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Food Lover's Guide to Beijing

By Viator, March 2018

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The best flavors of China are on the menus of Beijing, China's capital city. Influenced by its neighboring regions as well as the imperial cuisine of the Forbidden City, the food is characterized by its bold flavors and hearty preparations. Here are a few favorite foods and activities you won't want to miss.

Must-Try Dishes
Beijing's most famous dish, the crispy-skinned, juicy-on-the-inside Peking duck, is often served with rice flour wraps, cucumbers, green onions and a sweet, salty hoisin sauce.

While rice dishes are popular in the south of China, the north leans more toward noodles and dumplings called jaozi, which come stuffed with shrimp, pork and a variety of vegetables. To satisfy a hankering for noodles, try Zhajiang noodles, a hand-pulled wheat variery served with minced pork and a smoky fermented soy bean paste sauce. And on a cold day in Beijing, nothing beats a bubbling lamb hot pot—a dish once enjoyed by Qing Dynasty royalty.

Must-Do Experiences
  • Set aside an evening to feast on Peking duck before attending a famous Chinese acrobatic show, an iconic experience in the Chinese capital.
  • Eat like a local and sample a variety of different foods on a street food tour. Opt for one in the Beijing hutongs to get a feel for some of the city's most interesting neighborhoods.
  • Take the flavors of Beijing home with you by learning new recipes at a cooking class (dumplings, anyone?)
  • Gain an understanding of Beijing's culture and cuisine by touring one of the many food markets and dining with a local family.

Tours & Tickets

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Private Tour: Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square, Summer Palace and More, Beijing, null
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Private Tour: Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square, Summer Palace and More

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 30 Reviews

This private day tour is a comprehensive introduction to the most popular attractions in Beijing for visitors who enjoy walking. Spend a day exploring ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $122.00
Private Tour to Beijing Panda House and Cruise to Summer Palace with Imperial Dinner, Beijing, ... 
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Private Tour to Beijing Panda House and Cruise to Summer Palace with Imperial Dinner

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

This family-friendly private tour starts with the Panda House of the Beijing Zoo and features nearly all of the main attractions in the Summer Palace. You will ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $124.00
Beijing Hutong Food and Beer Tour by Tuk Tuk, Beijing, Day Cruises
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Beijing Hutong Food and Beer Tour by Tuk Tuk

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 29 Reviews

This is not another walking tour. Your small group tour travels by private tuktuk and offers unlimited beer and soda while you and your English-speaking guide ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $75.00
Beijing Private Hutong Food Walking Tour, Beijing, Food Tours
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Beijing Private Hutong Food Walking Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 15 Reviews

An authentic culinary tour through Dong Si Area, lesser tourist visited hutongs. Visit Dong Si area where you will be immersed into the real ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $34.00
Old Beijing Dinner Food Tour, Beijing, Street Food Tours
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Old Beijing Dinner Food Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 13 Reviews

Beijing’s dinner time cuisine is so much more than the crowded tourist markets featuring bugs and mystery meat on sticks! Join this small group food tour as ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $65.00
Private Afternoon Tour to Pearl Market with Kung Fu Show and Peking Duck Dinner, Beijing, Food Tours
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Private Afternoon Tour to Pearl Market with Kung Fu Show and Peking Duck Dinner

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Walk into the famous Pearl market where your own expert shopper will give you tips and suggestions on the purchases you may make. Spend the rest of your ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $82.00
Experience Beijing: Chinese Cooking Class and Market Tour, Beijing, Shopping Tours
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Experience Beijing: Chinese Cooking Class and Market Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 55 Reviews

Learn how to make authentic Chinese food during this Beijing cooking class, taught by an expert chef. Take a walking tour through a market to learn about the ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $90.00
Beijing Acrobatic Show and Peking Duck Banquet Night Tour, Beijing, Cooking Classes
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Beijing Acrobatic Show and Peking Duck Banquet Night Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 93 Reviews

Dine on exquisite Chinese cuisine at a Peking Duck banquet dinner then enjoy traditional entertainment from a Chinese acrobat troupe on this Beijing evening ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $86.99
3-Hour Private Night Tour: Beijing Foodie Experience, Beijing, Dining Experiences
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3-Hour Private Night Tour: Beijing Foodie Experience

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 11 Reviews

Combine the cultural delights and delectable bites of Beijing on this enriching 3-hour food tour of China’s captivating capital. Accompanied by a private ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $42.00
Private Night Tour: Beijing Illuminated with Dim Sum Dinner, Beijing, Street Food Tours
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Private Night Tour: Beijing Illuminated with Dim Sum Dinner

Enjoy this 4-hour private tour of Beijing at night while accompanied by an English-speaking guide. See the highlights of the city including Tian'anmen square, ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $62.00

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