Beijing Breakfast Hutong Food Tour

Wed/Sat/Sun at 8:30am, Duration 3 hours

$55 USD per adult, $28 USD per child

This walking food tour covers approx .75mi / 1.5km

The Essentials:

Sample up to 15 dishes and several drinks across 7 locations on this walking tour of Beijing’s historic hutongs. Exploring a historic hutong best seen on foot, this tour covers everything from the history of Beijing to daily life centered around a local community.


At least 6 food stops, with a mix of sit-down restaurants and food stalls, plus one rooftop coffee house.

Group Size

Small groups of 2-10 people per tour.

Start & End Location

This tour starts and ends at Fuchengmen Subway Station. An email will be sent with meeting location details immediately after booking.

Cancellation Policy

Reservations cancelled 24 hours or more before your tour start time are fully refundable.

Dietary Requests

We can accommodate the checked dietary requests on this tour. All requests must be communicated at time of booking. Visit our FAQ section for more details.

What You'll Do:

Meeting Location:

This tour starts at Fuchengmen Subway Station. An email will be sent with meeting location details immediately after booking.

Beijing Imperial Snacks

Discover how varied Beijing’s breakfast staples are, from sweet Beijing yogurt to distinct mungbean soup – a Beijing-only pastime for generations.

Baos, Breads, and Tofu Pudding

Try fried cakes (Chinese donuts) that are a popular breakfast for Beijingers at a tiny shophouse that sells out daily. Another favorite here? Bao buns filled with vegetarian fillings and tofu pudding topped with savory flavors.

Beijing's Historic Hutong Alleyways

Explore a traditional hutong neighborhood by foot that was built around one of Beijing’s landmark pagodas. Hear the unique stories behind doorway art and stone relics centuries old. 

Egg-Filled Pancakes

Visit a small, family-run shop that created their own breakfast snack that locals now line up for every day. Watch them make their savory pancake-like pastries that are filled with egg and flavored with chili and soybean paste.

Rooftop Coffee

End your morning at a local coffee shop, connected to a traditional Chinese medicine pharmacy, that overlooks the iconic hutong tiled rooftops and revel in one of the most historic areas of the capital.

Plus More Surprises!

* This itinerary is subject to changes and adjustments based on daily vendor operations and availability, but it will always be awesome.

Try over a dozen breakfast items Beijingers love.

Beijing can feel like a fortress, and we’re not talking about its massive walls or population. In a city that feels endless, with a formidable history and sizeable language barrier, it’s tricky to get a glimpse of real life here. 

For a few hours, pull back the curtain and live in the real Beijing. See the sights and smells that have been a long-time mainstay in Beijing’s hutongs, and start your morning the way millions have for generations. With at least 7 different stops, you’ll get a broad taste of the real Beijing, from super-traditional breakfasts to our trendy coffee house scene. Dogs are out picking each other up for play dates, uncles are taking their birds for walks in their cages, doorways with old horse ties and shrines tell you about the family history of residents, eat in tiny holes in the walls, and try over a dozen different breakfast items Beijingers love.

Beijing Hutong

Featured In:

"Beijing's Hutong Breakfast Club!"

The first foodie stop was only around the corner, taking our seats in a former temple like building we waited for our first slices of a Beijing breakfast. We all tried a series of weird tasting Beijing snacks, each obscured tasting bite held secrets from Beijing’s past!

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"Visit Beijing and its Essentials"

I certainly would not have tasted all of these dishes if I had not taken part in the tour – and obviously, I would not have learned as much about Beijing and its old districts. Each place visited is super local and absolutely unknown to tourists.

Take a close look at our Beijing Hutong Breakfast Food Tour and what you’ll experience in our own Lost Plate produced video.

Watch the Fung Bro’s video about our “Very Traditional Chinese Breakfast Food Tour in Beijing, China.”

