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Donghuamen Night Market

Donganmen Dajie | Dongcheng, Beijing, China (Tian'anmen / Wangfujing)
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Ranked #544 of 9,467 Restaurants in Beijing
3.5 of 5 stars 94 Reviews
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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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014 via mobile

This market is atmospheric and packed with Chinese families munching on things on sticks. Tripe, snakes, seafood, scorpions, grubs and unidentifiable things with legs along with the usual noodles. Some smells were just vile, don't know what they were. I wasn't tempted but it was interesting to see what was on offer.

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Chicago, Illinois
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135 helpful votes 135 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

This is a must see in Beijing. Vendors line one side of the street for about two blocks...everything is available. We ate dumplings, moo shoo duck, squid on a stick (both fried and grilled - grilled is better), fried bananas, corn on the cob, fresh fruit, pork (??) kebabs, and noodles. My daughter is living in Beijing and has eaten... More 

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Arlington, Virginia
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3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

We spent a Sunday evening there and had a ball. Close to Tian'anmen square. Everything seemed tightly controlled and safe: all the food vendors wore the same uniforms. Lots of exotic things like grubs and scorpions on sticks, but they seemed more for tourist photos than for eating. Cabs are scarce late at night, and many try to overcharge.

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Melbourne - Australia
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31 restaurant reviews
74 helpful votes 74 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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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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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
15 helpful votes 15 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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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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Address: Donganmen Dajie | Dongcheng, Beijing, China
Location: Asia  >  China  >  Beijing Region  >  Beijing>  > Tian'anmen / Wangfujing
Cuisine: Chinese

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