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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.
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.
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!
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.
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?
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.
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!
We can include any restaurant you want in your trip in Beijing, as well as China! Just let us know when you're booking your tour with China Highlights.
If you're not sure where to begin on planning a trip to Beijing, or don't know how many days you need for your trip, you can see some sample Beijing tours here.