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The 9 Best Budget Restaurants in Beijing

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Updated: 6 December 2017

The capital city of China has a diversified group of residents from all walks of life. Here you can find a luxurious restaurant with an average spend per person that easily exceeds 1,000 yuan (US$150), as well as a budget restaurant providing delicious food at an affordable price. Check out the nine best budget restaurants in Beijing with an average price per person of no more than 100 yuan (US$15).

Xuanwu Xiaoyuan Shuanrou

Named “Xuanwu Courtyard Hotpot,” the restaurant specializes in old Beijing copper mutton hotpot. It is located in a traditional Chinese courtyard house opposite the west gate of the Grand View Garden (Daguanyuan), a garden built according to the Chinese novel Dream of the Red Chamber. The menu offers customers the freedom to choose between hand-cut and machine-cut mutton and beef slices, along with a variety of side dishes and snacks. It’s a perfect restaurant for the freezing winter.

Eating hot pot, nom nom nom

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Opening Hours
Mon - Sun :
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Budget
$
The Wind Chimes Pub

With the thought of promoting good Chinese rice wines, three returned overseas students opened the Wind Chimes gastropub near the buzzy Nanluoguxiang alley. You may feel free to imagine the carefree life of ancient Chinese poets while drinking its signature homemade peach blossom wine served in a delicate Chinese-style wine bottle.

Reunion every year. Get ready for new life. #fridaynights #南锣鼓巷 #风铃酒馆 #lastdrink #beijing

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Opening Hours
Tue - Sun :
11:30 am - 1:30 pm 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Budget
$
Mr. Eel’s Love

The restaurant rose to fame online recently for its delicious Japanese unadon at a surprisingly affordable price. Other Japanese side dishes and desserts like egg rolls, miso soup, and sakura pudding are provided, too. Located in the Joy City in Xidan, it is always packed with customers during dining hours.

#鳗鳗的爱 #鳗鱼饭

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Opening Hours
Mon - Sun :
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Budget
$
Huguosi Snacks

Seriously, we can’t think of a better place to try traditional Beijing snacks than Huguosi Snacks. The chain restaurant originated from the conventional Huguosi Temple Fair that has been going on for centuries, during which vendors scrambled to sell snacks like Aiwowo, Lvdagunr, and Wandouhuang. It is now a chain snack bar with dozens of branches all over Beijing.

Opening Hours
Mon - Sun :
5:30 am - 9:00 pm
Budget
$
Taihexian

Beijing cuisine was to a great extent influenced by Shandong cuisine, and that’s why there are many well-established Shandong food restaurants. Taihexian is one of the most popular budget restaurants in Beijing that focuses on Shandong seafood dishes.

Opening Hours
Mon - Sun :
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Budget
$
Green Tea

Green Tea is the top go-to budget restaurant among locals. The Hangzhou cuisine restaurant has dozens of branches in Beijing, and provides tasty but low-priced Chinese dishes, with its signature dish Ma Po Tofu priced at only 8 yuan (US$1.20).

#날씨 좋은 날 #녹차식당 #绿茶餐厅 #with #yuko

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Opening Hours
Mon - Sun :
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Budget
$
Xiao Sushi

Thanks to Xiao Sushi, you can feel free to enjoy Japanese sushi and freshly cut sashimi without worrying about your wallet. There are other Japanese snacks and desserts offered at the restaurant as well, such as the green tea daifuku and seaweed.

#晓寿司#delicious#salmon

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Opening Hours
Mon - Sun :
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Budget
$
Rollers’

Rollers’ is the pioneer of the newly stylish light meal trend. It features healthy Chinese dishes with no more than three grams of oils said to be added to each dish. It has a very thoughtful menu on which the calorie total for every dish is written. There’s also specially designed set menu for one.

Opening Hours
Mon - Sun :
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Budget
$
Tanch Studio

This small restaurant near the 798 Art District is hidden in an old residential compound, and can only host around ten people at a time, but its simplistic décor and carefully cooked dishes make it a reputed restaurant among experienced foodies. Its seafood dumplings, stewed mince pork with rice, and homemade plum wine are among the must-try items.

怎么可以吃兔兔,兔肉是好吃#谈食

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Opening Hours
Mon - Sat :
10:30 am - 9:30 pm
Budget
$