Beijing, being the melting pot that it is, is a foodie’s dream. With almost every cuisine you can you think of in one city, it is only appropriate to break down Beijing’s best restaurants district by district. In this article, we’ve compiled a list of Xicheng district’s top restaurants for a great dining experience.
Bar, Gastropub, Restaurant, Vietnamese, Asian, Fusion, Pub Grub, Gluten-free, Vegetarian, none
A local favorite, 4Corners
abates Beijingers’ hunger with its outstanding Vietnamese food served up in its stylish hutong atmosphere. This dual restaurant and bar has something for everyone, and on any given night you can expect there to be an event packed with both expats and locals alike—comedy night, live music, open-mic night, and quiz night are just a couple of its regularly hosted events. 4Corners’ down-to-earth staff, excellent music choice, lively atmosphere, and out-of-this-world Vietnamese fare sets this restaurant apart from others in the area—whatever the occasion, going to 4Corners in Xicheng is always an awesome idea.
4Corners, Xicheng, Beijing | © Julianna Tetreault / Culture Trip
Restaurant, American, Contemporary, Vegetarian, $$$
This Beijing chain is known best for its just-like-home pizza and incredibly reasonable prices. For foreigners in need of a taste of home, Tube Station
is just the place to go. The restaurant’s menu offers everything from french fries to pizza and from salad to wings, satiating hungry customers’ pizza-parlor cravings one dish at a time. Not only is Tube Station’s food delicious, but the restaurant’s prices really set it aside from other pizza joints—Tube Station offers half-priced coffee every
afternoon and half-priced alcoholic beverages every
evening. For a downright delicious meal for a ticket price that can’t be beaten, dining at Tube Station is the way to go!
Restaurant, Italian, Seafood, European, $$$
Located in Xicheng’s bustling commercial area, Xidan, is the ever-popular Ritz-Carlton Hotel restaurant, Cépe. Known for its elegance—both in décor and plating technique—Cépe has won over the hearts of many businessmen and women in the Xicheng area. The restaurant’s menu consists of an array of seafood dishes, as well as Italian-inspired meals. It is no surprise that, due to its location, Cépe incorporates only the finest ingredients in its dishes—the five-star ratings it receives are well-deserved. Perfect for a date or a meeting with colleagues, Cépe is always one of the best choices you can make restaurant-wise.
Restaurant, Chinese, Asian, Vegetarian, none
For Sichuan cuisine served in an imperial fashion, dining at Fangshan Restaurant
is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Fangshan Restaurant, located just minutes away from Tiananmen Square, is the perfect place to dine as a Beijing tourist—the restaurant’s menu is sprawling and full of variety, offering something for even the pickiest taste buds. Also contributing to the venue’s tourist-friendly atmosphere is its décor. Fangshan Restaurant is decorated similarly to that of an ancient imperial palace—customers here can expect to dine like royalty. Although the restaurant’s food is lacking a bit of Sichuan flavor, overall it makes for a wonderful experience while traveling through Xicheng district.
Jing Wei Lou
Restaurant, Chinese, Asian
A traditional Peking duck restaurant, Jing Wei Lou is rated highly for its eager-to-serve staff and excellent fare. Located inside of a hutong in the Xicheng district and just minutes away from Tiananmen Square, the restaurant’s atmosphere is both authentic and relaxing. Offering customers not only some of the best Peking duck in the area, Jing Wei Lou also offers a variety of other traditional Chinese dishes that pair beautifully with the roasted bird—tofu prepared in a few different ways and freshly sautéed vegetables are just a couple of the complimentary dishes that Jing Wei Lou serves. For Beijing tourists who have yet to try authentic Peking duck, or who have not dined inside of a hutong, Jing Wei Lou is a must while in Xicheng.
Eatalia Carpe Diem
Restaurant, Italian, European, Vegan, Vegetarian, none
For a taste of Italy while in the heart of the Xicheng district, Eatalia Carpe Diem
is the way to go. Known for serving up nearly-authentic Italian cuisine, Eatalia Carpe Diem’s impressively-prepared fare is difficult to compete with. Customers entertaining the idea of dining here can expect an atmosphere oozing with chic—rooftop seating area and all—paired with absolutely delicious food. The restaurant, although a bit difficult to locate at times, is worth the hunt and is perfect for business meetings, date nights, and family affairs. If ever you find yourself craving reasonably priced, but totally tasty Italian food in the Xicheng area, Eatalia Carpe Diem should be your go-to.
HaiDiLao Hot Pot
Restaurant, Chinese, Asian, Vegetarian, Vegan, none
For the ultimate Beijing experience, dining at HaiDiLao Hot Pot
is an absolute must. Drawing customers in for its delicious hot pot and exciting atmosphere, HaiDiLao Hot Pot is one of the go-to places for expats and locals alike in Xicheng district. Perfect for diners with dietary restrictions, picky-eaters, spicy food lovers, and groups of any size, this restaurant is equipped to give anyone who walks through its doors a dining experience to remember. With dual burners and pots on each table, diners with differentiating taste buds can eat together at the same table without any issues—the sprawling menu contributes to the restaurant’s ability to cater for everyone. Eating out at HaiDiLao Hot Pot is a Beijing experience unlike any other, and is a must while in Xicheng.