Beijing, China’s capital city, offers ample options for any brunch occasion, and an exciting array of cuisines, from traditional Cantonese to cutting edge fusion, from five-star dining to delicious street food. Here’s our guide to 10 of our favorite brunch spots in Beijing.
Temple Restaurant Beijing (TRB)
Found in the complex of a 600 year old Buddhist temple and former television factory, Temple Restaurant Beijing offers an award-winning menu. Brunch at TRB consisting of either five or eight-course versions of delicious European (with an Italian and French emphasis) fare, all served with complementing wine in an enigmatic building that is now perhaps Beijing’s finest restaurant.
TRB”, 23 Shatan N Street, Beijing, China, +86 10 8400 2232
Presumably, that ‘M’ stands for ‘Marvellous view’. Capital M’s views take in the whole of the Forbidden City and Tian’anmen Square all the way to the Qianmen Gate. A sister to Shanghai’s celebrated M on the Bund, the food at Capital M is European, and perfectlyfor early brunch dining with a Bloody Mary or any other of their complimentary cocktails. There are two or three-course choices, and before you leave make sure to try their famed pavlova.
Capital M, 2 Qianmen Pedestrian Street, Beijing, China, +86 10 6702 2727
Fans of Da Dong will say it serves the crispiest duck in town. Although the restaurant offers an almost insanely broad 160-page menu, the duck is the real star of the show. Spend your weekend enjoying this classic Beijing dish.
Da Dong Roast Duck, 1-2 Nanxincang International Plaza, 22A Dongsishitiao, Beijing, China, +86 10 5169 0329
Duck de Chine
The most sophisticated Pecking duck restaurant in Beijing, this restaurant is decorated with glamorous red chandeliers and offers not only succulent Peking duck but many other delicious versions of duck from across the globe, from confit to tacos. Duck de Chine also offers China’s first Bollinger Champagne bar, bringing a decadent edge to their duck that completely changes the dining experience for the better.
Duck de Chine, Courtyard 4, 1949 The Hidden City, Beijing, China, +86 10 6501 8881
The Orchard offers beautiful surroundings, with its own grounds featuring lakes, a rose garden and the titular orchard that makes for a pleasant post-food stroll. The menu offers incredibly fresh fruit and vegetables, many of which are grown organically in the gardens of the restaurant, and a buffet-style brunch. It is also a very child-friendly place, hugely popular with families who can let their children play in the orchard whilst enjoying such culinary treats as wild boar and poached salmon.
The Orchard, Shunbai Road, Beijing, China, +86 10 6433 6270
Why choose just one of Beijing’s finest restaurants when you can have two? This is the premise behind brunch at the Four Seasons’ Opus Lounge brunch buffet. As well as standard buffet brunch fare, both of the hotel’s restaurants has a stand serving the best of its cuisine, be it the spin on southern Italian food usually found at Mio restaurant or the elegant Cantonese food of Cai Yi Xuan restaurant. All this and free-flowing champagne makes the Opus Lounge a luxury brunch spot perfect for a special occasion.
Opus Lounge, Beijing Four Seasons Royal Garden International Hotel, 168-3 Bei Han He Road, Beijing, China, +86 10 5932 5932
Green T. House
Green T. House is making some of the most interesting, innovative and aesthetically pleasing food in all of China. There is a clear dedication to artistry which is expressed not only in the in the award-winning decor of the restaurant but in the food too: every dish looks almost too good to eat. Also, as the name suggests, they offer some really great teas, with many being specialties of the restaurants.
Green T. House, 318 Shunbai Lu, Beijing, China, +86 10 6434 2519
Mao Mao Chong
Hidden away on one of Beijing’s many narrow hutongs, pizza parlor Mao Mao Chong serves pizzas and pies which are not only remarkably cheap, but very delicious too. These are available alongside a selection of brunch cocktails. Try their signature ‘Bloody Maos’ cocktail.
Mao Mao Chong, 12 Ban Chang Hutong, Beijing, China, + 86 10 6405 5718
Restaurant, Chinese, $$$
The Garden Court, located in the St regis Hotel, is a very popular brunch venue. The St Regis is known to be Barack Obama’s Beijing hotel of choice, and the food makes it clear why. The restaurant serves a luxuriant mix of fresh seafood and a great carvery. Not only that, but the St. Regis Hotel in New York was the inventor of the brunch essential, the Bloody Mary. Sample the Beijing branch’s spin on this classic drink, the Great Wall Bloody Mary, made with beer instead of vodka, served with oyster shooters and far more delicious than it sounds!
Garden Court, The St. Regis Beijing Hotel, 21 Jianguomen Outer St, Beijing, China, +86 10 6460 6688
Lei Garden Beijing
Lei Garden serves a fine dining version of Chinese cuisine, with an emphasis on seafood dishes such as their wonder lobster served two ways. They have become famous for serving loved and innovative fusion food over three decades, creating over 1000 dishes in that time, and it is this knowledge and dedication that makes this an unmissable brunch experience.
Lei Garden, 89 Jinbao Street, Beijing, China, +86 10 5582 1212