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Dong Si Shi Tiao Jia 34 Hao Yuan, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100001
A local favorite for Peking duck, Chef Dong's menu has evolved over the years to encompass a more contemporary style of food. The geoduck clam dish, presented in an ice-ball and served with Sichuan peppers, is one such effort, but the mainstay is...
24 Xinyuan Xili Middle St, Chaoyang Qu, China, 100027
Dumpling chain Din Tai Fung has gone from humble beginnings in Taiwan some 40 years ago to a presence in 10 countries, including Singapore, the United States, Australia, and Japan. The secret of its success lies in one item—xiaolongbao—a type of...
Building 1 No 11 Sanlitun Road Chaoyang, Sanlitun Road, 东城区北京市 China, 100027
Most visitors come for the Peking duck (and rightly so). But Jing Yaa Tang also offers impeccable drinks—try their eponymous drink that mixes whisky with a dash of cinnamon and orange. While the menu doesn't hew to any particular regional cuisine,...
China, Beijing Shi, Chaoyang Qu, Maizidian St, 6号楼
Dumplings are a northern Chinese staple—inexpensive, hearty, and with a variety of fillings—and the boiled dumplings (shuijiao) at Baoyuan don’t disappoint. What sets them apart from your corner dumpling shop is the colored...
88 Shuangqing Rd, WuDaoKou, Haidian Qu, China, 100083
Vegetarianism in China has a long history, and the locals have become masters at faking the taste and texture of meat. Veggie Tiger (Suhu), however, has broadened beyond the typical fake kebabs for an inspired menu of vegetarian dishes, including...
67 Xiaojingchang Hutong, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100007
Though it’s mere minutes from the chaotic pedestrian street Nanluoguxiang, Dali Courtyard, in a charming brick courtyard house, is as tranquil as the nearby streets are buzzing. Dinner is a set menu here (from ¥150 per person), a small...
Dongcheng, China, 100007
This slick eatery specializes in homestyle Vietnamese fare in spacious hutong digs. It’s as close as you’ll get to Saigon up here in the Chinese capital—but that’s not the only reason to come. The cocktails make use of everything from tart basil...
16 Dongsi 6th Alley, DongSi, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100001
Skip the (dubious) street skewers for the generous lamb kebabs at Crescent Moon. Authenticity abounds at this clean, roomy restaurant. The friendly owner can often be found smoking a hookah in the back, and the staff speak to each other in the...
China, Beijing Shi, Fengtai, Chaoyangmen Outer St, 1号京广中心 邮政编码: 100020
As the same suggests, Country Kitchen specializes in the rustic culinary traditions of Northern China—with a few dishes pulled from the Sichuanese repertoire. You might forget you are in the ultra-luxe Rosewood Hotel, as the surroundings exude a...
3 Heizhima Hutong, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100007
A cooking school by day (Wednesdays and Sundays, to be specific), Black Sesame Kitchen hosts a 10-course family-style meal on Tuesday and Friday nights that allows visitors to sample Chinese dishes from a variety of regional cuisines. Most who...
Xicheng, Beijing, China
The world's seventh-largest public square is best known in the West for the 1989 student protests, but this is also where, on October 1, 1949, Mao Zedong founded the People's Republic of China. The square was named for Tiananmen (which translates...
4 Jingshan Front St, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100006
Beijing's number one tourist attraction is a massive former imperial palace known as the Forbidden City. Between 1416 and 1911, it was home to 24 Ming and Qing dynasty emperors and their families and staff. In 1912, after the abdication of...
The Great Wall of China runs more than 21,000 kilometers (over 13,000 miles), not as one continuous wall but rather as fortified wall sections. Some of the sections date back more than 2,500 years, though only 8.2 percent of the existing wall is...
19 Sanlitun Rd, SanLiTun, Chaoyang Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100027
Before Sanlitun Village (or, technically, Sanlitun Taikoo Li), the district was better known for fake alcohol and drug-fueled fights. Post-village, the development has become a veritable catwalk for Beijing's fashionistas. The complex is split...
Maliandao Rd, Xicheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China
Literally all the tea in China (okay, we exaggerate a bit), Maliandao hawks every conceivable type of tea available. The market is primarily for wholesalers, which explains the utilitarian look of the stores based around this one-kilometer or so...
19 Sanlitun Rd, SanLiTun, Chaoyang Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100001
This venue has permanently closed. This store in Taikoo Li North, run by media mogul Hung Huang, has a beautiful and carefully curated selection of local Chinese designers and artists. Many of these signature designs, often found nowhere else, are...
9 Dongdaqiao Rd, Chaoyang Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100001
A mall for people who hate malls, the Parkview Green showcases playful modern art within a stunning glass pyramid. Oh yes, and you can shop here, too. Labels include Stella McCartney and Ted Baker, but don't forget to check out high-concept...
Wu Dao Ying Hu Tong, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100011
Wander along this recently gentrified hutong lined with quirky shops, international restaurants, and vintage curios. Veggies will appreciate the two vegan-friendly restaurants on this street (King's Joy and Veggie Table), while animal lovers will...
3 Chongwenmen Outer St, ChongWenMen, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China
One of my favorite moments in Beijing was sitting around the cozy circular bar at Noodle Bar for front-row action of the chef pulling our noodles by hand. The menu is simple and straightforward: all noodle soup with your choice of brisket, tendon...
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