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The best Beijing restaurants that opened in 2016

Beijing's best new restaurants, from fine dining to everyday cheap eats

Another year has come and gone in the capital, which means it's time to look back and take stock of all the exciting developments in Beijing's thriving restaurant scene.

For a more in-depth look at our top picks, regardless of age, take a look at the 2016 Time Out Beijing Food Award winners, or if you're after some top local eats, check out these regional Chinese restaurants that you should not leave Beijing without trying.

In case you're worried you might have missed something truly amazing (crippling FOMO, anyone?), or looking for some place new to ring in the festive season, here are the best restaurants that opened in the last 12 months.

Fine dining

It was a bumper year for swanky steaks and high-flying haute cuisine. Check out the best fine dining establishments that opened in 2016.

Jing

Critics' pick

This flagship restaurant is unrecognisable after renovation

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8 Jinyu Hutong (Wangfujing, Dongcheng)

The Georg

Critics' pick

A new Danish restaurant in Dongcheng from jewelry and silverware designer Georg Jensen

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45 Dongbuyaqiao Hutong (Nanluoguxiang, Dongcheng)

Azur by Mauro Colagreco

Mediterranean flavours and seasonal ingredients at the first outpost from Michelin-stared Mauro Colagreco

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29 Zizhuyuan Lu (Haidian, Haidian)

Western casual dining

Because a gal can't live on foie gras a caviar alone, these affordable, everyday spots made eating in 2016 the bomb.

Napa

Long-awaited eatery raises the bar in Chaoyang Park South

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16 Liulitun Lu Zhongjie (Chaoyang Park, Chaoyang)

Hatchery

Beijing's first culinary incubator

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88 Dongsi Jiutiao (Beixinqiao, Dongcheng)

Tribe (Lido)

Charming (and not overly hipster) branch of the Beijing health food chain, with an eco-focused aesthetic

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6 Jiangtai Road (Lido, Chaoyang)

Gastropubs

Because sometimes you want a side of five pints with your burger. 

Chinese casual dining

Some great casuak Chinese eateries opened this year troughout town. Here are a handful of our favourites. 

Morning

Polished Wuhan street staples peddling high-quality noodles in slick surroundings

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10 Taiping Zhuang (Chaoyang, Chaoyang)

Asian casual dining

2016 wasn't all bad, especially if you like Vietnamese food.

Niku Nyukun

Tasty rice bowls topped with grilled Japanese beef in Topwin Mall

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1 Sanlitun Nan Lu

Saigon Mama

Stylishly kitted out Vietnamese spot with better-than-average eats

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19 Sanlitun Lu (Sanlitun, Chaoyang)

Roll Box Banh Mi

Critics' pick

Solid French-Vietnamese sandwiches and coffee in Xingfucun

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Next to Ling Er Jiu Noodles Xingfucun Zhong Lu (Sanlitun, Chaoyang)

Cafes and bakeries

The year also saw one of our favourite third-wave coffee shops open a second branch, and a fantastic new bakery in Tienstiens. 

Tienstiens

Quality French pastries, salads and sandwiches in modern surrounds

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Courtyard 4 Gongti Bei Lu

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