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Tiananmen Square | Courtesy of Tillman Huett
Tiananmen Square | Courtesy of Tillman Huett

Restaurants with the Best Views of Beijing

Picture of Julianna Tetreault
Contributer
Updated: 8 December 2017

Ancient and modern architecture harmoniously intertwine in Beijing, making China’s sprawling capital city what it is today. Although most of Beijing’s beauty can be seen while strolling down one of its narrow roads, seeing it in its entirety is truly unlike anything else. With views that seem to stretch to the end of the earth, looking at Beijing with a bird’s eye view from one of its many commercial buildings boasts sights that couldn’t be seen otherwise. So, if you’re looking to enjoy a nice meal and an even nicer view of Beijing, continue reading to find out which restaurants provide the best views of the city.

TRB (Forbidden City)

Known for being one of the city’s most famous restaurants, TRB (Temple Restaurant Beijing) is located in a renovated two-story building alongside the Imperial Palace.  TRB undeniably encapsulates the essence of Beijing: an ancient relic that has survived the test of time now fuses with the city’s ever-expanding urban lifestyle. The restaurant, aside from offering incredibly tasty European dishes, provides customers with a breathtaking view of the Forbidden City. Views of the palace’s stark red walls and tan, textured rooftops are visible all throughout TRB, making this historic establishment an absolute must for sightseeing in Beijing.

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Capital M

With riveting views of Tiananmen Square, Capital M captivates a historic Beijing from the inside of a posh restaurant. Enchanting and pristine, Capital M provides impeccable service to its customers, while serving up an array of European-influenced dishes. Diners are granted access to a terrace that makes for a lovely place to enjoy a meal, and an even lovelier place to get a glimpse into Beijing’s long history. From its quiet terrace, views of Tiananmen Square’s gates and buildings can be seen – a reminiscent feeling of the old Beijing is hard to push away while looking out upon the fortress.

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Tiananmen Square | Courtesy of Tillman Huett

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Blue Frog (Guomao)

With an outdoor terrace that boasts views of Beijing’s business district, the Blue Frog in Guomao proves to be the perfect place for a drink and a spectacular bird’s eye view of the city.  Here, dining is relaxed and casual; family and friends enjoy cocktails from the restaurant’s full bar, while looking towards the CCTV Tower. The view is beguiling – CCTV’s Tower is a modern building constructed of glass, which reflects the sky’s clouds in its architecture.  Although spending hours watching over Beijing from high heights is easy to do, grabbing a drink with friends and catching up on the picturesque terrace suffices as well.

Naoki

Described as luxurious and refined, Naoki, located in the Aman Hotel, is a Japanese-French fusion restaurant alongside the Summer Palace. Situated adjacent to a serene garden area, the restaurant evokes a sense of tranquillity that is seldom felt otherwise in the bustling city. Guests here are treated to lavish dishes and exemplary service, making for a regal dining experience. Due to its location, Naoki provokes a feeling of wonderment that, between the impressive palace views, gives this restaurant a spot on our list.

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Migas

With a chic factor unlike any other, Migas continuously provides patrons with excellent drinks and jaw-dropping views of Beijing’s bar streets. The restaurant’s rooftop balcony is enclosed by low, glass walls, giving customers a  360-degree bird’s eye view of Sanlitun, free of distractions. Due to the sheer height of the venue, the view seen from Migas is staggering and arguably one of the best in the city; if you’re not already intoxicated by the restaurant’s amazing cocktails, then you will be by the city’s skyline.

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China Grill

The view from the China Grill cannot be competed with – located in the Park Hyatt Bejing, China Grill looks over the capital city’s business district, making for absolutely astonishing views.  At night, when the restaurant is dimly lit and the city brightly shines, when light chatter filters through the air and the smell of steak permeates the dining area, this is when the feeling that people look for in city living can be felt.  China Grill, and the unreal view it provides, earns this restaurant a spot on our list.

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Element Fresh (The Village in Sanlitun)

With a modern vibe and healthy, superfood influenced meals, Element Fresh located in The Village in Sanlitun is overall fabulous. The restaurant has a sprawling terrace that, on a clear and temperate day in Beijing, makes for the perfect perch to survey the bustling city below. With the sun shining down on an afternoon tea break, and Sanlitun’s skyline standing tall next to the outdoor area, Element Fresh makes for the perfect restaurant from which to watch over Beijing.

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+86 10 6417 1318

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