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Donghuamen Night Market

Tian'anmen / Wangfujing
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Donganmen Dajie | Dongcheng, Beijing, China
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Dining options: Drinks, Dinner, Late Night
Description: This vibrant & bustling night market can be found just off Wangfujing...
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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  • 29
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  • 11
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
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Taking the kids for a walk along here was a great experience and most of the stalls looked clean and safe but some of the food on sale is not of the highest quality; one of the candied fruit stalls at the East end of the main row sold us a couple of skewers that we had to quickly take... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed May 18, 2015
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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

I spent two hours here trying all of the following: grashopper, centipede, snake, scorpion, spider, worm, seahorse. all delicious, spider was best. Only downside is no tables so have to eat standing. Bring tissues and wipes for afterwards. Great stuff, loved it! A must for an adventurous foodie.

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Stirling, United Kingdom
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20 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

Taking the kids for a walk along here was a great experience and most of the stalls looked clean and safe but some of the food on sale is not of the highest quality; one of the candied fruit stalls at the East end of the main row sold us a couple of skewers that we had to quickly take... More 

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Halifax, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

great place to walk during the evening to see the lights and the vendors trying to see their exotic foods. from bugs and snakes and testacheal on a skewer to fruit and candied items. the smell can be a bit much at times, so if the weather is really hot our, be prepared for it. the locals and a lot... More 

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Tuscaloosa, Alabama, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

We visited the Night Market and found many interesting foods. Of course, we did not try the snake or the scorpions on a stick but nevertheless had a good time viewing the strange offerings. We did eat meat and chicken pies (not sure what kind of meat) and fries on a stick and survived!! What an experience!

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Beersheba, Israel
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54 reviews 54 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Lots of tourists, is probably the main downside. Apparently even when it seems like locals are buying and enjoying weird treats - they're tourists from different parts of the country. If you're brave enough try something. Otherwise, it's nice to just walk around and be shocked with everything you could possibly digest.

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Chennai (Madras), India
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38 reviews 38 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

We search out night markets wherever we go. In Beijing, we went to the one just off Wangfujing St. in front of the Hong Kong Food Market building. We were surprised to find it in an area of upscale stores. This market is clearly regulated & inspected: the stalls are uniform, prices are uniform (everything seems to start at 15... More 

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Jackson, Wyoming
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17 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

I loved this place! I don't mean to suggest it was like a carnival, it was much more peaceful, but it was an exposure to the most exotic food I saw in two weeks in China, notwithstanding jellyfish on the menu at Peking University! My hosts assured me that residents of Beijing don't eat starfish or scorpions or silkworm chrysalis... More 

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Quezon City, Quezon City, Philippines
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47 reviews 47 reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015 via mobile

This is a strip of a street located parallel of Wafujing street. It opens at 6pm every night. There you will have the opportunity to taste the flavors of Beijing. The good and bad. I recommend the dumplings, mutton and fruits.

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Plantation, Florida
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33 reviews 33 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Great place to try your not usual snacks. A must for all goodies. Plain fun. So cheap. Went late at evening and had a great time.

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Antwerp, Belgium
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26 reviews 26 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

Definitely worth taking a look (this place opens up at night, so a nice mix of light and energy buzz is guaranteed), but I wouldn't recommend getting food there. This was the first (and only) place in Beijing where I felt being reaped off and rather easy to buy something wrong (unless you speak Mandarin). There is an actual food... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Donganmen Dajie | Dongcheng, Beijing, China
  • Location: Asia  >  China  >  Beijing Region  >  Beijing>  > Tian'anmen / Wangfujing
  • Neighborhood: Tian'anmen / Wangfujing

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Chinese

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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