Beijing eating

You may visit the whole China, but when it comes to cuisine, you will not find the suitable opponent to Beijing . Not just regarding Chinese food, but any other world cuisine is present here in the best shapes and tastes. With more than 55,000 restaurants, you will experience eating in Beijing as the attraction by itself, and it is one of the things that you will enjoy the most. It is quite enough to visit this city in order to taste all the characteristic meals from the rest of the country. So, in general, Beijing is not just the political, but also gastronomic capital of China. You may find many places to eat; from street stalls, traditional ones, home restaurants and shops, to those exclusive and modern. With plenty of styles and different cuisines, the restaurant scene in Beijing is rich in terms of price ranges too. The food can be enjoyed both in the cheapest kind to the most expensive restaurants, that are still quite cheaper than similar restaurants in the West. In most of the restaurants, menus are only in Chinese, without English translation.

In the wide range of restaurants from all over China and the world, you can easily lose sight of the fact that Beijing has a rich cuisine and its own specialties that are famous in the world. The main characteristic of this cuisine is the strong use of flavored roots and vegetables such as peppers, garlic, ginger, leek, and coriander, while mostly used methods are roasting, frying, stewing, braising, and steaming. Out of the traditional dishes that originate from Beijing, you should definitely try Beijing Roast Duck, Jiaozi, Mongolian hotpot, and Zha Jiang noodles. It is said that, besides climbing the Great Wall, eating Beijing Roast Duck (北京烤鴨; Běijīng Kǎoyā) is one of the two main things that you have to do while in Beijing. This meal is considered to be one of the most delicious out of the rich choice of the food that can be found here. Jiaozi (dumplings; 餃子; Jiǎozi) is also a typical meal – a wrapped dough which is filled with ground meat and vegetables, usually served with a soy-vinegar or hot chili sauce. Winters in Beijing are marked by Mongolian hotpot (蒙古火锅; Ménggǔ Huǒguō), where the ingredients are boiled directly on the table, while the pot is simmering, and it usually consists of meat, vegetables, mushrooms, or seafood. Zha Jiang noodles (炸醬麵; Zhá Jiàng Miàn) is one more dish made of chewy noodles with a rich, meaty sauce.

There is a great variety of street food in Beijing, often in the form of street markets where there are long rows of food stalls. The two best known and most interesting places for tasting cheap street food in Beijing are Donghuamen Night Market and Guijie Street. Donghuamen Night Market (东华门夜市; Dong Hua Men Yeshe; Dong’anmen Street, Wangfujing Station, Exit C2) is located west of Wangfujing Street, one of the most famous shopping street in Beijing. It usually offers raw food which is fried or grilled. Here you may also try exotic food with some Chinese specialties, including bugs or scorpions served on sticks. Guijie Street (or Ghost Street; 簋街; Guǐjiē; Beixinqiao Station Exit B or Dongzhimen Station, Exit A) is located northeast of the Forbidden City, in hutong area and it is over a kilometer long. Restaurants are on both sides of the street, and most of them are quite big and offer different sorts of food.

Hutong area (around Nanluogu Xiang Hutong)
Zhang Mama (张妈妈特色川味馆) $
Cuisine: Sichuan
Address: 4 Fensiting Hutong, Dongcheng District (东城区 分司厅胡同4号)
Opening hours: 10:00-23:00
Metro: Andingmen Station

Dali Courtyard (大里院子) $$
Cuisine: Yunnan
Address: 67 Xiaojingchang Hutong, Dongcheng District (东城区鼓楼东大街小经厂胡同67号)
Phone: 8404 1430
Opening hours: 12:00-14:00 and 18:00-22:00
Metro: Beixinqiao Station, Exit A or D

King’s Joy Beijing (京兆尹) $$
Cuisine: Vegeterian, Chinese
Address: 2 Wudaoying Hutong, Dongcheng district (东城区雍和宫五道营胡同2号)
Phone: 8404 9191
Opening hours: 10:00-22:00
Metro: Yonghegong Lama Temple Station, Exit A or C

Dongcheng District
Jin Ding Xuan (金鼎轩酒楼) $
Cuisine: Cantonese
Address: 77 Hepinglixi Street, Dongcheng District (东城区和平里西街77号)
Phone: 6429 6699
Opening hours: 24 hours
Metro: Yonghegong Lama Temple Station, Exit A

