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Donghuamen Night Market

Tian'anmen / Wangfujing
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Donganmen Dajie | Dongcheng, Beijing, China
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Beijing, China
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646 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 

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Chicago, Illinois
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73 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 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 

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Sydney, Australia
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76 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016 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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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles 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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152 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles 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 

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New York City
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Greenwood, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016

Awesome if you are a street food lover. You can find everything under the sun that you can call as exotic food - yes, including fried scorpions and whole birds.

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Bridgend, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016

Famous for it's scorpion and bats on sticks as well as other food, this is not typical of Chinese food and area made for tourists to gawp at. There is a indistinctive smell in the area and I'm not sure hygiene is at the top of the agenda here.

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Edmonton, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2016

One our Trip to China we were taken to this amazing night market. It blew our minds so many things to look at taste and pack for our next day's journey. We watch our travel mates eat silk worms and scorpion. If it wasn't for my husbands Shellfish allergy we would have tried those things our self. Regardless this is... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016

While this was still open, it was an exotic look at another part of our diverse globe and cultural habits that westerners would never know about. If you find yourself in any good sized Chinese city and they have a night market in a safe area, be sure to visit it.

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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
Groups, Cheap Eats, 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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