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UR Beijing
by LUXE City Guides

  • Ai Jiang Shan
    Relaxed Restaurants

    Bugger the smoke, this rustic-grand zenster is it if you're craving tabletop grilling action. Certain Korean delicacies (ahem, live baby octopus) aren't for everyone, but KBBQ pleases every meatlover's palate. Leave your Pucci at home and dig in.

    42254 Jiangtai Xi Lu
  • Bao Yuan Jiaozi Wu
    Relaxed Restaurants

    Jiaozi (dumpling) lovers flock to this modest city dinette for tasty plump purses in rainbow colours with fab fillings. Don't fret, doll, it's all natural – the technicolour dumpling skins take their hues from veggie dyes like spinach, blueberry and carrot. Phew!

    6 Maizidian Jie
  • Black Sesame Kitchen
    Relaxed Restaurants

    You can still feel the influence of this private diner's quaint hutong roots, where an evening in the courtyard with friends is like eating at your Chinese gran's. Helmed by author and chef Jen Lin-Liu, BSK specialises in superbly sizzly Sichuanese and Northern flaves.

  • Cafe Zarah
    Relaxed Restaurants

    Warm, cosy and laidback Bauhaus-style cafe with exposed wooden beams and tall windows for espresso, tasty cakes and snacks. The back courtyard and open terrace provide plenty of extra space for the WiFi-seeking, laptop-toting, novel-writing set to spread out in warmer months.

  • Cinker Pictures
    Relaxed Restaurants

    This swish vintage-tinged diner-cum-boutique cinema hits all the right notes with on-the-mark Mid-Century atmos including oversized leather armchairs, plush velvet curtains and cocktails-on-call. Choose from a top-notch curation of arthouse titles or more contemporary blockbusters, and follow with snacky bar bites and thematically monikered tipples (Big Lebowski-inspired White Russians and the like) in the adjoining elevated diner.

  • Crescent Moon Muslim Restaurant
    Relaxed Restaurants

    This Silk Road mosque-copy masks the taste of Xinjiang: juicy lamb skewers, hand-pulled noodles, and the famed Shaanxi 'hamburger'. No tiresome cultural shows, but the owners do have a squawking pet bird. Despite the divine facade, light and dark beers from Xi'an are served.

    16 Dongsiliu Tiao
  • Da Dong
    Smart Casual Restaurants

    Busy and deservedly famous, sitting pretty in a restored Ming Dynasty imperial granary complex, with a black lacquer and glass-walled kitchen for watching the magic unfold. The ducks served here are said to be leaner, but still succulent when smothered with a variety of sauces and condiments. Dig in.

    22 Dongsishi Tiao
  • Dali Courtyard
    Relaxed Restaurants

    Prix-fixe alfrisky summertime stunner for fab and underrated Yunnan flaves. Opt for a triff value set meal to sample the selection on the atmossy terrace.

    67 Xiaojingchang Hutong, Gulou Dong Dajie
  • Din Tai Fung
    Relaxed Restaurants

    Taiwanese soup dumpling darling on the way to global domination. Clean-lined interiors and thoughtful touches like bottomless hot tea and a splash guard for your baby Birkin set the stage, while the open kitchen means you can ogle the little morsels in making.

    9 Dongdaqiao Lu, LG2-20, Parkview Green
  • Duck de Chine
    Smart Casual Restaurants

    A fashionista-friendly initiation to the capital's famed quack in a traditional siheyuan courtyard house. Skin is in, especially when Daffy emerges tanned and gleaming from the three ovens at the restaurant's centre. Try the dips if you must but all it needs is a touch of sugar, Sue.

  • Green T House Living
    Glam Restaurants

    Breahtaking spa and teahouse quarters turned serene and fantastical culinary retreat, with waiters in period garb and a theatrical menu to match.

  • Haidilao
    Relaxed Restaurants

    Crowd-pleasing, scrumptious, fiery chilli fondue dipping 24/7. If you're in for a show, servers will perform a peppy tableside noodle-pulling upon request. Very popular, so go off-peak to avoid queues.

    8 Gongti Bei Lu, Santunli, SOHO 6 Shopping Centre, 1-2/F
  • King’s Joy
    Smart Casual Restaurants

    Super styley, architect-designed, high-end veggie hotspot with glassed-in indoor and misty, bamboo-laced outdoor courtyards near the Lama Temple. Chef Pan Jianjun's monastic past colours his commitment to meatless, health-driven fare, and the inventive, organically sourced dishes sate even the most hardened carnivores.

    2 Wudaoying Hutong, Yonghegong
  • Lei Garden
    Relaxed Restaurants

    Dependable Hong Kong import (the mothership has a Michelin star) for yum cha. Early risers are rewarded with high-brow dim sum and Cantonese specialties; latecomers are made to wait in an endless queue and endure the wafting smells of egg yolk crab, suckling piglet and freshly baked barbecued pork bao.

    89 Jinbao Jie, 3/F, Jinbao Tower
  • Lost Heaven
    Smart Casual Restaurants

    Take an ethnic, luxe gambol in the former US Embassy compound, now transformed into a dark wood and red lacquer shrine to Yunnan cuisine, complete with delicious Thai, Laotian and Burmese border influences. When the weather cooperates, head upstairs for open terrace dining.

    23 Qianmen Dong Dajie, Chi’en Men 23
  • Madame Zhu
    Smart Casual Restaurants

    Take a tour through the country's provinces via updated Chinese regional classics, plus a few surprises in a cool whitewashed CBD loft with a skylight and homey mod deco furny. Hanging portraits give a glimpse of the restaurant's glam namesake with friends.

    6A Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, B1/F, Bldg D, Vantone Center
  • Mercante
    Relaxed Restaurants

    Rustic and humble from its fare to its fitout, and well worth seeking out for a scrummy slice of Italia.

