Beijing DiningDining in Beijing you will be spoilt for choice with unlimited options. Whether you want to try out the local delicacies or dine at the finest restaurants you will not be disappointed with what Beijing has to offer. There are so many restaurants and local dishes to try in Beijing.
Beijing Roast Duck
It is said that there are two things that you must do when visiting Beijing: One is to enjoy the roast duck and the other is to take a stroll on the Great Wall. There is simply quite nothing like a perfectly roasted duck with bronzed crispy skin and tender, succulent meat. There are literally dozens of restaurants that serve this famous dish, but perhaps the best known are Quanjude and Bianyifang.
Quanjude Roast Duck
Quanjude Roast Duck restaurant has over 150 years of history and is one of the most famous restaurants in Beijing for its roast duck. There are many branches located throughout Beijing with the oldest branches in Wangfujing and Hepingmen.
Quanjude (Wangfujing Branch)
Address : No.9 Shuaifuyuan Hutong, Wangfujing Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing
Opening Hours : 11:00AM - 2:30PM, 4:30PM - 8:00PM
Bian Yi Fang Roast Duck
Bian Yi Fang is one of Quanjude’s rivals and the restaurant itself dates back to the Ming Dynasty and has over 600 years of history. Apart from the Roast Duck the restaurant offers a range of traditional Beijing delicacies and sweet treats.
Bian Yi Fang (Xingfu Branch)
Address : No.36, Xingfu Street, Chongwen District
Opening Hours : 11:00AM - 2:00PM, 5:00PM - 10:00PM
Imperial Cuisine has evolved over time to be enjoyed by all of the country's people, featured by complex preparation techniques, the freshest ingredients and elaborate presentation including colorful vegetable carvings. It is the foundation of Beijing cuisine. Probably the finest expression of classic imperial cooking is the Tan Jia cuisine served at the Beijing Hotel.
Hua Jia Yi Yuan (Hua’s Restaurant)
Beijing Hua Jia Yi Yuan (Hua’s Restaurant) was established in 1998 and is located on Gui Street and is the longest serving restaurant on the street and is famous as one of the leading Beijing gourmet brands. There are a total of 15 branches located throughout Beijing and all branches cover 30,000 square meters. Politicians and royalty who have dined at the restaurant include German President Joachim Gauck, King Carl XVI Gustaf & Queen Silvia of Sweden, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and wife Agnese Landini, Ueli Maurer of the Swiss Federal Council and King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands.
Hua Jia Yi Yuan Sihe Courtyard
Address : No.235 Dongzhimen Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing
Telephone : + (86) 10-51283315
Opening Hours : 10:30AM – 4:00AM
Family Li Imperial Cuisine
Family Li Imperial Cuisine was founded by Professor Li Shan Lin who is who was from a prestigious Manchurian family during the Qing Dynasty. Professor Li’s grandfather was a high-ranking official of the royal court and was responsible for the organizing of banquets. Growing up Professor Li was interested in Imperial Court Cuisine and opened the Family Li Imperial Cuisine in 1985.
Address : No.11 Yangfang Hutong, Deshengmen Street, Beijing
Telephone : + (86) 10-66180107
Opening Hours : 10:30AM – 9:30PM
Bai Jia Da Yuan
You can literally feast like the Emperors' of the Qing Dynasty at Beijing’s famous imperial cuisine restaurants. One of the most notable imperial cuisine restaurants is Bai Jia Da Yuan where visitors can taste the most authentic imperial cuisine and experience life in the Qing imperial court. All staff at Bai Jia Da Yuan are dressed in traditional Manchurian outfits and greet visitors at the entrance of the restaurant. There is also a wonderful garden complete with pond, pavilion and bridge for guests to sit and enjoy the beautiful view.
Address : No.15 Suzhou Street, Beijing
Telephone : + (86) 10-62658851
Opening Hours : 11:00AM – 10:00PM
This restaurant is one of a kind, specializing in Beijing Imperial Court Cuisine. Here you can literally feast like an emperor with the exclusive "Emperor's Supper" which is a whopping 14 course long! For an entire new experience to exquisite dinning.
Address : Behai Park, Beijing
Telephone : + (86) 10-64041184 / 64011889
Opening Hours : 11:00AM-2:00PM, 5:00PM-8:00PM
Trying out Beijing’s snacks is a must for the ultimate authentic Beijing flavour when in the capital. These dishes emanate from many different cuisines, but the Chinese Muslim influence is the most apparent. There are probably 200 varieties of snacks in Beijing. Most of the snacks can be found throughout the city but to find a place where you can find all the snacks in the one place has to be Wangfujing!
Wangfujing Snack Street
Wangfujing Snack Street is one of the biggest attractions of Beijing and is part of the most prosperous commercial areas of the city. Wangfujing Street has a history that spans over 700 years and is a cultural symbol of Beijing.
