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Beyond fine dinings and restaurants in Beijing, Beijing cuisines can not be completed without the street food. Therefore, the night markets and food streets become the best places to explore Beijing street food! Among all the food streets and night markets, Wangfujing Food Street has become the most popular one for its convenient location and a great variety of snacks, especially after Donghuamen night market was closed. Besides Wangfujing Night Market, there are multiple other food streets and featured night markets, such as Qianmen food street, Guijie night market, Niujie Muslim food street, Shichahai food street zone, and Longfusi food market,etc. The following are the 6 best recommended food streets and night markets for your food hunting in Beijing!
Location Map of Recommended Beijing Food Streets & Night Markets
As the most popular food street in Beijing, Wangfujing Food Street gathers almost all the famous and delicious snacks in Beijing. It covers an area of more than 2,000 square meters with complete facilities and opens 24 hours. Besides the various snacks, there are also old-styled stalls selling and making folk handcrafts. Some skilled craftsmen will show their unique skills here.
There are also stages, sometimes performing the acrobatics show, and Beijing opera, which highlight the traditional Chinese culture.
From the entrance of Wangfujing food street, that can be quickly order various takeouts and eat along the street, such as barbecue kebabs, sugar coated gourds, tea soup, pancakes and fruits, etc. Sometimes, you can even find some scary-looking insects kebabs, and deep fried scorpions here. The decoration style are unified and quite traditional , but with regional differences for each individual. You can buy snacks not only from Beijing, but also from other parts of China and snacks from other countries, like an Islamic styled Turkish barbecue stand.
• Chinese: 王府井小吃街 • Pinyin: wáng fǔ jǐng xiǎo chī jiē
• Location: Wangfujing Food Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 北京东城区王府井小吃街
Wangfujing Food Market
Qianmen Food Street
Qianmen Snack Street, namely, Qianmen Street, is located in the south of Tiananmen Square, between Zhengyang Arrow Tower to the flyover area. This is one of the most famous pedestrian streets in Beijing. There are many time-honored restaurants in Qianmen Pedestrian Street and the surrounding hutongs, such as Quanjude (全聚德), BianyiFang (便宜坊), Donglaishun (东来顺), Liubiju(六必居), etc. You can eat the traditional delicacies of Beijing. There are also many snacks and pastry shops in the street, such as Wu Yutai ice cream(吴裕泰冰淇淋), Beijing yogurt (北京老酸奶), Daoxiangchun (稻香村), etc. and foreign cafes and fast food brands such as Haagen Dazs, Starbucks and KFC can also be seen here. On Qianmen Street, there are Beijing Camera Factory, China Crown Hat Culture Museum and other old shops and buildings. Traditional art performances such as Chinese cross-talk and storytelling shows in various kinds of tea houses are interesting to see, though they may be hard to understand. After trying the delicious food, you might as well go shopping to experience the traditional life in the ancient capital.
• Chinese: 前门小吃街 • Pinyin: qián mén xiǎo chī jiē
• Location: Qianmen Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 北京东城区前门大街
Shichahai (Shicha Sea 什刹海) is said to be "sea", but it is actually a huge artificial lake, which belonged to the old royal family in the ancient time. It is connected with the famous Beihai River and faces Jingshan park and the Palace Museum. Walking along the tranquil lake bank, passing through those tall and solemn doorways covered by the lush leaves, Shichahai is a famous summer resort. There are also snacks hidden in the alleys, hutongs, scattered in almost every mile for you to explore. Food includes kebabs, ferment soybean milk, meat broth, and pancakes, etc. Today's Shichahai food zone includes Houhai Bar Street, Yandaixie Street, Yinyingqiao Food Street and Drum Tower of Di'anmen Outer Street. Hundreds of restaurants are gathered here. Among them, there are Lamb Barbecue founded in Qing Dynasty, Qingyun Tower Restaurant, Houhai courtyard Restaurant, which only receives three tables of guests a day... More than 300 kinds of Beijing snacks gathered here, let alone Japanese sushi restaurants, Indian restaurants, refined bars, Yunnan cuisines, etc. Gourmet food, beautiful scenery, featured bars, all can be found in Shichahai Food Street.
