Restaurants Near The Temple of Heaven in Beijing

When they built the Temple of Heaven it was meant to be at the fringes of the city, what with the sacrificial alter and the space needed to do the ceremonies where the Emperor would ask the gods for sundry things for the Kingdom. Never could they have imagined the sprawling metropolis that would one day spring up merrily around the sacrificial alters. Yet, here we are. And now you can be whisked directly to the Temple of Heaven via metro, just one more way history is become more interactive.

After seeing the impressive temples and garden grounds you'll be famished. Luckily the subway can speed you a few stops north back to central civilization where you'll find countless dining options. Your best bet is to go north a few stops or take a cab north and dine around the Tiananmen Square area. There are dumpling shops, fast food and local cuisine available near the Temple of Heaven, but for a real hearty meal you'll want to head north. Here are a few close-by recommendations.

Since Beijing is famous for the aptly named Peking Duck, you'll want to give that a try while in town. Quanjude is the most famous duck restaurant, and once inside you'll stop wondering why. A bit on the 'fear factor' side for many, the duck tongue and duck-heart dumplings leave many squeamish eaters feeling like they'd rather go hungry. Nevertheless, this is an authentic experience.

For fine western fare, Ristorante Sadler, Capital M, Meat & Wine Co. and Maison Boulud are fine establishments in the area with consistently high ratings from locals and expats and a constant stream of contented tourists. These establishments offer western fare, fine decor, great service and memorable atmospheres smack in the heart of old Beijing.

Feng Ze Yuan Fanzhuang

38 Qū Xué Qīng Lù
Feng Ze Yuan Hotel, Xuanwu District

Strong-flavored Lu cuisine...
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Ristorante Sadler

23 Qian Men Dong Dajie

Italian Flavors in authentic ways...
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Quanjude Roast Duck Restaurant

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32 Qianmen Avenue

Beijing's definitive duck restaurant...
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Meat & Wine Co.

23 Qian Men East Avenue
Qian Men 23

Steak and Wine Heaven...
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Shiro Matsu

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Ch'ien Men 23, 23 Qianmen Dongdajie

Japanese culinary excellence in an upmarket setting...
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Maison Boulud

23 Qian Men Dong Dajie

French Taste in Beijing...
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Gong De Lin Vegetarian Restaurant

158 Qian Men South Road
Xuan Wu District

An truly Chinese vegetarian experience...
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Capital M

3/F, 2 Qianmen Pedestrian Street (southeast of Qianmen), Chongwen District, 崇文区前门步行街2号3层

Bringing Shanghai Class to Beijing...
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Li Qun Roast Duck

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11 Beixiangfeng, Zhengyi Nanlu, Qianmen Dongdajie
Follow directions painted on the neighboring walls

Authentic duck...
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King Roast Duck

24 Jianguomen Waidajie

Duck specialties...
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