As the temperatures in Beijing begin to drastically drop, it’s time to say goodbye to ice cream and cold noodles. A warming soup will keep kids cozier than the heaviest of coats and thickest of scarves.
Din Tai Fung Stave off the cold with the double-boiled chicken soup at this dumpling haven. This rich broth will soothe the soul and fill up stomachs. Daily 11.30am-9.30pm. 6/F, Shin Kong Place, China Central Place, 87 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District. (6533 1536 朝阳区建国路87号华贸中心新光天地6层
Brasserie Flo Kids will love the cheesy topping on a hot bowl of French onion soup. Head to this French restaurant and enjoy the playroom with toys and crafts. Bonus: on the weekends, the playroom has an ayi to oversee the kids. Daily 10am-3pm, 6.30-11pm. Rainbow Plaza (Longbo Guangchang), 16 Dongsanhuan Lu (south of the Great Wall Sheraton), Chaoyang District. (6595 5135/9) www.flo.cn 北京福楼餐厅,朝阳区东三环北路16号隆博广场2层
Amigo This new Mexican restaurant on Gulou Dongdajie fills the
capital’s need for warm and hearty corn soup with cheese and bacon. Stay caliente as the weather turns chilly. Daily 11am-11pm. 95 Gulou Dongdajie (east of Nanluogu Xiang, across from e.a.t.), Dongcheng District (8403 3981) 东城区鼓楼东大街95号
Invincible Ramen You haven’t tried ramen like this before. Sliced pork, rich broth and superbly elastic noodles combine for a silky, savory end result. Daily 11am-10.30pm. 32 Xiaoyun Lu, Chaoyang District (6467 7688) 朝阳区霄云路32号
Traktirr Pushkin Dig into a hearty bowl of borscht – it’s a delicious way to sneak in vegetables. Make sure to order the mashed potatoes and pork schnitzel. Daily 11am-midnight. 5-15 Dongzhimennei Dajie, Dongcheng District. (8407 8158, 6403 1896) 东城区东直门内大街5-15号