The Forbidden City is located smack dab in the middle of the city. Tiananmen Square is directly to the south and Qianmen and the Temple of Heaven below that. To the north is the Bell and Drum Tower and HouHai Lake. In short, this is the perfect place to find a great hotel, fabulous restaurants and fun bars, and right near one of the most important cultural monuments in China.
The Courtyard is a great restaurant with wide international fame located right in the heart of the city at the Forbidden Palace. You'll be amazed at the history and culture that surrounds The Courtyard Restaurant.
For a quirky place, head to Alamada, where you'll find great international cuisine with great decor and an even easier way to while away the hours.
Beijing is famous for Peking Duck, and one of the best places to get that is Quanjude, where you'll get an authentic roast duck experience. Venture out a bit and try the duck heart dumplings or other side dishes that you normally wouldn't order. Li Qun Roast Duck is another option nearby that serves similar duck-based dishes and famous Peking Duck.
Capital M and Maison Boulud are fancy up-scale options that offer fine dining and a chance to relax in an environment that even a king would enjoy. Australian and French cuisine done to perfection.
Donghua Men Dajie 95
10-min. walk, on north side of street
Dine on Fusion Cuisine At The Forbidden City...
Sanlitun Beijie (beside the Nali Mall)
32 Qianmen Avenue
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15 Qianhai Beiyan
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3/F, 2 Qianmen Pedestrian Street (southeast of Qianmen), Chongwen District, 崇文区前门步行街2号3层
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23 Qian Men Dong Dajie
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Ch'ien Men 23, 23 Qianmen Dongdajie
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11 Beixiangfeng, Zhengyi Nanlu, Qianmen Dongdajie
Follow directions painted on the neighboring walls