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The Top 10 Snack Shops in Beijing

When traveling in Beijing, be sure not to miss the famous Beijing-style delicacies that you'll find in its snack shops along the street.  See where to try those snacks you never thought you would!

Beijing's most famous traditional snacks include luzhu huoshao (卤煮火烧, pork lungs and intestines stewed with fried tofu and bread), soy milk (豆汁), seasoned millet porridge (面茶), glutinous rice balls (艾窝窝), and fried cream cakes (奶油炸糕). Below we have listed several famous Beijing shops that provide classic and authentic Beijing food, including classic snacks, arranged by district, central districts first. 

Xicheng District Snack Shops

1. Huguo Temple Snack Shop (护国寺小吃店)

A millet porridgeMillet porridge

The snacks at Huguo Temple Snack Shop serves up a collection of street snacks from all over Beijing, shaped to be as pleasing to the eye as they are to the tastebuds.

Many customers like to go to this snack stand as prices are reasonable, meaning the lines can be long during meal times. The seasoned millet porridge (面茶) here is very delicious. We can also recommend the sweet flour cake (墩儿饽饽), the deep-fried date roll (枣卷馃), the stewed ribs with ginger juice (姜汁插排), the fried sugar cake (糖耳朵), the fried chopped rice cake (驴打滚), the soy milk (豆汁) and the sweetbread soup (杂碎汤).

You'll notice that this location is popular among customers both young and old, as well as locals andthose passing through.

  • Address: 93 Huguo Temple Street, Xicheng district (西城区护国寺大街93号)
  • Price: 0-30 yuan per person
  • Tel: 010-66181705, 010-66181805
  • Hours: Daily, 5:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Recommended Dishes: Sweet flour cake (墩儿饽饽), deep-fried date roll (枣卷馃), stewed ribs with ginger juice (姜汁插排), fried sugar cake (糖耳朵), fried chopped rice cake (驴打滚), seasoned millet porridge (面茶), soy milk (豆汁), sweetbread soup (杂碎汤)
  • Transportation: Take Subway Line 4 and get off at Ping'an Li Station (平安里车站)

2. Dongxing Baodu Zhang (东兴爆肚张)

Beijing's lakesBeijing's lakes

It is easy to find Baoduzhang restaurant, located in an antique bungalow on the east side of Shichahai's Front Lake area. This restaurant, however, is not for the faint of heart.

The sheep and cow tripe served here is fresh because the meat is always prepared within 24 hours of butchering. The tripe is carefully washed and cut using traditional methods into thin strips. The mutton and beef tripe are carefully chosen from certain parts of the animal. Customers request which part they want, and each part is cooked to different lengths and temperatures.

The cooking techniques used here were developed uniquely by the Zhang family, known for their delicious tripe. The quick-fried tripe of Baoduzhang is carefully divided, with every 100 pieces of tripe making three plates of finished product. The well-cut tripe is quickly boiled in boiling water based on the chef’s intuition and experience, and the taste is remarkably different from that of other restaurants.

The Zhang family seasonings were passed down through the generations and are allocated in certain proportions. Go just before dinnertime, around 5pm, in order to avoid the long lines that tend to form.

  • Address: 17 east side of Front Lake, Shichahai, Xicheng district (西城区什刹海前海东沿17号)
  • Price: 0-30 yuan per person
  • Hours: Daily, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Transportation: Take Bus 60, 82 or 124 and get off at South Drum Tower Station (鼓楼南)
  • Recommended Dishes: Quick-boiled tripe (爆肚), lamb haggis soup (羊杂汤), roasted sesame buns (烧饼), beef lung (百叶)

3. Qingfeng Baozi Pu (庆丰包子铺)

Beijing baozi, steamed bunsA classic tray of Beijing baozi

Qingfeng Baozi is one of the most famous baozi (steamed, stuffed buns) shops in Beijing and has a very long history.

The baozi here are characterized by the fact that they are large and have a significant amount of stuffing. It gets busy during meal times because the buns here are of good quality, and are also reasonably priced.

Besides the baozi, there are also various traditional Beijing dishes such as fresh fried vegetables (素三鲜, fried mushroom with cucumber and cauliflower) and fried liver (炒肝).

  • Address: 85 Xi’anmen Street, Xicheng district (西城区西安门大街85号)
  • Price: 0-30 yuan per person
  • Tel: 010-66175487
  • Hours: Daily, 6:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Transportation: Take Bus 103 or 109 and get off at Xi’anmen Fu Right Street Station (西安门府右街站).
  • Recommended Dishes: Pork with three delicacies baozi (猪肉三鲜包子), pickled vegetable baozi (梅干菜包子), minced pork and leek baozi (猪肉大葱包子), shelled fresh shrimp with cabbage baozi (虾仁菜心包子), fried liver (炒肝), purple rice porridge (紫米粥)

4. Nanlaishun Restaurant (南来顺小吃)

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There are a lot of snack stands around Xicheng district, but Nanlaishun Restaurant serves up some of the best snacks.

