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Beijing's summer climate means that you can hang out outside day and night. If the day is too warm for you, wait until the sun cools down to enjoy the balmy evenings at some of Beijing's best restaurants. Here are our recommendations for where to eat and drink outside in Beijing's summer...
Serving up exquisite Yunnan food in a calm and outdoor setting, Dali Courtyard is a perfect option to try some different Chinese cuisine in a pleasant atmosphere and enjoy summer in the capital. This restaurant is located close to Beijing's Drum and Bell Towers.
Another option close to the Drum and Bell Towers or perfect as a break from the vibrant Nanluoguxiang, the Orchid is a beautiful and laid-back boutique courtyard hotel with an al fresco restaurant. Breakfast or brunch everyday of the week!
The perfect place to enjoy Beijing’s traditional and most popular dishes, Hua’s Restaurant is most famous for its duck and its awesome traditional courtyard setting. Eat in the big courtyard, or in one of its many private rooms for more privacy.
Famous duck joint Da Dong sports a terrace for balmy Beijing nights. This is a regular for locals and foreigners alike, and with a wide range of duck dishes as well as vegetarian dishes you can’t really go wrong.
Dining with a view of Qianmen, there is basically no better way to enjoy rooftop dining in Beijing. This hotel is famous for its brunches and cocktails, and also has an awesome wine list which is sometimes not easy to find in China.
Mas is a cocktail bar located right behind Beijing’s famous ghost street. The cocktails are of great quality, and there are also a bunch of beers to choose from. There are a couple of tables outside to enjoy the hutong neighborhood.
Beijing is all about craft beer brewing at the moment, and this is one of the most popular craft breweries, both with the local crowd and the foreign crowd. Their original location is located walking distance from the Drum and Bell Towers.
Aperitivo is a popular wine bar in the middle of the Sanlitun area. Kick back on their terrace with a glass of wine for people-watching or to unwind from the many activities. This bar is also open most of the day if you fancy a drinking break from your shopping in the Sanlitun Village area.
Not far away from the buzzing Nanluoguxiang and the rest of Beijing’s most famous hutongs, the Penghao Theatre has a rooftop that is perfect for coffee, tea, and other drinks. Stop off here if you need to give your feet a break, or if you have to top-up those caffeine levels!
If you’re into German beer and beergardens, Paulaner Brauhaus is the way to go. Located at the back of the Kempinski hotel for many decades, the beer here is awesome and authentically brewed. Order some German sausages to accompany the beer, and your afternoon is sorted.
If you love being outside, let us know when you arrange your tour so we can schedule some of these gems, and more, into your itinerary. We will tailor your tour according to your needs, all you have to do is fill in this quick form to get started.