• Chinese: 什刹海小吃街 • Pinyin: shí shā hǎi xiǎo chī jiē
• Location: Yinding Bridge, Houhai, Xicheng District, Beijing 北京西城区后海银锭桥
Shichahai Food Street (Houhai Food Street)
Guijie Night Market
Gujie (Ghost Street) is located in Dongzhimen, from the west section of Dongzhimen overpass on Second Ring Road, to the east end of Dongzhimen Street at intersection. Today, it is also an excellent place for Beijing food hunting.
There are many embassies around Guijie, which also makes it convenient for foreign tourists and staff in Beijing to enjoy the authentic Chinese cuisines. Guijie Street opens for 24 hours. Even when you get here in the midnight, it is still bustling. Ninety percent of the stores at Guijie are restaurants selling many well-known snacks and food in Beijing, such as Luzhuhuoshao (Wheaten Cake Boiled in Meat Broth), Baodu (Boiled Lamb Tripe). However, the most famous food at Guijie is the spicy crayfish (麻辣小龙虾，má xiǎo) and the spicy crab. The spicy frog hot pot and the roast fish are also very popular. It is a good place to learn about Chinese food culture here. The spiciness and the fragrance attract many visitors and the pricing of most restaurants in Guijie is quite reasonable and close to the normal consumption level. Its significance has gone beyond the catering shops, and more importantly, it reflects the daily life of ordinary people in Beijing.
• Chinese: 簋街 • Pinyin: guǐ jiē
• Location: Dongzhimen Inner Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 北京市东城区东直门内大街
Niujie in Beijing starts from Guang'an Men Inner Street in the north and goes to Bai Guang Street in the south. Niujie, located in Xicheng District, Beijing, is a fairly long-standing Muslim street for more than 600 years. The residents here are mainly Hui people with other over 20 ethnic groups living here.
If you go to Niujie Street in Beijing, you’s better avoid the Ramadan (September of the Islamic calendar), for most of the stores and restaurants will be closed until October of the Islamic calendar. Every September in the Islamic calendar, all Muslims in the world are not allowed to eat until the 1st of October in the Muslim calendar.
Niujie street was built from the Northern Song Dynasty (996 AD). The monastery is a Chinese palace-styled building, and its interior decoration combines with Arabic architectural style. The total building area is 1500 square meters. As the largest mosque in Beijing, you can enjoy many authentic traditional Beijing Muslim dishes and snacks, such as mutton Hot pot, Baodu (Boiled Lamb Tripe), and Aiwowo (Glutinous rice ball), Lvdagun (Glutinous rice roll with red beans), and Wandouhuang (Pea Flour Cake).
• Chinese: 牛街 • Pinyin: niú jiē
• Location: Niujie Street, Xicheng District, Beijing北京西城区牛街
Niujie Muslim Food Market
Longfusi Food Street
Longfusi Street was gradually formed on the basis of the old Beijing Temple Fair, and now it has become one of the shopping centers in Beijing. The main avenue is about 632 meters long and 7 meters wide from East Sibei Street to Art Museum East Street in the west. Traditional snacks, clothing and tourist commodities are operated in the west of the street; Longfu Tower and Longfu Square are in the center area of the street. Here you can buy a variety of local products, you can find plenty of Beijing local restaurants, and you can see Beijing folk opera. Longfusi Street is the gathering place of Chinese snacks, where you can eat a variety of traditional Beijing snacks, Muslim snacks, well-packed snacks, and one of the most famous old brands is the Longfu Temple Snack Restaurant (隆福寺小吃店). The restaurant offers many delicacies, and you can eat almost all the popular traditional Beijing snacks in one place. The most authentic Beijing snacks and specialties are gathered here, including the fermented soybean juice, deep fired Chinese doughnuts, fired livers, as well as various kinds of kebabs!
• Chinese: 隆福寺小吃街 • Pinyin: lóng fú sì xiǎo chī jiē
• Location: Longfusi Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 北京市东城区隆福寺街
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