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Donghuamen Night Market

Donganmen Dajie | Dongcheng, Beijing, China (Tian'anmen / Wangfujing)
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Ranked #970 of 9,397 Restaurants in Beijing
Cuisines: Chinese
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Dining options: Late Night
Neighborhood: Tian'anmen / Wangfujing
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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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

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
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7 reviews 7 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

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
280 helpful votes 280 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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87 reviews 87 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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21 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 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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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

We went to the night market because we'd heard so much about it. It was absolutely packed with people, over-flowing garbage cans - and this was early in the evening - and the area reeked of old grease. Yes, it was fun to see the unique foods that they were deep frying. One of the female vendors of bizarre insect... More

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5 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

I read some of the other reviews, & I mostly agree , its crowded , ugly& a tourist trap, u get approached by all sorts of people rudely, even soliciting for sex.try some of the department stores on the upper floors, food is clean & well served ..

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London, United Kingdom
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129 reviews 129 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014 via mobile

This is an amazing experience. There must be 50 plus different traders. Open every evening. I ordered beef with noodles but for the brave there were live scorpions on a stick, octupus, seahorse. Some things not even I recognised. But all at such low prices. Here you can buy your dinner for less than £1.00 and the traders try to... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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45 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

This place was fun and overall I think one should check it out when in Beijing. I actually went twice. The first night I was there it was very busy. We ate a bunch of differnt things and most of them were pretty good, particularly the grilled lamb leg. It was fun/good enought for us to go back on a... More

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