The love the people of Beijing have for noodles is perhaps only rivalled by the Italian’s love for pizza. There are so many different kinds of noodle dishes in the city, from the traditional Beijing noodles with soy bean paste to braised noodles with cowpea, to the scallion noodles from southern China, and ramen from Japan. Here are eight of the best noodle restaurants in Beijing.
Hai Wan Ju should be on everyone’s must-visit list when in Beijing for the first time. The restaurant specializes in traditional Beijing noodles with soy bean paste and is particular about the way the dish is served; the sides are separate from the noodles, so you can DIY your dish. Don’t forget to drink some noodle soup after finishing the main dish—it’s part of the tradition. Hai Wan Ju also provides other traditional Beijing snacks, such as pea cakes.
Beijing foodies claim this restaurant is “the restaurant that will make your diet harder.” Their menu is handwritten and different according to the 24 solar terms. But no matter how the other dishes might change, the signature scallion noodle dish always awaits customers.
Punk Rock Noodles presents a juxtaposition of Eastern and Western culture in the Gulou area. At first, customers might think they’ve entered a pub with the dim lighting and big-screen TV overhead that airs football games. But, take a seat and look at the menu, and you’ll have a good laugh, as the dishes are hilariously named (the experience might be even better if you know Chinese). The restaurant is said to have been opened by the vocalist of a local punk rock band.
Noodles from Beijing can vary greatly from noodles that originated in other Chinese cities. The Pang Mei Noodles on Guijie features in Southwestern China’s spicy Chongqing noodles, and you can totally trust the flavors here, as the restaurant is managed by the Chongqing company. The noodles with peas and meat sauce is a must try. If spicy isn’t your thing, don’t worry—customers can choose the degree of spiciness. They also have other traditional Sichuan and Chongqing dishes, such as cold sweet jelly and spicy wonton.
This restaurant is on Ichiban Street, the famous Japanese restaurant street in Beijing. Anyone who visits should try the signature Shichi Men Chyo Noodles, which are famous for the amazing taste, despite the large portion of scallions. The restaurant serves other Japanese izakaya dishes, too, such as the wasabi octopus, fried chicken, and even daifuku for dessert.
Although named after Bibimbap, this Korean restaurant is also widely known for its Jajangmyeon (Korean black bean sauce noodles). The Korean Jajangmyeon is different from Beijing’s Zhajiangmian (noodles with soy bean paste), as the former is sweet and the latter is salty.
Lady Chai is an exception in the buzzy and classy Sanlitun financial district area, with its plain decor and affordable prices. In fact, this restaurant often reminds people of Sanlitun as a pre-embassy-district in old Beijing. The king-sized bowl of beef noodles only costs 12 yuan, and a bowl of melt-in-your-mouth stewed beef is just 20 yuan. These dishes use less oil, so they are healthier than some of the options you might see elsewhere.
Can you imagine that instant noodles can be a restaurant dish? At the Chunlichifan Co., Ltd Beijing, nothing is impossible. Every element of the restaurant seems to shout out against the established conventions of the catering industry, from the door mat that says “Do not Welcome,” to the careless arrangements of tables and accessories that are reminiscent of a 1980s Hong Kong restaurant, to the blatant declaration that “the goose liver is bought at the Sanyuanli Market, so it’s super expensive.” The restaurant is very popular among Instagram users.
Volcanic Iceland Epic Trip
meet our Local Insider
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN A GUIDE?
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT YOUR JOB?
It's the personal contact, the personal experiences. I love meeting people from all over the world... I really like getting to know everyone and feeling like I'm traveling with a group of friends.
WHAT DESTINATION IS ON YOUR TRAVEL BUCKET-LIST?
I have so many places on my list, but I would really lobe to go to Africa. I consider myself an “adventure girl” and Africa feels like the ULTIMATE adventure!
Every CULTURE TRIP Small-group adventure is led by a Local Insider just like Hanna.
KEEN TO EXPLORE THE WORLD?
Connect with like-minded people on our premium trips curated by local insiders and with care for the world
Since you are here, we would like to share our vision for the future of travel - and the direction Culture Trip is moving in.
Culture Trip launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful — and this is still in our DNA today. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes certain places and communities so special.
Increasingly we believe the world needs more meaningful, real-life connections between curious travellers keen to explore the world in a more responsible way. That is why we have intensively curated a collection of premium small-group trips as an invitation to meet and connect with new, like-minded people for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in three categories: Culture Trips, Rail Trips and Private Trips. Our Trips are suitable for both solo travelers, couples and friends who want to explore the world together.
Culture Trips are deeply immersive 5 to 16 days itineraries, that combine authentic local experiences, exciting activities and 4-5* accommodation to look forward to at the end of each day. Our Rail Trips are our most planet-friendly itineraries that invite you to take the scenic route, relax whilst getting under the skin of a destination. Our Private Trips are fully tailored itineraries, curated by our Travel Experts specifically for you, your friends or your family.
We know that many of you worry about the environmental impact of travel and are looking for ways of expanding horizons in ways that do minimal harm - and may even bring benefits. We are committed to go as far as possible in curating our trips with care for the planet. That is why all of our trips are flightless in destination, fully carbon offset - and we have ambitious plans to be net zero in the very near future.