- Dàlǐ Courtyard Beautiful courtyard restaurant with an ever-changing menu of subtly flavoured Yúnnán specialities.
- Běijīng Dàdǒng Roast Duck Restaurant The leanest duck in town in a busy and bright setting.
- Nàjiā Xiǎoguǎn Old-school Běijīng place with an esoteric menu of Manchu favourites.
- Duck de Chine Peking duck with a French flavour in a swish environment and with super service.
- Bǎihé Vegetarian Restaurant Inventive dishes at one of Běijīng’s few veggie eateries.
- Zhāng Māma Superpopular Sìchuān restaurant and excellent value.
- Bocata Fine sandwiches and salads and fantastic chips at this popular lunch spot.
- Bāozi Pù Come to this long-standing place for dumplings and noodles.
- Yàn Lán Lóu Great hand-pulled noodles at this landmark Muslim restaurant.
- Jīn Dǐng Xuān Tasty dim sum and open 24 hours.
- Xiǎo Wáng’s Home Restaurant Běijīng institution with a China-wide menu.
- Vineyard Café Family-friendly, expat fave. Great Western breakfasts.
- Jīngzūn Peking Duck Not just duck but a huge variety of dishes.
- Duck de Chine Stand-out Peking duck in an artfully designed space.
- Temple Restaurant Fantastic setting, flawless food and service.
- Lost Heaven Top-notch Yúnnán dishes in the delightful surroundings of the former legation quarter.
- Capital M Relaxed but upmarket restaurant specialising in Mediterranean classics.
Best Peking Duck
- Lìqún Roast Duck Restaurant Ramshackle setting but serves a superb bird.
- Biànyífāng Old-school Peking duck; sees fewer foreigners than other places.
- Duck de Chine Fancy-pants Peking-meets-Paris duck.
- Jīngzūn Peking Duck An unpretentious introduction to Běijīng's most famous dish.
- Qiánmén Quánjùdé Roast Duck Restaurant Always crowded but the duck is top quality.
- Din Tai Fung Famed Taiwanese restaurant and shrine to dumplings in all their forms.
- Bǎoyuán Dumpling Restaurant Multicoloured dumplings that delight the kids.
- Dōuyīchù Serving up seasonal favourites since the Qing dynasty.
- Hángzhōu Xiǎochī Cheap eats close to the Forbidden City.
- Gǒubùlǐ Eight different types to choose from and all delicious.
- Yáng Fāng Lamb Hotpot Classic Běijīng-style hotpot.
- Lǎo Chē Jì Dry hotpots are the house speciality.
- Róng Tiān Sheep Spine Down-to-earth eatery but delicious food.
- Mǎn Fú Lóu Mongolian-style non-spicy hotpot.
- Crescent Moon Muslim Restaurant Arguably the finest Uighur eatery in Běijīng.
- Jíxiángniǎo Xiāngcài Spicy Húnán cuisine and always busy.
- Chuān Bàn Fire fiends love this authentic, tongue-numbing Sìchuān place.
- In & Out The best of southwestern China's many great dishes are on offer here.
- Golden Peacock Southeast Asian–influenced Dai cuisine from the deep south of Yúnnán Province.
- Yàn Lán Lóu Dishes from China's northwestern noodle heartland.
- Liú Family Noodles Cheap and cheerful, but excellent noodles.
- Old Běijīng Zhájiàng Noodle King Traditional noodles and a local hotspot.
- Lǐjì Fēngwèi Měishí Cāntīng Great for Chinese Muslim-style beef noodles.
- Punk Rock Noodles Delicious hand-pulled noodles served up by punk rock musicians.
- Yáojì Chǎogān Come here for zhájiàng miàn, the capital's signature noodle dish.
- Bàodǔ Huáng True local's joint for those brave enough to eat like a real Beijinger.
- Zuǒ Lín Yòu Shè No frills, but real-deal Běijīng eats.
- Hóng Lú Běijīng specialities in a fresh and clean environment.
- Xiǎodiàolítāng Dishes inspired by the cuisine of the Mandarins of the Qing dynasty.
- Taco Bar Mexican street-style food and great for brunch too.
- Mosto Justly popular and stylish Mediterranean-themed restaurant.
- O'Steak Succulent steaks served French-style.
- Georg Fine dining with a Scandinavian twist.
- Purple Isle Hip Thai restaurant that doesn't hold back on the spices.
- Desert Rose The best kebabs in the city and a genuine Central Asian feel.
- Café Sambal Cute and cool courtyard restaurant serving Malaysian favourites.
- 4Corners Vietnamese and Southeast Asian fusion food in a hútòng setting.
- Khan Baba Fine Pakistani and Indian food and a generous lunchtime buffet deal.
Like a Local
- Din Tai Fung They have a dedicated area for kids to play in.
- Bǎoyuán Dumpling Restaurant Dumplings in different colours that intrigue children.
- Xiǎo Wáng’s Home Restaurant Family-friendly and a menu big enough to satisfy any kiddies' cravings.
- Vineyard Café A favourite with local and expat families.
- Carmen Tapas-sized portions for the little ones.