The restaurant has two floors: the first floor provides snacks and the second provides cooked dishes. Among so many distinctive snacks, which include almost all of the traditional Beijing style snacks, the soy milk (豆汁), seasoned millet porridge (面茶), sweetbread soup (杂碎汤), 'doornail' meat pie (门钉肉饼) and glutinous rice balls (艾窝窝) stand out as particularly good.

  • Address: 12 Nancaiyuan Street, Xicheng District (西城区南菜园12号), to the south of the south gate of Daguan Garden (大观园西门南侧)
  • Price: 50-100 yuan per person
  • Recommended Dishes: Soy milk (豆汁), seasoned millet porridge (面茶), sweetbread soup (杂碎汤), Mending meat pie (门钉肉饼), glutinous rice balls (艾窝窝), fried dough twists (馓子麻花)
  • Transportation: Take Bus 53, 59, 63, 122, 458, 474, 717, 800, 939 or Yuntong Bus 102 (运通102) and get off at Daguan Garden Station (大观园站).

Dongcheng District Snack Shops

5. Longfu Temple Snack Stand (隆福寺小吃店)

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Longfu Temple Snack Bar is an authentic old Beijing store and is highly spoken of by its customers. The restaurant is decorated traditionally with old tables, chairs and washbasins. There are a lot of Beijing snacks available including fried crispy donuts (焦圈), honey dough twists (蜜麻花), deep-fried sweet roll dough (甜卷馃, 豌豆黄), cake with shredded coconut stuffing (椰蓉糕), and soybean flour cake (豆面糕).

If you go to Beijing in the summer, be sure to try the delicious traditional glutinous rice cakes (凉糕) and cold bean jelly (凉粉), a snack that helps to keep you cool amid rising temperatures. The roasted stuffed chitterlings (灌肠) are also famous for being fresh inside and crispy on the outside. Add some garlic juice to the chitterlings for an even more delicious treat.

  • Address: 1 Fulong Temple Front Street, Dongcheng district (东城区隆福寺前街1号)
  • Price: 0-30 yuan per person
  • Hours: Daily, 6:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
  • Tel: 010-64060668
  • Transportation: Take Bus 103, 104 or 803 and get off at the Art Museum Station (美术馆).
  • Recommended Dishes: Fried cream cake (奶油炸糕), fried chopped rice cake (驴打滚), fried cake (炸糕), fried sugar cake (糖耳朵), bean flour balls (豆面丸子), sugar-roasted sesame buns (糖火烧), fried dough drops (炒疙瘩), deep-fried sweet roll dough (糖卷馃), eight-treasure porridge (八宝粥), and bean-curd jelly (豆腐脑).

6. Baikui Old-Brand Restaurant (白魁老字号饭)

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Baikui is an old-brand Muslim restaurant that is especially famous for its many lamb dishes, including braised mutton with soy sauce (烧羊肉). Another dish, called yi wo si (一窝丝), is a kind of stretched noodle that is exclusive to the restaurant, with a smooth and chewy taste.

When eating Baikui's baked sweet wheat buns, you will taste the intense fragrance of the sesame sauce and brown sugar among its crispy thin layers. Roasted mutton (烧羊肉) is also popular here, with a golden appearance, crispy skin and tender taste. Baikui is like a traditional canteen, and you have to exchange meal tickets for your food, making for an exciting experience. You can return them if you don't use them all.

  • Address: 1 Longfu Square Front Street, Dongcheng district (东城区隆福广场前街1号)
  • Price: 0-30 yuan per person
  • Tel: 010-84012373
  • Transportation: Take Bus 104 or 116 and get off at the Art Museum Station (美术馆站), or take Subway Line 4 and get off at Dongsi Station (东四站).
  • Recommended Dishes: Roasted mutton (烧羊肉), mutton noodles (烧羊肉面), boiled sheep's head (白水羊头), tender meat (松肉), lamb kebab (羊肉串), Men Ding meat pie (门丁肉饼), and cold noodles with sesame sauce (凉面)

7. Wonton Hou (馄饨侯)

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This restaurant is quite popular throughout Beijing, with multiple outlets. The reason Wonton Hou is so popular throughout Beijing is because of its specialized cooking methods and long history, specializing in wontons and roasted sesame buns.

The wontons here are famous for their thin skin, and delicious fillings. In each bowl of soup, three out of ten wontons are made with fattier meat, and the other seven filled with lean meat. Wontons set themselves apart from dumplings because they come with a soup (perfect for winter especially!).

All wontons are made on site and the chefs are so proficient that they make more than 100 wontons every minute. Two chefs can feed 3,000 people with wontons! The soup that the wontons are stewed in contains pork bone that is boiled for about six hours. The soup is thick and fragrant but not oily. The seasonings are also abundant and varied, including seaweed, coriander, winter vegetables, and small dried shrimp.

