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Old Beijing Dinner Tour provided by UnTour Beijing Food Tours

Old Beijing Dinner Tour
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Tour snapshot
An off-the-beaten-track dinner crawl through Old Beijing
Duration:
3h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Group size:
12
Stroller accessible
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
About
Beijing is the vibrant, history-filled capital of China, renowned for its diverse and delectable food. But you’ll have to get far off the tourist track to do it justice. Discover local, family-run establishments and authentic eateries during this insider’s dinner crawl through Old Beijing. You’ll take a guided stroll through one of the last surviving hutongs to taste the flavors that have fueled the city for millennia.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Highlights
  • Sample 15 different dishes at 3 different food stops
  • Escape the tourist track with a taste of authentic local food
  • Learn about the history of the city's culinary traditions
What to expect
The cuisine of northeast China is an eclectic, savory mix of imperial food traditions and the humbler fare of local migrant populations. Beijing is the best place to sample regional specialties, but most visitors get stuck on the same tourist track. During this insider’s food crawl through Lao Beijing, or Old Beijing, you’ll discover under-the-radar eateries and family-run restaurants. Sample traditional dishes alongside locals as you tuck into 15 different treats from three different food stops, along with local stalls. Tours are limited to 8 people for a personalized experience. As you travel through the back alleys of one of Beijing’s last surviving hutongs, or traditional residences, you’ll learn about the diverse flavors that have fueled the city for millennia. Prepare to be treated to an edible history lesson as you embark on a fact-filled taste tour. Learn about the invasions of Genghis Khan as you tuck into a Mongolian hotpot, and explore the city's hutong culture through a taste of Beijing BBQ chicken wings. Top off the evening with a Beijinger favorite—a family-run chicken restaurant—and a taste of the city’s one-of-a-kind jarred yogurt.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Sample 15 different dishes at 3 different food stops
  • Escape the tourist track with a taste of authentic local food
  • Learn about the history of the city's culinary traditions
What to expect
The cuisine of northeast China is an eclectic, savory mix of imperial food traditions and the humbler fare of local migrant populations. Beijing is the best place to sample regional specialties, but most visitors get stuck on the same tourist track. During this insider’s food crawl through Lao Beijing, or Old Beijing, you’ll discover under-the-radar eateries and family-run restaurants. Sample traditional dishes alongside locals as you tuck into 15 different treats from three different food stops, along with local stalls. Tours are limited to 8 people for a personalized experience. As you travel through the back alleys of one of Beijing’s last surviving hutongs, or traditional residences, you’ll learn about the diverse flavors that have fueled the city for millennia. Prepare to be treated to an edible history lesson as you embark on a fact-filled taste tour. Learn about the invasions of Genghis Khan as you tuck into a Mongolian hotpot, and explore the city's hutong culture through a taste of Beijing BBQ chicken wings. Top off the evening with a Beijinger favorite—a family-run chicken restaurant—and a taste of the city’s one-of-a-kind jarred yogurt.
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Important information
Inclusions
  • Tasting stops add up to a very large meal, and you will most likely not need to schedule a meal for several hours after the tour
  • Bottled water
  • Soft drinks & local alcoholic beverages
  • Guide fee
  • Post-tour welcome packet with helpful restaurant recommendations, local travel tips & so much more to help make your stay in Beijing easy & fun
  • Entry/Admission - UnTour Beijing Food Tours
  • Entry/Admission - Hutong Tour
  • Entry/Admission - Nuoyan Rice Wine Shop
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Duration
3h
Departure details
  • Beixinqiao station, Dongzhimen, Dongcheng, Beijing, China, 100009 Departure Point: Beixinqiao Metro Station (Line 5) - Exit B. Taxi Directions: 北新桥地铁站B出口在东直门内大街和雍和宫大街路口的东北角. Public Transport Directions: By metro, take Line 5 to Beixinqiao. Walk out of Exit B of Beixinqiao Metro.Your guide will meet you at the street level entrance to Exit B.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking advanced notice is required to be able to cater to any dietary restrictions.
  • Standard group size is 8, but in some cases groups can be up to 12 people with a second guide
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
Inclusions
  • Tasting stops add up to a very large meal, and you will most likely not need to schedule a meal for several hours after the tour
  • Bottled water
  • Soft drinks & local alcoholic beverages
  • Guide fee
  • Post-tour welcome packet with helpful restaurant recommendations, local travel tips & so much more to help make your stay in Beijing easy & fun
  • Entry/Admission - UnTour Beijing Food Tours
  • Entry/Admission - Hutong Tour
  • Entry/Admission - Nuoyan Rice Wine Shop
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Departure details
  • Beixinqiao station, Dongzhimen, Dongcheng, Beijing, China, 100009 Departure Point: Beixinqiao Metro Station (Line 5) - Exit B. Taxi Directions: 北新桥地铁站B出口在东直门内大街和雍和宫大街路口的东北角. Public Transport Directions: By metro, take Line 5 to Beixinqiao. Walk out of Exit B of Beixinqiao Metro.Your guide will meet you at the street level entrance to Exit B.
Duration
3h
Return details
  • China, Bei Jing Shi, Dong Cheng Qu, 东四北大街210号 邮政编码: 100009 The tour ends near the intersection of Dongsi North St & Dongsi 10th Alley, near the Zhangzizhong Rd Metro (line 5). 东四北大街和东四十条路口.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking advanced notice is required to be able to cater to any dietary restrictions.
  • Standard group size is 8, but in some cases groups can be up to 12 people with a second guide
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: Jul 3, 2020
A note from Old Beijing Dinner Tour
Green health QR code required
What you can expect during your visit
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
What you can expect during your visit
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Beixinqiao station
    Dongzhimen, Dongcheng, Beijing, China, 100009
    Departure Point: Beixinqiao Metro Station (Line 5) - Exit B. Taxi Directions: 北新桥地铁站B出口在东直门内大街和雍和宫大街路口的东北角. Public Transport Directions: By metro, take Line 5 to Beixinqiao. Walk out of Exit B of Beixinqiao Metro.Your guide will meet you at the street level entrance to Exit B.
    See address & details
  • 1
    UnTour Beijing Food Tours
    Stop: 3 hours - Admission included
    See details
  • 2
    Hutong Tour
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
    See details
  • 3
    Nuoyan Rice Wine Shop
    Stop: 30 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 4
    Ghost Street (Gui Jie)
    Stop: 10 minutes
    See details
  • You'll end at
    东四北大街210号
    China, Bei Jing Shi, Dong Cheng Qu, 东四北大街210号 邮政编码: 100009
    The tour ends near the intersection of Dongsi North St & Dongsi 10th Alley, near the Zhangzizhong Rd Metro (line 5). 东四北大街和东四十条路口.
    See address & details
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Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.

