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Restaurants in Beijing

Many of the city's best restaurants are in Chaoyang district in the east of the city. Here you will find places like Green T. House as well as the budget Xinjiang Red Rose. Closer to the centre, in Dongcheng district, are Beijing duck stalwarts Made In China and Dadong Kaoya, as well as Yunnanese Dali. In the centre, overlooking the Forbidden City, is romantic favourite The Courtyard. Head north to the hutongs near the Lama Temple to find the relaxed Vineyard Cafe.

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Aria

Gentleman's club atmopshere

Aria in Chaoyang is hung with velvet curtains and filled with wooden alcoves, creating the atmosphere of a gentleman's club. Specialities include dishes like seafood tapas and wild halibut served on pistou whipped potato, clam and fennel escabeche and olive tapenade. The rhubarb three ways dessert is delightful. Reservations should be made in advance.



Opening Hours

Mon-Fri 11.30am-2.30pm & 6pm-10pm; Sat & Sun 6pm-10pm

Address

1 Jianguo Men Wai Dajie, Chaoyang district, Beijing

Telephone

+86 (0) 10 6505 2266

Transport

Taxi

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Blu Lobster

Molecular cuisine

The spectacular Blu Lobster in Haidian, the flagship restaurant of the Shangri-la Hotel, introduced molecular gastronomy to Beijing in 2007. Chef Jordi Villegas Serra serves dishes like 42-ingredient salad with slow-cooked egg, and Chardonnay jelly and oysters with passion fruit foam and foie gras bonbons. It's advisable to reserve in advance.



Opening Hours

Tue-Sun 5.30pm-12am

Address

29, Zizhuyuan Lu, Shangri-la Hotel, Beijing

Telephone

+86 (0) 10 6841 2211

Transport

Taxi

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The Courtyard

Romantic Imperial restaurant

Regularly voted Beijing's best venue for a date, this sophisticated restaurant overlooks the Forbidden City and surrounding hutongs. Inside, the decor is white walls, glass and modern art. Dishes include black cod with tomato marmalade and foie gras brûlée. There's an extensive wine list and a cigar lounge upstairs. Reserve a table in advance.



Opening Hours

Daily 6pm-10pm

Address

95, Donghuamen Dajie, Dongcheng district, Beijing

Telephone

+86 (0) 10 6526 8883

Transport

Taxi; Metro Tiananmen East

Website

The Courtyard Website

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Hatsune

Tokyo via LA

Famous for its unique selection of California-style handmade sushi rolls, Japanese minimalist décor and friendly staff, Hatsune is the jewel in the crown of restaurateur Alan Wong's mainland empire. Also a popular place for drinks, the sake cocktails are legendary. Reservations are recommended.



Opening Hours

Daily 11.30am-1.45pm & 5.30pm-9.45pm

Address

2/F, Heqiao Building C, 8A Guanghua Dong Lu, Beijing

Telephone

+86 (0) 10 6581 3939

Transport

Taxi; Metro Guomao

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Green T. House

Tea-infused cuisine

Probably Beijing's most stylish restaurant, the minimalist decor Green T. House in Chaoyang has a high wow factor and attracts a seriously fashionable crowd. Much of the cuisine is tea-infused, and there are dishes like black sesame veal and fennel dumplings, all beautifully presented by master chefs. The service is attentive and reservations advisable.



Opening Hours

Daily 11.30am-2.30pm & 6pm-12am

Address

6, Gongti Xilu (behind Worker's Stadium), Chaoyang district, Beijing

Telephone

+86 (0) 10 6552 8310

Transport

Taxi

Website

Green T. House Website

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Dadong Kaoya

Real Beijing duck

A favourite in Dongcheng, Dadong Kaoya is nestled in a beautifully-restored Ming dynasty granary but it's the quality of the Beijing duck that draws the crowds. The crispy and succulent duck (kaoya means roast duck) is served with wheaten sauce, granulated sugar, crushed garlic, scallion, red turnips and cucumber. Reserve a table in advance.



Opening Hours

Daily 11am-10pm

Address

22a, Dongsishitiao, 1-2 Nanxincang Guoji Dasha, Dongcheng, Beijing

Telephone

+86 (0) 10 5169 0329

Transport

Taxi

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My Humble House

Chinese with a twist

Possibly Beijing's most inappropriately-named restaurant, My Humble House in Dongcheng serves Chinese cuisine with a twist. A huge arching glass ceiling towers over the chic restaurant and decorative pool. The food almost matches the surroundings, with succulent prawns and a delicious beef and potato stew on the menu. Reserve a table in advance.



