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Beijing has always been known for having the best of certain things. They have heavenly temples, great walls, grand palaces and the 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.
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 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.
Experience a traditional Beijing lunchtime at Shanxi Flavors, a restaurant serving up a mix of dishes including biang biang noodles, a wide noodle with chilis, meat, some greens, and a vinegar-base sauce. While not traditionally a Beijing dish, this is probably one of Beijing's favorite noodles from nearby Shanxi Province.
Cai Yi Xuan offers upscale noodles at upscale prices and an easy English menu. Meals can range north of the 20 USD per person price range depending on choices.
Nestled in the Four Seasons Hotel Beijing they offer a variety of other dishes including seafood and even western cuisine, but they are known for their zha-jiang noodles and other Beijing specialties. Great option if you don't have much time to explore Beijing.
This bar and restaurant has the best of both worlds, many new flavors 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 USD) and overly filling, the Noodle Bar is one of Beijing’s best.
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 in Xinjiang Province, varied spices, salts and onions using soupless recipes. Crescent Moon offers all of this and more for a competitive price tag at around 5 to 10 USD.
Try Japanese noodles with the low priced, high taste of Invincible Ramen. Come for the under 5 USD 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.
When noodles are discussed Da Dong's pricy menu ranging from 40 USD to 60 USD per couple isn't often mentioned. The restaurant's Beijing Roast 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.
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 traditional 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.
With China Highlights you can choose what restaurants you would like to visit during your tour. We are flexible when planning your itinerary and do our best to accommodate your requirements. Just let us know what they are and we'll create your own individual China tour!
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 will give you some helpful suggestions.