The Best Breakfast and Brunch Spots in Chaoyang, Beijing

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Scattered around Chaoyang are a plethora of restaurants to suit any foodie’s dining preference. From Western cuisine, to Asian, and from specialty menus, to fusion-inspired ones, there’s one to suit you. If you’re in search of a breakfast or brunch spot, you’re in luck – here’s our pick of the best spots in town.

1. The Rug

Restaurant, Fusion, Healthy, Vegetarian

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Foodies visiting Chaoyang district should consider brunching at The Rug, one of the most highly rated brunch venues in Beijing. Boasting fresh ingredients, and elegantly plated fusion cuisine, the restaurant is a culinary experience suitable for both large, business-casual reservations, and more intimate, impeccably dressed small groups.

2. Jing-A Brewing Co.

Pub, Restaurant, Pub Grub, Fusion

Jing-A Brewing Co.’s food is first-class
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Located just steps away from The Rug, this brunch spot is not your average – Jing-A Brewing Co., or just Jing-A, has proven to be one of the city’s favorite breweries, serving up fusion food alongside locally brewed beers. The brewery’s interior feels spacious for a small-ish space, and has an orange glow to it; light bulbs have been strung across the ceiling, and give the space a modern feel. The wood and exposed brick that makes up the inside of Jing-A Brewing Co. creates a cabin-like feel to the pub. Alongside their incredible list of beer, Jing-A’s deliciously crafted pub grub keeps Beijingers coming through their doors. Jing-A Brewing Co. has made mid-morning beers and breakfast more of an acceptable meal, and we’re not complaining!

3. N'Joy

Hotel Restaurant, Restaurant, Cocktail Bar, Seafood, Healthy, Sushi, Fusion, Vegetarian

A stylish bedroom with a bed, desk and chair at NUO Hotel Beijing
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Renowned for its highly impressive breakfast buffet, N’Joy, a restaurant located within the NUO Hotel, is one of Beijing’s most sought-after morning eateries. With an all-you-can-eat breakfast spread consisting of delicious delicacies – think lobster, caviar, sushi, cheeses, and grilled meats – the unlimited eating policy gives you a chance to consume as many of the impressive foods as humanly possible. Try as you might, with a selection as sprawling as N’Joy’s, trying everything in one sitting is highly unlikely, but that just means you’ll have to enjoy their brunch more than once – which, after your first brunch experience there you’ll certainly want to! Suitable for business breakfasts and special occasions, N’ Joy is truly one of the best brunches the city has to offer, and should be on everyone’s radar when in the Chaoyang area.

4. Bottega

Restaurant, Mediterranean, Italian, Vegan, Vegetarian

Best-known for its exceptionally crafted pizzas, Bottega offers its beloved Beijinger customer base an Italian-inspired brunch menu worthy of any foodie. With a menu consisting of traditional breakfast dishes – with a Bottega twist, naturally – diners here can expect outstanding frittatas consisting of prosciutto and an array of melted cheese, salads topped with quail eggs and quinoa, and of course, their famous pizza. Both healthy and hearty, Bottega’s brunch menu can satiate hunger in a way that other brunches cannot.

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5. Q-Mex Bar Taqueria

Bar, Pizzeria, Restaurant, Cocktail Bar, Chinese

Unlike other brunch spots around Beijing, Q-Mex Taqueria curbs Beijingers’ mid-morning hunger with quirky Mexican influenced breakfast dishes. This sprawling and energetic restaurant is better known for its daily dinner specials and events, but has become increasingly popular for its brunch menu. Offering diners traditional Mexican cuisine day and night, Q-Mex’s brunch menu consists of dishes like chorizo and eggs and breakfast tacos, and of course, margarita cocktails.

6. Feast Food by EAST

Restaurant, Hotel Restaurant, Contemporary

Located within the East Hotel, Feast offers an all-you-can-eat buffet every weekend. Although Feast’s concept of an all-you-can-eat breakfast isn’t unique, what the restaurant does offer that is unique is a choice of a main entrée on top of the buffet, as well as the choice for free flow drinks – leaving Feast hungry (and sober) is an impossible feat. Feast’s breakfast buffet is just as impressive as other high-quality ones throughout the city, offering diners an array of mouthwatering dishes and cuisines such as dim sum, wagyu beef, seafood, and fresh fruits; what sets it aside from other breakfast buffets in the city, is that it is incredibly reasonably priced.

7. MOKA Bros

Cafe, Restaurant, Healthy, American, Fusion, Vegetarian

A hip brunch spot located in the heart of Chaoyang, MOKA Bros is a favorite with locals. MOKA Bros’ exterior is made entirely out of concrete, and boasts the restaurant’s name in large, bold, black lettering; a QR code is situated on part of the outdoor wall, making the restaurant’s modern vibe obvious without having to step foot into it. Its interior is composed of glossy white brick, and humorously inspirational quotes – “FORGET SKINNY. TRAIN TO BE BADASS.” – in black block quotes. Their food shows off the restaurant’s edginess as well, with creative plating techniques, and fresh, quirky food pairings. Customers here can expect delicious coffee, traditional brunch dishes, and fun staff – experiencing MOKA Bros for yourself is an absolute must while in the Chaoyang area.

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8. Slow Boat

Pub, Restaurant, Pub Grub, American, Fusion, Soul Food

If you’re in Chaoyang (or, willing to travel to the area) and looking for a booze-filled mid-morning meal, then Slow Boat’s weekend brunch is the brunch for you! With 16 locally crafted beers on tap at all times, finding a beer (or five) to pair with your brunch isn’t an issue. This multi-location brewery’s brunch has something for everyone, making it the perfect place to meet friends and family on weekend mornings. For brunch, children dine for free, though those who are a bit too old to take advantage of that perk will be happy to hear that Slow Boat’s prices are quite reasonable. With a brunch menu boasting plates like salted caramel pancakes, spicy fried chicken and waffles, and granola with homemade yogurt, no matter what you order, you will not be disappointed!

Chicken | © fudowakira0 / Pixabay

9. Nooxo

Restaurant, Healthy, Fusion, Vegan, Vegetarian

For the more health conscious brunch-goer, Nooxo is the place to be. With dishes crafted from both fresh and tasty ingredients, the food at Nooxo is downright delicious. For brunch, Nooxo offers an array of antioxidant and health-boosting bowls filled with fresh fruits, meats, and vegetables. Also on the menu are nutrient-packed soups and smoothies.

Soup | © daniel4villamil / Pixabay

10. Tribe

Restaurant, Cafe, Healthy, Fusion, Vegan, Vegetarian

Vegan bowl
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With its slogan, “You are what you eat, drink, breathe,” it’s no surprise that Tribe is a completely organic café, which boasts local ingredients from farmers all over China. Serving Beijingers some of the healthiest available food in the city, with gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian options, Tribe is an appropriately chic and well-kept café – breakfast here means consuming some of the city’s best smoothies, power bowls, and hand-crafted kombucha. With nutrient-packed foods that are full of flavor, eating breakfast at Tribe is a great way to jumpstart your day with plenty of energy.

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