By Mark Turner , eChinacities.com

Life is full of small pleasures: for many, one such pleasure is taking their family out for a meal/snack/treat, having a jolly good knees up in a warm atmosphere surrounded by their loved ones. Here are some of Beijing’s more family friendly eateries.

Cold Stone Creamery酷圣石

Cold Stone Creamery 酷圣石View In Map
Cold Stone Creamery is a place to take your little angels when they deserve a treat. This popular American chain of ice-cream parlours is the perfect place to get some of that good old fashioned comfort food, just like back home. Children will like the dazzling array of colourful ice-creams and milkshakes with all options of cones (waffle and chocolate waffle) and toppings. What’s more they can design their own custom made dessert and watch it being made before their very eyes; folded and patted on the cold slab which is presumably the parlours name-sake.

The ice-cream is top quality and up to the standards required of any dessert junkie; richer flavours such as Oreo Overload are so sweet that they can make your teeth itch with sugary sweetness. More health conscious parents will be glad to know that there are healthier options with sorbet and fruit toppings. Prices of a small cone at 28 RMB a trip to Cold Stone won’t break the bank unless you and your offspring have an incredibly sweet tooth and you are hell bent on pigging out to the extreme.

Website: www.coldstonecreamery.com

Add: B1, China World Tower 1, No. 1 Jianguomen Wai, Chaoyang District, Beijing
地址: 北京市朝阳区建国门外大街1号国贸1座B1层
Tel: 010 6505 8588

Add: B1-25, Joy City, Xicheng District, Beijing
地址: 北京市西城区西单大悦城B1-25号店铺
Tel: 010 5971 6399

Add: Solana, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Xilu, Chaoyang District, Beijing
地址: 北京市朝阳区朝阳公园西路1号C1-2a店铺
Tel: 010 5905 6058
Opening hours: 10:00-21:00

Add: Yansha Outlets Tower C 1016, No. 9, Dong Sihuan, Chaoyang District, Beijing
地址: 东四环南路9号燕莎奥特莱斯购物中心二期C座1016店铺
Tel: 010 8738 3266, 8738-3160

Add: The Gate Tower M, No. 19, Zhongguancun Da Jie, Haidian District, Beijing
地址: 中关村大街19号新中关购物中心M层
Tel: 010 8248 6368, 8248-6358

Annie’s

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Annie’s is a mainstay of the western dining scene in Beijing and quite rightly earns praise throughout the expat community. Annie’s has a carved a niche in the capital as a true family oriented restaurant. What earns its status as the perfect venue for a family meal is a combination of family friendly layout, affable and communicative staff, and a good solid menu with plenty of child pleasing dishes available.

The restaurant itself is open plan and has a no smoking section, perfect for middle and larger groups to enjoy. Each branch has a play house play area which is equipped with toys. Staff will also arrange colouring activities for the little ones. Rather than doing their best to ignore children, staff at Annie’s generally try to engage with them, making the dining experience feel as though each member of your party is catered for – a much more personal experience than in many other restaurants. Children are welcome rather than being a seen as a hindrance.

Although Annie’s in not a place for cordon bleu style cuisine, the dishes go down well and they make a good compromise for the Italian food lover, the person needing a Western food fix as well as people with a palate preferring Chinese food. Prices are also very reasonable for the restaurant’s good solid, filling fare.

Website: www.annies.com.cn

Add: 16 Dongsanhuan Lu, Chaoyang District, Beijing (south of the Agriculture Exhibition Center main gate)
地址: 北京市朝阳区东三环路16号 (农展馆正门南侧)
Tel: 010 6503 3871
Opening hours: 11:00-23:00

Add: Chaoyang Gongyuan Xilu (south of Chaoyang Park West Gate), Chaoyang District, Beijing
地址: 北京市朝阳区朝阳公园西门南侧
Tel: 010 6591 1931
Opening hours: 11:00-23:00

Add: 1/F, Ruisai Building, Chaoyang District, Beijing (opposite the Ascott Building)
地址: 北京市朝阳区瑞赛大厦商务楼一层 (北京雅诗阁服务公寓对面)
Tel: 010 6568 5890

Add: 5 Laiguangying Dong Lu, Chaoyang District, Beijing (opposite Jingxi School)
地址: 北京市朝阳区莱广营东路5号 (京西学校对面)
Tel: 010 8470 4739
Opening hours: 11:00-23:00

West gate of SOHO, 88 Jianguolu, Chaoyang District, Beijing
地址: 北京市朝阳区建国路88号现代城西侧
Tel: 010 8589 8366
Opening hours: 11:00-23:00

Papa John’s 棒约翰

Papa John’s 棒约翰View In Map
Papa John’s has a number of branches across town in convenient locations. The restaurant is commonly laid out with booths which are suitable for getting the clan around one cosy table. Pizzas are above the standard of cheaper fast food joints and closer to what might be considered authentic, although they don’t quite reach the high standards of some of the specialist Italian restaurants. The large pizzas are exactly that: very large. They are also comparatively inexpensive. Papa Johns also boasts a respectable drinks and desserts menu.