    4 Fangzhuangchang Hutong
  • Mosto
    Smart Casual Restaurants

    The brainchild of Venezuelan chef Daniel Urdaneta and Colombian manager Alex Molina, this edgy exposed brick loft is fab for a mid-shop refresher or all-night catch-ups with trendy city hounds. Equally great to stop in for bar bites or linger over the five-course tasting menu.

    81 Sanlitun Bei Lu, 3/F, Nali Patio
  • Opera Bombana
    Glam Restaurants

    Indulge in Northern Italian delights from chef Bombana in this svelte Hong Kong import (the original holds three shiny Mich stars). Jolly good pre-dinner aperitivo at the excellent bar plus an enviable wine cellar.

  • Pure Lotus
    Relaxed Restaurants

    Highly-styley, incense, prayer wheels and darkened temple-like dining room run by an ex-monk. Classic Chinese dishes are reincarnated in veggie and tofu disguises and served with whimsical, at times gimmicky, flair, while the tent-covered dining tables are especially enchanting.

    12 Nongzhanguan Nanlu, Tongguang Bldg
    +8610 6592 3627
  • Qin Tang Fu
    Relaxed Restaurants

    Get a taste of the ancient Silk Road city of Xi'an without leaving Beijing. Perch on a miniature chair at a low table and gorge on handmade noodles, soup dumplings and Sino pulled pork sarnies on fresh baked bread at this high quality, family-run outfit.

    69 Chaoyangmen Nan Xiaojie
  • Re
    Cafes & Coffeeshops

    Nipponesque bicycle store meets third-wave coffee joint slap-bang in the middle of the CBD. Architect owner Sugane Shiro's wellness mantra is 'research, recreation and revolution'; you're unlikely to achieve the third at this chic boite, but the first two are amply supplied.

    1F, 1501, Jianwai Soho, 15 Jingheng Jie
    +86 10 5900 3719
  • Sake Manzo
    Relaxed Restaurants

    Subtle Japanese timber-lined izakaya near Chaoyang Park for late night bites paired with Nippon's magic brew, shochu. Simplicity and authenticity matched with an extensive, informative menu and the largest selection of premium sake in the city. Fresh tofu is made in-house and worth a try.

  • Sichuan Banshichu (Chuan Ban)
    Relaxed Restaurants

    If numbingly hot cuisine is what you seek, this perennially packed hotspot in the daggy Sichuan Provincial Gov't HQ is your ticket for the one-two punch of flower pepper and red chilli. Prepare for a bustling Chinese banquet atmosphere that's more rough n' ready than romantic.

    5 Gongyuen Xi Jie Tou Tiao, Jianguomennei Dajie
  • Soloist
    Cafes & Coffeeshops

    Salvage-chic Design Week pop-up turned perma artisan bean-slinger – these folks really know their stuff.

    39 Yangmeizhu Xiejie
  • Susu
    Relaxed Restaurants

    Descend the stairs into this stunning refurbed woody goody hutong courtyard for pho, banh xeo crêpes and La Vong grilled fish. The fresh rolls are a highlight and arrive trussed up like tiny works of art. Pair with commendable cocktails crafted from homemade bitters and syrups.

    10 Xi Xiang, Qianliang Hutong, near the National Art Museum
  • The Bookworm
    Relaxed Restaurants

    This expat-y cafe with free WiFi is less a bookstore, more a multi-room treasure trove, lending library, lunch spot, coffee shop, wine and whisky bar, and literary-minded events space. The best selection of English language books and magazines in the city.

  • The Georg
    Glam Restaurants

    Sleek Georg Jensen design and New Nordic cuisine make coolly refined bedfellows in this dramatic two-storey hutong perched on the banks of the Yu River. Alongside a gallery and bar, the standout fine-diner showcases experimental Nordic cuisine via a restrained 12-item menu divided into meat, seafood, poultry and vegetarian. Dishes like smoked fish and pickles titillate palates unlike anywhere else in Beijing.

  • The Rug
    Relaxed Restaurants

    This committed, organic locavore stylista is a bright, lofty flop spot for brek and bagels, with waistline-friendly fare for picky Pams too. All this plus sunny outdoor seating and free WiFi to boot.

    Bldg 4, Lishuijiayuan Xiaoqu Gongyuan Nan Lu
  • TRB Hutong
    Glam Restaurants

    Contempo, minimalist fine diner in the grounds of a beautiful six-century-old Ming temple complex turned Communist television factory. Conceived by Belgian-born sommelier and restaurant manager Ignace Lecleir, TRB serves an innovative menu with focus on organic and locally sourced ingreds whenever possible.

    Songzhusi Temple, 23 Shatan Beijie
  • Tribe
    Relaxed Restaurants

    Kombucha and quinoa a-go-go at this waistline-friendly, West Coast-in-Greyjing health cult counter.

    2 Gongti Donglu, 1/F Bldg 3 China View Plaza
  • Yanshe
    Smart Casual Restaurants

    There are dozens of Hunan restos in Beijing, but this cool, calm blond wood diner is a hit for its heady flavours and top-notch quality. Sleeves up and bibs on to feast on hot, heavy and potentially messy dishes like stinky tofu and steamed fish head drowning in chillies.

    3F, Topwin Center Sanlitun Nan Lu
    +86 10 5780 9032
  • Yotsuba
    Smart Casual Restaurants

    Bookings are essential to tingle your taste buds in this perennially packed, bento-sized sauce box. Try trad Japanese dining on tatami mats or take a perch at the sushi bar, and enjoy flip-fresh cuts flown in daily from Tsukiji.

    2 Sanlitun Bei Xiaojie

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