Jiaodaokou, the area directly East of Gulou, is full of trendy restaurants, bars and nightspots so it's no surprise that our foodies walking tour of the area is made for 24-hour party people.
How to start
You start off at a spot on 64 Fangjia Hutong. Find it by walking about 500m South from Andingmen subway station. (When you exit, cross the big road directly in front of you, away from the river, and go down Andingmen Nei da jie. Fangjia hutong will be on your left).
To get around you can use the directions below. There's also a Google map at the end of this post (though you'll need a VPN to view it in China) or you can send the word Jiaodaokou to our WeChat (timeoutenglishEN) for step by step directions on your phone.
Eat pizza at Ramo
Start your night at trendy pizza hangout Ramo on Fangjia Hutong. They serve up gourmet renditions by the slice and the light dough and thoughtful toppings won’t fill you up too quickly (14-20RMB a slice). Lay a strong foundation for the night over a few beers (15-35RMB) or a glass of their house wine (30RMB).
As you walk out of Ramo turn left and walk for about 300m along Fangjia Hutong. When you get to the big road, Andingmennei Dajie, turn left and walk South for about 0.5km. You'll find Zhang Mama on the left hand side of the road.
Then eat Sichuan at Zhang Mama
Zhang Mama (76 Jiaodaokounandajie) has long been popular with Gulou kids for its spicy homestyle Sichuanese specialties and modest price point. Down bowls of fire engine-red dandan mian (担担 面; 8RMB) and numbing hot stir-fried pork (xiaochao rou, 小炒肉; 20RMB).
Coming out of Zhang Mama, turn left and walk 300m south to Dongwang Hutong, CuJu is about 0.5km down that street.
Meander around some great bars
Stop off for a flight of small-batch rums at CuJu. Once you’ve made it through a solera or three, head back west towards the big road Jiaodaokou Nan Dajie.
Cross the street and then walk South about 400m to Mao Mao Chong (12 Banchang Hutong).
Settle in and drink one of their signature seasonal cocktails or homemade infused vodkas. Resist the urge to order one of their pizzas – you’ve got a long night ahead of you.
From Mao Mao Chong walk east about 0.5km on Zhangzizhong Lu to Yugong Yishan on 3-2 Zhangzizhong Lu.
Rock out all night at Yugong Yishan
Few live music venues in Beijing have the pedigree or history of Yugong Yishan. With a cavernous space and a reputation for big names and local favourites alike, the bar is lively late into the night – long after the last act has left the stage.
On big nights, most headliners don’t come out until after 11pm. After all that you’re bound to need a pick-me-up.
Walk back west to Jiaodaokou Nan Dajie and wander north.
Eat late night/early morning snacks
Look for the steaming towers of bamboo that cradle the morning’s dumplings and stuffed buns on Jiaodaokou Nan Dajie, heading north towards Andingmen.
If you’ve done a proper job of staying out all night, by the time you exit Yugong Yishan the early morning commute is well underway and breakfast staples of fried dough sticks and baskets of freshly steamed dumplings abound (from around 3am, 8-10RMB a basket).
Pull up a stool and try to remember the rest of your night.
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