Family area guide: CBD

The CBD area has some tranquil green spots amidst the glitz


Featuring the crazy CCTV building and lying just to the east of the Forbidden City - this is a dynamic area with a throbbing urban buzz that will never let you forget you are in the heart of one of the world's biggest cities and only a cycle ride away from its historical heart.

Below are our picks of this area's best schools, shopping, cafes, restaurants and places to live as well as where to buy your groceries and where to sightsee and play when the week is over.

Restaurants and Cafes

Xiao Wang Fu

The venerable Xiao Wang Fu inside Ritan Park offers authentic Chinese cuisine in a tranquil setting

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Ritan Park (Changping)

Pak Pak (CBD)

Critics' pick

If you fancy a change from Annie's, go round the corner to Pak Pak, which also has high chairs and outdoor seating and serves up great Thai cuisine.

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10 Jintong Xi Lu (Changping)

Xihe Yaju 羲和雅居

For good Chinese food in a friendly atmosphere, we love Xiheyaju on the northeast corner of Ritan Park. The menu is easy to navigate and they have baby chairs! Sit in the lovely inner courtyard.

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Ritan Dong Lu, Ritan Gongyuan Dongbeijiao (Chaoyang, --select--)

Arcade by Hatchery

Hatchery Arcade serves up diner favourites in a gamer's paradise. Ping pong tables, foosball and other arcade games are scattered throughout the space.

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1 Jianguomenwai Dajie (Chaoyang, --select--)

Xiao Susu

The China World Mall edition of popular Vietnamese restaurant

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1 Jianguomenwai Dajie
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Jenny Lou's

High-quality but marked up imported groceries from the USA, Europe and Australia

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Xinzhong Jie (Miyun county)

City Shop

Inside this beautiful mall you will find City Shop - a supermarket that carries an extensive range of imported food as well as a bakery, butchery and deli.

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Dongdaqiao Lu (CBD, --select--)

Culture, Play and Sightseeing

Brick Space

Play centre, toy store and party venue all in one!

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9 Dongdaqiao Lu (Chaoyang, --select--)
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Parkview Green Mall

Parkview Green is home to a large number of shops for high-end childrens clothing and toys.

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By: Clare Pennington
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