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Best Beijing Western Restaurants

Beijing has a lot to offer, and the Western food scene has grown tremendously in the past few years. These restaurants represent some of the best, ranging in cuisine, price, and location.

Drum and Bell Tower / Lama Temple

The Georg

Nestled in Beijing's hutongs, the Georg is the newest and hottest upscale contemporary European restaurant opened by Danish design brand Georg Jensen. Expect your money to get you good service and solid fare.

  • Price range: over 500 yuan per person
  • Open: 11.30am–3pm and 6pm–10.30pm, Except Sunday. Call ahead to book!
  • Address: 45 Dongbuyaqiao Hutong, Dongcheng District (东城区东不压桥胡同)
  • Tel: 010 8408 5300
  • Transportation: Get off at Shichahai Station (Line 8) or Nanluoguxiang Station (Line 6 or Line 8).

Stuff'd

Stuff'd Pulled Pork Sandwich, Beijing

Located on Beijing's Wudaoying Hutong, this is a real local favourite. Stuff'd makes their own sausages, and serves a wide range of other great Western food from pizza's to salads. They also have nice cocktails, and brew their own beer. What more could you want?

  • Price range: around 100 yuan per person
  • Open: 11am–2.45pm and 6pm–10pm, Except Tuesday
  • Address: 9 Jianchang Hutong, Dongcheng District (东城区箭厂胡同9号)
  • Tel: 010 6407 6308
  • Transportation: Get off at Andingmen Station (Line 2) or Yonghegong Station (Line 2 or Line 5).

Pebbles Courtyard

For a good Mexican option in the lama temple neighborhood, try Pebbles Lounge. This three-story restaurant has been open for many years, and has good burritos, nachos, and tacos at reasonable prices. Their margaritas are also worth a special mention.

  • Price range: around 100 yuan per person
  • Open: 12pm–11pm, Daily
  • Address: 74 Wudaoying Hutong, Dongcheng District (东城区五道营胡同74号)
  • Tel: 010 8408 0767
  • Transportation: Get off at Andingmen Station (Line 2) or Yonghegong Station (Line 2 or Line 5).

Temple Restaurant

Salmon, Temple Restaurant, Beijing

Repeatedly voted as one of the best Western restaurants in Beijing, eating out at Temple Restaurant is a great experience. The restaurant has award winning chefs and is set in an exquisite setting — an ancient Tibetan temple that was only recently discovered. The restaurant (and connecting hotel) have won preservation awards, and the temple itself is also recognized by UNESCO.

  • Price range: over 500 yuan per person
  • Open: 11:30am–2:30pm Monday–Friday, 10:30am–3pm Saturday–Sunday and 5:30pm–10pm Monday–Sunday. Call ahead to book!
  • Address: 23 Shantan Beijie, Dongcheng District (东城区沙滩北街23号)
  • Tel: 010 8400 2232
  • Transportation: Best way to get there is a taxi, as the subway station is not yet in operation.

Vineyard Cafe

Vineyard Cafe, Beijing

This restaurant is located in one of the most famous hutongs in Beijing, and boasts a cute courtyard. The thin and crispy pizza tastes good. Roasted potato skins are liked by many customers. It is a good idea to sit in the yard in autumn, and have a piece of pizza together with a cup of coffee and other desserts. Vineyard's menu is long and lives up to expectation.

  • Average price per person: 100–200 yuan per person
  • Open: 11:30am–11pm (closed on Mondays)
  • Address: 31 Wudaoying Hutong, Dongcheng District (东城区五道营胡同31号)
  • Tel: 010-64027961
  • Transportation: Take Subway Line 5, and get off at Yonghegong Station.

Sanlitun

Bottega

Bottega PizzaBottega Pizza

Set up by two Italian brothers, this Italian family-style restaurant dishes out some great pizzas, pastas, as well as meat and fish dishes. We highly recommend their lunch menu, which includes two courses for less than 100 yuan. Bottega is also family friendly.

  • Price range: 100–200 yuan per person
  • Open: 12pm–3pm, 5.30pm–11pm, Daily
  • Address: 18 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District (朝阳区三里屯路18号)
  • Tel: 010 6416 1752
  • Transportation: Take Subway Line 10, and get off at Tuanjiehu Station.

Hatchery

If you're really looking to explore Beijing's food and beverage scene, check out Hatchery, the city's first culinary incubator. Food on offer differs every few months, and also between lunch and dinner time. Currently, the lunch pop-up is 'soul bowls', focusing on Bali-inspired smoothie bowls, and the dinner pop-up is Buona Onda, a Peruvian style cevicheria and bar.

  • Price range: 100–200 yuan per person
  • Open: 11am–11pm, Daily
  • Address: 12 Nongzhanguan Nanli, Chaoyang District (朝阳区农展馆南里12号)
  • Tel: 010 6594 0188
  • Transportation: Take Subway Line 10, and get off at Tuanjiehu Station.

Gung Ho!

Sanlitun Bar Street, Beijing

One of the newest and best pizza joints in town, Gung Ho is very popular. Expect traditional pizza toppings, and some more imaginative China-inspired toppings, all equally tasty! Perfect for families, and, again, its location is very convenient for a night out in Sanlitun.

  • Price range: around 100 yuan per person
  • Open: 11am–11pm
  • Address: 101 Building, 2 Gongti Xilu, Chaoyang District (朝阳区工体西路2号)
  • Tel: 010 8587 1404
  • Transportation: Take bus 01, 05, 06, 13, 15, 16, 17, 31, 43, 47, 50, 58, 73, 86, or Yuntong 107; or get off at Tuanjiehu Station (Line 10).

