Beijing Nightlife, Restaurants and Cafes


Beijing Restaurants and Cafes

Beijing’s nightlife and dining scenes are both a treat. Roast duck is Beijing’s most well known entrée, and Dadong Roast Duck (1-2/F Nanxincang International Plaza, 22A Dongsishitiao, Dongcheng District) is one of the most respected Beijing Duck restaurants in the city. The highlight of their extensive menu is, of course, the roast duck, which is extremely lean and, when prepared over the Dadong spitfire, becomes incredibly delectable. An order will feed two and comes with pancakes and a series of garnishes. Another Beijing specialty are dumplings, which are like pasta pockets stuffed with all sorts of tasty fillings. Dongbei Ren (1A Xinzhong St., Dongzhimen Outer District; +86 10 6415 2855), which means “Northeastern People”, is a Manchurian-style style restaurant that specializes in dumplings, with a bright, cheerful atmosphere where the servers are dressed in traditional costumes.

For Western delights, Luce (138 Jiugulou Ave., Dongcheng District; +86 10 8402 4417; is a quiet, chic Italian restaurant with a rooftop wine bar, offering jazz music and an international wine list to go along with their simple, tasty Italian menu. Other restaurants line Jiugulou Ave. in the Dongcheng District, which is not far from Houhai Lake, and a number of nightclubs and highly touristy bars are situated along the lake’s southern walkway, where restaurant reps stand outside trying to lure (and badger) patrons to come inside.

Beijing’s main nightlife district is Sanlitun, a bar street in the Chaoyang District in Northwest Beijing. Here, you’ll find a huge strip of bars and restaurants, as well as a large modern shopping mall, and plenty of alcohol-saturated foreigners looking for cheap drinks and other delights. The Side Saddle (1/F South Wing, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Rd. North; Chaoyang District, +86 10 5208 6005; is a little burrito joint in Sanlitun, where you can choose from a vast array of fillings for a massive grilled burrito, and they also offer some of the cheapest pints of Qingdao in the city - ¥5 ($.50 cents)! The Side Saddle makes for a great starter or ender to a night out exploring the bars in Sanlitun.

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