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Cafés in Beijing

Living in a fast paced city, a cup of coffee might help you relax in your leisure time. Besides Starbucks and UBC, there are a variety of cafés serving great coffee in Beijing. With cozy decoration style and tasteful coffee, those small Cafés are perfect a hide-away place. Here are some recommends that you can pay a visit.

unconditional-love-coffeUnconditional Love Coffee
Address: 42 Gulou Dongdajie, Dongcheng District
Tel: 010-5826 3652
Opening Hours: 8am-10.30pm daily
Price per Person: RMB50-80
Wifi: available.

Located next to the Today Art Museum, the Unconditional Love Coffee is a regular spot for art fans and locals. Featured with bohemian style, the café houses some of the best coffee in the city. Unconditional Love Coffee serves coffees, pasta, desserts, homemade ice cream, wine, whiskey and beer from Belgium, Germany and Australia. Recommended dishes include Momo’s Iced Tea, Italian soda, Italian sandwiches and the iced caramel mocha freddo. Continue reading


Snack Restaurants in Beijing

With delicious flavor and appealing look, traditional snacks in Beijing are irresistible. There used to be over 300 types of snacks back in the days, but only about 100 of then are still in existence now. Those existing snacks passed the test of time. They are part of the attractions in the city. Here are some snack restaurants serving the most authentic snacks in Beijing.

Nine Gates Snacks

Opened at the end of June 2006, Nine Gates Snacks (Jiumen Xiaochi) offers traditional Beijing snacks. Located in a hutong at Shichahai in Xicheng District, the courtyard covers an area of 3,000 square meters. This famous snack center got its name from the nine gates that surrounded the Forbidden City. Inside the traditional courtyard are 12 time-honored brands, which include Xiaochang Chen, Baodu Feng, Naolao Wei, Chatang Li, Yue Sheng Zhai, Xianbin Zhou, De Shun Zhai, Niangao Qian, Yangtou Ma, Doufunao Bai, En Yuan Ju and Dalian Huoshao.

Address: No.1, Xiaoyou Hutong, west of the Former Residence of Soong Qingling, Xicheng District, Beijing
Tel: 010-6402 5858 / 6402 6868
Opening Hour: 10.30am-1.30pm, 5pm-8pm daily
Price per Person: 30-40 RMB / US$4-5 Continue reading


Snack-time in Beijing

If you come to Beijing, local snack is a must-try. There are many kinds of snacks in Beijing, including imperial snacks from the Ming and Qing dynasties. With nice taste and inexpensive price, these snacks are very popular among locals.

驴打滚Rolling donkey (Lv Da Gun)
Originated in Qing Dynasty, Lv Da Gun is one of the traditional snacks in Beijing. It’s actually a steamed glutinous rice roll filled with red bean paste or brown sugar. It is covered in soybean flour which makes it looks like a donkey rolling over in dust. With a yellow color, the bean-flour cake is sweet and sticky.

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Eating Hot Pot in winter days

Hot pot restaurants are very popular in winter days. Same to fondue cooking, hot pot is a big pot filled with broth, and diners cook the meats and vegetables they choose in it. Hot pot is the great place for family and friends gathering.
Here are a few recommendations of reputable hot pot restaurants for you.

Haidilao Hot Pot Restaurant
haidilaoWith more than 15 branches in Beijing, Haidilao provides authentic Sichuan hot pot. Guests can order dishes with both full and half portions, which is perfect for smaller groups. The most pleasant thing in Haidilao is its free services because it offers free ice water, fruit salad, melon seeds, tea, nail care, shoe-shining, internet-surfing and gaming while you are waiting for your seat. Haidilao also offers eye-glasses wipes, hot towels and aprons while you are dining. Remember to ask for the Lalamian which involves an energetic waiter pulling noodles. Continue reading


Italian restaurants in Beijing

Beijing, as the capital city of China, has lots of dining places offering different cuisines. Here are some recommendations of Italian restaurants for you.

Tavola Italian Dining
tavolaTAVOLA means ‘table’ in Italian. The restaurant serves authentic and modern Italian cuisines. With an extended wood table in the middle, the interior of TAVOLA creates an intimate dining space for guests. Located in the embassy area of Beijing and close to the office buildings, TAVOLA is favored by a lot of people.
Recommended dishes are Smoked beef carpaccio with black truffle, Antipasti platter and Schiffoni pasta.
Address: 2/F, The Grand Summit, Section B, Liangmaqiao Diplomatic Mansion, 19 Dongfang Donglu, Chaoyang District
Tel: 8532-5068
Opening Hours: 11:30am-2:30pm, 6pm-10:30pm daily
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Eating French food in Beijing

As the capital city of China, Beijing has many restaurants providing different cuisines. For those who enjoy French food or are a little homesick, there are lots of French restaurants for you to go in Beijing. Offering high-quality foods and wines, delightful environment and first-class service, dining in those restaurants is quite enjoyable. Here are some recommendations for you.


Brasserie Flo

floKnown as the best French restaurant in Beijing, Brasserie Flo is one of the longest-lived Western restaurants in Beijing. The restaurant provides you with exceptional atmosphere, attentive service and high-class cuisine. The menu is classic French food, including onion soup, steak au poivre, and profiteroles.
Recommended dishes are Smoked salmon salad with poached egg, Pan-fried rib short loin veal with mushrooms, Goose liver, Escargots, Oyster, Dessert and Steak

Address: 2F, Rainbow Plaza (Longbo Square), 16, Dong Sanhuan Bei Lu, Chaoyang District
Tel: 010-65955135
Price per person (RMB): 300
Opening hours: 11am-3pm, 6pm-midnight daily

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5 Featured restaurants in Beijing

The Dark Restaurant: Whale Inside

pitch-black-restaurantThe Whale Inside, known to all as the “Dark Restaurant”, is probably the most interesting restaurant in Beijing. Most of the restaurants focus on food, but this one offers the experience of eating without seeing. The dining area is set in complete darkness, there’s no way you can see your plate or the people you’re dining with. The waiters here are equipped with night-vision goggles. Objects like cigarettes, cell phones and cameras are not allowed to take in the dinning area.

Address: No. 1037, 3rd floor, Jianwai SOHO West, 39 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District, Beijing
Tel: 010-58694235, 59000434, 59000343
Cuisine: Chinese
Service quality: good
Food quality: good
Price per person (RMB): 100-200
Environment: good
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