  • Address: Cattycorner to the China Netcom Business Hall Guangqumen branch, Guangqumen Street, Dongcheng District (东城区广渠门内大街中国网通广渠门营业厅斜对面)
  • Price: 0-30 yuan per person
  • Tel: 010-67145521
  • Recommended Dishes: Wontons with pork stuffing (鲜肉馄饨), wontons with shrimp stuffing (虾肉馄饨), roasted sesame seed buns (烧饼), and steamed pork dumplings (烧麦).
  • Transportation: Take Bus 13, 57 or 715 and get off at Anhua Road Station (安化路).

8. Jinfang Restaurant (锦芳小吃)

DumplingsFried dumplings

This is a small restaurant mainly providing Beijing-style snacks and take-out like sugar-roasted sesame buns (糖火烧), fried sugar cake (糖耳朵), fried cake (炸糕) and so on.

The rich variety of sweet dumplings is especially popular here, with more than 10 kinds of fillings, including hawthorn, green plum, sweet osmanthus (桂花), sweetened bean paste, cream stuffing and shredded coconut stuffing.

During the Lantern Festival, expect a long line in front of the window with people waiting to buy sweet dumplings. Fried cream cake dipped in sugar plus a bowl of purple rice porridge will certainly satisfy any sweet craving. Customers give high praise to the restaurant's high-quality food and reasonable prices.

  • Address: Taiji Factory Crossroad. Chongwen District (崇文区台基厂十字路口)
  • Price: 0-30 yuan per person
  • Recommended Dishes: Sweet dumplings (元宵), fried cream cake (奶油炸糕), seasoned millet porridge (面茶), soy milk (豆汁), pea flour cake (豌豆黄), glutinous rice cake (切糕)

Fengtai District Snack Shops

9. Xiaochang Chen Restaurant (小肠陈饭)

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When it comes to the Chinese traditional snack luzhu huoshao (卤煮火烧), which is stewed pork lung, pork intestine, fried tofu with bread, we have to mention Xiaochang Chen Restaurant as it has been around cooking up this dish for over 100 years.

Its fourth-generation owners run the business well, and returning customers come here daily to enjoy the shop’s specialties. The stew stock here is delicious and the roasted sesame buns are stewed for just the right amount of time. Small as the restaurant is, it seems they're always able to fit everybody in, and the boss is enthusiastic and welcoming.

  • Address: Building 11, Area 3, Huandao Nanfangqun Garden, Fangzhuang, Fengtai district (丰台区方庄环岛南方群园三区11号楼)
  • Price: 50-100 yuan per person
  • Tel: 010-67620251
  • Recommended Dishes: Luzhu huoshao (卤煮火烧), luzhu hot pot (卤煮火锅), Chinese cucumber salad (蓑衣黄瓜), crispy shell pork intestines (脆皮大肠), and luzhu (卤煮).
  • Transportation: Take Bus 39, 43 or 705 and get off at Puhuangyu Station (蒲黄榆站).

Chaoyang District Snack Shops

10. Ruibin Lou Restaurant (瑞宾楼)

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Ruibin Lou is an authentic Beijing time-honored brand restaurant with a long history. The story goes that two waiters named Luo Huxiang and Hao Jiarui from Ruiming Lou Hotel (润明楼) (a famous Beijing hotel back in the day), opened this restaurant together at its original location in Qianmen, very close to Tian'anmen Square.

No longer in that location, the recipes remain and the restaurant specializes in Dalian fried buns (褡裢火烧, shaped like a satchel). The dough is kneaded perfectly, neither too hard nor too soft. The buns’ filling is a mixture of fat and lean meat, to which leek and ginger is added.

Finally, the buns are cooked in twice-boiled soup with pork leg and free-range chicken. The buns are shaped like a satchel, after which the buns will then be fried in the baking pan until golden brown. The cooking technique is difficult and requires precision.

For a traditional experience, try ordering several buns with a bowl of millet congee or hot and sour soup (酸辣汤). You can also find other Ruibin Lou branches at Shin Kong Place (新光天地), Nice Gate Snacks (九门小吃) and the Dashilar area (大栅栏).

  • Address: Floor B1 Shin Kong Place, 87 Jianguo Road, Chaoyang District (朝阳区建国路87号新光天地B1楼)
  • Price: 30-50 yuan per person
  • Tel: 010-63031100

Recommended Dishes: Dalian fried buns (褡裢火烧), pork-and-leek-filled Dalian fried bun (猪肉大葱馅褡裢火烧), three-delicacies Dalian fried bun (三鲜褡裢火烧), millet porridge (小米粥), hot and sour soup (酸辣汤), luzhu huoshao (卤煮火烧), and fried stuffed chitterlings (灌肠).

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