With winter just around the corner, and snow already on our doorstep, everyone’s looking to pack on some extra insulation without having to venture too far to do so. Luckily for those in the Guomao area, there are some new restaurants and cafes to help you beat the winter dining doldrums.
San Francisco eatz! View In Map
The new eatery from the corporate caterers of the same name, there’s a bit of a story behind San Francisco eatz!’s signature sourdough and California-style sandwiches. Owner Bruce Quan started it as a side project from his day job, teaching at Peking University Law School, to help his students acquire skills best learnt outside the classroom: how to manage finances and communicate across cultures. San Francisco eatz! Already has a following among American expats and their small new café on the first floor of the SOHO Shangdu West Building is likely to attract more fans. The cuisine is fresh and very affordable, especially for Guomao – hamburgers and even pastas run only 20 RMB.
Add: 1120, 1/F, SOHO Shangdu West Bldg., 8 Dongdaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District, Beijing
Tel: 136 0111 8803
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 11:00-16:00
Moss Coffee and BagelsView In Map
Another great lunch spot, Moss Coffee and Bagels serves up fresh bagels every morning. In fact, you might want to drop by for breakfast to make sure they don’t run out. Though the owner is Japanese, the flavor is decidedly New York. The bagels, a foodstuff New Yorkers in particular yearn for when away from home, range from classics like blueberry and cinnamon raisin, to more adventurous varieties like six grain and fig and are a very reasonable 8-11 RMB each. Though there’s always cream cheese (another 5 RMB), the lunch crowd might be more interested in the sandwiches. Ingredients like wasabi mayonnaise, capers, feta cheese, pine nuts and shrimp (not all in the same sandwich) make the lunch specials far more sophisticated, and satisfying, than your usual deli fare.
Add: Chaowai Soho, Building C, 0171
朝外SOHO C 座0171
Tel: 010 5900 3348
Sequoia CafeView In Map
Sequoia’s original Jianguomenwai branch is already a favorite among expats who adore the atmosphere, the sandwiches and the prices. Unfortunately, their new Guomao location, in the Kerry Center, seems to be off to a rockier start. We hope that with a little time, the Kerry Center café will be running as smoothly as the original, as few cafes in Beijing can touch Sequoia’s sandwiches, heavier dishes like mac and cheese or lasagna, and baked goods. Too busy to wait in line? Order online on their website.
Add: B36, B1 Level, Kerry Center Mall Unit, 1 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District, Beijing
Tel: 010 8529 6418
Opening hours: 8:00 – 20:00
Pizzeria NapoliView In Map
Tucked away in the basement of the Prosper Center, this new Italian joint can be a little bit hard to find. The imported pizza ovens make it worth the effort, however. Unlike some of the other eateries on this list, Pizzeria Napoli is open for both lunch and dinner. It stays open until midnight which makes it perfect for late nights at the office.
Add: B1 Level, Prosper Center, 5 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District, Beijing
Tel: 010 6562 8555
Opening hrs: 11:00-14:00, 17:00-24:00
Annie’s Guomao View In Map
It may not serve the world’s, or even Beijing’s, most authentic Italian cuisine, but the four Annie’s Italian restaurants already spread across the eastern part of the city reflect its popularity with expats looking for a comforting meal. The pizzas are quite decent, and reasonably priced, and the pastas provide the carbs and gooey cheesy goodness so many of us crave, especially during winter months.
Add: 1/F, Ruisai Building (across from the Ascott Building), 2 Dongsanhuan Nanlu, Chaoyang District, Beijing
Tel: 010 6568 5890
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