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The 6 of the Weirdest Restaurants in Beijing

Beijing has some of the finest restaurants in the world, serving delicious Chinese food, but with the good comes the…weird? Yes, Beijing offers foodies a mouthful weird and wonderful culinary experiences. Here are six of the eyebrow raising, but strangely awesome restaurants that can be found in Beijing:

1. House of Poo Poo

From the decor of the porcelain throne surrounding each table to the menu of delicious hotspots served in tiny toilet bowls, as the name suggests, this is a loo-themed restaurant. This witty restaurant located in the Xicheng District, menu items includes ‘super constipation black dry sh*t’ (a mess of soft serve, shaved ice, red beans and sprinkles served in a miniature squatty-potty), poop lemon tea which comes as swirly turd cup of sweet ice team, and Two Girls One Cup ice cream (chocolate ice-cream). Even though the theme is unappetising, the food is well worth the visit.

Address: 91 Dianmen Outer Street, Xicheng district

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2. Trojan Fairy

If eating in the dark seems like a desirable experience for you, then head to Trojan Fairy Restaurant located in the Xicheng District of Beijing. Often diners are made-up of adulterers and paparazzi shy celebrities, the restaurant is in pitch black darkness. Waiters wear night vision goggles which help them make their ways around the restaurant. Diners can choose from three menus, which are all part-Japanese and part-Western.

Address: 8th Floor, Hunsha Dalou, 109 Xidan North Street, Xicheng District 

3. Grandma’s Rabbit Head Restaurant

Some travellers might turn up their noses to eating rabbit heads for dinner, but in China this dish is a delicacy. Serving some of China’s best rabbit heads, this Sichuan restaurant is always packed with both locals and foreigners trying to get their hands on this either a Sichuan peppercorn or five-spice sauce. Two of the best parts of this culinary experience is cracking open the skull and pulling out the delicious small brain, and opening the jaw to find a chewy long tongue. 

Address: 48 East Third Ring Road (south of Shuangjing Subway Exit C), Chaoyang District

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Source: NYTimes

4. Haloing The Past

Take a step back in time to China in the 70s and 80s. Filled with artefacts from this time, including retro toys, school desks, a a ghetto blaster playing old sing-along tunes and a replica frontage of a Beijing trolley bus that serves as the bar, the restaurant is truly an eyeful. Usually packed with hipsters that enjoy the restaurant’s homestyle Chinese cuisine in generous portions like sour dill pickles and dried bratwurst, savory baked eggs and malty hot chocolate.

Address: 3 Dajingguang West Alley, Gulou East Street, Dongcheng District

5. Ordos Hotel Restaurant

For an authentic Mongolian experience, head to the restaurant at Ordos Hotel. Made-up of eight yurts (tents), the restaurant is located in the courtyard of the hotel. Along with the hotel, the restaurant is run by the Inner-Mongolian provincial government and serves dishes such as tender boiled mutton, salty ‘milk tea’, beef cooked in the lotus flower and finger-licking ribs. For foodies wanting a taste of Mongolia, but don’t have the time or the money to do so, then this restaurant is the perfect place to do so.

Address: 3 Shanglong Beixiang, Andignmen Outer Street, Dongcheng District

6. Friends Cafe

Almost anyone who was around in the 90s knows the hit TV series ‘Friends’. The show's characters Joey, Rachel, Ross, Phoebe and Chandler spent many episodes in their local hangout Central Perk - a coffee shop that became iconic in the series. For those “Friends’ fanatics visiting Beijing, then a must is the eerily precise replica of the famed coffee shop. Tuck into a big cup of coffee, a chocolate muffin or a hot dog while watching the endless re-runs of the show.

Address: Suite 0616, Building A, Chaowai SOHO, 6 Chaoyangmen Outer Street, Chaoyang 


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Ji Guo is a former professional travel writer. He's started several businesses in China and was born in Tianjin. Graduated from Yale University.

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