Located in the North-Central of China, Beijing foods have a strong flavor with seasonings such as garlic, ginger, onion and pepper. However, they are adapted so that international tourists can sample the quintessence of Chinese cuisines. Imperial culinary is prevalent in this ancient capital and tourists can easily find some local restaurants which serve the classic Chinese cuisines.

Beijing Roast Duck

There are two things you cannot miss in your Beijing trip: climbing the Great Wall and sampling Beijing roast duck. Ducks are seasoned before being hung and roasted in an oven. This food is famous for its vibrant red color and crispy skin. The chefs usually slice the duck in front of you; they will ensure that each thin flake has its own piece of brownish-red skin.

You can taste this food directly with sauce; however, it will be intriguing to taste hot roast duck with pancake and some vegetables. Put the pancake on your palms, spread the plum sauce, and finally put some cucumbers and carrots stick and a piece of duck. Gently wrap it and eat with sauce. Beijing Roast Duck will be ideal to enjoy in spring and autumn when the weather is pleasantly cool.

Some famous Beijing roast duck restaurants

Da Dong Duck Restaurant: F1-F2, Nanxincang Business Building, 22 Dongsitiao Jia, Dongcheng District

Quanjude Roast Duck Restaurant: with 10 branches across Beijing, it is considered the oldest roast duck chains in China.


Beijing Mutton Hotpot

This cuisine originates from Mongolia and has been popular in China since Yuan dynasty. Sliced mutton and other meats, vegetables and mushroom are boiled in a hotpot. The thin sliced meat will be cooked quickly and evenly. Enjoy succulent mutton with delicious broth and sesame sauce.

Some famous mutton hotpot restaurants in Beijing

Dong Lai Shun: 5/F, Xindong’an Plaza, Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng District

Huang Cheng Lao Ma: 39 Nanqingfengzha Houjie, Dabeiyao, Chaoyang District


Beijing Jing Jiang Rou Si

This is a traditional Beijing cuisine which originated from this city. Generally speaking, it is sliced pork stirred with sweet bean sauce. You can eat this food by rolling it in dried tofu wraps. You cannot miss Jing Jiang Rou Si for your dining experience in Beijing.


Zhajiangmian (Beijing Fried Sauce Noodles)

Carbohydrate dish is one important part of your Beijing cuisine adventure. Zhajiang mian, also known as Zhajiang Noodles is made from thick wheat noodles mixed with eggs and some vegetables such as bean sprouts, radish, carrots and cucumbers. Ground pork or beef and soybean paste are used to make this food’s sauce.


Jiaozi (Chinese Dumplings)

Jiaozi is a well-known kind of dumplings in Beijing. This food is made of minced pork mixed with vegetables in flour wraps. It is served with soybean sauce, vinegar and chilli.

Some famous Jiaozi restaurants in Beijing

Baoyuan Dumplings: North of 6 Maizidian Jie, Chaoyang District

Mr Shi’s Dumplings: 74 Baochao Hutong, Gulou Dong Dajie


Donkey Burger

This dish’s origin is in Hebei province and it is well-known in Beijing now. Lean donkey meat will be shredded and wrapped in round or rectangular buns. This food is rich in protein and suitable to try after your long walking tour in Beijing.


Barbecue skewers

You can find this food in every food street such as Wangfujing Snack Street, Guijie (Ghost Street) or Niujie Muslim Snack Street. The raw ingredients are skillfully seasoned before cooking. Everything from meat to mushrooms and vegetables can be skewered and roasted. You can choose whether to taste it spicy or not.


Some famous restaurants in Beijing

Din Tai Fung Restaurant:  No.24, Xinyuanxili Zhongjie, Chaoyang District, Beijing

Courtyard 7 Restaurant: 7 Qian Gulou Yuan Lane, The Southern Gong and Drum Lane, Dongcheng District

Shan Shui Jian Yang Jie Zi Restaurant:  8 Longtan Road, Congwen District

Jardine Matheson Spring Restaurant:  No.12, Yiheyangguang Building C, Dongtucheng Road, Chaoyang District


Must-visit Beijing food streets

  • Donghuamen Night Snack Market: Donganmen Street, Dongcheng District
  • Guijie Street: Dongzhimennei Dajie (Avenue), Dongcheng District
  • Jiumen Snack Street: Xiaoyou Hutong, Shichahai Houhai, Xicheng District
  • Niu Jie Muslim Snack Street: Guanganmen, Xuanwu District
  • Fucheng Street: Between Hangtian Bridge and Dinghui Bridge in the Haidian District
  • Qianmen Snack Street: Qianmen Street of Xuanwu Street; near Tiananmen Square
  • Wangfujing Snack Street: Wanfujing Business Street, Doncheng District
  • Guanganmen Snack Street: Guanganmen Street, Xuanwu District
  • Hao Yun Jie Snack Street: Yansha Business Circle, Chaoyang District
  • Longfusi Snack Street: North of Dongsi Longfu Mansion, Dongcheng District