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Top 10 Peking Duck restaurants in Beijing

08-24-2011 10:49 BJT

Peking roast duck is a must-try for visitors to Beijing. With a history of more than 600 years, Peking roast duck is the most famous gourmet cuisine of Beijing and one of the most popular foods in China. It has also received worldwide recognition for its tempting shining color, crispy skin and tender meat.

The secret of the delicacy lies in that ducks of a peculiar kind are raised to specific weight, slaughtered, dressed, syrup-coated, hung dry, and then roasted either in a closed oven or an open oven. The roast duck will be sliced by the chef and placed beautifully on a plate before the diners, who then eat the meat with pancakes, cucumber, spring onion and a sweet bean sauce.

Peking roast duck is a must-try for visitors to Beijing. []

While strolling down the streets of Beijing, you will find many Peking roast duck restaurants. Which one is the best place to savor this mouth-watering delicacy? Here, has picked the top 10 most popular Peking duck restaurants in Beijing.

NO.10 Liqun Roast Duck Restaurant (利群烤鸭店)

Specialties: Crispy duck bone with salt and pepper, mustard duck web, salted duck liver, soft-fried duck liver, dry-fried four delicacies

Whole duck price: 190 yuan (includes condiments)

Opened in 1902, Liqun Roast Duck Restaurant is a small courtyard eatery hidden deep in an old Beijing hutong. The restaurant is named after its owner, Zhang Liqun, a former chef at the Quanjude roast duck restaurant chain. This family-run restaurant is somewhat run-down but deserves a visit for its aromatic classic roast duck that is roasted to perfection. It also has more than 30 duck dishes, as well as the old courtyard experience. Liqun is well-known among locals and frequented by foreigners. It attracts customers mainly through the word of mouth instead of through advertisements. Reservations are recommended to avoid a long wait time.

Liqun Roast Duck Restaurant []

Address: 11 Beixiangfeng Hutong, Qianmen Dongdajie, Chongwen District

Telephone: +86-10-67055578

Hours: 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Getting there: Subway Line 2 to Qianmen Station, or buses 9, 59 to Zhengyi Lu


NO.9 Hua's Restaurant (Huajia Yiyuan) 花家怡园

Specialties: Pan-fried duck rolls, Yiyuan famous chicken, ribs with plum, braised sea cucumber with venison tendon, Buddha jumps over the wall, signature lamb chop

Whole duck price: 168 yuan (includes condiments)


Established in 1998, Hua's Restaurant specializes in fine Beijing cuisine in a beautiful courtyard setting. The food here follows traditions but also integrates the essence of different culinary schools. The most inviting delicacy at Hua's Restaurant may be its Yongzheng Dynasty Roast Duck. Far more than a stunt, the duck dish is based on the recipe in the "Notes of Imperial Court Food" written during the reign of Emperor Yongzheng of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). The duck is roasted to perfection with little grease, and there are more varieties of side dishes, including pineapple, Hami melon and lettuce, in addition to the traditional cucumber.

Hua's Courtyard Restaurant at Guijie Street []

Flagship Restaurant and Major Branches:

1. Hua's Courtyard Restaurant at Guijie Street (Flagship Restaurant)

Address: 235 Dongzhimen Inner Street, Dongcheng District

Telephone: +86-10-51283315

Getting there: Subway Line 2 to Dongzhimen Station, or Buses 106, 117 to Dongzhimen Inner Street

2. Hua's Restaurant at Guijie Street

Address: 5 Dongzhimen Inner Street, Dongcheng District

Telephone: +86-10-51283316

Getting there: Subway Line 2 to Dongzhimen Station, or Buses 106, 117 to Dongzhimen Inner Street

3. Hua's Courtyard Fine Dining Restaurant

Address: 55 Beixinqiao Toutiao, Dongcheng District

Telephone: +86-10-64058440

Getting there: Subway Line 5 to Beixinqiao Station

4. Hua's Restaurant at Shimao Mansion

Address: 92A Jianguo Road, Shimao Mansion 3\F, Chaoyang District

Telephone: +86-10-51283329

Getting there: Subway Line 1 to Dawanglu Station

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