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The Best 6 Restaurants in Beijing's Hutongs

While you're traveling and walking around it can be hard to figure out where you should be eating along the way! Nowhere can this be more true than Beijing's hutongs, where you'll find a plethora of restaurants along the way.

Whether you're looking for authentic Chinese cuisine, up-scale European fare, or something a little different, Beijing's historical hutongs have you covered. Best of all? Many of these restaurants are set in environments that demonstrate the architectural uniqueness of their location making a visit to the hutongs more than worth it.

1. Li Family Cuisine Restaurant

The  Prince Gong MansionApart from the bustling bar street, The Prince Gong Mansion and Garden is Shichahai's top hutong attraction.

Yangfang Hutong, which translates as Sheep Room Hutong, is one of the places not to miss when you visit Shichahai. No. 11 courtyard is a famous restaurant on this hutong specializing in old royal recipes. The dishes are cooked using complicated and authentic techniques. A great many tourists and foreigners come here to enjoy the delicious cuisine.

  • Price range: from CNY200 / Person
  • Open: 11.30am-1.30pm and 5.30pm-8.30pm
  • Address: No. 11 courtyard, Yangfang Hutong, Dongcheng District. 东城区羊房胡同胡同11号)
  • Tel: 010 6618 0107
  • Transportation: Get off at Shichahai Station (Line 8) or Nanluoguxiang Station (Line 6 or Line 8).

2. Mercante

a quiet Beijing hutongBeijing's hutongs are usually more crowded around the restaurants.

Mercante is an Italian restaurant on a fairly quiet hutong, traversed by Beijing's residents, local and expatriate alike. It is a small and cozy restaurant serving authentic Italian food and wine run by an Italian, and is great for brunch on weekends. We do recommend booking ahead of time as it's a small location!

  • Price range: from CNY200 / Person
  • Open: 11.30am-8pm
  • Address: No. 4 courtyard, Fangzhuanchang Hutong, Dongcheng District. 东城区方砖厂胡同4
  • Tel: 010 8402 5098
  • Transportation: Get off at Shichahai Station (Line 8) or Nanluoguxiang Station (Line 6 or Line 8).

3. The Georg

Beijing courtyard architectureBeijing's courtyard residences are filled with traditional character.

Nestled in a beautiful renovated courtyard in Beijing's hutongs, the Georg is one of the most popular upscale contemporary European restaurants in the city, opened by Danish design brand Georg Jensen. Expect your money to get you good service and solid fare.

  • Price range: from CNY500 / Person
  • Open: 11.30am–3pm and 6pm–10.30pm, Except Sunday. Call ahead to book!
  • Address: 45 Dongbuyaqiao Hutong, Dongcheng District. 东城区东不压桥胡同
  • Tel: 010 8408 5300
  • Transportation: Get off at Shichahai Station (Line 8) or Nanluoguxiang Station (Line 6 or Line 8).

4. King's Joy Beijing

Spring RollsVegetarian spring rolls are popular at King's Joy.

As an elegant quadrangle dwelling with a glass roof, King's Joy Beijing is one of the most famous vegetarian restaurants in Beijing, conveniently located right around the corner from the Yonghegong Lama Temple.

It is become an ideal choice for families with children to enjoy dinner due to its vegetarian dishes such as steamed buns, spring rolls, and lots of tofu varieties. What's not to love?

  • Price range: from CNY200 / Person
  • Open: 11am-11pm
  • Address : 2 Wudaoying Hutong, Dongcheng District. 东城区五道营胡同2号
  • Tel : 010 5404 9191
  • Transportation : By subway, get off at Yonghegong Lama Temple on Line 2 and 5. It's just across the road from the station.

5. Crescent Moon

Xinjiang ProvinceXinjiang Province is far from Beijing, but China's top flavors have all made it to the capital.

After tackling the traditional Beijing hutongs, go exotic, with the Uighur minority's very delectable and very different style of food. You'll find a range from barbecue to noodles to lots of lamb dishes to choose from, nothing lacking in spice.

  • Price range: from CNY50 / Person
  • Open: 11am-11pm
  • Address: 16 Dongsi Liutiao, Dongcheng District. 东城区东四六条16号
  • Tel: 010 6400 5281
  • Transportation: Get off at Dongsishitiao Station on Line 2.

6. Xian Lao Man

The Drum Tower The Drum Tower (鼓楼 /goo-loh/) is a sight you can see near Xiao Lan Man.

Get away from the bustling foreign crowds and check out local friendly Xian Lao Man. Known for its immersive Chinese cultural atmosphere, this is a favorite that sees customers lining up around the corner at meal times. Placing a specific focus on dumplings and noodles, visitors can try original styles and flavors that Beijingers have been eating for centuries as well as the more modern tastes.

In walking distance from the Lama Temple and the Drum and Bell Towers, Xian Lao Man is a must visit. If you do happen to come exactly at lunch time, grab a number and wait for your turn. It's worth it!

  • Price range: from CNY50 / Person
  • Open: 11am-9.30pm
  • Address: 252 Andingmen Bei Dajie, Dongcheng District. 东城区安定门内大街252号
  • Tel: 010 6404 6944
  • Transportation: Get off at Andingmen Station on Line 2.

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