Best restaurants in Hebei

  • Restaurants in Chengde

    Magic Room

    The witch's forest lair theme is fun, but it's the food that's truly charmed – a mix of Western comforts (steak, chips, salads, pasta and top-notch handmade pizzas) and Eastern treats (the Taiwanese braised-pork rice meal is delicious). Throw into the brew some fresh-fruit smoothies, oh-so-wicked desserts and an English menu, and hey presto! You have yourself a magic little restaurant.

  • Restaurants in Shanhaiguan

    Alley Dumplings

    Housed in a 200-year-old building, this endearing family-home restaurant, run by a welcoming elderly couple, offers delicious dumplings (饺子, jiǎozi) with three choices of fillings: pork and cabbage (白菜猪肉, báicài zhūròu), pork and chives (韭菜猪肉, jiǔcài zhūròu) and egg and chives (韭菜鸡蛋, jiǔcài jīdàn). You can have your dumplings boiled (水饺, shuǐ jiǎo) or, better still, pan-fried (煎饺, jiān jiǎo).

  • Restaurants in Chengde

    Dà Qīng Huā Jiǎozi

    The finest dumpling house in Chengde, this excellent establishment has a big choice of juicy jiǎozi (dumplings; ¥18 to ¥32 per serving). Choose boiled (水饺, shuǐ jiǎo) or steamed (蒸饺, zhēng jiǎo), then pick your filling: pork and cabbage (猪肉白菜, zhūròu báicài), egg and chives (韭菜鸡蛋, jiǔcài jīdàn) or shrimp with egg and horned melon (角瓜鸡蛋虾仁, jiǎoguā jīdàn xiārén).

  • Restaurants in Shijiazhuang

    Yáng Mázǐ Dà Bǐng

    This no-frills canteen-like restaurant specialises in dà bǐng (大饼; plate-sized, golden-fried, pastry twirls with a variety of both savoury and sweet fillings), ideally washed down with a bowl of millet porridge (金瓜小米粥, jīnguā xiǎomǐ zhōu). Fillings include beef (牛肉, niúròu), pork and spring onion (猪肉大葱, zhūròu dàcōng), red bean paste (豆沙, dòu shā) and walnut (核桃, hé táo).

  • Restaurants in Shijiazhuang

    Mix C Food Hall

    There are restaurants and cafes dotted throughout Mix C, the city's snazziest shopping mall, but head up to the 6th floor to find the best-value offerings, inside a small Hong Kong–style food court called Skyland Discovery. You'll find dim sum, noodles, roast duck and more, and with English labelling and dishes on display it's a cinch to order what you want.

  • Restaurants in Shijiazhuang

    Chéngdé Huìguǎn

    Specialising in imperial cuisine from the summer courts of Chengde (承德, Chéngdé) in northern Hebei, this fine, long-standing restaurant has a fun atmosphere, with faux courtyard decor and excellent food, including crispy pigeon (¥49), beef jerky (¥88) and numerous delicious tofu dishes (¥30-50). English menu with photos.

  • Restaurants in Shijiazhuang

    Lerthai Center

    A slick shopping mall with dozens of restaurants ranging from Shanghainese and hotpot to pizza and Korean BBQ. Freshly made juice will keep you hydrated, while the exterior patios, dotted with street-food stalls, are an inviting place to sit on a summer night.

  • Restaurants in Shanhaiguan

    Sitiao Baozi

    At just over ¥1 a pop, the tasty pork bāozi (包子; stuffed steamed buns) here are popular with tourists, not least because this time-honoured restaurant claims to have been filling bellies since before the revolution.

  • Restaurants in Shanhaiguan

    Lanzhou Lamian

    Run by a Hui-Muslim family from Qinghai province (and therefore an alcohol-free zone), this no-frills restaurant does a range of tasty noodle dishes, including pulled noodles with beef (牛肉拉面, niúròu lāmiàn – the house speciality; ¥10), with lamb (羊肉拉面, yángròu lāmiàn, ¥15) and with Chinese cabbage (青菜拉面, qīngcài lāmiàn, ¥10). Rice meals include kungpao chicken (宫爆鸡丁盖饭, gōngbào jīdīng gàifàn; ¥20).

  • Restaurants in Shijiazhuang

    Quánjùdé

    If you didn’t get your full fix of Peking duck in the capital, this big, swish branch of the Beijing chain fires up its duck traditional-style over fruit wood. A half-duck is ¥84, with the trimmings (pancakes, spring onions, cucumber shreds, plum sauce) an extra ¥12. There are plenty of other dishes too (¥30 to ¥90). Photo menu.