Luga's

Sanlitun favourite, Luga's serves Mexican and Italian cuisine down one end of Sanlitun's popular bar strip, and Mexican and Vietnamese cuisine down the other end. There are generous happy hours, a long cocktail list, and lots of seating both inside and outside. Food here is good, reliable, and affordable — it's not difficult to understand why this is a popular choice amongst many living in Beijing.

  • Price range: around 100 yuan per person
  • Mexican/Italian: 2F, 8 Sanlitun Beili, Near 3.3 Shopping Centre, Chaoyang District (10am–3am, 010 6416 2572)
  • Mexican/Vietnamese: Opposite Tongli Studio, Sanlitun Houjie, Chaoyang District (11am–2am, 010 6415 4005)
  • Transportation: Take bus 01, 05, 06, 13, 15, 16, 17, 31, 43, 47, 50, 58, 73, 86, or Yuntong 107; or get off at Tuanjiehu Station (Line 10).

Q Mex

Q Mex PizzaQ Mex Pizza

If you want to get even better Mexican food than on offer at Luga's, why not check out Q Mex? The prices here are a tad higher, and the quality is too. Q Mex is also located in Sanlitun, slightly south of Sanlitun Village. Popular with everyone, and widely known as one of the best Mexican restaurants in the city. Also located perfectly to start a night out in Sanlitun, where many of Beijing's popular bars are.

  • Price range: 100–200 yuan per person
  • Open: 11.30am–3am
  • Address: Gongti Beilu Courtyard 4, Chaoyang District (朝阳区工体北路4号院)
  • Tel: 010 6585 3828
  • Transportation: Take bus 01, 05, 06, 13, 15, 16, 17, 31, 43, 47, 50, 58, 73, 86, or Yuntong 107; or get off at Tuanjiehu Station (Line 10).

798

Ahava Bistro and Cafe

Ahava Cuban SandwichAhava Cuban Sandwich

A new bistro with several locations throughout Beijing serving up delicious sandwiches, soups, salads, burgers, and great baked goods located in U-Hotel just north of the north gate to 798 Art District. Has great lunch deals, and also serves up good coffee. We recommend the Cuban sandwich.

  • Price range: under 100 per person
  • Open: 11.30am–3am
  • Address: U-Hotel, 6A Caihong Lu, Chaoyang District (朝阳区彩虹路甲6号金枫酒店底墒底商)
  • Tel: 010 6184 1727
  • Transportation: It is best to get a taxi, as the nearest subway station is a good 20 minute walk.

Cafe Flatwhite

Another great cafe serving up delicious sandwiches, soups, salads, and burgers, located in the middle of Beijing's 798 Art District. This cafe, run by a Chinese-Kiwi couple, currently has 13 branches throughout the city and also prides itself on its coffee, particularly the flatwhite, its namesake.

  • Price range: around 100 per person
  • Open: 9am–9pm, Daily
  • Address: D09-1, 798 Art District, 4 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District (朝阳区酒仙桥路4号大山子艺术区D09-1)
  • Tel: 010 5978 9067
  • Transportation: It is best to get a taxi, as the nearest subway station is a good 20 minute walk.

Tian'anmen Square

Capital M

This hotel, positioned so that it has a balcony overlooking Qianmen, the front gate of Tian'anmen Square, is well known for its good food, afternoon tea, and desserts. Best in spring and autumn when the sky is clear and sitting outside is a treat.

  • Price range: over 200 per person
  • Open: 11.30am–10pm, Daily
  • Address: 2 Qianmen Pedestrian Street, Chongwenmen District (崇文门区前门步行街2号)
  • Tel: 010 6702 2727
  • Transportation: Take the Subway to Qianmen (Line 1).

Spoonful of Sugar

Spoonful of Sugar, BeijingSpoonful of Sugar

If you're walking around Dashilar looking for somewhere to grab Western fare, try Spoonful of Sugar. Spoonful of Sugar is a cute cafe with innovative sandwiches that have slight Chinese influences, cakes, and juices, mostly made using local produce. Head to the rooftop if the weather is nice.

  • Price range: around 100 per person
  • Open: 11.30am–8.30pm, Daily
  • Address: 59 Tieshu Xiejie, Dashilar, Xicheng District (西城区大栅栏铁树斜街59号)
  • Tel: 010 6308 3971
  • Transportation: Take the Subway to Qianmen (Line 1).

Lido

Fiorentina

Fiorentina AntipastiFiorentina Antipasti

New Italian restaurant located in Lido serving upscale Italian food with a huge patio out the front. There is also live music between Tuesday and Thursday, and a small dance floor for those who want to boogie after their meal.

  • Price range: over 300 yuan per person
  • Open: 11am–11pm, Monday–Tuesday, 11am–1am Wednesday–Sunday
  • Address: Building 2, 6 Fangyuan Xilu, Chaoyang District (朝阳区芳园西路6号院2号楼)
  • Tel: 010 8431 0027
  • Transportation: Best to take a taxi.

Tribe Lido

New green restaurant with a focus on healthy eating for the entire family (there is an entire dedicated healthy children's menu). Lots of gluten-free and vegan dishes are available here, and not at the cost of taste or flavor, making this restaurant really popular with Beijing expat crowds.

  • Price range: 100–200 yuan per person
  • Open: 8am–12am Sunday–Thursday, 8am–2am Friday–Saturday
  • Address: Unit B103, 6 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District (朝阳区将台路6号B103室)
  • Tel: 010 6431 9289
  • Transportation: Best to take a taxi.

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