Customer Reviews:

Frequently Asked Questions:

All dietary requests must be communicated at the time of booking. When booking online, you will have the opportunity to let us know if you have any dietary requirements or special requests. Please use the following information to understand if this tour is right for you.

This tour can accommodate vegetarian travelers, including those who are pescatarian and those who do not eat beef, pork, seafood, shellfish, and/or mutton. However, there will not always be direct substitutes for every dish that we try on the tour. For example, at our 5th stop we order mutton soup, and the restaurant does not provide any substitutions. Please note that every stop we visit during the tour does use meat in their kitchen. 

This tour cannot accommodate vegan or gluten-free travelers. Wheat products are featured at every stop, in sauces like soy sauce and in tour highlights like steamed buns and fried doughs. There are no substitutes or alternatives available. 

This tour also cannot accommodate severe allergies as we do not have control over the preparation for your food. Travelers that don’t eat nuts are welcome, but kitchens do use nuts and cross-contamination is possible.

If you have any questions not answered here, please contact us prior to booking.

We are not a tasting tour, we provide much more than a full meal’s worth of food so we recommend you come prepared to eat. We are just tickled by the share of reviews we get that warn other guests to pace themselves. Even our guide training covers tips and tricks for guests to pace themselves. It is our professional recommendation to wear your Christmas pants, or its equivalent.

This is a walking tour; let’s just get that out of the way. This tour covers about .75 miles / 1.5 km by foot, so we recommend leaving the heels at home. This distance is split up between 7 stops, so it’s roughly a 5 minute walk between each stop and a great chance to digest a bit before the next stop. We also find that exploring by foot is the best way to enjoy the sights of Beijing’s hutong alleyways and to see what local life is like up-close.

Our child pricing is valid for ages 4 through 15. Children ages 3 and under are free.

The tour starts at 8:30am at Fuchengmen subway station which services subway line 2. You’ll get the exact address, directions, and transportation details immediately after booking.

The tour ends a short walk away from the start location. Your guide will point you in the right direction for wherever you need to go next, or you are welcome to stay at the coffee house as long as you like!

Our minimum is 2 and maximum is 10. There’s no flag to follow, or megaphone, or tacky uniforms. It’s small enough to be intimate, but big enough to get away with trying several dishes at each stop. You’ll get plenty of face-time with the experts. Bottom line is, you’ll follow the guide through a super-local experience and make friends along the way.

This tour lasts about 3 hours and between 7+ stops it also depends a lot on how the group is eating and walking. If you have any other concerns or needs about the end time, don’t fret, just let us know if you are worried about time and we’ll let you know what we can do.

All of our tours are rain-or-shine, so we suggest you dress for the weather. If rain is possible, an umbrella, along with shoes that can get wet, is a good idea. In rare cases of extreme weather, your guide will cancel the tour and provide a full refund. During times of extreme air pollution (AQI over 400) our tours will run but refunds will be provided if you are unable to join due to health concerns.

Yes we do! If you would like to book a special tour for your organization or group, just contact us and we’ll take care of you.

We have many happy customers who do more than one of our tours in Beijing and across China! We have designed our tours to focus only on food from each city. This means that each dish, story, and vibe is unique to each tour and there aren’t any repeats.

Most people are very surprised how much the cuisine changes as they travel throughout China, and our tours are a good way to discover those differences. We encourage you to pick the tours that best fit your itinerary and we offer a 10% discount if booking more than one tour.

Yes! You’ll get a promo code in your confirmation email that will give you a 10% discount on all future Lost Plate tours. It doesn’t matter if the tour is in the same city or a different city, we want to keep feeding you as long as you let us. Also, children ages 4 through 15 receive a discount on all tours (3 & under are free).

Bookings canceled 24 hours or more before your tour are fully refundable (100% refund). Bookings canceled within 24 hours notice are not refundable. If you would like to reschedule your tour with less than 24 hours notice, we will need to charge 50% of your total since we are unable to fill your spots at short notice.

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