Eating Out in Beijing

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The Front Door

The Front Door

Beijing has more than 1,000 restaurants serving food from all over the world. Although famous for Peking Duck and noodle-based dishes of the north, the city can also provide a taste of just about every other regional cuisine, including Shanghainese, Hunanese, Cantonese, and Sichuan. As for Western cuisine, France is represented by Maxim’s of Paris. All large hotels offer cosmopolitan fare, from Mexican at the Sara Hotel to German at the Great Wall Sheraton. When dining in Beijing, remember that people eat early. Lunch hour is 11am.-2pm. and dinner 5pm.-8pm. Restaurants are packed at lunch. Hours in hotels and smaller and privately run establishments are more flexible.

Donghuamen Night Market (off Wangfuijing) is a good option when you want to try one of the local dishes. This area is packed with numerous food stalls and market stalls. You can also give at a try at Yong An Li vegetable market. Beijing also has an impressive array of restaurants suited for the international business people. Be prepared to pay for it as well. Besides that, it won’t be much of a problem to find a pleasant restaurant where you can enjoy, in an authentic setting, one of the northern Chinese meat dishes. For those who want to know: yes, McDonalds has also found its way to China’s capital (31A Dongchangan Jie).

Locals offer this sage advice: Do not eat at an empty restaurant. They are right.

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Sorabol

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type:Continental
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address:Lufthansa Center B1, 50 Xiao Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District
tel:6465-1845

Fangshan Restaurant

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Make sure to visit this fabulous restaurant after a visit to Beihei Park, the former Imperial Garden right next to the Forbidden City. It's situated on an artificial island you can reach via a bridge or a pagoda-roofed ferry.

It's quite expensive for chinese standards - expect to pay about $ 30 for a twelve course meal. There are some rather exotic choices like cow's face or dromedar's feet, but you can always opt for one of the more conventinal offers. Either way, you'll never find this kind of fare in a normal Chinese Restaurant. It's simply wonderful, either more..

type:Chinese
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address:Beihai Gongyuannei (inside Beihai Park's south gate)
tel:6499-3285, 6491-0262

Quan Ju De Roast Duck Restaurant

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type:Peking Duck
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address:8 Beichen Dong Lu Andingmenwai

Big Easy

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address:South Gate, Chaoyang Park
tel:6508-6776

1001 Nights

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Some of the best middle eastern food in Beijing.

type:Middle East
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address:Just off the corner of Gongtibeilu and the Third Ring Road, in Sanction
tel:6532-4050

Quanjude Peking Duck

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type:Peking Duck
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address:13 Shuaifuyuan Lu, Wangfujing, Dongcheng District
tel:6525-3310

Lijun Roast Duck Restaurant

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type:Peking Duck
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address:Beixiangfen Hutong, Zhengyi Lu Nankou, East Qianmen
tel:6702 5681

Berena's Bistro

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address:6 Gongti Donglu
tel:6592 2628

The Red Capital Club

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The Front Door
The Front Door

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Gongdelin

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This is a great vegetarian Buddhist 'fake meat' place. You can get a large meal for $4 (Y30) a person. The menu is in clear English. Though the wait staff speaks little English, pointing to the menu works just fine.

Even my friends skeptical of all things tofu loved the place. The mushroom soup is amazing.

The restauranted is located one entertaining mile walk south of Tiananmen Square. Be sure to duck into some alleyways to your right and left along the way for an improv Hutong tour.

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address: 158 Qianmen Nan Dajie
PriceOfMenu:$4
priceofmenu:$4

Red Basil

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address:Sanyuan Dongqiao, North Third Ring Road , (opposite Jingxin Plaza)
tel:6460-2339, 2334, 2340

Gold Cat

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address:Tuanjiehu Park East Gate, Chaoyang District
tel:6598 5011

Beijing Thailand Empress Sea Food Restaurant Co Ltd [JV]

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address:8A Xi Huangchengen Beijie, Xichengqu

Peppinos

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address:29 Zizhuyuan Lu
tel:6841 2211

Justine's

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address:Lobby, Jianguo Hotel , 5 Jianguomenwai Dajie
tel:6500-2233 ext.8039

Danieli's

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address:Beijing International Club Hotel , 21 Jianguomenwai Dajie
tel:6460-6688

Bavaria Bierstube

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address:Palace Hotel , 8 Goldfish Lane, Wangfujing
tel:6512-8899

The Courtyard

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address:95 Donghuamen Dajie, Dongcheng
tel:6526-8881 to 83

Chairman Mao's Family Restaurant

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This restaurant is very difficult to find, so ask around. It is right next to the Lama Temple. It is Hunan style, but not as spicy, to suit more senstitive palates.

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Omar Khayyam

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address:Asia-Pacific Building, 8 Yabao Lu
tel:6513-9988 ext. 20188
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