Popular Bars in Beijing
Sanlitun Entertainment District
While in Beijing a trip to Sanlitun is a top priority. For a night out in town this is the hottest location to be. With cafes and bars hidden down this avenue it is the place to explore at sun down. As an international district the night life sure does attract those who are up for some lively entertainment.
This bar which is located in Sanlitun district is popular amongst rock 'n' roll lovers. Drinks are at reasonable prices with drinks between 15RMB-30RMB. What sets the bar aside from others is its choice of music. I mean how many bars can you find in Sanlitun which has heavy metal music?
Address : No. 42 Sanlitun South Street, Beijing
Fannou House Whisky & Cocktails
This cosy little whiskey bar has a vintage decor and rooftop terrace. Fannou House has a classic wild-west design with intricate wallpaper, luxurious chandeliers and smartly dressed bartenders. There are private rooms and spacious bathrooms, the place feels more vintage hotel. The third floor houses the impressive single malt collection and a range of cocktails.
Address : No.6 Sanlitun South Road, Beijing
Overlooking the fantastic view of Beijing and sipping on fine cocktails with a live jazz bar setting the mood, what else could be more relaxing? Atmosphere is located on the 80th floor of the China World Summit Wing offering a high class experience with the finest view of the Beijing skyline.
Address : 80/F, China World Summit Wing, 1 Jianguomenwai
Popular Restaurants in Beijing
Commune by the Great Wall Restaurant
The Courtyard Restaurant serves a variety of regional Chinese cuisines. With a capacity of 150 guests it can serve as a venue for a private dinner or function as a meeting hall. The restaurant has a bar and three discrete private rooms, each with a private garden en suite. The restaurant’s partitions can be dismantled to convert the space into a larger reception hall.
Address : The Great Wall Exit No.53 at Shuiguan G6 Jingzang Highway, Beijing
Telephone : + (86) 10 81181888 / 400-815-9888
Hai Di Lao Hotpot
Founded in 1994, Sichuan Haidilao is a Sichuan hot pot chain which has integrated features of hot pots from various regions. Over the past years, Haidilao Hot Pot has been dedicated to fulfilling the perfect integration of traditional authentic Sichuan style hot pot with modern trendy dining habit, delivering the healthy hot pot catering culture to food lovers worldwide, building the pleasant dining atmosphere and making customers enjoy the fresh and fragrant delicacy.
Haidilao (Wangfujing Branch)
Address : Wangfujing Street, i88 Mall 8th Floor, Beijing
Telephone : + (86) 10-57620741 / 57620742
Shun Fung Restaurant
Beijing Shun Fung Restaurant is located in Beijing’s Wangfujing area. Shun Fung was established in Shunde, Foshan in 1990 and in 1993 Beijing Shun Fung Catering & Entertainment Co., Ltd was established in Beijing. The restaurant serves authentic Cantonese cuisines mainly delicacies of Shunde. Shun Fung has been awarded China Famous Restaurant and Famous Trademark of China.
Address : No.34 Donganmen Street, Wangfujing, Dongcheng District, Beijing
Telephone : + (86) 10-65245833
Opening Hours : 11:00AM – 10:00PM
Old Beijing Zha Jiang Noodle King
When in Beijing tasting the Zha Jiang noodles is definitely on the list. The delicious noodles are a traditional dish of Beijing. This dish consists of a delicious sauce mixed with meat, cucumber, cabbage mixed with noodles. The Old Beijing Zha Jiang Noodle King is always full of customers ordering their Zha Jiang noodle specialty.
Address : No. 29 Chong Wen Men Wai, Chongwen District
Telephone: +(86) 10- 67056705
Opening Hours: 10:00AM – 10:00PM
Jin Ding Xuan
Jin Ding Xuan is a 24 hour restaurant in Beijing, with 5 branches in Beijing and its grand décor the restaurant sure does lives up to expectations. The extensive menu has a variety of Cantonese, Sichuan and traditional Beijing cuisines, which will definitely cater to your taste buds.
Address : 77 Hepingli Xijie, Dongcheng District, Beijing
Telephone:+ (86) 10 - 64296699
Boiling Fish Village
As a growing famous brand in Beijing, the Boiling Fish Village is a rapidly growing brand, since opening in 1999 the restaurant now has 5 branches. The restaurant serves up mouth watering spicy Sichuan dishes and of course the house special spicy boiled fish (shuizhuyu).
Address: No.19 Chaoyang Menwai Street, Huapu Builiding 3rd Floor, Beijing
Telephone : +(86) 10-65803368 / 65801368
Opening Hours: 11:00AM-2:00PM, 5:00PM-10:00PM