Beijing

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Beijing’s rapidly maturing dining scene might not yet equal that of Shanghai, but it still offers a mouth-watering spectrum of cuisines from street snacks to premium Peking duck to eclectic, modern fusion. The new, upscale hotels are injecting much-needed dynamism to Beijing’s international dining, while northern Chinese cuisine remains unswervingly popular.

Top Restaurants in Beijing

Beijing Da Dong Roast Duck Restaurant

This bustling diner serves home-style Beijing dishes, including a sizzling version of the capital speciality: Peking roast duck.

Building 3, 011-8610-6582-2892
Tags: budget | editor pick | great value | chinese

Cepe

The contemporary, northern Italian dishes here are exemplary, the service superlative and the wine list excellent, but Cepe owes its name and burgeoning reputation to its cherished key ingredient: rich-tasting porcini mushrooms (stored in a state-of-the art mushroom humidor for freshness).

1 Jinchengfang Dong Lu, 011-8610-6601-6666, www.ritzcarlton.com
Tags: expensive | italian

Dali Courtyard

A set menu unites rustic dishes inspired by southwest China’s Yunnan provice. The small, hutong building adds to the restaurant’s charm, while its walled, plant-filled garden makes for perfect al fresco summer dining.

67 Xiaojingchang Hutong; Gulou Dongdajie, www.dalicourtyard.com
Tags: moderate | chinese

Hatsune

A hip crowd of mover-and-shakers frequents Hatsune for California-style, Japanese cuisine like fresh sashimi and creative sushi rolls. Try the popular “119 roll” (a combination of tuna and a sweet, spicy sauce).

2\F, Heqiao Building; Building C; A8 Guanghua Donglu, 011-8610-6581-3939
Tags: moderate | japanese

Mare Nostrum

Beijing’s hottest opening in 2007 serves Catalan-influenced cuisine ranging from Spanish Tortilla to clam-and-mussel-noodle tapas. The airy, natural-toned space provides a soothing background for the impeccable service.

2/F, Commercial Zone; Vantone Center, A6 Chaoyangmen Waidajie, 011-8610-5907-0088, www.marenostrum.com.cn
Tags: moderate | trendy | spanish

People 8

After succeeding in Taipei and Shanghai, Taiwan’s Shintori group brought its uber-hip Japanese-Chinese fusion cuisine to the capital. The low-lit, slate-and-darkwood interior is stunning; the elevated lounge bar regularly seats Beijing celebs.

2/F, 18 Jianguomen Waidajie, 011-8610-6515-8585
Tags: expensive | smart splurge | japanese | chinese

Whampoa Club

After adding contemporary verve to Shanghai cuisine at Three on the Bund, Jereme Leung has turned his wok to reinterpreting traditional Beijing cuisine. Reworked classic dishes, such as Imperial fried lamb with sweet bean paste, are served in a lavishly renovated siheyuan courtyard.

23A Jingrong Jie; Xi Cheng, 011-8610-8808-8828, www.whampoaclub.com
Tags: expensive | smart splurge | culinary | chinese

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