Jin Mian Xiang (晋面香) $
Cuisine: Chinese
Address: 3 Shatan Houjie, Wusi Dajie, Dongcheng District (东城区五四大街沙滩后街3号)
Opening hours: 6:00-22:00
Metro: Dongsi Station, Exit E

Dadong Roast Duck (大董烤鸭店) $$$
Cuisine: Beijing Roast Duck, Beijing
Address: 1-2 Nanxincang Shangye Daxia, 22A Dongsishitiao, Dongcheng District (东城区东四十条甲22号南新仓国际大厦1-2楼)
Phone: 5169 0329
Opening hours: 11:00-22:00
Metro: Dongsishitiao Station, Exit D

Xicheng District
Sha Guo Ju (砂锅居) $
Cuisine: Beijing, pork dishes mostly
Address: 60 Xisi Nan Dajie, Xicheng District (西城区西城区西四南大街60号)
Phone: 6602 1126
Opening hours: 11:00-20:30
Metro: Xisi Station, Exit D or Lingjing Hutong Station, Exit B

Jing Wei Lou (京味楼) $$
Cuisine: Beijing
Address: 181 A Di’anmen Xidajie, Xicheng District (西城区地安门西大街甲181A号)
Phone: 6617 6514
Opening hours: 11:00-14:00 and 17:00-21:00
Metro: Beihai Station, Exit A

Kong Yiji (孔乙己酒楼) $$
Cuisine: Shaoxing
Address: 2A Deshengmennei Dajie, Dongming hutong, Xicheng district (西城区德胜门内大街东明胡同甲2号)
Phone: 6618 4917
Opening hours: 11:00-14:00 and 17:30-22:00
Metro: Jishuitan Station, Exit B

Mei Fu (梅府) $$$
Cuisine: Chinese
Address: 24 Daxiangfeng Hutong, Xicheng District (西城区大翔凤胡同24号)
Web address: www.meifujiayan.com
Phone: 6612 6845
Opening hours: 11:30-14:00 and 17:30-22:00
Metro: Beihai North, Exit A

Chaoyang District
Ganges Indian Restaurant (恒河印度餐厅) $
Cuisine: Indian
Address: 9 Guang Hua Road, Shi Mao Tian Jie B1 38a, Chaoyang District (朝阳区光华路9号世贸天阶B1楼38A号)
Web address: www.ganges-restaurant.com
Phone: 6587 2999
Opening hours: 11:00-15:00 and 17:00-23:00
Metro: Jintaixizhao Station, Exit A

Hai Di Lao (海底捞) $$
Cuisine: Hot Pot, Beijing
Address: 2 Baijiazhuang Road, Chaoyang District (朝阳区白家庄路2号)
Web address: www.haidilao.com
Phone: 6595 2982
Opening hours: 24 hours
Metro: Hujialou Station, Exit A

Najia Xiaoguan (永安西里路) $$
Cuisine: Manchurian, Imperial
Address: 10 Yonganli, Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District (朝阳区永安里新华保险大厦南侧)
Phone: 6567 3663
Opening hours: 11:30-21:30
Metro: Yong’Anli Station, Exit A2

Din Tai Fung (鼎泰丰) $$
Cuisine: Dumplings, Chinese
Address: 24 Xinyuan Xili Zhongjie, Liangmaqiao, Chaoyang District (朝阳区新源西里中街24号)
Web address: www.dintaifung.com.cn
Phone: 6462 4502
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11:30-14:30 and 17:00-22:00; Sat-Sun 11:30-22:00
Metro: Beixinqiao Station, Exit B or Dongsishitiao Station, Exit A or B

Duck de Chine (全鸭季) $$$
Cuisine: Beijing Roasted Duck, Dim Sum, Beijing
Address: 1949 The Hidden City, Courtyard 4, Gongti Bei Lu, (behind Pacific Century Place, block D) Chaoyang District (朝阳区工体北路4号院)
Web address: www.elite-concepts.com
Phone: 6501 8881
Opening hours: 11:30-14:30 and 18:00-22:30
Metro: Tuanjiehu Station, Exit D