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Donghuamen Night Market

Donganmen Dajie | Dongcheng, Beijing, China (Tian'anmen / Wangfujing)
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Ranked #638 of 9,412 Restaurants in Beijing
Cuisines: Chinese
Neighborhood: Tian'anmen / Wangfujing
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Dining options: Late Night
Description: This vibrant & bustling night market can be found just off Wangfujing Street & it is a zoo of weird and interesting food & street snacks. Uighur Lamb skewers, Snakes, Grasshoppers, Starfish, Corn on the cob, Smelly doufu, Fried hearts & kidneys, Squid, Turtles, Frogs, Stuffed breads, Live seafood, Fried pancakes, Candied fruit, Scorpions on sticks.
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Melbourne - Australia
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140 reviews 140 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

This is a must do market. It is held along a narrow street and is wall to wall of food stalls. Anything that moves is on a stick and bbq, dumplings, octopus salad, sweet buns. Be careful while walking through there that you don't get stuck with a skewer, amazing

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Walk to the Donghuamen Night Market and you see a long line of orange brightly lit market stalls all offering different types of food. Some still alive and wiggling but others like the crispy duck so tasty and cheap. Prices are clearly displayed. Whether you buy or not the stall holders are happy for you just to take photos. This... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Certainly this is one interesting place to visit to see what the locals will eat. I was there with a camera and will be a good place to go if you are a photographer. A lot of local Beijing food but if you are a tourist please exercise caution in eating the food maybe not safe for your consumption. As... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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176 reviews 176 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

The food at this market seems a little safer to try. Our local friends do warn us about eating the goods and to be careful. But it is interesting viewing.

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5 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

Yes, scorpion on sticks no joke! Also some other creepy crawlies. Did not seen anyone buying though. Other than those creepy ones there are other meat on sticks bbq, vegetable roll, bean curd, the famous bottled yoghurt drink that has to be consumed on the spot are aplenty there and the usual street snack food. Another part of the street... More

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Dublin, Ireland
12 reviews 12 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

Visited here one evening to see the range of "exotic" foods on offer - starfish, octopus, scorpion, spider, pigeon, larvae, beetles - and lots more. Not to my taste I'm afraid, especially after being warned by the guide on an organised tour that it "wasn't safe", although perhaps she just reckoned that my Irish palate wasn't up to the task.... More

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Aylesbury, United Kingdom
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104 restaurant reviews
327 helpful votes 327 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Visited last May. The Night food market was recommended to us as an experience and it certainly was! You smell it before you see it - the cooking disguises the bins. Red lantern lit rickety stalls everywhere. All manner of things there on skewers and some still alive. It is the Chinese culture and way of life for sure but... More

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Yellowknife, Canada
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

This may well be the most capitalist place I have ever visited in my life. The aggressive sellers, the sheer variety, and the endless smells, sounds and images make this a great wander. Food was good - though pricey (my poor haggling skills?) We chickened out on the scorpions on a stick. Creepy thing is that they are still alive.... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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81 reviews 81 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

The Donghua men Night Market [sometimes referred to as the Wangfujing Snack Market] is just west of the main Wanfujing shopping district. (Find the corner of Jinyu Hutong and Wangfujing Daije and head west toward the Forbidden City). This snack food market gets going late in the afternoon when street vendors set up with an exotic array of fried &... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

For one beautiful moment, you can have people waving snakes on a stick in your face. You can even eat them if you want. I now know the point of money...

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