The Top 10 Restaurants in Beijing: Where to Eat in 2019
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.
1. Qianmen Quanjude
Beijing roast duck — the most popular of Beijing dishes
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.
Chinese name : 全聚德烤鸭店 Quanjude Kaoya Dian
/chwen-jyoo-der kaow-yaa dyen/ ‘Quanjude [name] Roast Duck Restaurant’
Price : from CNY120/person
Open : 11am–1:30pm and 4:30pm–8pm
Recommended dishes: Quanjude roast duck (全聚德精品烤鸭), roast duck bone soup (鸭架汤), fried mushroom and shrimp balls (宫爆鲜菌虾球)
Address : 30 Qianmen Street, Chongwen District 崇文区前门大街 30 号
Tel : 010-65112418
Transportation: If you are taking the subway get off at Exit B at Qianmen Station (前门站)on Line 2.
2. Din Tai Fung Restaurant
Din Tai Fung Restaurant
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.
Recommended dishes: featured steamed buns (特色小笼包), pork and vegetable wontons (菜肉馄饨), shrimp fried rice (虾仁炒饭)
Price : from CNY100/person
Tel : 010-64624502
Transportation : Get off at Dongzhimen Station (东直门站) on Line 2, and take Exit B1. Transfer to bus 401 to reach Dongwaixie Street Station (东外斜街站).
3. Hai Di Lao
The hotpot in Haidilao
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
Chinese name: 海底捞 Haidilao /hi-dee-laow/
‘sea bottom fish-up’
Address : 8 Gongti North Road, Sanlitun, Chaoyang District (朝阳区三里屯工体北路8号)
Transportation : Use subway Line 6 to get to Dongdaqiao Station (东大桥).
4. Shanshui Jian Yang-Xiezi Hotpot
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.
Chinese name : 山水间羊蝎子火锅 Shanshui Jian Yangxiezi Huoguo /shan-shway jyen yang-sshyeah-dzuh hwor-gwor/
‘hill-water (scenery) among lamb-scorpion hotpot’
Price : from CNY70/person
Open : 10:30am-9:30pm
Recomended dishes: Lamb Scorpion hot pot (羊蝎子火锅)
Address : 22 Longtan Road, Dongcheng District (东城区龙潭路 22 号)
Tel : 010-67149700
Transportation : Take bus 60 and get off at Longtan Park Station (龙潭公园).
5. King’s Joy Beijing
chinese vegetarian food
King's Joy is undoubtedly one of the best vegetarian restaurants in town. The dishes are made using the freshest vegetables and ingredients, generally from close by organic farms or from the special regions they hail from.
The restaurant is conveniently located close to Yonghegong Lama Temple and thus conveniently follows a visit to the temple.
Chinese name: 京兆尹, Jingzhaoyin /jing-jaow-yin/
Address : 2 Wudaoying Hutong, Dongcheng District (东城区五道营胡同2号)
Open: 11:30am–1:30pm; 2pm–4:30pm; 5:30pm–9:30pm
Recommended dishes: sweet and sour lotus root (糖醋藕小排), stir-fried Collybia albuminosa, asparagus and Chinese yam (鸡枞菌芦笋炒山药), matsutake soup (松茸汤), mung bean cake with jujube paste (枣泥绿豆糕)
Price : over 250 yuan per person
Tel : 010-84049191
Transportation : Take Subway Line 2 or 5 and get off at Yonghegong Lama Temple Station. Take Exit D to the west.
6. Jin Ding Xuan
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.
Chinese name: 金鼎轩 Jin Ding Xuan /tjin-ding-hsywen/ ‘gold pot
Address : 77 Hepingli Street, Dongcheng District 东城区和平里西街 77 号
Open: 24 hours
Recommended dishes: crystal shrimp dumplings (水晶虾饺皇), minced pork congee with preserved egg (皮蛋瘦肉粥), steamed spare ribs in black bean sauce (豉汁蒸排骨)
Price : from CNY 100/person
Tel : 010-64296699
Transportation : Using the subway, get to Yonggegong Lama Temple Station (雍和宫站) using either Line 2 or Line 5. Exit through Entrance A and you’ll have to walk for about 360m.
7. Choy's Seafood Restaurant
Choy’s Seafood Restaurant is a trendsetting seafood restaurant featuring Cantonese and Sichuan cuisine. Delicious food, delicate dishes, and relaxing surroundings make it a great place to taste traditional Chinese cuisine. It provides English menus for ease of ordering.
Chinese name: 彩海轩中餐厅, Caihaixuan Zhongcanting /tseye-hi-sshwen jong-tsan-ting/
Address : 2/F Marriott Hotel, Haihang Mansion, 26A Xiaoyun Road, Chaoyang District, next to the US Embassy (霄云路甲26号海航大厦万豪酒店2楼, 靠近美国大使馆)
Open : 11:30am–2:30pm; 5:30pm–10:30pm
Recommended dishes: steamed sea bass (清蒸石斑鱼), crispy egg noodles with abalone sauce (鲍汁干烧伊面), stir-fried rice noodles with beef (干炒牛河), sweetened red bean paste with lotus seeds (莲子红豆沙)
Price : 193 yuan per person
Tel : 010-59278320
Transportation : Take or transfer to Line 10 to get to Sanyuanqiao Station (三元桥站) and take Exit C2. Walk for 20 minutes to get there.
8. Dali Courtyard
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.
Chinese name: 大理院子 Dali Yuanzi /daa-lee ywhen-dzuh/
‘Dali [place] courtyard’
Recommended dishes:rubing (a traditional grilled goat’s cheese), grilled chili fish, spicy stir-fried mushrooms, “crossing-the-bridge noodles” (过桥米线), fried shrimp and stir-fried wild vegetables (野菜).
Price : from CNY 160/person
Tel : 010-84041430.
Transportation : Take Subway Line 2 to Guloudongdajie Station (鼓楼东大街).
9. Huajia Yiyuan — Hua’s Restaurant
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.
Chinese name: 花家怡园 Huajia
Yiyuan /hwah-jyah ee-ywhen/ ‘flower family harmony garden’
Address : 235 Dongzhimennei Street, Dongcheng District 北京市东直门内大街
Transportation : Take Line 5 and get off at Beixinqiao Station (北新桥站). Take Exit B.
10. Black Sesame Kitchen
Black Sesame Kitchen is tucked away in a hutong and makes homemade dishes. The biggest difference between this restaurant and others is that you can see how each dish is made. It is a good, easy way to ease into Chinese food. It is beloved by many foreign tourists. You can enjoy a meal and chat to people from all over the world.
The staff don’t offer you a menu. The dishes available depend on whatever the chef decides to cook on the day. Make sure you make a reservation in advance as it is a reservation-only restaurant.
Chinese name: 黑芝麻厨房, Heizhima Chufang /hay-jrr-mah choo-fung/
Address : 28 Zhonglao Hutong, Dongcheng District (东城区中老胡同28号)
Open : 7pm–10pm
Recommended dishes: red braised pork (红烧肉), sweet and sour shrimp (糖醋虾), black sesame ice cream（黑芝麻冰淇淋）
Price : 350 yuan per person
Tel : 136 9147 4408
Transportation : Take Line 5 to Dongsi Station and take Exit E. Walk for about 20 minutes to get there.
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