Beijing is a romantic city. In February, during the Spring Festival, the city is decorated with red lanterns and fireworks are erupting all evening long. Valentine’s Day is an up and coming holiday in China, and more frequently, young lovers are celebrating this western holiday by gifting stuffed animals, chocolates and balloons. You’ll find them hang holding in romantic restaurants and nose nuzzling in cabs on the way home. The most integral part of the Valentine celebration is the romantic dinner out. Here are the top five romantic restaurants for Beijing for this year’s Valentine’s Day.
Splurge – To really impress your lover, take her to Maison Boulud, Beijing’s finest French dining establishment. You’ll find an impressive wine and drinks list as well as impressive French fare. The red walls and plush seating are perfect for Valentine’s Day, designed to mimic a Parisian palace with Chinese characteristics. You’ll have the romance of France with the exotic appeal of China.
Charm – For a sweet night out that is full of charm and small little hidden treasures, Purple Haze Thai Restaurant is one of the most romantic and charming restaurants in the city. Plush purple seating around small, intimate tables makes this one of the more memorable places in the city. Tucked into old hutong style buildings you’ll find the charm of Beijing starting to woo you over with Purple Haze.
Steal – For a fun, low-key and romantic date on Valentine’s Day, head to The Tree. Tucked away down a hutong alley your date may start to wonder whats up your sleeve. The charm and class of The Tree is immediately memorable. The brick over pizza is famous, but the pasta and other delicious items on the menu are perfect for lovers to split. The atmosphere is calm and quiet earlier in the night and louder as the night progresses. Tap into your wild side a bit with this affordable and memorable steal.
Go Back – Cafe Europa is a beautifully designed restaurant that will be an establishment you want to return to time and again. The Australian chef takes romance to a new level with the intimate seating, fine wine list, delicate European cuisine done to perfection and, most importantly, a mouth-watering dessert menu that will leave all the ladies excited the whole meal through.
Have a Cheap Date – Little Sheep is one of China’s most famous hot pot eateries. This location on Chao Yang Rd in Beijing offers white linen, fine flatware and a beautiful dining area. You have all the charm of an expensive establishment without breaking the bank. The hot pot mix is around $5 and each item you purchase to dip into the hot pot (fondue) is around $1 or $2. When its all said and done your date will think you spent a fortune on what in reality is an extremely affordable romantic meal for two.