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Best Food in Beijing

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Beijing is filled with delicious food, featuring regional cuisines from all over China. With so many places to eat, yet so little time, this guide features a mix of restaurants to tingle your taste buds!

Good for
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Luxury Traveller
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Trendsetter
  • Like a Local

9 Places

7 City Tips

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9 Places

Huajia Yiyuan (Hua's Restaurant)

Restaurants

TRB Hutong

Restaurants

Dadong Roast Duck (Nanxincang)

Restaurants

Ghost Street (Gui Jie)

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Black Sesame Kitchen

Restaurants

Haidilao Hot Pot(Mudanyuan)

Restaurants

Baoyuan Dumplings

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Dali Courtyard

Restaurants

Wangfujing Street

Flea & Street Markets, Shopping Malls, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Lincoln C's City Tips

  • There's no need to tip for restaurants or services, unless you feel that the service has been great. High-end restaurants may automatically include a service charge on your bill.
  • Make sure you check out the price of the menu item before ordering!
  • For vegetarians and those with dietary restrictions, learn or have the Chinese phrases ready to show the wait staff what your dietary restrictions are.
  • The subway system is a cheap and convenient way to get yourself around the city. Buy a prepaid transportation 'IC Card' for convenience when using public transport.
  • If you feel adventurous, bicycles are a great way to explore the neighborhoods and 'hutongs' (narrow streets) dotted around the city.
  • A lot of restaurants are in side alleys and small hutongs. Print out a map or directions so you don't get lost; many of the taxi drivers will not know specific restaurants.
  • If you speak Mandarin, add the local 'er' sound when speaking to impress the locals!
  • Huajia Yiyuan (Hua's Restaurant)
    Restaurants (Chinese, Asian)
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    Lincoln C Says:

    Huajia Yiyuan is a classic restaurant in Beijing with a long history. The restaurant is located in a renovated hutong house (courtyard house), blending traditional styles with modern decor. They offer a variety of popular Chinese dishes from different parts of China, including Peking duck. While the food isn't exceptional, it's the decor and atmosphere that make this restaurant such a long-serving institution in Beijing.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • There are traditional Chinese performances from 7pm to 9pm, including piano, violin, and mask-changing performances.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #56 of 6,297 restaurants in Beijing
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Excellent and authentic 17/10/2018
    • Peking Duck - fabulous 12/10/2018
    • Huajia Yiyuan (Hua's Restaurant)
    Address:
    235 Dongzhimen Nei Dajie,Dongcheng District
    Beijing 100007
    China
    Phone:
    +86 10 6403 7802
    Price range:
    USD 10 - USD 75
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:30 am - 4:30 am
    Other:
  • TRB Hutong
    Restaurants (French, European)
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    Lincoln C Says:

    One of the premier dining locations in Beijing, TRB offers world-class food and service in a truly unique venue. The restaurant is set within a 600-year old temple, which has been tastefully and beautifully restored. Serving contemporary European cuisine, with some local influences as well, the food is presented well and tastes great. TRB is everything you would expect and more from an upscale restaurant of this caliber.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • More expensive than most restaurants so take some extra RMB with you.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #13 of 6,297 restaurants in Beijing
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • One of the best meals of my life 14/10/2018
    • Brunch, beyond your expectations 09/10/2018
    • TRB Hutong
    Address:
    No.23, Songzhu Temple, Shatan N St, Dongcheng Dist
    Beijing 100009
    China
    Phone:
    +86 10 8400 2232
    Price range:
    USD 72 - USD 101
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
    Mon - Fri
    11:30 am - 2:30 pm
    Sat - Sun
    11:30 am - 3:00 pm
    Other:
  • Dadong Roast Duck (Nanxincang)
    Restaurants (Chinese, Asian)
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    Lincoln C Says:

    A trip to Beijing isn't complete without some Peking duck! The many options for Peking duck in Beijing will not disappoint, but one of my favorites is the Dadong chain, and particularly the restaurant located at Nanxincang. Nanxincang itself is an imperial granary and warehouse, converted into a fine-dining area. With a lot of the old architecture preserved in the design, you can feel the historic atmosphere as you enjoy the delicious cuisine.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • For dessert — the candied bananas are absolutely delicious.
    • Go during off-peak hours to avoid the crowds.
    • Make a reservation before you go as the restaurant is extremely popular with long lines; although they do offer wine and refreshments in the waiting area.
    • There are multiple other locations around the city.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #51 of 6,297 restaurants in Beijing
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A must for Peking Duck 17/10/2018
    • Fantastic crispy duck skin 03/10/2018
    • Dadong Roast Duck (Nanxincang)
    Address:
    1-2 Nanxincang Guoji Dasha, 22A Dongsishitiao, Dongcheng district
    Beijing 100007
    China
    Phone:
    +86 10 5169 0329
    Price range:
    USD 15 - USD 20
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:00 am - 10:00 pm
    Other:
  • Ghost Street (Gui Jie)
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Lincoln C Says:

    Ghost Street is an entire street lined with iconic red lanterns, that light up at night, making for great pictures and a fun atmosphere. The entire street is filled with restaurants — including many hot pot restaurants — and it's a popular place for locals. Most of the restaurants are open late, so it's often a lively area later in the evening.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Nightlife Seeker
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • A lot of the restaurants look very similar — a good way to pick one is to see how many local customers they have!
    • You can bring your own drinks from outside, usually without paying a corkage charge.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #126 of 1,566 things to do in Beijing
    • Super cool 27/06/2018
    • Delish 17/06/2018
    • Ghost Street (Gui Jie)
    Address:
    Dongzhimennei Main Street, Dongcheng District
    Beijing
    China
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 am - 12:00 am
  • Black Sesame Kitchen
    Restaurants (Chinese, Asian)
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    Lincoln C Says:

    Black Sesame Kitchen is a private kitchen, which means you must call ahead to make a private booking. Serving a family-style meal prepared by two executive chefs, this special kitchen has received many awards and accolades, including being named one of Asia's top restaurants by the Miele guide.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • The standard set dinner is 10 courses.
    • Tuesday and Friday nights are the communal dining nights where you can book in small groups.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #19 of 6,297 restaurants in Beijing
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • What a special find 17/10/2018
    • Really love this place 17/10/2018
    • Black Sesame Kitchen
    Address:
    28 Zhong Lao Hutong
    The Courtyard Institute
    Beijing 100000
    China
    Phone:
    +86 136 9147 4408
    Price range:
    USD 50 - USD 50
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    Other:
  • Haidilao Hot Pot(Mudanyuan)
    Restaurants (Chinese, Asian)
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    Lincoln C Says:

    Haidilao is a chain of hotpot restaurants, originally from Sichuan, and famous for hospitality. Saying the staff here are willing to go the extra mile is an understatement — you can get your nails done, have a neck massage, and enjoy a fruit plate, all while waiting for a table! The hotpot is pretty good too!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Ask for the noodle show — a waiter will prepare noodles right at your table.
    • They have opened over 80 restaurants all over China; go for one of the best customer experiences in Beijing!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #30 of 6,297 restaurants in Beijing
    • Amazing First Time at HotPot 11/08/2018
    • Best meal in China 04/08/2018
    Address:
    No.2 Huayuan East Road, Haidian District
    Beijing
    China
    Phone:
    +86 10 6203 3112
    Price range:
    USD 10 - USD 15
    Other:
  • Baoyuan Dumplings
    Restaurants (Chinese, Asian)
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    Lincoln C Says:

    Dumplings are one of the staples of northern cuisine, and one of the best in the business is Baoyuan Jiaozi Wu. This local restaurant with over 15 years history specializes in dumplings, and there seems to be every variety known to man on offer here. While the service, ambiance, and atmosphere are average, the food is simple, delicious, and cheap — making this an excellent spot for some comfort food.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • Vegetarian dumplings are available as an option.
    • Go for the innovative dumplings as you can't find them in many other places.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #44 of 6,297 restaurants in Beijing
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fabulous Dumplings 24/09/2018
    • Best dumplings ever 24/09/2018
    • Baoyuan Dumplings
    Address:
    North of 6 Maizidian Jie, Chaoyang District
    Beijing 100025
    China
    Phone:
    +86 10 6586 4968
  • Dali Courtyard
    Restaurants (Chinese, Asian, Yunnan)
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    Lincoln C Says:

    Dali Courtyard is located within the Hutongs and specializes in Yunnan cuisine. Beautifully restored, unassuming and charming — it has great terrace seating and a laid-back vibe for you to relax and enjoy a meal. Yunnan cuisine is different from traditional Chinese dishes, featuring mushrooms and lots of local herbs.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • Call ahead to make a reservation.
    • A bit tough to find, you will need to walk down an alleyway to get to the restaurant. The doorway is a bit nondescript.
    • The restaurant offers a prix fixe menu so the chefs can choose seasonal ingredients available to them.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #45 of 6,297 restaurants in Beijing
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice afternoon lunch 03/10/2018
    • Beautiful secret setting but poor food 14/09/2018
    • Dali Courtyard
    Address:
    67 Xiaojingchang Hutong, Dongcheng
    Beijing
    China
    Phone:
    +86 10 8404 1430
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
    Other:
  • Wangfujing Street
    Flea & Street Markets, Shopping Malls, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Lincoln C Says:

    Street food is a part of Beijing's food culture. As you explore the city, you'll see the ubiquitous BBQ skewer stalls on street corners, as well as a variety of hawkers offering various tasty snacks. Wangfujing is a tourist area — featuring a snack street and night market — that serves a variety of common as well as exotic street foods.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Avoid shaved-ice desserts as the water may be unclean.
    • Try the fried scorpions or grasshoppers for something exotic!
    • Xinjiang lamb skewers — just the smell of them makes your mouth water!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #69 of 1,566 things to do in Beijing
    • Great cultural experience 15/10/2018
    • Must visit for first timers to Beijing 13/10/2018
    • Wangfujing Street
    Address:
    Wangfujing Main Street, Dongcheng District
    Beijing 100006
    China
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 am - 11:59 pm
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