Beijing's best value brunches

Guaranteed to fill your belly without emptying your pockets

Brunching in Beijing has fast become a favourite weekend past time. And brunch doesn't have to be expensive. Despite its reputation, there's much more to this inbetweeny meal than indulgent splurges (although they're good too). Our guide to Beijing's best value brunches is packed with everything from runny poached eggs to finger-lick' fried chicken. Do it right this weekend dear brunchers, without breaking the bank.


Taco Bar

Critics' pick

The one that's always kickin'
Late-night tequila and taco dispensary Taco Bar is a well-loved stop in Sanlitun, so it might come as a surprise that the kitchen team that churns out fish tacos and guacamole into the small hours of the morning is up in time to put on one of our all time favourite low-key brunch options. Menu staples like the legendary calamares fritos (50RMB) are joined by brunch-only items like a Taco Bar take on Eggs Benedict, served on sweet rolls with slow-cooked carnitas and green chilli hollandaise. Save it for a sunny day and take in some rays, along with way too many Micheladas (20RMB), on the terrace.

Order this Chorizo Hash (50RMB).
Price From 45RMB a la carte.
Time Midday-4pm Sat-Sun. Reservations essential.

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Nan Sanlitun Lu (Sanlitun, --select--)


The hangover buster
Recharge at Mosto with a complimentary shooter of Virgin Mary before moving on to the real deal: the illustrious Bloody Mary (50RMB) – one of our favourites in Beijing. As your hangover starts to fade, choose a dish from the a la carte menu of brunch classics and alternatives. Blueberry pancakes (45RMB) are a delicious sweet-savoury combo with a drizzle of maple syrup, a dollop of ricotta cheese and a rasher of crispy bacon. Mix things up with the risotto (85RMB), a fiendishly tasty combo of black truffle, red wine and parmesan cheese. Go free-flow (188RMB) for two hours of mimosas, bellinis and sparkling wine.

Order this Marinated Chicken Breast (88RMB).
Price 45-135RMB a la carte; 188RMB for two-hours of free-flow sparkling wine, mimosas and bellinis.
Time 11am-3pm Sat-Sun. Reservations recommended.

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81 Sanlitun Lu (Sanlitun, --select--)


Bottega Jinshang

The mediterranean delight
The pizza and pasta perfectionists at Bottega have recently turned their fine, dough-wielding hands to brunch, which naturally includes pasta in the form of an unctuous and weekend-worthy pork and beef lasagna (78RMB). The rest of the menu is limited but faultless, including sharing platters of charcuterie (98RMB), and an indulgent bruschetta of grilled steak bites and fried mushrooms (45RMB). Don't miss the bloody mario, which comes with a balsamic twist (50RMB).

Order this Bruschetta (45RMB).
Price From 35RMB a la carte.
Time midday-3pm Sun.

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20 Xinyuanli Xi

Great Leap Brewing #45 Brewpub

The one with all the chicken and beer
Well spank our naughty little rumps, we ain’t never seen the dirty bird looking this fine. Welcome to Great Leap’s Blues Brothers-inspired Country Bunker Chicken Brunch. The chicken is all kinds of flavoursome: salty, crunchy, juicy in the right places. Pair it up with a Great Leap pilsner (25RMB) if you’re feeling fragile. 

Order this The Jake.
Price 208RMB for The Jake (full bird with sides), 128RMB for The Elwood (half-bird with sides).
Time 11.30am-4pm Sat-Sun. Reservations optional.

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45-1 Xinyuan Jie (Liangmaqiao, --select--)


Toast at The Orchid

The cosy hutong hangout
Toast, the recently expanded restaurant inside charming boutique hotel The Orchid, serves up dishes inspired by cuisine from all corners of the world. A wide range of complementary flavours means it’s best to get a few dishes for the table and share. During the warmer months, the hotel’s two outdoor terraces offer a peaceful, beautiful spot to eat al fresco.

Order this The Shakshuka (70RMB).
Price 25-80RMB a la carte; drinks from 25RMB.
Time 10am-2.30pm daily. Reservations only available for groups bigger than eight.

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65 Baochao Hutong (Gulou, Dongcheng)

Modernista Restaurant

The all-day hang out
The brunch selection of European fusion dishes is not long, but let's face it, food is not the main attraction here. Modernista has always been popular for its live music programme and laid-back vibe, and that’s why we keep coming back. A late breakfast at the art-deco Euro-bistro can easily cede into an early Continental supper. 

Order this The homemade pumpkin ravioli is simple, hearty and satisfying.
Price From 65RMB a la carte.
Time 12pm-5pm Sun. Reservations recommended.

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44 Baochao Hutong


Ricci Cafe

The student-friendly one
Strategically placed in Wudaokou, this innovative brunch will cure what ails ya without putting a large dent in your finances. The weekend brunch menu is heavy on all sorts of waffles, pancakes and omelettes. Ricci Café prides itself on adding a twist to its dishes. The Eggs Benedict (58RMB) is drizzled with a chilli-infused hollandaise sauce; the signature waffles (52RMB) are served with crispy fried chicken, roasted cashews and a spicy coconut caramel sauce. The Bloody Mary (50RMB) comes three ways: Classic, Thai or Sichuan, depending on the kick you’re after.

Order this Surf & Turf Potato Rosti (68RMB). 
Price 38-132RMB a la carte; drinks from 25RMB.
Time 8am-4pm Sat-Sun. Reservations optional.

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1 Zhongguancun Dong Lu (Shunyi)


Green Cow City Café

The wholesome one
Hidden in plain sight on a busy market street in the Jiuxianqiao area, Green Cow City Café eludes all but the most determined brunchers. The menu is full of farm-to-fork fare, with organic ingredients sourced from the owners’ land in Shunyi. The pizzas (from 75RMB) alone are worth the trip, and that’s before you even get to the fluffy yet rich ricotta pancakes (45RMB), house-cured salmon (30RMB) and one of our all-time favourite bagels in town (15RMB). Make sure to check out the freezer for some pre-made pizza bagels (12RMB) on your way out.

Order this Ricotta pancakes (45RMB).
Price A la carte 15-75RMB; drinks from 10RMB.
Time 9am-midday Sat-Sun. Reservations optional.

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Courtyard south of building 13 Sanjiefang (Liangmaqiao, --select--)

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