Wangfujing Night Market | Beijing, China Travel

As I’ve mentioned before, I am a huge fan of street foods, and so, I couldn’t miss out on a trip to one of the most famous street food spots in Beijing – the Wangfujing Night Market.

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The Wangfujing Night Market is located in the Dongcheng district and it’s both a popular tourist hotspot and a local hangout. The Wangfujing snack street hosts a variety of food stalls that offer both exotic and popular snacks. You’ll find everything from dumplings to fried starfish, stinky tofu to scorpions (still alive and wiggling on sticks!), and tanghulu to seahorses.

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A lot of it is on offer because of the tourist draw, but there are still quite a few tasty items you’ll find as you wander the hutongs and indulge in Beijing snacks.

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I wasn’t daring enough to try any of the exotic items available, but I did enjoy a peanut cake, steamed buns, and tofu. And everything I had was insanely delicious. Honestly, the hardest part about visiting the market was choosing what I’d eat only because I couldn’t eat everything I wanted (I was too full after a few plates).

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Of course, when it comes to street foods, there is always the fear that you don’t know what you’re really getting or how long it’s been sitting out. So just be smart about where you choose to eat – pick stalls that have a lot of traffic and don’t be any more adventurous than you’re comfortable with being.

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Chinese Pinyin English
王府井 Wángfǔjǐng Wangfujing (lit. Prince’s mansion well)
饺子 Jiǎozi Dumplings
臭豆腐 Chòudòufu Stinky tofu
糖葫芦 Tánghúlu Candy
Xiē Scorpion
包子 Bāozi Steamed buns
胡同 Hútòng Alley

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What about you?

What are some of the adventurous foods you’ve eaten during your travels?

I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!



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  • I think the most adventurous thing I’ve tried is blood sausage in Germany. It was… interesting. I didn’t like it very much at all but yay for trying new things, I guess?

    I also had some very strange seafood in Russia. Caviar and herring were both new to me. They’re actually quite common over there, but not back home where I live. Much to my surprise, I actually kind of liked caviar!

    • I believe in trying most things once. There are definitely foods I won’t go near, ever. No matter how good people try to tell me they are. But in most cases, I’ll try a bite to decide for myself.

      Seafood in general is actually pretty new to me. It’s a long story, but I’ve only starting trying things in the last year or so. I’d definitely like to try caviar, but I haven’t yet found a reason or place to do it! I keep trying to talk my dad into tasting it with me, but I haven’t convinced him yet.