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Oliver
3 contributions
We booked this tour due to a recommendation of a colleague of mine. We did not regret this. Our tour guide Celia (a local from Beijing with perfect English skills) led us to places we usually wouldn't have entered or even recognized as a restaurant. The choice of food an drinks was superb. Our favourite was the Mongolian Hot Pot.

Celia was really nice and added much to the atmosphere by explaining local customs, stories about the Hutongs and the history of the meals served.

At the end of the day we ware totally stuffed and happy.
Written January 22, 2020
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Thanks so much for taking the time to review! We're so glad you enjoyed hanging out with Celia and trying the classic Beijing dishes in the hutongs. Hope you'll visit us again soon in Beijing or Shanghai!
Written January 22, 2020
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xxzz9877
1 contribution
We had a great time on this tour, led by Celia who knew so much about the real Beijing, and adapted the tour to our interests.

The tour visited some classic sites, ticking off all the boxes we had for food we wanted to check out. And Celia provided us with extra information to do our own exploring afterwards.

Absolutely worth the time and the cost. In a city where it can be a bit difficult to know where to go for the 'classics', this is a great introduction - highly recommended.
Written January 11, 2020
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Yay! We're so happy to hear that our tours were a great introduction to Beijing food and you enjoyed exploring the capital's classics. Let us know if you're headed to Shanghai and we can show you the best dishes down south.
Written January 15, 2020
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Liana W
Sydney, Australia3 contributions
We had a wonderful night with our guide Celia. Celia is a local Beijinger so we were able to get a true local experience. Every dish on the tour was unique and delicious. Would definitely recommend to all travelers who are interested in an authentic Beijing culinary experience.
Written January 4, 2020
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Operations M
Thank you so much for your review! We are so happy that you enjoyed your time with Celia. We firmly believe that one of the best things about going on food tours is having the opportunity to try a range of food in a short time, and that's even better in China where most dishes are served family-style so you get to try even more!
Written January 7, 2020
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StevenH
4 contributions
Celia is great fun to be around and she knows how to turn a group of strangers into instant friends for a night. There are tour guide who're in it for the money, Celia isn't one of them. She's the real deal and knows her stuff, not just the stuff she shows you but any question you might have will be answered thoroughly. Expect to taste real local cuisine and gain access to spots you won't get into as a laowei
Written January 12, 2020
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Hi Steven - thanks so much for reviewing! We've designed our tour so it feels like a night out with friends (albeit one friend who knows A LOT about food), so we're so happy to hear your experience with Celia and your fellow UnTourists felt like that. Hope to eat with you again soon :)
Written January 15, 2020
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Stephanie
1 contribution
Celia was an amazing and knowledgeable host! She knows a lot about the history. She showed us around the magical hutongs and we tasted so many delicious typical Beijing foods of which many I hadn’t tried before but I can’t wait to have again. Also she showed us places where you would normally not end up. The group was fun - it was like hanging out with a group of friends. Book this tour! It’s worth it!
Written January 21, 2020
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Hi Stevy - We’re so glad to hear you enjoyed both the food and the legends behind the dishes – and that you enjoyed meeting your fellow UnTourists! We honestly have the BEST guests in the world, and we love when the tour ends, but the friendships forged over food continue. Hope to see you again!
Written January 22, 2020
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Whitney B
Houston, TX5 contributions
The tour was absolutely wonderful and I would highly recommend. Drew was kind, knowledgeable and funny. The food was amazing. Meeting up was easy and the tour was well paced. Overall, a positive, fun and low stress experience.
Written June 18, 2019
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Donald D
San Francisco, California205 contributions
Solo
