The Top 10 Brunches In 798 Art District, Beijing

Photo of Katherine Lee
10 November 2016

798 Art District is now the most artistic and innovative area in Beijing, and it represents the rapid development of contemporary Chinese art. There are lots of art centers and galleries, as well as many great restaurants and bars in which you can have really nice brunches and late breakfasts. You can experience dining in factory-like restaurants as many venues are actually renovated old factories. Take a look at the best brunch spots in 798 Art District, and start your day late but well.

Yi House

Restaurant, Mediterranean, Seafood
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Enjoying a brunch in a luxurious hotel is definitely a relaxing experience in the morning. If you like the sound of this, you definitely should not miss Yi House, a Mediterranean-style restaurant located in the luxurious Grace Hotel. They serve a wide variety of brunch sets, and their pumpkin soup with foie gras baguette is particularly excellent – the pumpkin soup is served in a La Cocotte pot in which the soup is very rich and tasty. Their cocktail list is also fabulous which perfectly complements their brunch.

Café Flatwhite

Cafe, Dessert
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A flat white
A flat white | © StockSnap / Pixabay
Café Flatwhite serves plentiful sandwiches, salads, snacks and pizzas which are all suitable for late breakfast time. Their Western-style brunch sets are also very attractive and delicious, particularly the Flatwhite big breakfast, the toasted bagel with smoked salmon, cream cheese, avocado and tomato, as well as the fresh homemade toasted muesli. Café Flatwhite’s coffee is perfect as well; they have their own coffee roastery (Richshaw Roasters) and bakery, so the quality and taste of their coffee and bread is guaranteed.

At Café

Cafe, Coffee Shop, European
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Founded by artist Huang Rui, At Café serves excellent coffee, as well as a wide range of Italian food and desserts, like pizza, salad and tiramisu. The two story coffee house is tiny yet cosy; the red brick walls are decorated with quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-tung and some labels of Red Star Chinese baijiu – blending the traditional Chinese characteristics with Western coffee culture. Besides their excellent food, At Café is also a pioneer promoting artistic development, as they regularly holds gatherings for artists.

Yiran Studio and Coffee

Coffee Shop, Coffee
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Having breakfast in Tiran Studio and Coffee, you can sip a cup of nice coffee, and simultaneously appreciate fine Chinese and Western paintings in their studio. They offer plentiful snacks and main courses which are perfect for late breakfast time, and their coffee is particularly great – rich and smooth. Accompanied by classical music, you can walk around the studio appreciating the paintings, and if you like any one of them, feel free to ask the shopkeeper about the price.

Timezone 8

Restaurant, Bar, Japanese
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You can definitely have a good morning with Timezone 8’s eight different types of sandwiches. Try the Cajun chicken sandwich, the Italian panini sandwich, and the classic Timezone 8 sandwich, which are all made from fresh meat and vegetables, as well as carefully picked cheese and sauces, creating a perfect taste. If you want to eat more for your late breakfast, you can also try their grilled food, like the grilled filet mignon and the baked rosemary duck breast. If you want to drink something, they also provide a good selection of cocktails, beers and wines.

Bai He Zi Ga Fei Ting (White Box Café)

Cafe, Chinese
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Housed in a three story building, Bai He Zi Ga Fei Ting is a cosy coffee shop serving Western-style snacks, such as salads and cakes, as well as traditional Beijing cuisine, including the scallion oil noodles and the duck soup, which are all aromatic and tasty. They also offer fine drinks, like nice coffee, milk tea, and Yujacha (Korean citron tea). With floor-to-ceiling windows, the coffee shop is bright and white, so you can spend your morning relaxing, reading a book or just listening to music.

Old Factory

Restaurant, Chinese, Italian
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Old Factory really grew out of an old Chinese factory in Dashanzi district, it therefore retains a lot of elements of the old factory as decoration, such as the industrial furniture, ornaments, and even some machines. Dining in this restaurant is really interesting, as it is like dining in a factory, though it is an artistic one. Their food is also fabulous; they serve plentiful Italian snacks which are suitable for late breakfast time, including the Old Factory classic pizza and the tuna penne.

Cave Café

Cafe, Italian
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Cave Café offers a wide selection of Italian inspired cuisine which is suitable to enjoy in late morning, such as the carbonara pasta, the cheese and ham panini, as well as different types of pizzas and salads. Their drinks are also attractive, especially the mint coffee and the lemon mint iced tea which can bring you morning freshness. The décor of Cave Café is fabulous as well – bright and white with comfortable wooden and white tables and chairs – providing a refreshing environment for all diners.

Vantt Gallery and Café

Art Gallery
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798 Art District
798 Art District | © Bridget Coila/Flickr
Found by a Korean, Vantt Gallery and Café serves a wide variety of American and Korean snacks which are fresh and tasty. Their coffee is also fabulous. They import coffee beans from different countries, including Korea, Kenya, and Brazil. Moreover, some of their baristas are professionally trained in Korea, and their coffee is therefore particularly fine. The environment in Vantt Gallery and Café is also great; you can feel free to sit in the cosy indoor area, or the cool and comfortable outdoor courtyard.

Atico Club

Restaurant, Chinese
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In Atico Club, you can have a late breakfast in their cosy attic on the second floor, which is warm and comfortable. They serve plentiful noodles with soup which are suitable for the morning, including the pickled cabbage and sliced pork noodles, the rich seafood noodles, and the pickled cabbage and pork bone noodles. If you do not want to eat too much for your brunch, you can also try their Western-inspired snacks and drinks, such as latte, cheese cake, the screwdriver cocktail, and French fries.

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