Beijing's Best Restaurants
Collected by Sophie Friedman, AFAR Local Expert
From dumplings to duck—specifically Peking duck—China's capital offers a bounty of delicious meals, both local dishes and international cuisine. Here are our picks of the top places for memorable meals.
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...
China, Beijing Shi, Dongcheng Qu, Xinzhong St, 新中街乙12号 邮政编码: 100001
After decades of rule by innocuous lagers, a small revolution is brewing in Beijing's beer scene, with a handful of small-scale brew operations popping up over the past few years. Great Leap is among them and brings together foreign beer makers...
34 Fangjia Hutong, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100007
A cozy joint in Fangjia Hutong, this Taiwanese-Kiwi owned spot serves toothsome Taiwanese street food, with a focus on gua bao. Bao, steamed buns filled with meat, vegetables, or both, are a common breakfast in East Asia, munched on the streets of...
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...
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...
12 Yonghegong St, Dongcheng Qu, China, 100007
It’s up to you to make lunch at this cooking school, where Joyce Pan guides her small classes in filling and folding dumplings and stretching noodles. Enjoy the results of your kitchen work paired with a vegetable side dish from Joyce,...
Building 1 No 11 Sanlitun Road Chaoyang, Sanlitun Road, 东城区北京市 China, 100027
The posh Chinese restaurant inside the trendy Sanlitun hotel the Opposite House has a pretty broad menu. There are spicy Sichuan standards, like mapo doufu (cubes of white tofu suspended in chili oil, served here with minced beef) and skewers of...
5 Gong Yuan Tou Tiao, ChaoYangMen, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100005
The food is as authentic as it gets at this Sichuan restaurant, which is part of the Sichuan provincial government’s Beijing office. Sichuan is known for its fiery cuisine, but if some in your party prefer things a little less piquant,...
49 Gongmenkou 1st Alley, Xicheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China
This ultra-popular Hunanese joint looks more like a Scandi home-goods showroom than a restaurant serving fiery home-style Hunan food. The menu items are a delightful contrast to the chic and very minimalist decor. Soft fermented tofu with tomato...
China, Beijing Shi, Dongcheng Qu, Xinzhong St, 新中西里13号巨石大厦东区1层 邮政编码: 100001
The fourth floor of a department store may not seem like a promising place for Nanjing cuisine, but the line out the door says otherwise. Beneath paper lanterns producing a warm glow, Beijingers sit at dark wooden tables, ordering heaps of food...
China, Beijing Shi, Chaoyang Qu, SanLiTun, 三里屯北街81号那里花园1楼 邮政编码: 100001
The Moka brothers in question are restaurateurs Daniel Urdaneta and Alex Molina, pals, partners, and owners of Beijing restaurants Mosto and Modo. The pair decided the capital needed a healthy-eats joint and, judging by the packed house, they were...
Tian Shui Yuan Jie, TuanJieHu, Chaoyang Qu, Beijing Shi, China
Tempura is a masterpiece, and at Xi Yi Lang, septuagenarian Asano Kiichiro is the art director. Dinner is set menus (from roughly $44), a tasting parade of beautifully presented dishes. The meal might start with edamame and river shrimp, or...
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