Beijing's best al fresco dining spots for kids

Beijing's top outdoor dining spaces to keep both adults and kiddos happy

Photo: Eudora Station
With its abundant roof terraces and courtyards, Beijing can be the perfect city for al fresco dining when the warmer weather hits... if only they were all kid-friendly! So in addition to a few from our list of the city's best spots for al fresco dining, we added a few more to create this kid-friendly outdoor dining list especially for you. Watch out for flying catkins, and a sun hat and some sunblock as well.

CBD

Xiheyaju 羲和雅居

Xiheyaju 羲和雅居

Located within the embassy district in the Ritan area, this exquisite Ming Dynasty-style courtyard is a popular place to dine outdoors. The restaurant serves up Chinese cuisine and we highly recommend its Peking duck. While dining indoors is an option given its elegant Chinese decor, you'll want to make the most of spring and sit in its courtyard outside. Feast to the sounds of its resident bird chirping merrily in the background while the restless kids wander about its garden in bloom. 


Photo: Jackie Park

Blue Frog (CBD)

Blue Frog (CBD)

Blue Frog is often the default restaurant when looking for easy family-friendly fare and some peace of mind ('fuwuyuan, crayons and colouring sheets, please!'). But what makes this China World branch extra special is the gorgeous view of the surrounding urban vista you get from its outdoor terrace and a space for the kids to play around in. If Blue Frog's menu doesn't appeal to you, head over to Hana next door, or Migas Mercado one floor up for the equally spectacular view to match the cuisine of your choice.


Photo: Blue Frog official website

Jamaica Blue

While the outdoor seating might not be as illustrious as the other options on this list, Jamaica Blue's dining options that include pasta options, salads, sandwiches and more are a safe bet with the kids That, plus they get to roam free afterwards, heading for the giant yellow horse a short distance away or just playing nearby.  

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Gulou

Café Zarah

Café Zarah

Smack in the centre of Gulou, the cafe has a courtyard in the middle of its space where you can dine outdoors. Before trying out the cafe's many offerings – come in the morning for its great continental breakfasts – head to the little cubby on the ground floor to pick up children's books and colouring materials that will keep the kids entertained. 

Lido/798

Feast by East

Feast by East

The stylish space in East Hotel that's walking distance from 798 is a favourite for families, especially during its weekend brunch that's hard to beat. Best yet, it has an indoor playroom in a corner stocked with books and toys that will keep the little ones occupied while the grown-ups eat. 

Eudora Station Bar and Restaurant

Eudora Station Bar and Restaurant

Firmly established on the Lido scene, this stalwart is very much the hub for expats living in this part of town. A kid-pleasing menu of lasagnas, pasta dishes, burgers, pizzas, soups and buffet fodder should get even the most reluctant child eating. They can then run off all that carbs in its huge yard along with all the other kids making the most of the weather. 


Photo: Eudora Station official website

Park Square

Park Square

A little play area on Park Square's outdoor deck facing the road advertises that the restaurant is kid-friendly, nevermind if its chic interiors looks anything but. Besides this deck, where you'll want to sit to keep an eye on the kids on the slides, it also has a second al fresco space, with fresher air, behind the restaurant facing Side park. Park Square also has a diaper-changing area for those with little ones and because its a classy venue that's great for those with kids, it is a good venue for children's parties and birthday celebrations.  

Liangmaqiao

Element Fresh

Element Fresh

Staple Western fare that never lets you down with healthy options and plenty of locations. Of the many Element Fresh branches offering outdoor dining, we recommend checking out the terraces at the Sanlitun and Lido branches. Keep the kids entertained with Element Fresh's activity booklet and crayons.  


Photo: Element Fresh Sanlitun

Paulaner Bräuhaus

Paulaner Bräuhaus

This popular beerhouse serving authentic German food isn't just gorgeous on the inside. Its outdoor area offers a great view of its sculpted garden where the kids can explore and watch the fish swim around in little ponds.   

Brotzeit

Brotzeit

Another German restaurant with an al fresco dining option is Brotzeit at The Grand Summit, where families can enjoy dishes such as roast pork knuckle, fried pork schnitzel and freshly baked pretzels while the kids roam around the Grand Summit's quadrangle. Colouring sheets and pens also available on request. 

Shunyi

The English Tearoom

The English Tearoom

Though many of the restaurants along Shine Hills' food street have also filled its front deck with tables, The English Tearoom deserves a special mention for being one of the few dining spots here that has baby-changing facilities and an indoor play area, in case the AQI suddenly rises or if it starts to rain.  

Agrilandia Italian Farm

Agrilandia Italian Farm

Escape the concrete jungle and head to Shunyi's Agrilandia. Spend the day enjoying nature and Italian dishes, made with produce grown in their own farm. Dine al fresco and watch as the children explore or simply run about its massive grounds. There are also a variety of activities are available at the farm-resort, including a petting zoo, a culture club and a kids' centre. 


Photo: Jackie Park

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