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10 Restaurants in Beijing That Locals Love

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Updated: 6 December 2017
One of the best ways to get familiar with a new place is through its food, and what food can compare with the locals’ favorite? Let Culture Trip walk you through the ten restaurants whose flavors Beijing locals cannot resist.

Jubaoyuan Hot Pot Restaurant

Restaurant, Chinese, $$$
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It’s easy to demonstrate how popular the old Beijing copper mutton hotpot restaurant is, just by the long lines in front of the two Jubaoyuan restaurants on Niujie during dining hours. Beijingers love its handmade mutton and beef slices, as well as the sesame buns so delicious that the restaurants literally have to limit the number each customer can buy.

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Qingfeng Stuffed Bun Shop

Diner, Chinese, $$$
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This stuffed bun (Baozi) shop was founded in 1948, and has been the favorite stuffed bun chain restaurant among Beijing locals despite the fact that Go Believe of Beijing’s neighboring city Tianjin is more nationally famous for stuffed buns. Its fame was further upgraded after Chinese president Xi Jinping visited its Yuetan branch and ordered a 21-yuan bun set in 2013.

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Haiwanju

Restaurant, Chinese, $$$
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Also a traditional Beijing restaurant with multiple branches in town, Haiwanju is most famous for its giant bowl of Zhajiangmian (noodles with soybean paste), with an ample selection of sides to go with the noodles. The name “Haiwanju” means “house of king-sized bowls,” and its dishes are totally worthy of the name.

到北京當然要吃道地的料理啊😋 我們來到老字號「海碗居」吃老北京炸醬麵💕 🌟招牌「肉丁小碗干炸」 這裡的必吃招牌!!一共有8種配料,店員會先幫你把配料倒入面碗裡,你再自己淋上炸醬攪拌。 麵條Q彈有咬勁,炸醬香濃夠味又有淡淡的芹菜香氣,吃起來非常爽口。因為一碗麵的份量很足,很建議2個人來的話就共吃一碗喔👫 🌟經典家常菜「京醬肉絲」 京醬微甜而不膩,非常的下飯,在這裡是包著旁邊豆皮吃的喔!口感很像京醬肉絲炒豆干,非常好吃。 🌟「雞蛋炒菠菜」 雖然是一道很平常的料理,因為我們有請店員幫我們少油少鹽免味精~來!跟著老師說一遍「少油少鹽免味精」👨‍🏫可以吃到雞蛋的香氣跟菠菜鮮甜的口感。 🌟大推甜點「驢打滾」 口感很像麻糬薄皮包紅豆餡,因為他的紅豆很香而且不會甜膩,小小一顆很適合當飯後甜點。 另外他們桌上都會有一碗白白的湯,是什麼呢?其實是「麵湯」喔,北方人吃麵食習慣喝麵湯,所以桌上附湯是基本款。 他的口感如何呢? 啊~就是沒有味道😅煮麵的湯啊😑 #凱鈞逍遙遊 #凱鈞貝勒遊北京 #老北京料理 #海碗居 #此刻四度西

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Yuebin Restaurant

Restaurant, Restaurant with Rooms, Chinese, $$$
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This restaurant opposite the National Art Museum of China is known by almost all Beijing locals. It’s the first privately owned restaurant in China, and has been sticking to its principle of offering affordable but delicious dishes ever since its opening in 1980. The restaurant specializes in traditional Chinese household dishes.

习惯性到故宫附近就要来吃#悦宾饭馆…

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11:00 am - 2:00 pm
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5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Moscow Restaurant

Restaurant with Rooms, Restaurant, Russian, $$$
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Opened in 1945, the Moscow Restaurant (nicknamed “Lao Mo” by Beijingers) features Russian cuisine, and was deemed the top Western restaurant after the People’s Republic of China was founded. Dining at the restaurant used to be the most prestigious experience among Beijingers decades ago – nowadays, most go there as a reminder of the old Beijing.

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11:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Juqi

Restaurant, Chinese, $$$
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This chain restaurant that specializes in Beijing cuisine is the new favorite among Beijing locals. With its always carefully designed appearance of dishes that respond to traditional Beijing culture, a meal at Juqi can be quite an effective way to learn about Beijing.

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11:00 am - 2:30 pm
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5:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Haidilao

Restaurant, Chinese, $$$
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There are various kinds of hotpot dishes in China, and other than the traditional Beijing copper hotpot, spicy Sichuan hotpot is also known throughout the country. Haidilao is the most popular brand of Sichuan hotpot in China for its top-quality ingredients, and, what’s more, for the famously meticulous service from its staff that can easily give you goose bumps (in a good way).

#haidilao #hidilaohotpot #hotpot #海底捞

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Judian Chuanba

Diner, Chinese, $$$
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Beijing locals love chatting over meat and vegetable skewers and beer, and despite the fact that almost every neighborhood in Beijing is dotted with skewer restaurants, Judian Chuanba is the most established chain skewer restaurant of them all. It’s no exaggeration to say that if you haven’t Lu Chuan’er (eaten skewers) in Beijing, you can’t be counted as having been here.
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Lao Xi’an Restaurant

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This restaurant opened in 1954 in Xijiekou and is the first Shaanxi cuisine restaurant in Beijing. Rumor has it that it was opened under the suggestion of Chinese president Xi Jinping’s father Xi Zhongxun, one of the first political leaders of the People’s Republic of China who was born in Shaanxi, for which Xi’an is the provincial capital. It’s a must to try the Yangrou Paomo (mutton with soaked bread) here.

🐑♨️我能吃两碗#老西安饭庄#新街口

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Najia Restaurant

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This chain restaurant is known for its imperial court Beijing food, as well as its Qing dynasty-style décor, with tableware and tables and chairs all carefully chosen to set up an ancient ambience. Its branch at the foot of Xiangshan (Fragrant Hills) is especially popular for its good view.

万事皆宜 百无禁忌 #那家小馆

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11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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5:00 pm - 9:00 pm