Best Restaurants in Beijing
The large number of local dishes in Beijing has made for some of
the longest menus in the world. While diners ponder over
traditionally cooked meals or new takes on old favourites, eating
out in Beijing will be like nowhere else in the world. From
ingredients meant for royalty in Imperial Cuisine or more
''mysterious'' fillings in a street-side soup, food preparation in
Beijing adheres to old traditions reflecting culinary styles from
all over China.
Chinese food in Beijing differs dramatically from the fare in
Chinese restaurants worldwide. Beijing''s famous Peking roast duck
is the star attraction with several restaurants devoted entirely to
it. For a chance to sample many different kinds of local food,
visit one of the ''snack streets'', like Donghuamen Snack Night
Market, Guanganmen Snack Street, or Gui Street, all with dozens of
vendors plying their specialties.
Migrants have infused the city''s cuisine with new cultures and
tastes, reflected in the blossoming choices in Beijing restaurants.
This includes western fine dining as many of Beijing''s top hotels
now recruit top internationally trained chefs and international
style restaurants open to enjoy success on their own.
More expensive restaurants in Beijing will generally accept
credit cards, but street vendors and takeaways will expect cash.
While hotel restaurants will sometimes include a 15% service
charge, tipping is not expected in Beijing.