The Best Breakfasts and Brunches in Sanlitun, Beijing

Enjoy breakfast or brunch in Sanlitun, Beijing | Pixabay
Enjoy breakfast or brunch in Sanlitun, Beijing | Pixabay
Photo of Fran Lu
3 November 2017

Sanlitun in Beijing is famous for its robust nightlife, but it’s a pity to leave the area before dawn—especially as this stylish neighborhood is filled with some of the best breakfast and brunch spots in town.

Taoyuan Juancun

Restaurant, Chinese, $$$
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This Taiwanese snack-bar caused a sensation when its first store opened in Sanlitun. Here you can try Taiwan-style soya milk and deep-fried dough sticks, as well as the specially made meat-floss rice rolls, that you can hardly find anywhere else. Though the soya milk is served in quite a large bowl, you’ll be rewarded for finishing the whole thing with a verse beautifully written on the bottom of the bowl.

Baker & Spice

Bakery, Healthy
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Baker & Spice is a bakery that foodies in Beijing love to praise, for both its bread and coffee. The croissants here are baked to fluffy perfection, and together with the latte make for a delicious start to the day. The only downside is that the bakery is highly popular—making it sometimes difficult to get a seat during rush hour.

Tiens Tiens

Patisserie, Restaurant, French, $$$
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This patisserie has every element necessary to become an Instagram celebrity—tasty desserts with beautiful colors, minimal, off-white furniture, and a two-storey building with French windows and a rooftop dining area. The patisserie’s name, Tiens Tiens, is impossibly cute, but still not as cute as the owner Gu Leike’s belief: “People grow teeth to eat desserts.”

The Rug

Restaurant, Fusion, Healthy, Vegetarian
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The Rug is among the pioneers of brunch in Beijing. Its specialty is homemade yogurt, a healthy treat with rich toppings of all kind, like fresh fruit and crisp nuts. The Rug also makes a point of going against the globalization of the food industry, and strives to include local produce and ingredients as often as possible.

Meal service:

Brunch, Breakfast

Atmosphere:

Business, Modern, Relaxed, Stylish, Casual

The Bookworm

Cafe, Restaurant, Bar, Food Court, Bistro, American
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Those who are familiar with The Bookworm all know that the best part about this store is not its food, but the walls of original English books, talk shows and lectures. The noisiness of The Bookworm is quite random, depending on the activities of the day, but at least the quite environment for reading can be guaranteed at brunch time.

Cup One

Restaurant, Healthy, $$$
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Aside for the minimal décor that reminds people of Colette, the famous water bar in Paris, the healthy menus also gives customers that warm, Sunday-morning feeling—as if they’ve just woken up in Paris. The avocado-chicken rolls and vegetarian salad are a must-try, and taste even better with a carrot juice or flat white.

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