Only the Boldest Eaters Sample this Beijing Side Street's Offerings


Sometimes it’s hard to push out of your comfort zone when it comes to food. Even if you don’t consider yourself a picky eater, you may think twice before trying a fried scorpion, tarantula, or starfish.

That said, if you find yourself in China’s storied capital city and want to deviate from your typical diet, look no further than Beijing’s own Wangfujing Snack Street.


Located in the Dongcheng District, Wangfujing Street is an extremely popular shopping street in Beijing that is a bustle at all times of the day. Packed with a great deal of shops and restaurants, the area offers something for everyone.

The highlight of Wangfujing is Wangfujing Snack Street, an offshoot just west of the main street that offers a wide array of snacks from areas all over China. At night, the street comes alive with residents and tourists eager to sample the various snacks available for purchase.


Along each side of the street are countless street food stalls and restaurants offering snacks and cuisine from all corners of China. Foods such as kebabs made of chicken, pork, beef, and lamb are common along with sweeter treats such as candied fruit on a stick, ice cream, and frozen yogurt.

In addition to standard fare, bolder visitors can sample out of the ordinary dishes such as scorpion, centipede, tarantula, snake, turtle, seahorse, and starfish. Some of the aforementioned dishes could be daunting at first sight; however, sampling some of these dishes will certainly make for an unforgettable experience.


In addition to snacks, the street filled with a variety of different bars that are perfect for enjoying casual drinks with friends. Furthermore, along with snacks and drinks, visitors can purchase souvenirs for friends and family at one of the many shops along the busy market street.

Wangfunjing is the perfect area to spend a night out on the town while sampling unfamiliar cuisines – just be sure to visit with an empty stomach…



Image 1 via Point of References | Images 2 and 3 via Wikimedia Commons

Damian M.

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