Beijing's best al fresco dining spots

We recommend the best spots for dining outdoors in Beijing

With its abundant roof terraces and courtyards, Beijing is the perfect city for al fresco dining when the warmer weather hits. Lap up the sun with our picks of the best spots to eat outdoors in the city.
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Gulou

Toast at The Orchid

Gulou views and hutong cool at The Orchid's rooftop restaurant. You can't go wrong with the brunch menu, which includes hummus, handmade sausages and shakshuka.

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65 Baochao Hutong

Ramo

A hip hutong spot with an eclectic menu, cool events and laid-back vibes.

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64 Fangjia Hutong

Café Zarah

Smack in the middle of Gulou, this hip café is freelancer central: laptops, lattes and loads of sunshine.

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46 Gulou Dong Dajie (Gulou, Dongcheng)

Dali Courtyard

An old favourite for Yunnanese dining in the hutongs. Dali's courtyard is so damn pretty they even put it in the name. Be sure to try the grilled Yunnan-style cheese, prawns fried with lime-leaves and tea and the spicy beef with mint.

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67 Xiaojingchang Hutong (Dongcheng, Dongcheng)

King's Joy

High-end vegetarian cuisine in a refurbished Lama Temple mansion complex with candelbras and a full-time harpist (seriously).

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2 Wudaoying Hutong (Yonghegong/Lama Temple, Dongcheng)

Sanlitun

Moka Bros (Sanlitun)

The convergence of youth, beauty and semi-employment; pumping beats, kale salads and open laptops. Gorge yourself on the banana pancakes, avocado breakfast sandwich and the milkshakes.

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81 Sanlitun Lu (Sanlitun, Chaoyang)

Sureno

The sunken courtyard at The Opposite House serves up modern riffs on Mediterranean-inspired flavours. 

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11 Sanlitun Lu (Sanlitun, Chaoyang)

Mosto

Funky beats and a popular weekend brunch, with tables outside for when the weather's right. Don't miss the Wagyu beef burger. 

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81 Sanlitun Lu (Sanlitun, Chaoyang)

The Taco Bar

Taco and tequila dispensary with a great happy hour and a terrace ideal for parties. 

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Nan Sanlitun Lu (Sanlitun, Chaoyang)

Element Fresh (Sanlitun)

Staple Western fare that never lets you down with healthy options and plenty of locations. Check out the terraces at the Sanlitun and Lido branches, and try the laffa bread salad, the breakfast burrito and the smoothies.

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19 Sanlitun Lu (Sanlitun, Chaoyang)

Liangmaqiao

Arrow Factory Brewing Taproom

Fantastic views of the Liangma River, plenty of light and a spacious rooftop at this Beijing microbrewery. Eat anything in sausage form.

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Liangmahe Nan Lu (Chaoyang, Chaoyang)

Great Leap Brewing #45 Brewpub

Critics' pick

New York-style pizzas and craft brews as well as a peaceful, shady terrace to while away a Sunday afternoon eating fried chicken platters from their Country Bunker Chicken Brunch (which is only served at the weekends).

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45-1 Xinyuan Jie (Liangmaqiao, Chaoyang)

Maison FLO (Formerly Brasserie FLO)

Critics' pick

French eatery with fabulous bakery, live seafood bar and Parisian elegance – the garden is made for springtime sipping. Anything from the bakery is worth its weight in butter (in a good way).

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18 Xiaoyun Lu (Liangmaqiao, Chaoyang)

Green Cow City Café

A hidden café with top-notch organic eats slinging all manner of organic foodstuffs and top-notch chow in Jiuxianqiao. Expect organic pizzas, bagels and ricotta pancakes.

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Courtyard behind building 13 Sanfangjie (Lido, Chaoyang)

Tiananmen Square

Capital M

Head to Capital M for unrivalled views of Tiananmen Sqaure, cultural events, open-air screenings and plenty of old-world class. Be sure to try the suckling pig and M's famous pavlova. 

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2 Qianmen Buxing Jie (Qianmen, Dongcheng)

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Bistrot B

Critics' pick

The Rosewood Beijing's French masterpiece is pure brunch bliss, and the terrace elevates it to a whole other level. Order the Dover sole meuniere, steak tartare and oysters.

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1 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie (Chaoyang, Chaoyang)

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Spring in Beijing

Spring is finally here! Take advantage of the warmer weather and get outdoors

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