I had a long day tour and was tired when I got back to Jinguo Hotel. I just wanted to some dinner and sleep when I realized I had a Old Beijing Dinner Tour with UnTour. I was worried that I would late so I went to the hotel concierge for a taxi ride. But for some strange reason the hotel concierge made up some lie about the hotel does not have taxis service. So I hit the street in search for a taxi ride. I approached a taxi. A strange man in the taxi took me to his car, which was a rip-off in the making. He got me to my destination but it cost 80 RMB, a taxi ride would been less than half the price. At the subway station I met a young American who led our tour. I believe his name was Zeben. While I am a Chinese-American I grew up in the US, and Beijing appeared a large, chaotic city with a fascinating new culture. Zeben did an excellent job picking places to eat from restaurants, to street vendors, to Chinese fast food (traditional). All the places he took me to were tasty and included a wonderful cultural experience with added information/stories from him. All the stops were memorable. My favorite was the Mongolian Hot Pot restaurant where we tried out the hot pot with its many items. Zebec also brought some Chinese Dumplings (not part of the restaurant, Zeben brought them for the guests as an added bonus for our tasting experience). Our last stop was an interesting local restaurant in an old Hutong neighborhood.The decor was fascinating and the owner seem to know our guide personally. The owner even showed his collection of grasshopper which he collected and trained for grasshopper combat competition. The place served tasty chicken wings (BBQ) style with strong Chinese rice wine, more like hard English whiskey/rubbing alcohol. I generally I do not drink hard liquor, but I wanted to try out a new experience. The aroma of the rice liquor was surprisingly fruity, pleasant aroma. I drank the small amount in my glass and I was fine at first. Slowly my mouth began to burn, then my throat burn, and then my esophagus began to burn. Shortly I lost my appetite and ate only one chicken wing. Still I would say it was a good experience. I learned that strong rice wine is not for me, and to be honest I had so much to eat I am not surprised I lost my appetite. Overall, I thought the dinner tour was an excellent experience. We tried out many types of food and got to see how the local Beijing people lived. Priceless. For the price and the amount food I got it was a great value. I would do it again with UnTour.
Written October 23, 2017
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PBlyth
Tampa, FL234 contributions
The best food tour we took in China. Our guide was Celia who met us at the entrance to the Metro. We found her to be very friendly, fun and quite knowledgeable about her city and its food. We first grabbed some takeout dumplings with skin so thin you could see thru it and brought them to a loud and authentic Mongolian hotpot place. The lamb and vegies were all good. From there it was onto an upscale rice wine bar for some delicious wine sampling. Yum!!!! Then onto donkey burgers - like small hamburgers except sweeter. She also introduced us to a favorite couple of street foods - one a crepe with fried tofu skin - out of this world and Mongolian yougert with honey. I would eat both of them every day if I could. After that we ate biang biang noodle soup with pork belly and vegies - good and the last was an old gambling den converted into a chicken wing place with fiery hot fried chicken wings. By the time we were done I was stuffed with great food and we were sad to say goodbye to Celia who was a terrific food guide! Do not miss this food tour! It is great!!
Written April 9, 2020
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Thanks so much for taking the time to review our tour. We're so happy to hear you enjoyed all the food on your tour, as well as your time with Celia. We hope you'll come eat with us again soon!
Written April 15, 2020
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Shelby T
Gold Coast, Australia15 contributions
Couples
First off, Julia is an amazing guide and is super friendly and knowledgeable. She was happy to answer any questions we had and even emailed us some useful info about the questions we asked (relating to NYE). I'm a very fussy person when it comes to food (especially trying new things) but I absolutely LOVED this tour! It was fantastic, the food was delicious, the rest of the group were friendly and a good time was had. I would highly recommend this tour for anyone who isn't sure about eating in Beijing because this has helped us so much! One thing I would advise is to do this tour at the start of your time in Beijing not the end!
Written December 31, 2019
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Hi Shelby - thanks so much for taking the time to write a review! We're thrilled to hear that you tried new things and loved them with Julia. We are so glad you took advantage of the tour early in your trip - we find our guests who take the tour on the first or second day feel so much more empowered to sample local dishes and street food the rest of their time in China! Let us know if you're ever back in Beijing (or come visit us in Shanghai)!
Written January 1, 2020
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Alex042
5 contributions
We had a total of 8 stops with some really extraordinary food options that you would never find by yourself like a traditional Mongolian hotpot on a coal oven, a hidden rice wine bar and a restaurant that was basically someone's living room in a Hutong.

