Beijing has always been known for having the best of certain things. They have heavenly temples, great walls, grand palaces and the most most epic of noodles. A history of noodle culture combined with the highly competitive Beijing environment where only the best among the best survive. Here are Beijing’s best noodle joints.
Xian Lao Man (馅老满)
Get away from the foreign crowds and find a seat in local friendly Xian Lao Man. Known for its immersive Chinese cultural atmosphere, this is a local favorite that has customers lining up around lunch and lining up around the corner. Placing a specific focus on 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, Xian Lao Man is a must visit.
- 252 Andingmen Bei Dajie, Dongcheng District (东城区安定门内大街252号)
Len Len (联联 Lianlian)
A Chinese restaurant with Japanese cuisine, Len Len offers up a wide — wide — wide variety of delectable mini-bowl selections of pasta; in this way customers can try a number of dissimilar tastes in a single sitting. Some are soba noodles, fish noodles, udon noodles, and spicy noodles, and those are just appetizers. Uniquely located underground with savory tastes and a lush eating environment, Len Len offers a little of Japan in Beijing.
- 12B Xinzhong Jie, Chaoyang District (朝阳区新中街乙12号)
Cai Yi Xuan (采逸轩)
Cai Yi Xuan offers upscale noodles at upscale prices. Meals often range average north of the 20 dollar per person price range. Nestled in the Four Seasons Hotel Beijing they offer a variety of other dishes including sea food and even western cuisine, but they are known for their jia-jiang noodles and other Beijing specialties.
- 48 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District (朝阳区亮马桥路48号北京四季酒店)
Noodle Bar (面吧)
This bar and restaurant has the best of both worlds, a tantalizing taste for your tongue and the visual feast of watching your food cooked (with style) right before your eyes. Noodles are twirled, diced then cooked in a tendon, beef, veggie or countless other soups. Reasonably priced (under 10 dollars) and overly filling, the Noodle Bar is one of Beijing’s best.
- Courtyard 4, Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District (朝阳区工体北路4号院)
Crescent Moon (弯弯的月亮)
After tackling the best of the traditional Beijing styles, go exotic, with the Uighur minority's very delectable and very different style of noodles. Flour taken from the elevated West China soil, varied spices, salts and onions in soupless recipes. Crescent Moon offers all of this and more for a competitively, though varying 5 to 10 dollar price-tag.
- 16 Dongsi Liutiao, Dongcheng District (东城区东四六条16号)
Invincible Ramen (无敌家橫浜骨汤创作面坊)
We return to Japan with the low priced, high taste of Invincible Ramen. Come for the under 5 dollar costs but stay for the original Japanese Ramen, as well as side dishes and desserts that are specifically selected to accompany the meal, like Japanese maki or fruit slushies. Though it has somewhat of a fast-food feel, judging this book by its cover would be a mistake, like its name implies, Invincible Ramen competes with the best noodle restaurants in Beijing.
- 32 Xiaoyun Lu, Chaoyang District (朝阳区霄云路32号)
Da Dong (北京大董烤鸭店)
When noodles are discussed Da Dong's pricy menu ranging from $40 to $60 per couple isn't often mentioned. The restaurant's duck is fabulous and its variety and creativity with its cuisine is unending. World renowned chef Dong Zhengxiang doesn't limit himself to meats and pastries, he also makes noodles found nowhere else on the planet. Including rise noodles, a spaghetti noodle blend, noodles braised in fine wines and his legendary noodles made from lobster, definitely a must for any visitor to Beijing.
- 1-2/F, Nanxincang International Plaza, 22A Dongsishitiao, near Dongmencang Hutong (东四十条甲22号南新仓商务大厦1-2楼, 近东门仓胡同); +86 (10) 5169 0329
Noodle Loft (面酷)
The noodle loft is a hole in the Great Wall of Beijing noodle restaurants. Its cozy interior and open kitchen lure hundreds of customers every day with its unique and tradition tastes. Twelve experienced chefs create everything from coconut noodle soups to soft-dumpling noodle combos. The lines are long for this alluring locale but as one of Beijing’s best its absolutely worth the wait.
- 33 Guangshun Bei Dajie, Chaoyang District (朝阳区广顺北大街33号); 86 10/8472-4700
Choose Your Food on Our Beijing Tours
With China Highlights you can choose what restaurants you would like to visit during your tour. We are flexible (within reason) when planning your itinerary and do our best to accommodate your requirements.
Many of our Beijing tours have free time in the evening for you to choose a place to dine. If you like noodles then this page should give you some helpful suggestions.