On this Beijing food walk we’ll take you to an area of the city that you wouldn’t discover by yourself to taste some of Beijing’s quintessential street food and snacks and to see an authentic side of life.
- Imperial and other favourite snack food
- Some of Beijing’s favourite snack food, such as the classic and very tasty jianbing
- A taste of Beijing’s most famous drink – baijiu – the essential drink to understand
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- Piping-hot steamed buns stuffed with delicious fillings
- Hot, freshly made soy milk from a local tofu vendor
- Stinky tofu
- Artisan bread and sesame paste vendors
what to expect
This early morning Beijing food walk immerses you in the real life of old Beijing, where the ancient hutong neighbourhoods bustle with life and vendors pass by on carts laden with fresh vegetables and sweet snacks. Discover the authentic side of Beijing, free of hatted tourist groups and souvenir shops. We’ll guide you through an old quarter of the city that you might not otherwise see if left to your own devices and guidebook. You’ll taste the local favourite breakfast foods along the way as we stop beside residents to shop from the street-side vendors and stores. The Hidden Beijing food tour will give you a raw and undecorated insight into what life and food is really like for Beijingers today.
The walk leads us along Cotton Hutong, past Chinese bakers and noodle makers, Muslim eateries, fresh fruit and vegetable suppliers, a gorgeous Chinese alcohol producer, and many other interesting sites. We will guide you through a host of ingredients prized in Chinese cooking, from fresh lotus root to home-made fragrant sesame oil, giving you an insight into Chinese food culture.
Tip: The tour ends nearby Houhai Lake. Budget time to explore this charming lake district. Come with a hearty appetite and a shopping basket if you’d like to pick up a few groceries along the way.