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Beijing Foodie Walk, Beijing tour

Lonely Planet Experiences: Beijing Foodie Walk

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Eating while walking…walking while eating…either way, it sounds like an ideal way to spend an evening in Beijing! Fill your tummy with all sorts of yummy foods from Beijing and beyond, and jump into the hustle and bustle of local market - all in an evening walk!

Experience the best travel stories for yourself. Join a local expert and uncover hidden gems on this city adventure hand-picked by the world's leading travel publisher. Lonely Planet Experiences powered by Urban Adventures bring stories to life in the best-loved cities around the globe.

  • Sample authentic Beijing snacks on the street
  • Navigate the market with locals out for their daily shop
  • Learn about basic Chinese cooking techniques and ingredients, and try some specialties from other regions in China
  • Learn some basic Chinese words and phrases and have fun trying them out in the local market
  • Each Lonely Planet Experience comes with six-months free access to Lonely Planet’s Guides App which includes over 8,000 destinations guides and unbeatable discounts to Lonely Planet Guidebooks.

Local Impact: How you will help the local community by joining this tour:

  •  During the tour you'll visit a local Beijing market, something that has been disappearing from the downtown area. Our business will help multi-generational vendors stay in business, and all of the food you sample at this market is locally sourced from villages and local farmers.
  • On this tour you will also visit 100% local, family-owned businesses and meet a local pancake maker who sells Beijing-only products.
  • As part of this tour, you will walk through a local neighbourhood (known as a Hutong) and part of the profits from the tour will economically impact the neighbourhood and help the local community.

Tour style:Food & Drink
Inclusions:Local English speaking guide, local snack samples (minimum five samples, although the type of snacks may vary depending on the season)
Exclusions:Items of a personal nature, tips / gratuities for guides, drinks and extra food, and shopping other than indicated in itinerary.
Group size:Maximum 12
Schedule details:
  • Duration:3-3.5 hours
  • Meeting point:
    Outside Gulou Dajie metro station, Exit A2 of Line 2  
    This station is an exchange station of Metro Lines 2 and 8. If you take Line 8, you will be able to change within this station to Line 2 and get out at Exit A2.
  • Start time: 4.30 PM
  • Finish point:

    Gulou Dajie area.

Additional information :
  • Voucher exchange details:Please present your voucher to the local guide at the beginning of the tour.
  • Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at the start point.  Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.
  • Additional information: During national holidays and on weekends sights in Beijing can be extremely crowded. If you wish to avoid the busiest times we recommend visiting Beijing outside of these periods or taking your Urban Adventure on a week day.
  • Dress standard: We will be on our feet for a number of hours so please be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes.
  • Child policy: Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children below the age of 6 are not permitted on this tour.
  • Language: English


Meet your food-loving local guide and begin a Beijing food adventure to remember, walking the bustling alleys to gain real insight into the life of local life while sampling the tasty local food on the street.

Throughout our Beijing food tour, your local guide will recommend some local snacks for sampling, and you’ll also have the chance try some specialties from elsewhere in China. You will explore the stories behind tasty treats like spring onion pancakes, Sichuan noodles, donkey meat sandwiches, and mini hotpots. There’s an endless supply of local specialties to sample as we eat our way around the one of the biggest produce markets in the centre of Beijing.

Along the way you’ll meet local culinary masters, like noodle and tofu makers, and join locals for their daily food shopping (practice some Chinese words and phrases from your local guide!). Learn about different vegetables and spices, and maybe even pick up a trick or two about authentic Chinese cooking.

We’ll end our Beijing food tour in a convenient spot: Old Gulou Dajie. From here, it’s easy to head to the Houhai Lake area, or to move on to other districts where you can explore local bars, cafés and restaurants. The night’s young, so head out for a drink or more food — if your stomach has the space, that is.

Your local guide will be happy to provide recommendations for a great night out.

Your trip:

For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.


If you are happy with the services provided by your local guides, a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Intrepid Urban Adventures destinations. Please consider this when budgeting for your extra expenses on this tour.