For both the morning persons and those who are not used to getting up early, Beijing has a basket of cafés and restaurants that will make sure your day starts in a perfect way. We selected the best 10 best breakfast and brunch spots that cover both Chinese and Western cuisines.
Diner, Restaurant, Chinese, $$$
The chain restaurant in Beijing is the first place to go to if you are craving a breakfast made up of traditional Beijing snacks. You can match the solid pea cakes or Lvdagunr with the liquid Miancha or Lamb Offal soup, or try the classic combination of Jiaoquan and Douzhi, though the notoriously sour Douzhi, A.K.A. Mung Bean Milk, might be too big of a challenge for the morning.
Restaurant, Restaurant with Rooms, Chinese, Dim Sum, $$$
The Cantonese morning tea for the Chinese breakfast is like water to humans. Speaking of the dim sums, a crucial component of the Cantonese morning tea, the Tang Palace chain restaurant is the place that dim sum lovers in Beijing have to go at least once in their life.
Cafe, Patisserie, Dessert, $$$
You will fall in love with this dessert spot the moment you see its front—a glass cube full of the best things in the world: white and simple furniture bathed in the warm lights, the delicious and good-looking cakes, and the flowers and grass that are used to decorate the room. Your good day is just about to start.
Lily’s American Diner (LAD)
Restaurant, Bar, American, none
You can find almost anything from an American brunch list at the Lily’s American Diner in Sanlitun, from the healthy signature salad that features avocado, cherry tomatoes, and boiled eggs, avocado milkshakes, to smoked salmon and Mexican tacos…and there’s even fish and chips!
Cafe, Restaurant, Healthy, American, $$$
The small brunch restaurant opened by a Taiwanese couple is a harbor for the neighbors. With only 40 yuan, you are going to have a finely presented brunch including a sandwich, a bowl of stew, salad, mashed potatoes, and chicken sausage. Their innovative Lava Sandwich is a must-try, as you will be amazed by the egg yolk custard that flows into your mouth with a slight bite.
Heji Nanquan Porridge
Restaurant, Chinese, $$$
There’s probably nothing better than having a bowl of casserole porridge for your brunch, which is not only delicious but also superb for your stomach health. The Heji Nanquan Porridge features the Cantonese casserole porridge, as well as dim sums including the classic shrimp dumpling and the salted egg yolk custard bun.
Cafe, Restaurant, American, British, $$$
If you are looking for more than just a delicious brunch, then the Bunny Drop Café is a perfect spot for you, because apart from its comprehensive menu of the English breakfast, brunches, and coffee and juices, the restaurant is known for its overflowing cute rabbit decorations everywhere.
Qingfeng Steamed Dumpling’s Yuetan branch
Restaurant, Diner, Chinese, $$$
Qingfeng is not the best brand for steamed dumplings, and there are over 350 branches of Qingfeng all over Beijing, so why this branch particularly? It is because Chinese president Xi Jinping publicly had a meal there. Photos of Xi dining in Qingfeng went viral on Chinese social media, with enthusiastic citizens flocking to the Qingfeng Steamed Dumpling’s Yuetan branch, sitting at the table Xi had been seated, and eating the 21-yuan President Set—the exact meal Xi ordered: six pork and spring onion steamed dumplings, one fried liver and one leaf mustard.
Cafe, Restaurant, American, $$$
Of course, like all the other good brunch spots, the A&H Café has all kinds of healthy brunch sets and good coffee, but what makes it stands out is the open-air seating area from where you can observe the daily hustle and bustle of the old Beijing neighborhood while enjoying your food. Plus the restaurant has a smart mynah bird that you can perhaps have a small talk with.
Feast Food by EAST
Hotel Restaurant, Restaurant, Tapas, Seafood, Buffet, $$$
At last, for the foodies who love to try it all at once, is this brunch buffet near the 798 Art District. With just 388 yuan, you will be able to try all kinds of Western dishes and desserts made by the top-class chefs and patissiers from materials from both the land and the sea. Though the restaurant might be more suitable for those who don’t have any plans in the afternoon except for resting at home.