Wángfǔjǐng Snack Street

Street Food in Forbidden City & Dongcheng Central

Fronted by an ornate archway, this pedestrianised lane is lined with cheap and cheerful food stalls that are always busy. There are dishes from all over China, including málà tàng (a spicy soup from Sìchuān) and zhájiàngmiàn (Běijīng noodles in fried bean sauce), savoury pancakes, oodles of noodles and novelty items such as scorpion skewers. Not all stalls have prices listed, but most things cost around ¥10 for a portion.