Heard about Beijing’s hutong alleyways, but not sure what to do or where to go? Join us for breakfast as we sample the most authentic and delicious snacks that are hiding in plain sight, once you get off the crowded roads and into the backstreets. Wake up early and explore the culinary scene with our trusted vendors, your bilingual guide and a small group of new foodie friends. Over the course of three hours, you’ll eat your way through China’s 5,000 years of culinary history, try new foods and gain an appreciation for the artisans making these handmade treats.
WAKE UP WITH THE CITY
Discover these breakfast treats that are only available in the morning – the early bird gets the good stuff in Beijing!
WATCH A CHINESE CREPE MADE TO ORDER
Jianbing is becoming a worldwide phenomenon, but wait until you’ve tried the traditional Beijing snack – handmade in front of you!
WANDER THROUGH THE HUTONGS
These meandering alleyways bustle with local neighborhood life. Check out the siheyuan(ancient courtyard) architecture and the morning markets down the lanes.
DISCOVER CHINESE COOKING METHODS
Bet you didn’t know cooking in a tandoor is also a traditional Chinese cooking method! Taste yogurt made from a local recipe – and try some off-the-beaten-path specialty dishes.
EXPLORE A LOCAL WET MARKET
These bustling markets are where locals bargain for their grocery shopping. Admire heaps of lotus root and see freshly-butchered halal lamb before sampling some local baked goods.
Non-meat eaters are more than welcome and will find plenty to eat. We will make substitutions where possible. (If you’d like to book this as a private tour that features only vegetarian or pescetarian food, please contact us.)
This tour offers a limited selection of dishes, but we are able to make some substitutions and add in excellent veg & tofu options at some stops
We are not able to make substitutions for those with Celiac disease/gluten free restrictions, as soy sauce is very prevalent in our tour stops.
These allergies have not been a problem in the past, however we cannot guarantee that the utensils and other cooking tools have not touched any of the food tour ingredients. Please bring your epi pen or other meds to the tour if you choose to participate.