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Dongzhimen

Dongzhimen is a transport hub, embassy and commercial precinct. It is at the eastern end of Beijing’s most enticing and beautiful food street. Originally, Dongzhimen was one of the gates in the old Beijing city fortifications. East of Dongzhimen are numerous embassies. Gui Jie or Ghost Street is the nickname for Dongzhimen Inner Street, lined by hundreds of restaurants beautifully illuminated by red lanterns. Guijie was the funeral route for burial out of the city walls during the Qing Dynasty. After the practice ceased, it was found that only restaurant businesses can do well here and only if they open well after dark. The local superstition is that the ancient spirits delight in the aroma of delicious food. These “hungry ghosts” curse other types of businesses and, of course, bad cooks. Perhaps thanks to these ghosts, Guijie is a celebration of cuisine, with hungry patrons arriving anytime from noon to the early morning to feast on Beijing's best loved specialties. You can sample almost anything on Ghost Street, from Sichuan shuizhuyu and malatang to the rich taste of grilled d chuan'er, Peking duck and even Chicken Kiev.      
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We recommend 9 businesses for Dongzhimen

 

Champion Spa
Champion Spa
1st Floor, 28 Dongzhimenwai Street
东直门外大街28号港湾国际一层
Ph: 133-1139-7707
Open: 10:00 - 22:00
 

Hua’s Courtyard Fine Dining Restaurant
八爷府·花家店
235 Dongzhimennei Street
东直门内大街235号
Ph: 139-1192-1314
Open: Daily 11-10
 

Hua’s Courtyard Fine Dining Restaurant at Guijie
八爷府 花家店
No.55 Beixinqiao Toutiao, Dongcheng District, Beijing
北京市东城区北新桥头条55号
Ph: 139 1159 4057
Open: Daily 11-10
 

Hua’s Crayfish Restaurant
花家龙虾馆
5 Dongzhimennei Street
东直门内大街5号
Ph: 139 1159 4057
Open: Daily 11-10
 

Paddy O'Shea's
爱尔兰酒吧
28 Dongzhimenwai Dajie
东直门外大街28号
Ph: 135-2237-7412
Open: Daily 10am-late
 

The Distillery by Capital Spirits
首都酒坊
23 Xinsi Huntong, Dongcheng District
辛寺胡同23号
Ph: 131 2685 5196
Open: 8pm-late
 

That's Beijing
城市漫步
9G, Bldg C, Ginza Mall, 48 Dongzhimen Wai Dajie
东直门外大街48号东方银座C座9G
 

Culture Yard
天井越洋
No.10 Shique Hutong
东直门石雀胡同10号
Open: 9am-late
 

Hot Cat Club
北京热力猫音乐俱乐部
46 Fangjia Hutong
东城区方家胡同46号
Ph: 010-64007868
Open: 10am-12pm

More Dongzhimen businesses

Restaurants

Chongqing Kongliang Huoguo
重庆孔亮火锅
218 Dongzhimennei Dajie
东直门内大街218号
Ph: 8404 4906
Open: Daily 10am-3.30am

Bars and Clubs

Great Leap Brewing
大跃啤酒
6 Doujiao Hutong (from Di'anmenwai Dajie, walk east down Fangzhuanchang Hutong until you hit Doujiao Hutong. Turn right then follow the road round to the left)
豆角胡同6号
Ph: 5717 1399
Open: Sun-Thurs 2-11pm, Fri and Sat 2pm-midnight

Restaurants

Hua Jia Yi Yuan
花家怡园
235 Dongzhimennei Dajie
东直门内大街235号
Ph: 6405 1908
Open: Daily 24 hours

Restaurants

Little Sheep
小肥羊
209 Dongzhimennei Dajie
东直门内大街209号
Ph: 8400 1669
Open: Daily 24hours

Restaurants

Scott's Family Italian Cuisine and Bar
28 Xiushui Nanjie, Jianguomen Wai (near the Friendship Store)
建国门外秀水南街28号(近友谊商店)
Ph: 5285 4988
Open: Daily 11am-11pm

Restaurants

Traktirr Pushkin
彼得堡俄餐厅
1A Xiyangguan Hutong, Beizhongjie, Dongzhimennei Dajie
东直门内大街北中街西羊管胡同甲1号
Ph: 6403 1690
Open: 10am-midnight

Restaurants

Very Siam
非常泰
10A Xinyuan Xili Dongjie (in the alley northwest of Yuyang Hotel)
新源西里东街甲10号渔阳饭店西北胡同内
Ph: 8451 0031
Open: Daily 11.30am-11.30pm

Restaurants

Xiang Man Lou
香满楼
Xinyuan Xili Zhongjie (opposite Yuyang Hotel)
新源西里中街(渔阳饭店斜对面)
Ph: 6460 6711
Open: Daily 11am-4.20pm,4.50pm-10pm

Restaurants

Yotsuba
四叶
Next to Bldg 2, Xinyuan Xili Zhongjie (near Xindong Lu)
新源西里中街2号楼旁(近新东路)
Ph: 6467 1837
Open: Tue-Sun 5-11pm

Cinemas

Yugong Yishan
愚公移山
3-2 Zhangzizhong Lu (100m west of Zhangzizhong Lu subway station)
平安大道张自忠路3-2号(地铁五号线张自忠路站往西100米)
Ph: 6404 2711
Open: Daily 7pm-late

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