Our host Julia gladly answered all our questions and even sent us an email afterwards with additional information about recipes and other things that we asked about.
She also let us take our time and in the end we were 45 minutes back later then planed, which made the trip feel more like an evening with a friend, than just a booked tour.

Written December 27, 2019
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Hi Alex - thanks so much for your review! Our goal at UnTour Food Tours has always been to create an experience that feels more like hanging out with friends (albeit one who knows A LOT about Chinese food and culture) - that's why we called it "UnTour"! So it makes our day that you felt like you were amongst friends exploring the hutongs. Hope you'll eat with us again soon!
Written January 1, 2020
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By: UnTour Beijing Food Tours
SJK604
SJK604
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A wonderful culinary experience!
We visited Beijing in July 2019 (sorry for the late review!) Our tour guide Julia was very informative and was able
Rod_NBTBM
Rod_NBTBM
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Educational, Exploratory, Fun Food Feast!
So glad I joined the small group tour, exploring hutongs and little food outlets I would never have come across oth
rogozhkinad
rogozhkinad
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Besy experience in Shanghai!!!
We joined the tour with my husband initially just to explore the food of Shanghai. But it made us understand Chines
Nancy R
Nancy R
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Authentic Cuisine and Cultural Experience
I am a repeat customer of Untour. Always delighted. The food tours are one of the best ways to learn about China.
168marisah
168marisah
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Perfect Hutong tour for lunch
A group of about 12 of us went on a lunch Tour of the Hutongs. Our tour guides were Garth and Lily. They were both
hooberh
hooberh
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Fun and Informative
Being a Beijing local, I found it interesting to go on this food tour with foreign travelers. Our guide, Greg, was
TomS738
TomS738
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Amazing food in a place we would have never ventured
Celia was the best. Food was amazing, her explanations were on point, and the tour far exceeded our expectations.
Chinatravel123
Chinatravel123
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Awesome
Hit all the local spots. Enjoyed lots of different foods and heard about the food and history. Leisurely stroll fro
Joanne B
Joanne B
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Yum! Awesome! Can we do it again?
What can we say that hasn't already been said? Perhaps ... THANK YOU! We booked an evening food tour as we had
Squeezeh
Squeezeh
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Absolutely brilliant!!
Having done the dumpling tour in Shanghai we decided another Untour Food Tour was a must in Beijing and we weren’t
erinpfaz
erinpfaz
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Limited Vegan Options, Beware.
I decided upon this tour because I’d gone on other similar tours (not with UnTour) within China that were fabulous
597craigl
597craigl
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Food fun in Beijing
We met the guides at the designated subway exit and started our three hour fabulous journey through the hutongs of
TCtravelAdvise
TCtravelAdvise
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Off the beaten path
Great experience. Small, local interesting restaurants and food stands. Would not be able to find without a guide.
OB2762
OB2762
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Great tour. Great food. Great guide.
The tour was really nice. The location and the food gave it a very authentic, Old Beijing feeling. The tour guide,
Bringatowel42
Bringatowel42
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Really Cool Tour with Amazing Guide
This is a must-do if you’re in Beijing. Delicious food and an interesting way to learn about the city’s culture a
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