The various branches of Papa Johns have a nice atmosphere and a slightly classier feel than other restaurants in the same bracket. One of the things that sets Papa John’s apart from other eateries aimed at the family market is the fact that restaurants organise “Little Papa” pizza making classes, perfect for birthday parties and special occasions involving a large number of little ones. All in all Papa Johns is reasonably priced and a safe bet for a family meal.

Add: B1/F, Kerry Centre, 1 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District, Beijing
地址: 北京市朝阳区光华路1号嘉里中心地下1层
Opening hours: Daily 11:00-22:30
Tel: 010 5165 9299

Add: 1015, Phase 2, Yansha Outlets, 9 Dong Sihuan Nan Lu, Chaoyang District
地址: 北京市朝阳区东四环南路9号燕莎奥特莱斯二期1015号
Tel: 010 5129 2560

Add: Shop L223, Europlaza, 8 Yuyang Lu, Tianzhu Zhen, Shunyi District, Beijing
地址: 北京市顺义区天竺镇榆阳路8号欧陆广场223号
Opening hours: Daily 11am-10pm
Tel: 010 5129 3305

Add: 2/F, Henderson Center, 18 Jianguomennei Dajie, Dongcheng District, Beijing
地址: 北京市东城区建国门内大街18号恒基中心商场二层西北侧
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 10:30-22:00, Sat-Sun 11:00-22:30
Tel: 010 5165 8026

Add: Bldg 31, Pinnacle Avenue, Liyuan Jie, Tianzhu Zhen, Shunyi District, Beijing
地址: 北京市顺义区天竺镇丽苑街荣和商业中心31号楼
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 10:30-22:00, Sat-Sun 11:00-22:30
Tel: 010 6450 8970

Add: 1/F, Fuli Cheng, Guangqumenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District, Beijing
地址: 北京市朝阳区广渠门外大街1号 (双井桥西北侧)
Opening hours: Daily 11:00-22:00
Tel: 010 5165 9733

Add: Zone A, Fraser Residence, Bldg 1, Balizhuang Xili,, Chaoyang District
地址: 北京市朝阳区八里庄西里1号楼辉盛庭公寓一层A区
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 10:30-22:00pm, Sat-Sun 11:00-22:30
Tel: 010 5165 5652

Peppes Pizza 派乐仕比萨

Peppes Pizza 派乐仕比萨View In Map
Located in Sanlitun Village, Peppes Pizza is another Italian restaurant aimed at the family crowd. Although not renowned for its excellent food Peppes is fairly reasonably priced and is at a cool, cosmopolitan and accessible downtown location –perfect after an afternoon shopping or an excursion to the movies in The Village. The main draw at Peppes is that fact that its second floor has an amply sized and well equipped children’s play area. A space where children can safely wander off to and play, but remain under a watchful eye, is conductive to enjoying a relaxed meal with friends. Peppes play area also makes it as suitable venue for children’s parties where parents may like to indulge themselves too

Add: S4 Floor 3-4, The Village at Sanlitun, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District, Beijing
地址: 北京市朝阳区三里屯路19号院4号楼S4-3-4
Tel: 010 6415 0888
Opening hours: 11:00-24:00

TGI Fridays 星期五餐厅

TGI Fridays 星期五餐厅View In Map
TGI Fridays has branches at a four locations in Beijing. Although not targeted at families directly, in the US it is a well known family restaurant chain. The food served up is of a type commonly enjoyed by children; simple dishes such as pasta, fries and burgers are always a safe bet when dining with little friends in tow. For the adults, steaks, ribs, Tex Mex food and large frosty cocktails are just what the family food doctor prescribed. TGI Fridays is an unpretentious slice of Americana for people (both big and small) missing their western dining experiences. TGI staff are attentive and will do their best to speak English. Service is prompt, making for a stress free family dining experience.

Website: www.fridays.com.cn

Add: Beijing Friendship Hotel, 1 Zhongguancun Nan Dajie, Haidian District, Beijing
地址: 北京市海淀区中关村南大街1号友谊宾馆
Tel: 010 6849 8738
Opening hours: 11:00 - 24:00

Add: 1/F, Bldg C, CITIC Plaza, 19 Jianguomen Wai Dajie, Chaoyang District, Beijing (opposite Scitech Plaza)
地址: 北京市朝阳区建国门外大街19号国际大厦C座1层 (赛特购物中心对面)
Tel: 010 8526 3388
Opening hours: 11:30 - 24:00

Add: 9-2 Jinchengfang Jie, Financial Street, Xicheng District, Beijing (at the back of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel)
地址: 北京市西城区金融街金城坊街9-2号 (金融街丽斯卡尔顿大酒店身后)
Tel: 010 6622 0880
Opening hours: 11:30 - 24:00

Add: Grand Skylight CATIC Hotel, 18 Beichen Dong Lu, Chaoyang District, Beijing(just east of the Olympic Green)
地址: 北京朝阳区北辰东路18号凯迪克格兰云天大酒店1层 (奥林匹克公园东面)
Tel: 010 8497 0650
Opening hours: 11:30 - 24:00

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