Everyone who is planning on traveling or has traveled to Beijing knows that Peking duck is a staple of the northern capital. It’s fair to say that there are more than plenty of places in Beijing to eat some delicious duck, but if you want to go to a place that is a bit off the beaten path and in a truly local area, head on over to Li Qun Roast Duck.
Li Qun is tucked away in a hutong about ten minutes away from Chongwenmen Xi Dajie near the newly revitalized Qianmen pedestrian street. It can also be accessed from the Wangfujing subway area. Don’t be afraid to ask people in the area if you get lost. You might have to use some body language but everyone in the area should know Li Qun.
If there isn’t anyone around, follow the ducks! All around the hutongs are ducks painted on the walls to prevent people from wandering astray.
As soon as you arrive inside the restaurant you will be overwhelmed with the sweet scent of the roasting ducks. Upon walking in, you will actually see the ducks being roasted over an open fire. The atmosphere is quite cramped but that’s what makes it so charming! Be sure to make a reservation before arriving there because this is a popular place for both locals and the international crowd. We were exploring the hutongs the previous day and were able to make a reservation using Chinese. While some of the staff spoke decent English, you may want to have a Chinese friend/person help you.
Do be forwarned, the place is a bit pricey. For three people the price is about $50 U.S. dollars or 300 RMB. This is expensive by Chinese food standards. You can find cheaper ducks in Beijing, but they might not be as good and the atmosphere will certainly not feel as charming and local. You just can’t beat this duck restaurant being in a traditional hutong. After you have finished your duck, spend an hour or two walking that duck off by exploring all of the other hutongs in the area. I am a hutong fanatic and these are some of the best hutongs I’ve seen in Beijing!
Fun fact: This place was featured on Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations
Address:Qianmen and Dashilan’r 前门大栅栏
11 Beixiangfeng, Zhengyi Lu (northeast of Qianmen)
Subway access: Chongwen & Wangfujing( a bit of a walk from Wangfujing)