Beijing's best Peking duck restaurants

From glammed-out ballrooms to backstreet dives, we lay out the best Peking duck in Beijing

Peking duck at the Chinese Restaurant at the Aman Summer Palace 
Peking duck is as storied as it is misunderstood. Peking? Where's that? How do you eat Peking duck? Is Beijing the best place for Peking duck?

First things first: Peking is Beijing, and Beijing duck does, in fact, trace its popularity to the Imperial Court of the northern capital, but it is not as home-grown as many Peking duck fans would have you believe.

Let's carve the fat and get down to business. For any budget and level of expertise, below are the places where you should be eating Peking duck.

150RMB to 250RMB per bird

Deyuan Roast Duck (德缘烤鸭店)

A fixture of the Qianmen neighbourhood, Deyuan is a no-frills local favourite. Cheap, quick and open late for such an old school spot, you’re bound to run into some of the local colour – Deyuan seems to attract a particularly charismatic clientele. 158RMB per bird.

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57 Dashilar Xi Dajie (Fengtai)

Bianyifang (便宜坊烤鸭店)

One of the oldest duck houses in continuous operation in the capital, Bianyifang now sports modern branches spread out across the city. Reliable and affordable duck that won’t blow away experienced duck-eaters but suitable for a low-key introduction. 168RMB per bird.

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Gongti Bei Lu (Changping)

Siji Minfu

The potent aroma of rendering duck fat and date wood that emanate from Siji Minfu speak of the truly exceptional duck. An hour wait is a common occurrence at any of the chain's city locations – none of which take reservations for the dining room. We recommend booking a private room for a small service charge. 198RMB per bird.

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23 Dongsi Shitiao (Miyun county)

Li Qun Kaoya Dian

Li Qun might seem a bit rundown but this backstreet duck house is perennially packed. Roasted to perfection to retain some fat, the meat is moist and the skin crispy, though more oily than some. Expect to wait for a table, alongside domestic and foreign tourists who flock to this little not-so-secret hole-in-the-wall. 240RMB per bird.

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11 Beifengxiang Hutong

Sheng Yong Xing

Critics' pick

The elegant folk of Sheng Yong Xing serve up a classic roast duck in a contemporary setting. The heavenly fat-coated skin is symphonically good, and the caviar upgrade is also thoroughly worth your while. 298RMB per bird; 450RMB for the caviar edition. 

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5 Xindong Lu

250RMB to 350RMB per bird

The Red Chamber

With a less conventional attitude than most and an eclectic menu, Red Chamber might be compared to a popular Western fast-casual spot. With a glassed-in roasting area, laid-back vibe and accommodating service, Red Chamber is duck at its most accessible – a reliable stop for first timers. 278RMB per bird (plus 15 percent service charge).

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Jianguomenwai Dajie (Changping)

Da Dong Roast Duck (Gongti)

For close to twenty years, one name has reigned supreme in the roast Peking duck game: Da Dong. A Beijing institution that demands respect, no tour of the capital’s favoured fowl is complete without a visit to this house of kaoya298RMB per bird.

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Gongti Bei Lu (Chaoyang, --select--)


The list of foreign dignitaries to have noshed on the famously lean slices of duck at Quanjude reads like a history of China’s developing foreign policy. The epically-sized seven-story joint is our favourite for some good ol’ fashion Beijing splendour. 298RMB per bird.

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Qianmen Xidajie (Fengtai)

Country Kitchen

Critics' pick

The rustic menu at Country Kitchen shakes things up with traditional dishes and forgotten delicacies of northern China. The duck here is of the highest quality. Make sure to order the soup made from the carved bird. 320RMB per bird (plus 15 percent service charge).

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(Chaoyang, --select--)


Expertly prepared and served up table-side, Horizon can always be counted on for excellent duck and solid service. Its CBD location makes it a good spot for business meetings – followed up with a few bottles of champagne at Centro, of course. 298RMB per bird.

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1 Guanghua Lu (Changping)

Made in China

Head to Made in China for some of the leanest roasted duck around. The balance of sweet date wood smoke and savoury duck fat is impressive – a good stop for first timers. 328RMB per bird (plus 15 percent service charge).

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1 East Chang an Avenue (Miyun county)

Zijin Mansion

The duck at Zijin is refined and executed with extreme attention to detail. From the fine bone china to the crystal stem ware, a duck at the mansion is a luxe indulgence. Don’t forget to sample the famous roast wagyu beef in aubergine as well. 328RMB per bird (24-hours notice required, plus 15 percent service charge).

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5-15 Gold Fish Lane (Miyun county)

Jing Yaa Tang

Easily one of our favourite spots for regional Chinese specialties, Jing Yaa Tang delivers authentic renditions of dishes from all over the Middle Kingdom. The skin may be oily for some but it's all about getting the perfect amount of sugar to stick to each sliver. 328RMB per bird (plus 15 percent service charge).

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11 Sanlitun Lu (Changping)

More than 350RMB per bird

The Chinese Restaurant at the Aman Summer Palace

With its tranquil gardens winding through sprawling courtyards, The Chinese Restaurant can't be beaten in terms of splendour. While the price point may soar above the competition, the supreme duck and royal surroundings make for a truly special occasion. 538RMB per bird (plus 15 percent service charge).

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1 Gongmenqian Dajie

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