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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, Takeout
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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Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Every kind of freaky food you can imagine!

This place has every kind of weird food you can imagine -- snake (coiled or serpentine on a stick), scorpion, bees, assorted other insects, pigeons, and mysterious-looking sea creatures. There are "normal" foods, too. It's fun to take a walk through. I wasn't brave enough to try anything... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 30, 2015
Louis D
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London, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you are interested in food this is a place to go. Very interesting assortment of streetfood. Very affordable

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Thank Laurens W
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

This place has every kind of weird food you can imagine -- snake (coiled or serpentine on a stick), scorpion, bees, assorted other insects, pigeons, and mysterious-looking sea creatures. There are "normal" foods, too. It's fun to take a walk through. I wasn't brave enough to try anything. Beware: don't get too close, or the residue from the oil /... More 

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Thank Louis D
sydney
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65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

We didn't try the food here, but toured the stalls and they were very attractive. It looked clean, and many people were happily eating.

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Thank chiangmaicharlies
Beijing, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

you can try lots different chinese snacks here! my wife and i had a wonderful night here! we went there on Sunday. so many people there!

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Thank marianne h
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

Crowded single road food stalls street between modern buildings. Lots of bamboo satay-style grilled meats, fishes and insects. If you want to go for a descend into scorpion-bug-worm food hell, this is your place. Some tricky fritters with durian-taste as well. Great as an all-senses journey at late night.

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Thank EmmekeLeuven
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015 via mobile

Donghuamen is actually very close to Wangfujing St, and the delicacies in here isn't too different to Wangfujing. I admit Wangfujing has more varieties, Donghuamen has all the major delicacies but is more like a "cleaner" alternatives. Less crowded and you don't really have to haggle prices compared to Wangfujing. But usually the stall owners will offer u a discount... More 

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Thank Aurora A
Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015

Street food at it's finest - you will find everything you want, and never thought you'd want. I can highly recommend the banana fritters and the curled fried potato on sticks. Not so sure about all the cooked scorpions, bugs, etc., but it was fun to see them there. Not brave enough to try. So many people enjoying the food... More 

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Thank Kid_U_Not58
Antwerp, Belgium
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

The market, visited by a lot of Western people is extremely crowded. You need to hold your hands on you pockets to not get pickpocketed. The experience is amazing though. A lot of weird animals to eat and smell. I tried a sea urchin, which was absolutely horrible =). Luckily I tried a lot of other things which were very... More 

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Thank Tom P
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

Interesting food and good people watching. I didn't get too experimental myself but others in my group did. I stuck to basic fried dumplings and they were very good.

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Thank DebbieNYC1075
Cesson-Sevigne, France
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015

It is NOT a restaurant but a Street Food Market. I recommend to have a look at this area, even if it is a very touristic one... One can find a row of unusual food stalls. An array of Chinese food on display with people bustling around to experience some new tastes. Items such as sheep's particular parts, offal soup,... 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, Asian

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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