that allow you to savor the rich culture of Beijing in one of the most authentic ways possible.
Eating out at Beijing’s gourmet streets full of snack stalls and time-honored local restaurants is one of the best parts of traveling in Beijing. There are also hundreds of quality restaurants to taste China’s famous regional cuisines or the more familiar western fare. And a trip to China’s culinary capital promises a gastronomic experience like no other!
- Peking Duck
- A national symbol of China, the dish is famous for its crispy skin and juicy tender meat. Traditional condiments served with Peking Duck include pancakes, green onions and sweet soy sauce. You eat it like a Mexican tortilla - wrap everything in the pancake, tasting awesomely yummy!
- Well-cooked noodles mixed with a special sauce made from minced pork and yellow soybean paste is one of Beijingers’ beloved dishes. Also seasonal vegetables, mostly shredded or sliced, like crunchy radish, cucumber, bean sprouts, green pea and celery, are added for your liking.
- Mongolian Hotpot
- Bejing-style hotpot features a large copper pot of boiling broth heated with charcoal, in which you cook up fresh veg and superior lamb from Inner Mongolia. Unlike its spicy-hot counterpart in Sichuan, it comes with clear soup which brings out the best flavors of its ingredients.
- A halal dish popular around Beijing, Baodu refers to the sheep or cow’s tripe quickly boiled in high-tempereature water, before enjoyed with dipping sauce mixing sesame paste, chili oil, fermented bean curd, vinegar, garlic, coriander and so on. It tastes tender and chewy.
- Chaogan, or “stirred fried liver”, is a favorite local breakfast. Unlike its name suggests, it is not stir-fired, but stewed in mushroom broth with pork intestines, starch and seasonings like garlic, spring onions and soy sauce until it has a glossy dark red color and aromatic flavor.
- Douzhi & Jiaoquan
- Douzhi, literally meaning “bean juice”, has been the favorite drink of Beijing locals for allegedly 300 years. The most popular set would be one bowl of Douzhi, goes with a few Jiaoquan (a type of ring-shaped deep-fried pastry) and a small plate of pickled vegetable.
- Lvdagun, or “rolling donkey”, is a kind of glutinous rice rolls filled with sweet red bean paste or brown sugar, and sprinkled with soybean flour to give it a yellowish shade. This pretty much reminds people the donkeys rolling in the dirt, hence the name.
Most Popular Food Streets
- The top food street among old Beijingers, Qianment Street is noted for its time-honored restaurants extremely popular for tucking in Beijing’s authentic taste. Restaurants highlights include Quanjude (全聚德), Dong Lai Shun (东来顺), Duyichu (都一处), Dong Xing Lou(东兴楼), Baodu Feng (爆肚冯), etc.
- This is a favorite haunt to chow down traditional street food from all parts of the country, like Baodu, lvdagun, aiwowo, grilled squid, smelly bean curd, kebabs, etc. As wandering around for small eats, visitors also can feast eyes upon interesting folk arts and Peking Opera nearby.
- Red lanterns mark the food fashion of Beijing in Guijie Street, a must-go-to place for night owls, with over 150 restaurants open around the clock offering some of foodies’ best loved specialties - spicy lobster, crab, hotpot, grilled fish, braised mutton, roast duck and so on.
Best Peking Duck Restaurants
Quan Ju De 全聚德 (since 1864)
- Firstly found in 1864 during the Qing Dynasty, Quanjude is best renowned for its delicious roast duck as well as distinctive duck banquet and more than 400 specialties. And eating Peking duck at Quanjude is on the list of Beijing must-dos among many world-wide visitors.
Average price per person: 178 RMB
Add: No.30, Qianmen Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing
Bian Yi Fang 便宜坊 (since 1416)
- Bian Yi Fang specializes in Peking duck roasted in a closed oven, making the skin crispier and juicier. Other duck delicacies are also the highlight of its menu. Additionally, it’s worth trying the outstanding Shandong style cuisine that the restaurant is also famous for.
Average price per person: 133 RMB
Add: Xianyu Food Street, East side of Qianmen Street, Beijing
Dadong Roast Duck 大董烤鸭 (since 1985)
- Another not-to-miss option for Beijing roast duck that claims to be less greasy and fatty than those of its rivals. Also don’t overlook its innovative recipes that change every season, such as Chives with California Clams in spring and Sunflower Chicken in summer.
Average price per person: 338 RMB
Add: 6/F Donghua Jinjie Shopping Mall, NO. 301 Wangfujing Street, Beijing
- A time-honored Muslim restaurant with spawned branches around Beijing, where you can taste the gourmet mutton hotpot and other Muslim delicacies like quick-fried mutton with onions, kebabs, baodu (boiled tripe), roast lamb leg, etc. that make our mouth watery.
Average price per person: 160 RMB
Add: No 198, Wangfujing Street, Beijing
- Beijing’s oldest imperial restaurant, it is a fantastic venue to experience Chinese court life, from exquisite imperial cuisine to antique furnishings and costumed waitress. Signatures include hand-made pastries and banquet dishes featuring prawns, sea cucumber, venison, etc.
Average price per person: 224 RMB
Add: East Gate of Beihai Park, Wenjin Street, Beijing
- Popular for savoring a local dining experience, this one delivers superb imperial dishes in a quaint courtyard, setting a rather relaxed atmosphere for friends catching up. Crispy fried shrimp, huang tanzi (a thick, meaty soup) and fried chicken with walnut are all must-tries.
Average price per person: 131yuan
Add: No 10, Yong’anli, Jianguomenwai, Chaoyang District, Beijing
- A nice courtyard restaurant serving tasty home-style dishes such as roast duck, spicy crayfish and steamed chicken with spring onions, with traditional performances like face changing to entertain guests in the evening. To secure a table, reservation is highly recommended.
Average price per person: 154 RMB
Add: No 235, Dongzhimennei Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing
- A Taiwanese chain that has wowed gourmands with its outstanding dumplings coming with pork, crab meat, black truffle, shrimp and many more fillings, along with the soups, fried rice and noodle as its signatures. Attentive, friendly staff would definitely have you come back.
Average price per person: 138 RMB
Add: 1/F Grand pacific Mall, No 133 Xidanbei Street, Beijing
Recommended Western Restaurants
Being a renowned culinary destination, Beijing has a multitude of venues offering culinary delights from all over the world to satisfy the taste buds of homesick expats and foreign visitors.
Western fare from France, Italy, German, Spain, America, Brazil, Mexico and so on can be found on the commercial hubs, small alleys, or surprisingly chic courtyards around Beijing. While the city’s five-star hotels are home to many of the best western restaurants, which bring together some of the most celebrated Michelin-starred chefs and exceedingly authentic taste of home.
Fratelli Fresh (Italian Restaurant)
Average price per person: 318 RMB
Add: 1/F, Renaissance Beijing Capital Hotel, No 61 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District, Beijing
Brasserie Flo (French Restaurant)
Average price per person: 586 RMB
Add: No 18, Xiaoyun Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing
Temple Restaurant Beijing (French Restaurant)
Average price per person: 786 RMB
Add: No 23, Chongzhu Temple, Shatangbei Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing
T. G. I. Friday's (American Restaurant)
Average price per person: 179 RMB
Add: No19, Jianguomenwai Dajie, Dongcheng District, Beijing
Average price per person: 486 RMB
Add: 3/F, No.2 Qianmen Pedestrian Street, Beijing
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