Dine in the Sunshine

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Navena Café
Nestled in the café strip of Central Park you’ll find this modest coffee shop, complete with European-style sidewalk seating. This is an ideal location to let your kids run free on the grass while you kick back with a café latte. The menu is as kid-friendly as the location with a good selection of pizzas and sandwiches.

Daily 10am-11pm. Bldg 12, Central Park, 6 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District (6597 9106) 朝阳区朝阳门外大街6号新城国际12号楼

Doubletree by Hilton, Beijing
Here’s the barbeque you’ve been missing. Doubletree’s Sunday brunch buffet offers a king’s selection of salads and grilled items. With beanbags, patio tables and lounge chairs scattered about their inner city rooftop, the idea is eat and roam. There’s even a pool where you can swim to your heart’s content.

Sundays 11am-3pm. RMB 178 +15%, half price (kids 6-12), free (kids under 6). 168 Guanganmenwai Dajie, Xuanwu District, Xuanwu District (6338 1999 ext 1628) 宣武区宣武区广安门外大街168号

The Orchard
Ask someone who’s been to The Orchard what its like, and you’ll hear words like "wonderful" and "delicious." Surrounded by fruit trees and picturesque walkways, the patio at the orchard is an oasis of simple pleasures – like good organic foods, fine wines and plenty of fresh air.

Sunday brunch RMB 180, RMB 80-100 (kids). Tue-Sat noon-2.30pm, 6-9pm. Sunday brunch 12-3pm. From Jingshun Lu, turn left (west) at Shunbai Lu Intersection,(turn at the driveway just west of the Hegezhuang Village Sign), Shunyi District (6433 6270) www.the-orchard.com.cn  顺义区崔各庄乡何各庄村(过何各庄村路标往南转)

Orange Tree Bistro
Fried fish with a squeeze of lemon and thick cut fries on the side: this and other comfort foods are awaiting you at one the Orange Tree Bistro’s roof-top tables. Watch as birds fly over hutong rooftops and crowds bustle along the funky Nanluogu Xiang shopping strip.

Daily 11am-11.30pm. 27 Dashibei Hutong (near Yandai Xiejie, north of Houhai lake), Xicheng District (6401 7797) 西城区大石碑胡同27号(后海烟袋斜街附近)

Element Fresh, Lido
This Shanghai-born chain is an easy sell for people looking for big brunches and huge, healthy salads. The outdoor patio at the Lido branch ups the experience, providing a relaxed atmosphere that’s perfect for sunny afternoons.   

Daily 10am-11pm. 6 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District (6433 5058) 朝阳区将太路6号

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