Best Outdoor Dining

Food — By Lauren Johnson on May 5, 2011 at 9:49 am

Beijing has a lot of really great outdoor dining venues, and the options extend along the budget line making outdoor fare accessible to everyone. We’ve picked the top bar or restaurant with outdoor seating in each price range and have added a few establishment details for you to help make your summer more crisp, clean and outdoorsy!

Mid-Range Top Pick:

Blue Frog in the Village has a great third floor view of Sanlitun, and offers umbrellas to block the sun/rain. Unlike some outdoor seating, the service at Blue Frog doesn’t suffer because its removed from the kitchen and bar. You’ll find a large group of people here every Monday night taking advantage of the 2-for-1 burgers deal, happy hour is also a steal at 2-1 from 4-8pm week daily.

High End Top Pick:

Capital M has outdoor seating, and it on the high-end budget wise. You’ll find traditional Chinese cuisine fused with western traditions by a knowledgeable and chic chef and well-trained staff. The outdoor seating has a great view of Tiananmen Square and is perfect for tourists whose hotels are in the area. Meanwhile, this restaurant continues to win awards for best cuisine in the city, and it has a sister bar owned by the same woman in Shanghai that excels in that region as well.

Low Budget Top Pick:

For affordable outdoor dining you can always head to the Donghuamen Night Market, where you’ll find extremely affordable dumplings, fried rice and steamed veggies, as well as the more exciting options of scorpion, bugs and spider meat. You can get a nice meal here that doesn’t involve anything creepy or crawly for under RMB15. Nearby you’ll also find extremely cheap little noodle shops selling anything from red meat and bean noodles to rice based noodles with vegetables or meat. For less than RMB20 you can fill up and gorge yourself on local traditional food around Wangfujing.

Honorable Mention: Sanlitun North Alley

You’ll find outdoor seating abounds in Sanlitun, and the beer garden at 1Floor is especially nice in summer. Element Fresh offers a patio on a first come basis, while street food sellers fill the north back alley at night.

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