Wangfujing Night Food Street

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 If you ramble along Wangfujing Street  in the evening during your Beijing Travel, it is advisable to visit its neighbouring Wangfujing Night Food Street. Actually Wangfujing Night Food Street is formally called “Donghuamen Night Food Street”(东华门美食坊夜市), which is located on Donganmen Street linked to the west of the crossroad at the northern tip of Wangfujing Pedestrian Street.

 

If you want to visit a daytime food vendors street, you may go to Wangfujing Snack Street ( 王府井小吃街), which branches off  Wangfujing Pedestrian Street.  Check out Wangfujing Snack Street for more information.

Wangfujing Night Snack Street is often called by tourists while Donghuamen Night Snack Street by the local residents in Beijing. They both refer to the same night food market in Wangfujing area.

This 100-meter long snack street is open from 6:00pm to 9:00pm every day. The night market is home to about 100 stalls selling over 100 snacks from all over China. For adventurous dinners, it is a food paradise with such unique snacks as centipedes, lizards, deep fried crickets available to eat on a stick.

These stalls linked at a short interval are mainly composed of Beijing food, Shandong cuisine, Yunnan food, Canton food, sea food and etc. All the food stalls are well organized with strict hygiene requirement.

Each vendor wears clean uniforms with red caps. Each stall has a sign hanging overhead indicating the food they are selling, as well the name of the stall owner.

Since it is a typical street food, you have no table for sitting and eating. You are supposed to stand eating just before the food stalls. A protected line is set to separate the food stalls from the driving lane. So people feel quite safe eating with the protected line.

If you are not interested in the street food or timid to have a bite, it is still worth walking around and taking some pictures for a glimpse of the snacks coming for all a parts of China.The first stall sells Tanghulu, or sugar-coated haws or fruits on sticks

The first stall sells Tanghulu, or sugar-coated haws or fruits on sticks

The lady has bought a stick of Tanghulu.

The lady has bought a stick of Tanghulu.

The foreign tourists are curious about the snake meat.

The foreign tourists are curious about the snake meat.

Seafood and smelly bean curd

Seafood and smelly bean curd

barbeque corn

barbeque corns and more

Hippocampi on a stick

Hippocampi on a stick

Royal Crab

Royal Crabs

Roujiamuo, a Chinese hamburger

Roujiamuo, a Chinese hamburger

Sheep’s particular parts, offal soup

sheep’s particular parts, offal soup

Goubuli ( literally “dogs don’t pay attention”) is a famous brand of baozi from Tianjin.

Goubuli ( literally dogs don’t pay attention) is a famous brand of baozi from Tianjin

Jian Bing, a kind of thin pancakes with with meat and vegetable fillings

Jian Bing, a kind of thin pancakes with with meat and vegetable fillings

Fried Jiaozi

Fried Jiaozi

Muslim food – barbeques animal internal parts

Muslim food – barbeques animal internal parts

Roasted leg of lamb
Beijing local desserts

Beijing local desserts

Beijing local snacks

Beijing local snacks

Scorpions and more insects on sticks

Scorpions and more insects on sticks

Centipede and water beetles on sticks

centipede and water beetles on sticks

Sea food

Sea food

Red lanterns, signboards and clean stalls make an interesting tourist food street in Beijing

Red lanterns, signboards and clean stalls make an interesting tourist food street in Beijing

Each stall has a signboard overhead indicating the stuff to be sold with a pricelist

Each stall has a signboard overhead indicating the stuff to be sold with a pricelist

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8 Responses to “Wangfujing Night Food Street”

  1. Mystic says:

    Has the food street been moved off of the main Wangfujing street? When I was there, I could not find the red stalls along the main street, like they used to be. The only stalls were on a small side street with a big sign overhead that said Donganmen Food Street. Is that where they are located now, or did I go to the wrong place?

  2. Daniel says:

    Hello Mystic,

    There are two snack streets in Wangfujing Street. One is off the main street (within the walking section of Wangfujing Street ) which is called Wangfujing Food Street ( 王府井小吃街). The entrance to Wangfujing Food Street is a traditional archway (Pailou) with the Chinese characters of 王府井小吃街overhead. But people would go to Wangfujing Food Street during the daytime though it is also open in the evening.

    For night food, people would go to “Donghuamen Night Food Street”(东华门美食坊夜市) which is popularly called Wangfujing Night Food Street. Wangfujing Night Food Street is located on Donganmen Street west of the crossroad at the north entrance to the walking section of Wangfujing Pedestrian Street. So Wangfujing Night Food Street is not within the walking section of the street. The a sign of “Donghuamen Night Food Street”(东华门美食坊夜市) stands on the ground at the east starting place of the itinerant vendor food street. You’ve got the right name, but not sure you got the right place.

  3. chin says:

    will it be open during chinese year day

  4. Daniel says:

    Hi Chin,

    Yes, basically it will be open during the Chinese lunar new year.

  5. Yap says:

    Hi Daniel,

    We plan to go to Donghuamen Night Food Street after a visit in Jingshan Park? Will it be too far to walk and which direction should I head to? Is Donghuamen street or Wangfujing street nearer to Jingshan Part?

    Thank you.

  6. Daniel says:

    Hi Yap,

    About 3 km and 40 minutes walk from Wangfujing to the south Gate to Jingshan. You just walk to the west direction and get to Nanchizi Dajie (南池子大街), then walk to the north along Nanchizi Dajie which circles Forbidden City. At the end of Nanchizi Dajie, turn right, you will see the beautiful turret of Forbidden City. The south gate to Jingshan is just at the north of the north gate to Forbidden City. Enjoy your trip!

  7. Kris Nicholas says:

    Hi Daniel,
    Is it wort visiting Wangfujing Street during the day before dark? Are there food vendors in the afternoon?\
    thanks,
    Kris

  8. Daniel says:

    Hi Kris Nicholas,

    Sure, it is still interesting to visit Wanfujing during the day for people watch. There is a daytime food vendors street branching off the main Wanfujing Street. The back street is known as Wangfujing Snack Street (王府井小吃街). Check out the following link for more information on Wangfujing Snack Street:

    http://www.tour-beijing.com/blog/beijing-travel/stroll-on-wangfujing-snack-street

    By the way, please check out Top 10 Tourist Scams before you explore Beijing on your own:

    http://www.tour-beijing.com/blog/china-travel/tourist-traps-in-china/top-10-tourist-scams-beijing

    Have a nice time in Beijing!

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