My top 10 places to eat (non-Chinese food) in Beijing

Posted by on Feb 8, 2015 in China, Healthy Living, Travel, Wellbeing | 0 comments

My top 10 places to eat (non-Chinese food) in Beijing

Of course there is a plethora of places to get cheap dumplings, jianbing and roast duck in Beijing, but if you get sick of Chinese food never fear, there’s also a surprisingly good variety of other cuisines from Spanish and Mexican to Japanese and Indian.

My personal favourites are listed below.

 

 

1. Juice by Melissa
If you are into dairy free, gluten free & vegan goodness this is the place for you!  They specialise in homemade delicious juices and various nut milks which you can also get delivered, but it’s definitely worth stopping by for the food.  The fresh salads, chia puddings and kale crisps will keep you coming back for more.

 

Juice by Melissa

Hail to Kale salad & brussel sprouts with garlic aioli at Juice by Melissa

 

2. Deli de luxe
This places serves up the best coffee in Beijing and it’s no wonder being Aussie owned* (I’m not biased I swear!)  They specialise in catering, but you can also stop by and enjoy their food in the small cafe.  Their menu includes salads made fresh daily (the roasted vegetable one is a definite favourite), roast chicken, quiches, soups and risotto.  It can be tricky to find the first time, they are located near the west gate of Chaoyang Park inside the Parkview apartment complex (across the road from the Jenny Lou’s).

*Update: as of April 2015 the Australian owners sold the cafe.  The coffee is still good (they have continued using Rickshaw Roasters beans), but the barista isn’t quite as skilled 🙁

 

3. Tribe Organic
Tribe serves up organic wholesome food with fresh seasonal ingredients and offer a range of gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian and vegan options.  They also do great coffee and have a big list of smoothies and juices to wash down your meal, as well as some cheeky sweet treats like flourless chocolate fondant and carrot cake “doughnuts”.

 

Tribe food

Paleo breakfast at Tribe

Tribe latte

Coffee at Tribe

 

4. The Big Smoke
The Big Smoke is one of the few places that Wayne and I both agree on.  He loves the slow cooked meats, and I’m happy eating the quinoa and raw vegetable bowl.  Our Canadian friend also assures us that their poutine is up to scratch.  Be sure to order the side of roasted beetroot and potatoes with mustard.

 

5. Vineyard
Vineyard know what they’re doing with their food and their coffee, you can’t go wrong eating here.  They have two locations, one in Wudaoying Hutong and a newer location on the Liangma river.  They are both great spots, the Wudaoying location is convenient to tie in with a trip to the nearby Lama Temple or Confucius Temple.  They offer a big menu with pizzas, sandwiches and salads, as well as a brunch menu with western favourites like eggs benedict.

 

Eggs benedict at Vineyard

Eggs benedict at Vineyard

 

6. Moka Bros
Just behind The Village in Sanlitun, Moka Bros offer up substantial “power bowls” with ingredients like quinoa, red rice, and seasonal specials like paleo spaghetti (zucchini noodles with bolognese sauce and goats cheese).  They also have fresh salads, crepes, wraps and sandwiches and fresh juices.

 

7. Modo Urban Deli
Conveniently located upstairs in The Village in Sanlitun stop in at Modo for a delicious quinoa or smoked salmon salad (or both!), pasta or a burger.

 

Modo salad

Mixed salad at Modo

 

8. Obentos
This place does fresh, healthy and delicious Japanese style food.  With a wide selection of sushi rolls, bento boxes, salads, grain bowls and smoothies there’s something for everyone.  My other favourite Japanese place in Beijing is Hatsune who make high quality sushi and sashimi.

 

9. The Rug
The Rug offers up a decent menu, but more importantly good coffee and wine!  There are two locations, one in Sanlitun and one near the south gate of Chaoyang Park.  The Sanlitun location is preferable for dinner if you plan on going out for drinks afterwards, but the Chaoyang Park location has a great vibe for Sunday morning brunches.

 

The Rug wayne

Brunch at the Chaoyang Park Rug

 

10. Bookworm
If you are a book lover like me you’ll love this place.  A bookshop selling new and used books, this place does great food and provide a relaxed atmosphere to sit back and enjoy.  They also often hold events here with writers giving talks and book signings.

 

Bookworm tea

Tea at Bookworm

 

You can also get almost all of these places delivered to your door using Sherpas or Jinshisong, easy to use English websites where you pay a small fee (usually between 15 – 30 RMB or $3 – $6 AUD) for them to be the middle man – they place you order, pick it up and deliver it to your house.  There are also several other restaurants like Annie’s that do their own delivery for free if you spend a certain amount, or if pizza’s your thing Wayne swears by the BBQ Chicken from Gung Ho!

Special mention must also go to The Veggie Table in Wudaoying Hutong, a vegan restaurant who do the most amazing coconut milk latte, and Cafe Flat White who make excellent coffee.

If you’re looking to head out for a drink after dinner, check out some of my favourite bars here.

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