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If you’re only in Beijing for a limited amount of time, there might not be time to explore the dining scene by yourself. To save your thinking/research time, this guide gives you a list of 10 amazing restaurants that you will not regret visiting — with a variety of China’s top cuisines.
This is one of the oldest restaurants in the capital, dating back to 1864, and they prepare a great Peking duck. Serving an annual 2 million Peking ducks to over 5 million customers, you know it is bound to be amazing.
Din Tai Fung is part of a worldwide chain specializing in dumplings. The quality of the service and food is high, and its Taiwanese origins ensure that it is foreigner friendly and the prices are reasonable.
The menu has English translations, featuring loads of pictures for easy browsing if this is one of your first experiences with dumplings.
For the best, and safest, hotpot in town, Hai Di Lao is a no brainer. It’s a huge chain with multiple branches, has excellent quality ingredients, makes the country’s most famous hotpot sauce, and has great service.
We recommend ordering the fresh noodles — they’re stretched right at your table for great entertainment (and a photo opportunity)!
This restaurant, located in Longtan Park, is a great place to check out Sichuan cuisine if you want to have hotpot, but also some regular dishes.
Their hotpot broth is cooked using an array of local ingredients, and the atmosphere is one traditional of restaurants like these, making for an authentic experience.
Dadong Roast Duck is renowned for being one of the best duck restaurants in the city, and Chef Dadong is known internationally for his incredible skills.
Apart from their tasty duck, which is carved in front of you, even their other dishes will have you come back for more. Dadong is busy, and reservations are recommended as a result.
Established in 1998, Jin Ding Xuan Restaurant is somewhat of an iconic restaurant, serving Cantonese cuisine, as well as some Sichuan and Shandong dishes.
It is open 24/7, and you’ll have to queue if you choose to go during lunch or dinner times, but the delicious food and buzzing atmosphere make it a worthwhile experience.
Don’t forget to grab a picture of the outside, as its designed to look like a large Chinese temple.
Duck de Chine has a reputation for excellence in terms of both dining experience and the atmosphere. It features traditional Beijing duck done with their own special touch.
They also feature French roasting styles to compliment traditional Beijing style, if you’d like to try something new. The exposed wooden beams on the ceiling add to the chic atmosphere.
This charming little courtyard restaurant is one of the city’s most unique outdoor venues. It brings the fresh flavors of Yunnan Province all the way to Beijing.
It serves dishes like rubing (traditional grilled goat cheese), grilled chilli fish, spicy stir-fried mushrooms, “crossing-the-bridge noodles” (guoqiao mixian), fried shrimp and stir-fried wild vegetables (yecai).
The menu is fixed, so you don’t need to think about what to order. Cocktails and wine are available too. Advanced reservations are recommended, especially for the candle-lit outdoor terrace during the warmer months.
Hua Jia Yi Yuan has three branches each with their own specialty.
The Guijie (Ghost Street) Restaurant is simple and unsophisticated, the giant transparent ceiling in the front courtyard is unique, and makes you feel as if you are in a garden while still being indoors. This is thus a great option for Beijing’s colder months.
Baihe (Lily) Vegetarian Restaurant is a great place to enjoy vegetarian cuisine. It is a courtyard-style house in a traditional Hutong neighborhood, which includes both indoor and outdoor seating.
An English menu is available. Great dishes to try are the suchang — ‘vegetarian sausage’; baochao sanding — a stir-fry of diced carrots, faux meat, and cashews; jiangxiang candou — a stir-fry of lima beans with minced faux meat; and qiancengbing — layered pancake with thyme.
Why not take a tailor-made tour especially focused on Chinese food? Our guides can help you understand the culture behind the food, and take you to the best places to sample Chinese cuisine.
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Want to know more about food and drink in Beijing? We have many more pages on where to eat, categorized below for easy browsing: