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  • Beijing Food and Restaurants

  • It is no doubt that you can find most of the Chinese cuisines in Beijing with Five star hotels, snack bars, family owned restaurants, famous chain restaurants etc, and it is said that living in Beijing for years and never eat at the same place twice.

    • 1. Here listed below are the most famous Beijing Local foods


    (1) Peking (Beijing) Roasted Duck (Beijing Kaoya)
    It has been one of the local favorite dishes of the Beijing people since the early of 15th century for its unique taste, especially the thin, crispy authentic skin. Most of the local Beijing restaurants prepare two dishes out of one duck, one with thin slices of skin with a small layer of fat, ant the other one with stir-fried duck meat. Two famous restaurants to enjoy Beijing Roasted Duck are the Quanjude restaurant and Pianyifang, Quanjude hangs the duck in a large oven with wood fire, while the Pianyifang bakes the duck in a closed convection oven, and both of them have long history and loved by locals and tourists.

    Quanjude Restaurant (Qianmen Branch)
    Address: 14 Qianmen Xidajie, Beijing 
    Website: (English)
    Opening hours: 11:00-14:00, 17:00-21:00

    (2) Hot pot (Huoguo)
    Brass simmering pot on the table is surrounded with kinds of ingredients, which are ready to be placed into the simmering pot to please your stomach with various sauces, such sesame sauce, soy sauce, chili oil, or vinegar. The ingredients include beef, mutton, chicken, fish, prawns, mushrooms, tofu, wontons and egg dumplings etc.

    Dong Lai Shun
    A great place to try the authentic Beijing Hot pot
    Address: Hualong Street, Yanheyan Ave, Dongcheng District, Beijing
    Website: (Chinese)

    (3) Barbecue (Kaorou)
    The raw materials of traditional Chinese Barbecue are the veal and mutton, and usually marinated with soy sauce, white sugar, rice wine, ginger liquor and other seasonings.

    Two famous restaurants to have authentic barbecue in Beijing
    Kaorou Ji restaurant
    Address: 14 Qianhai Dongyan, Xicheng District, Beijing
    Opening hours: 11:00am-2:00pm, 5:00pm-11:00pm

    Kaorou Wan
    Address: 102 Xuanwumennei Ave, Xicheng District, Beijing
    Website: (English)

    (4) Imperial Court Food (Fangshan)
    It originated from the Forbidden City since the late Qing Dynasty, so it means the exquisite dishes only possible to the Emperor families in the Qing Dynasty.

    Fangshan Restaurant
    This restaurant is originally established by the former royal chefs of the Qing Dynasty, so the dishes here can truly reflect the meaning of the Imperial court food.
    Address: inside Beihai Park, 1 Wenjin Street, Beijing
    Opening hours: 11:00-13:30, 17:00-19:30

    (5) Noodle with Bean Sauce (Zha Jiang Mian)
    Delicious noodles with fried bean paste, and some restaurants it comes with a variety of toppings including egg slices, bean sprouts, cucumbers and carrots etc.

    Ju Fu Ju (Old Beijing Noodle with Bean Sauce)
    Address: 8 Tuanjiehubeikou Toutiao, Chaoyang District, Beijing
    Opening hours: 10:00-14:00, 16:00-22:00

    • 2. Here listed below are the most famous Beijing snacks


    Beijing is rich in plenty and various steamed, deep-fried, fried, poached, or baked snacks, and could be found at many restaurants all over the city

    (1) Ludagun (Pastry Made of Soy Bean Flour)
    A soybean flour and sugar made and baked snack.
    Ludagun are simply soybean flour mixed with sugar and baked. This ancient snack has been popular for centuries.

    (2) Zhimaqiu (Sesame Balls)
    Little fried rice balls with red bean paste or lotus paste inside, and topped with sesame seed. The best time to eat it is while it is still hot.

    (3) Wandouhuang (Pea-Flour Cake)
    This pea-flour cake is made out of white peas and pea flour, and common to see during the spring time, however, it is possible to take it during the four seasons as the tourism needed.

    (4) Aiwowo (Steamed Cone-shaped Cake)
    Steamed sticky rice or millet snow balled-shaped cakes with a sweet filling

    (5) Chatang “tea soup”
    Not contains neither tea nor soup, it is made of flour gruel and common to see as a street snack.

    (6) Douzhi (Mung bean Milk)
    Douzhi (mung milk), which is rich in Vitamin C, fiber and protein, is considered as a nice way to keep your body cool.

    (7) Youtiao (Sweetened Fried Bread Twists)
    "Fried bread sticks”, a long, golden-brown, deep-fried strips of dough, is a traditional Beijing breakfast.

    (8) Jiao Quan
    Fried, crispy dough rings.

    • 3. Here listed below are the most typical Food Streets in Beijing


    (1) Wangfujing Snack Street
    A comprehensive shopping area with a Snack Street inside, where you you will find local and exotic snacks, however, the price is a little bit higher than any other snack streets in Beijing for the area is really the central business area.
    Address: south of Haoyou World Store, Wangfujing Ave, Dongcheng District, Beijing

    (2) Longfusi Snack Street
    A place with a wide variety of authentic and flavorful Beijing snacks and the price here is much more reasonable.
    Address: Longfusi Ave, Beijing (200 meters east of Art Gallery)

    (3) Gui Jie
    A street of plenty of restaurants, snack shops, and regular shops with exotic, mouth-watering smells in the air will give you reason to stay longer.
    Address: Dongzhimennei Ave, Dongcheng District, Beijing

    (4) Ox Street
    Hui minority (Muslim) area full of glutinous rice, roasted wheat, braised beef, mutton tripe, meat kebabs and other Muslim snacks.
    Add: Ox Street, Xuanwu District, Beijing

    (5) Donghuamen Night Snack Street
    One of the best places to taste the old Beijing style snacks at night
    Address: Dong’anmen Ave, Wangfujing, Dongcheng District, Beijing