Eating in Beijing

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While dining in Beijing, even the most experienced of Beijing visitors will get tantalized. The reason is that the city is filled with so many delicacies all from through the country that it is too difficult to make a decision. As the capital of China, Beijing has developed its own culinary identity--Beijing Cuisine.


Roast Duck is reputed to be the tastiest dish under heaven and the first choice of visitors who want to enjoy the local flavor. There are many roast duck restaurants; but Quanjude and Bianyifang enjoy the highest reputation.

全聚德烤鸭店(西三旗店) Quan Ju De Kaoya Dian (Xisanqi Restaurant)
Average price per person: 100 yuan
Opening hours: 10:30am–9:30pm
Address: 1 Fengdanlishe Road, Xisanqi, Haidian District (海淀区西三旗枫丹丽舍西路1号)
Tel: 010-82583088

便宜坊(五彩城店) Bianyi Fang (Wucaicheng Restaurant)
Average price per person: 100 yuan
Opening hours: 11:00am–14:00pm, 17:00pm-22:00pm
Address: Wucaicheng Mall, 68 Qinghezhongjie Street, Haidian District (海淀区清河中街68号五彩城商场)
Tel: 010-82816889

盛百味(霍营店) Shengbaiwei (Huoying Restaurant)
Average price per person: 80 yuan
Opening hours: 10:30am–21:30pm, 17:00pm-22:00pm
Address: 5 Huilongguandongdajie AvenueChangping District (昌平区回龙观东大街5号)
Tel: 010-60786078


For the cold weather, Hotpot is the favorite of Beijing people. The staple of both types of hotpot is mutton (羊肉). The meat is usually sliced frozen so that it curls up into a tube shape. Then you place the meat into the hotpot, which is a copper pot containing a boiling soup base. After a few seconds the meat is cooked and you dip it into a sesame butter sauce. The verb describing the action of cooking the meat this way is called 'shuan'. Other shuan-ables include beef (牛肉), frozen bean curd (冻豆腐), Chinese cabbage (白菜), and glass noodles (粉丝). Spicy Sichuan hotpot has a soup base which can be described as either super spicy or mildly radioactive, but the pot is often divided into half spicy, half non-spicy soup pots. The soup base for Mongolian style is not spicy, and usually consists of some vegetables and seafood.

海底捞火锅(牡丹园店) Haidilao Huoguo (Mudanyuan Restaurant)
Average price per person: 100 yuan
Opening hours: 00:00am–24:00pm
Address: 2 Huayuandonglu Road, Haidian District (海淀区花园东路2号)
Tel: 010-62033112

东来顺饭庄(五道口店) Donglaishun (Wudaokou Restaurant)
Average price per person: 80 yuan
Opening hours: 10:00am–22:00pm
Address: U-Center, 28 Chengfu Road, Haidian District (海淀区成府路28号优盛大厦)
Tel: 010-62666199


Muslim Cuisine, also known as Islamic cai and Hui cai, is a religious cuisine wide spread among the Muslims. The Muslims has (and still hold) many religious taboos in eating. They never eat pork, dog, donkey, horse, ferocious birds and beasts, nor naturally dead animals or those killed without prayers. The cuisine excels at cooking mutton, and Muslim Cuisine is characterized by its fresh yet dense flavor.

丝路印象新疆餐厅(车公庄店) Silu Yinxiang Xinjiang Restaurant (Chegongzhuang Restaurant)
Average price per person: 70 yuan
Opening hours: 10:00am–22:30pm
Address: 9 Chegongzhuangdajie Anenue, Xicheng District (西城区车公庄大街9号院)
Tel: 010-88395678

撒拉花儿西域美食(学院路店) Salahuar Restaurant (Xueyuan Road Restaurant)
Average price per person: 60 yuan
Opening hours: 10:00am–22:00pm
Address: Shengxibahao Mall, 8 Xueqing Road, Haidian District (海淀区学清路甲8号圣熙8号购物中心)
Tel: 010-82736322


Restaurants in Beijing vary in both scale and cost, meeting the different requirements of the diners. For the sake of saving time and money, going to the fast food restaurants is a good choice, especially when the large traditional ones are closed. The food is served in an instant and the cost per person varies from CNY15 to CNY 30. The restaurants are of course not very grand, but the food is hygienically prepared and of passable taste.

肯德基(平西府店)KFC (Pingxifu Restaurant)
Average price per person: 30 yuan
Opening hours: 7:00am–22:00pm
Address: 21 Wangfujie Street, Changping District (昌平区北七家镇王府街21号)

赛百味(永旺店) Subway (Yongwang Restaurant)
Average price per person: 30 yuan
Opening hours: 10:00am–22:00pm
Address: AEON Mall, 1 Beiqing Road, Haidian District (海淀区北清路1号永旺购物中心)
Tel: 010-80700583


Southeast Asian cuisine includes a strong emphasis on lightly prepared dishes with a strong aromatic component that features such flavors as citrus and herbs such as mint, coriander/cilantro and basil. Ingredients in the region contrast with the ones in the Eastern Asian cuisines, substituting fish sauces for soy sauce and the inclusion of ingredients such as galangal, tamarind and lemon grass. Cooking methods include a balance of stir-frying, boiling and steaming.

蕉叶(大悦城店)Banana Leaf (Joy City Restaurant)
Average price per person: 130 yuan
Opening hours: 10:00am–22:00pm
Address: Joy City, 131 Xidanbeidajie Anenue, Xicheng District (西城区西单北大街甲131号大悦城)
Tel: 010-59716326

椰子泰 Yezitai
Average price per person: 90 yuan
Opening hours: 10:30am–21:00pm
Address: Xilehui Mall, Wenhua Road, Changping District (昌平区回龙观文化路禧乐汇商场)
Tel: 010-69791075


Local snacks are a special feature of Beijing. Tourists can taste not only the local flavors, but those of other regions as well. Snack-stalls in the night markets are always popular and busy destinations.

簋街 Guijie Street
Tucked behind Dongzhimen Gate, Guijie Street stretches from Dongzhimen Overpass in the east to East Jiaodaokou Street in the west. More than 150 storefronts are scattered along this street, 90% of which are restaurants, making it one of the most prosperous food streets in Beijing, and often leading the food trend of the city. The layout of Guijie Street is like a dumbbell, wider in the two ends and narrower in the middle. Thanks to the advantageous location, restaurants in both ends are more popular and flourishing. Nowadays, Guijie Street is famed for not only its inexpensive and delicious food, but also its night life culture. Young people often celebrate important events by spending evening here. For example, during the Olympic Games, World Cup, and important personal anniversaries, they will relax with a rich meal and drinking the local Yan Jing Beer here. When you hang out at night, busy Guijie Street is sure to present another version of Beijing before your eyes.
Location: Dongzhimennei Dajie, Dongcheng District

王府井小吃街 Wangfujing Snack Street
Everyday it attracts many customers, especially in the evening. The street is crowded with all kind of local cuisine throughout China, including skewers with many types of meat, fried pancakes with peking duck, noodles, seafood and desserts. Chinese snack is a must for visitor to Beijing, and the Wangfujing Snack Street is the best place to go.
Location: south of Haoyou Department Store, Wangfujing Business Street, Dongcheng District


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