From street-food noodles to Peking duck, sample the city’s greatest hits.
It might be best known for Peking duck, but Beijing’s dining scene is more akin to that other local classic, hotpot, thanks to its lively mix of regional cuisines. This is a city with a real appreciation of the classics, from street-food staples such as zha jiang mian noodles to decadent revivals of Imperial palace dishes. Still, times are changing, and there have been some seismic shifts, from the rise of plant-based dining to the craft-beer boom. Not sure where to start? Consult the concierge at Mandarin Oriental Wangfujing, Beijing, and check out our essential suggestions.