My first tip, which may be the most is important, if you want to try the local food you should take a food tour. I remember seeing all these food tours and thought, 'Why would I need that? I can just go to the restaurants'. In certain restaurants I was fine but others I walked in to menus in Chinese and no pictures. At that point I was committed and pointed and made it work.
If you want to see what I did in Beijing you can here, what to do, my complete guide which includes where to stay, if you want to see what I bring on my backpacking trips you can see that here or to see my 10 biggest Beijing mistakes click here or inside the Forbidden City here
4. Rooftop Bar at Emperor Hotel - I didn't go and wasn't able to see a picture of the view but it still sounds intriguing enough.
5. King’s Joy - This will be on the more expensive side but has a lot of positive reviews.
6. Pure Lotus - If you are looking for a vegetarian option this is your place but it is on the pricier side.
7. Traitor Zhou Non-kosher Delicatessen - There are a couple spots but if you are looking for bagels this is the spot!
8. Country Kitchen - This is on the more expensive side but uses recipes from the pre 1950s Beijing countryside.
9. Hot Pots are a Winter specialty in the north of China. They take lamb (most popular), beef, fish, shrimps, bean curd products and fresh vegetable and cook it in water or soup in pots made of copper, aluminum or clay.
11. Chuan Ban - Supposed to be one of the most authentic Chengdu/Sichuan restaurants in town.
12. Southern Fish - Spicy Hunan food in a hutong!
13. Dian Shan Yun Shui - If you are looking for Yunnan cuisine this place is legit!
14. Hai Wan Ju - Some of Beijings best hand-pulled noodles.
15. Na Jia Xiao Guan - Moderately expensive traditional food. There are multiple locations but the Yong'an Li has a cool courtyard!
16. Judian Chuanba - A well established brand with multiple locations for authentic food!
17. Bistro B - Interested in trying a French restaurant while in Beijing? Here is your place!
18. Huguosi Hutong Snack Street - It is a touristy and if you are looking for unique combinations this is the place to go.
1. Great Leap Brewing #6 - This places looks legit if you are into craft beer! I tried to find it but wasn't able to so hopefully you'll have better than me!
2. NBeer Pub - A craft beer bar I did actually make it to and recommend. By this point I was looking for any food I could order comfortably and could use a drink.
3. Lao She Teahouse - A well known teahouse view varying reviews depending on locations.
4. Sentosa Teahouse - They say it's one of the top 500 teahouses in the world for whatever that means!
5. The Chaplin - I stumbled upon this place after one place was too busy and another I wasn't able to find. I almost just gave up and went home but glad I went back and checked it out. Good cocktails, spoke English, and I could use a credit cards which are all winners to me!
6. Xiao Diao Li Tang (old Beijing pear drink) - If you want to try a traditional drink you this can be it. It's made from sweet pears, edible white fungus, crystal rock sugar, green plums and Chinese Wolfberries!
If you want to see what I bring on my backpacking trips you can see that here also.
If you have any recommendations or places that should be added let me know!
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