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Donghuamen Night Market

Tian'anmen / Wangfujing
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Donganmen Dajie | Dongcheng, Beijing, China
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London, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Exciting and interesting (food) market with strange food and different smells. Worth a visit even if it is just to soak in the atmosphere. If you buy something, always try to get it cheaper then it's priced, but it doesn't always work. Some battered dough balls with shrimp contain hardly any shrimp meat. The chicken sticks where very tasty and... More 

Thank Travelgirl491
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61 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a thriving market with lots of food stalls on the East-West street, and also a few sit-down eateries along the North-South lane that links up with Dahsmao Hutong, with quite a few locals eating. We chose one and random, which had the marking B 26. There was also a lively show (not organised by the restaurant) going on... More 

2 Thank Justin C
Bangkok, Thailand
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158 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very crowded, lots of food on a stick, including live scorpions. Yes, they impale the scorpions so that they are still alive and moving on the stick. So sad. My friend just had to have a roasted one, so I tried it. Ok. Tasted like the seasoning and nothing else. We went at night and then back in the morning.... More 

Thank Joaelk
London, United Kingdom
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91 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Hugely crowded, hang onto your wallet. This place is so full of interesting things to eat, people to see, oddments to buy. Most of all just soak up all the atmosphere of high speed Chinese salesmanship. After you have been astounded by the selection of things to eat, go down a side corridor and see some of the non-tourist stalls.... More 

Thank Oklaokie
Beijing, China
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1,105 reviews
385 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 January 2017

First visited here in Dec 2008, then again from Aug 2011 to Dec 2016, 5 years in a row!! So many street food ranging from scorpions, spiders, stinky tofu fried, squid in spicy sauce to dumplings served fresh!! I can't even describe how many times the marketers and cooks tried to use English to attract so many foreigners, it was... More 

1 Thank Laxiaozi08200912
Chicago, Illinois
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74 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 January 2017

I saw some reviews saying this place was closed. Apparently Beijing put the word out that they were closing it. Well that simply isn't true. It's alive and well. We were there around January 3rd of 2017 so I can vouch for it being open. The 1st few stalls have the obligatory grilled bugs on display. Some people try them... More 

2 Thank MiscMel
Sydney, Australia
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76 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

If you're looking for something to do at night, this is a place you must visit. A wide variety of sweet and savoury choices of snacks. Dare yourself to try something unusual and have fun. It's mainly a food market but there's also a section with typical souvenirs and sometimes you'll get to see some music performance.

1 Thank dialronet
Perth, Australia
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

If you're in Beijing this is a must! So many odd and unusual things to eat, see and smell. Try the scorpion!

1 Thank Dewicraig D
Beijing, China
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155 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 November 2016

Perhaps a real image of Modern Beijing. I got surprised when I saw it 10 years ago, more because of its size and the same pattern repetition of red food posts than for the collection of strange beings to bring to your stomach. Year after year I see less Aliens and more basic mammalian meat stuff. I have to confess... More 

2 Thank Alex B
New York City
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 October 2016

Although I wouldn't eat anything here, it was a must visit. Surprisingly very clean. All sorts of vendors serving up everything from lamb kidneys and testicles to cooked scorpion and other bugs. Without a doubt it's geared towards tourists.

2 Thank eatery201

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Chinese, Asian
Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Good for
Cheap Eats, Groups, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Donganmen Dajie | Dongcheng, Beijing, China
  • Location: Asia  >  China  >  Beijing>  > Tian'anmen / Wangfujing
  • Neighbourhood: Tian'anmen / Wangfujing
This vibrant & bustling night market can be found just off Wangfujing Street & it is a zoo of weird and interesting food & street snacks. Uighur Lamb skewers, Snakes, Grasshoppers, Starfish, Corn on the cob, Smelly doufu, Fried hearts & kidneys, Squid, Turtles, Frogs, Stuffed breads, Live seafood, Fried pancakes, Candied fruit, Scorpions on sticks.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?