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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: 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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  • 24
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  • 36
    Very good
  • 28
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  • 11
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  • 5
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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
Loud, crowded, and interesting

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 11, 2015
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Beersheba, Israel
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Beersheba, Israel
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53 reviews 53 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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
21 helpful votes 21 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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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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
31 helpful votes 31 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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20 reviews 20 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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Hastings, New Zealand
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

What an interesting place this is with so many different foods on skewers. Octopus, Cockroaches, Starfish etc only for the brave me thinks.

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Salinas, California
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34 reviews 34 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

This place caught us a little off guard to say the least. We just stumbled into it on a very cold night, and were amazed at the food selections. From tarantulas and snakes to sea horses and sheep testicles and lizards and scorpions and unidentified meats that perhaps once meowed or said ruff-ruff. The old saying that "the only thing... More 

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Surrey
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32 reviews 32 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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304 reviews 304 reviews
194 restaurant reviews
158 helpful votes 158 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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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

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  • 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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