The 10 Best Late Breakfasts And Brunches In Gulou, Beijing

Photo of Katherine Lee
4 December 2016

Near Gulou (the Drum Tower) in Beijing you’ll find numerous hutongs (narrow alleys) in which you can find delicious brunches and late breakfasts. We look at the best Chinese and Western late breakfast and brunch options in the area.

Café Zarah

Cafe, Coffee Shop, European, Healthy, Vegetarian, Coffee
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Housed in a renovated ancient Chinese courtyard, with a fabulous roof terrace and garden, Café Zarah is a comfortable little coffee shop offering plentiful brunch sets. Café Zarah even occasionally arranges big brunch buffets on Sundays from 10am to 4pm, in which you and your mates can have a wide variety of brunches with various delightful drinks and wines.

Meal service:

Brunch, Breakfast


Casual, Outdoors, Modern, Stylish, Relaxed

Mr. Shi’s Dumplings

Restaurant, Cafe, Chinese, Asian, Vegetarian
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potstickers | © stu_spivack / Flickr

Jiaozi is a kind of Chinese dumplings that locals usually have for breakfast or lunch, and Mr. Shi’s Dumplings is definitely a nice spot where you can enjoy this traditional old Beijing brunch. In the tiny yet cosy cafe you will be able to find plentiful kinds of steamed, boiled, and fried Chinese dumplings.

The Orchid

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cae4d0e0 Common area at The Orchid Hotel, Beijing
Common area at The Orchid | Courtesy of The Orchid / Expedia
The Orchid is a fine hotel offering brunch daily. They serve not only their residents, but everyone who wants to have a refreshing morning with The Orchid’s fabulous homemade bread and jams on a terrace. The Orchid understands the importance of coffee, therefore they have picked the best, Shangrila Farms’ Yunnan Blue, as their daily espresso blend.

Alba Café

Cafe, Restaurant, American, European, Contemporary
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ALBA, Beijing
ALBA, Beijing | Courtesy of Zhongxia Tan

Alba Café

Open every day at 10am, Alba Café is able to give you a good morning with their fresh pancakes, toasts, croissants, as well as the brilliant full English breakfast. With a cozy roof terrace, Alba Café offers everyone a relaxing dining environment; you can definitely enjoy your breakfast with a cup of fine coffee or tea on the terrace, while appreciating the beautiful Gulou and Zhonglou (Drum and Bell Towers).
Alba Café, 70 Gulou Dongdajie, Dongcheng District, Beijing, China, +86 10 6407 3730

Yao Ji Chao Gan

Restaurant, Chinese
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Gulou | © Matthew Stinson/Flickr
Opened in 1989, Yao Ji Chao Gan has long offered the people of Beijing with local snacks, such as douzhi (mung bean milk), jiaozi (Chinese dumplings), and zha jian mian (noodles with soy bean paste), which are all perfect choices of breakfast or brunch. Whilst the chao gan (stewed liver), Yao Ji’s speciality, is also a good pick and worth trying.

Kaffa Café

Coffee Shop, Chinese
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Gulou Dongdajie
Gulou Dongdajie | © kanegen/Flickr
Kaffa Café is a homely coffeehouse offering different kinds of brunch sets and drinks displayed on their hand-written menu. The café is tiny, with usually only one or two baristas serving you with their aromatic and delicious home-brewed coffee, you can therefore freely enjoy your morning or noon there with a cup of coffee and a finely baked pizza or bread.

Beiluo Bread Bar

Bar, Restaurant, Chinese, $$$
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Beiluo Bread Bar serves fabulous bread and coffee which are perfect for brunch. Or try their wide range of pizzas and pastas, such as the aromatic pepper and parmesan pasta and the fresh arrabbiata pasta. The restaurant also offers plenty of drinks (the coffee, tea and beer are all excellent) as well as their terrific desserts, including apple cake and carrot cake.

Palms L.A. Kitchen and Bar

Bar, Korean, Mexican, Fusion
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Gulou | © kafka4prez/Flickr
With the bright décor of sunny Los Angeles, Palms L.A. Kitchen and Bar serves Korean-Mexican fusion cuisine, which is definitely special. They offer plenty of interesting snacks which are perfect for late breakfast time, such as kimchi quesadilla, Mexican-style baked bibimbap, and vegetarian tacos, providing amazing tastes.

Yantai Da Kuai Rou Cai Bao (Yantai Steamed Stuffed Bun)

Bakery, Chinese
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For Chinese people, baozi (steamed stuff buns) are definitely one of the best types of breakfast, as they are tasty and the flour-made bun can provide everyone with enough energy for work and study. Yantai Da Kuai Rou Cai Bao mainly sells buns made in the Yantai-style, which are huge and stuffed with meat and vegetables.

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