Beijing Hutong Evening Food Tour

Daily at 6:30pm Duration: 3.5 hours

$69 USD / adult $50 USD / child

This walking food tour covers approx. 1.25mi / 2km.

The Essentials:

Try local Han, Mongol, and Muslim cuisines (plus more!) at Beijing’s most authentic restaurants. This top-rated walking food tour will explore the historic hutong alleys of Beijing while making stops at our favorite off the beaten path eateries. 


Far more than a meal’s worth of food, local beer, and soft drinks at 4 sit-down restaurants, plus one craft brewery.

Group Size

Small groups of 2-12 people per tour.

Start & End Location

Starts at Lama Temple Subway Station. Ends 10 minutes walk away from the start location. An email will be sent with detailed meeting location details immediately after booking.

Cancellation Policy

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

Dietary Requirements​

We are happy to welcome vegetarians and gluten-free diets, but please let us know prior to your tour date as same day requests cannot be guaranteed. Those with dietary requests will not always have direct substitutes for every dish. Please message us prior to booking if you have any questions.

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What You'll Do:

Meeting Location:

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

Beijing's Most Popular Noodles

When Beijingers want noodles, there’s only one dish we think about. In fact, we literally call it “Beijing Noodles” because all other noodle dishes are inferior. We’ve tried dozens of noodle shops throughout the hutongs, and this spot gets our stamp of approval.

Old-Beijing Vibes & Flavors

At this old-school restaurant tucked into one of the coolest (and most hidden) hutong alleys we could find, try the best versions of Beijing stir-fries in the city.

Beijing's Historic Hutong Alleyways

This walking tour will cover 1.25 miles / 2km (with lots of eating breaks) through our favorite hutongs in Beijing. Transport yourself into Beijing’s past with your local English-speaking guide.

DIY Mongolian BBQ

Grill your own heaping plates of marinated meats and veggies just like the Mongolian Nomads who brought the word “hutong” to this city.

Beijing's Endangered Dish

Ever been to a Muslim diner? Finish off your dinner by trying the favorite dish of the Empress Cixi, also known as the Dragon Empress, at one of the few places left in town that serves it.

Craft Brewery

End the night with a pint amongst the patrons of Beijing’s emerging craft beer scene. All brewed in-house and catered to the tastes of China’s growing, hip middle class.

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What were three dishes served to the US President during his visit to Beijing?

Seafood chowder, “Kung Pao” chicken, and beef steak with tomato sauce. 

We can do much better.

Here’s your Beijing dinner itinerary: you get an email with directions to meet us at a central subway station. Within moments, there’s a cold beer in hand (you’re welcome). You then follow your local guide into your first hutong alleyway, originally home to the city’s first inhabitants centuries ago. You have no idea where you’re going, which way is North, and your Google Maps don’t work. Your gut is telling you that you’re hungry, but also that you’re about to have an excellent time. Trust it.

Beijing Evening Food Tour Hutong Alley
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Featured In:

"Top 10 Food Experience in the World"

TripAdvisor’s Travelers Choice Awards ranked our Beijing Hutong Evening Food Tour as the 2nd best food experience in the World. Our Xian Evening Tour was 1st.

Lost Plate Food Tours is 1 in the World by TripAdvisor

"Delving Into the Hutongs of Beijing, Chopsticks at the Ready"

“The fun of tonight has been in the adventure: the lost-then-found feeling of a night spent blasting through the unknown, punctuated with homey, unpretentious meals. Tomorrow, we’ll go back to being clueless foreigners in an unfamiliar city, but tonight the curtain was pulled back, and we lived in Beijing, even if it was just for a few hours.”

Beijing Hutong Evening Food Tour Featured on Washington Post

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Frequently Asked Questions:

This is not a tasting tour, you should come hungry and you will get more than a full meal of food. If you need more, just let your guide know and we’ll get more, but usually guests cannot finish everything. We also provide unlimited local beer and soft drinks during the tour, plus one glass of local craft beer at our last stop.

Our tours have been designed to accommodate as many diets as possible while still remaining stupid delicious. This tour is vegetarian, pescatarian, and gluten-free friendly, but please let us know prior to your tour date as same day requests cannot be guaranteed. This tour is not recommended for vegan diets. We ask everyone to understand that those with dietary requests will not always have direct substitutes for every dish. 

When booking online, you’ll have the opportunity to let us know if you have any dietary restrictions or special requests. Please use this field to let us know about your requests and we will follow up if there are any problems or questions.

This is a walking tour; let’s just get that out of the way. This tour covers about 1.25 miles / 2 km by foot, so we recommend leaving the heels at home. This distance is split up between 4-5 stops, so it’s roughly a 5-10 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 6:30pm at Lama Temple subway station which services subway lines 2 and 5. You’ll get the exact address, directions, and transportation details immediately after booking.

The tour ends at a brewery about 10 minutes by foot from the meeting 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 brewery as long as you like!

Our minimum is 2 and maximum is 12. 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 3.5 hours and ends in a brewery, it’s not uncommon for guests to stay and keep the pints going afterward. 

If you have any concerns about timing and meeting up based on your itinerary, let us know and we’ll see what we can do to make this as hassle-free as possible.

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.

We sure do! If you decide to do more than one tour with us we are happy to offer you a 10% discount off your total amount. 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. Our online booking system will automatically deduct the discount from your total if booking online at the same time. If you decide to add more tours later, your original confirmation email will include a promo code to use on those bookings. 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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Beijing Hutong Evening Food Tour

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