Get your Peking fix at a casual, cozy restaurant with plenty of characterFor something fancy, try an elegant eatery with a high end menu of roast duckSample some innovative variations on the traditional duck in a charming loft spaceNo visit to Beijing is complete without Peking duck: impossibly crispy roast bird. A little pregame intel: We recommend a light lunch, to make room for an evening’s feast of tasty skin and thinly sliced meat wrapped inside a fluffy steamed pancake with sweet bean sauce, some cucumber, and a sliver of spring onion. For the delicious duck alone, we suggest Li Qun Duck Restaurant. Wear clothes you don't mind spilling on and don’t expect service with a smile. The unpretentious restaurant, just south of Tiananmen Square, is a 25-minute taxi ride from the Conrad. Lean in to the inevitable wait by stopping at the open window of the corner shop to order a well-chilled Tsingtao, then settle onto stools in the alleyway until summoned to your table. For something fancier, book ahead at Da Dong on Workers Stadium Road, a favorite of British chef Heston Blumenthal’s. Though the skin is sweet already, follow the lead of locals and dip your slices in sugar before popping it in your mouth. Reserve or come prepared to wait. If you’re craving a new spin on this Chinese classic, try Duck de Chine, within walking distance of the hotel. Inside this exposed-beam-and-raw-wood loft space—the erstwhile Beijing Machinery and Electric Institute—nibble on innovative variations like duck tacos, a flavorful combination of stir-fried bird, water chestnuts, red peppers, and lettuce shreds nestled in a crunchy pancake. ​Li Qun Duck Restaurant is located in the middle of Caochang 3rd Alley on the corner of Hongfu Tongle Hutong. If you fancy a 40 minute walk to work up an appetite for a gourmet feast, head along Dongsi 10th Alley to find Da Dong Roast Duck Restaurant.​​LI QUN DUCK RESTAURANT: 11 Beixiangfeng Hutong, 86-(0)10-6702-5681​​DA DONG ROAST DUCK RESTAURANT: Nanxincang International Plaza, 1st and 2nd floors, 22A Dongsishitiao; 86-(0)10-5169-0329​​DUCK DE CHINE: 1949 The Hidden City, Courtyard 4, Gongti Bei Lu; 86-(0)10-6501-8881