Opening Hours

Mon-Sat 11.30am-2.30pm & 5.30pm-10.30pm

Address

1, Dongchang'an Jie, W307 Oriental Plaza, Dongcheng district, Beijing

Telephone

+86 (0) 10 8518 8811

Transport

Taxi

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SALT

Good value organic food

This Lido area restaurant, opened in November 2007, has created a stir with its quality food at low prices. SALT uses only fresh organic ingredients and a three-course dinner costs just RMB198. Dishes include tender pork loin with a tangy raspberry sauce and ruccola with passion fruit vinaigrette. Reserve a table in advance.



Opening Hours

Mon-Sat 12pm-3pm & 6pm-10.30pm; Sun 12pm-4pm

Address

Level 1, TRIO Building, Jiangtai Xi Lu, Lido area, Beijing

Telephone

+86 (0) 10 6437 8457

Transport

Taxi

Website

SALT Website

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The Tree

Wood-fired pizzas, Belgian beer

Beijing residents flock to Sanlitun for a relaxed feel and wood-fired pizzas, which many say are the best in the city. Ingredients such as smoked salmon, feta cheese and olives are simple but they are cooked to perfection. The Tree also sells Beijing's widest range of Belgian beers, including Trappist specialities.



Opening Hours

Daily 11am-late

Address

43, Sanlitun Beijie, Chaoyang district, Beijing

Telephone

+86 (0) 10 6415 1954

Transport

Taxi

Website

The Tree Website

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China Lounge

Dishes from across China

This elegant restaurant by the Worker's Stadium serves dishes from all across China which taste authentic and delicious. The Beijing duck and steamed turbot are ever-popular with an upmarket crowd. China Lounge's dining room is quiet and the service attentive without being overbearing. Make reservations in advance.



Opening Hours

Daily 11am-12am

Address

Workers' Stadium South Gate, Chaoyang district, Beijing

Telephone

+86 (0) 10 6501 1166

Transport

Taxi

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Made In China

Top-notch Chinese

Made In China has for a long time been considered one of the best places in Beijing for Chinese food. Dishes like Beijing duck and dumplings are simple but perfectly crafted with top quality ingredients. The open kitchen in the contemporary restaurant in Dongcheng lets diners watch the culinary magic. Reserve a table in advance.



Opening Hours

Daily 11.30am-2.30pm & 5.30pm-10.30pm

Address

Grand Hyatt Hotel, 1 Dong Chang'an Jie, Dongcheng district, Beijing

Telephone

+86 (0) 10 8518 1234

Transport

Taxi

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Dali

Relaxing Yunnanese

Dali in Dongcheng serves classic Yunnan cuisine in a charming courtyard, which captures the laidback feel of the south-western province. The restaurant has no menu. For 100RMB, the chef will bring out a delicious range of local specialities. Expect food like tasty Yunnan sausage, crumbled chilli fish and spicy mushrooms.



Opening Hours

Tue-Sun 12pm-10.30pm

Address

67, Xiaojingchang Hutong, Gulou Dong Dajie, Dongcheng, Beijing

Telephone

+86 (0) 10 8404 1430

Transport

Taxi

Xinjiang Red Rose, Beijing. &copy Toby Skinner
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Xinjiang Red Rose

Music and belly dancing

This lively restaurant, opposite the Worker's Stadium in Chaoyang district, packs in the crowds for nights of music and belly dancing. Diners often get dragged up to dance, so avoid Xinjiang Red Rose if you want a quiet night. The food is good quality, with kebabs and legs of lamb on the menu.



Opening Hours

Daily 11am-11pm

Address

7, Xingfu Yicun alley (opposite Worker's Stadium north gate), Chaoyang district, Beijing

Telephone

+86 (0) 10 6415 5741

Transport

Taxi

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Nyonya Kitchen

Authentic Malay

Nyonya Kitchen in Chaoyang serves authentic Baba Nyonya food, importing Malaysian seasonings and spices to create unique curry pastes. Specialities include Nyonya achar, pickled vegetables served up in a spicy peanut chilli sauce. The atmosphere is intimate, with Peranakan cloth decorating the walls. The waiting staff are friendly and attentive.



Opening Hours

Daily 11am-10pm

Address

Next to Gaojiayuan Middle School near Lido Hotel, Chaoyang District, Beijing

Telephone

+86 (0) 10 6433 7377

Transport

Taxi

Website

Nyonya Kitchen Website

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Vineyard Cafe

Big breakfasts

Situated in a hard-to-find hutong near the Llama Temple in Dongcheng, Vineyard Cafe is full of hip young things lounging on comfortable sofas, playing games and feasting on comfort food. The highlight is the big breakfast, which draws hordes of hung-over devotees every weekend. There are also weekly film nights.



Opening Hours

Tue-Sun 11.30am-11.30pm

Address

31, Wudaoying Hutong (just north of the Confucius Temple), Beijing

Telephone

+86 (0) 10 6402 7961

Transport

Taxi

Website

Vineyard Cafe Website

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