Across from Chaoyang South Gate, tucked inside an apartment complex behind a large wooden door, lies the hidden gem Rug Bagel and Cafe. Managers Aden Chang and Gordon Chan have crafted an extensive menu of items – each created with as many organic sources as possible. Off the kids’ menu, there is an egg and ham sandwich with Omega-3 flax seed organic bread (RMB 22), spaghetti with homemade Bolognese sauce (RMB 22), and chicken stir-fried rice (RMB 22). As if the pizza, soup, pasta, salad and seafood options weren’t enough, kids and adults alike will be happy to know there is an all-day brunch menu, inclusive of French toast with peach jam, and an open-face sandwich with scrambled eggs, zucchini and spinach. But the highlight here is the range of organic bagels (plain, sesame, onion, cinnamon raisin, everything, chocolate; RMB 19-22) that can be mixed and matched with cream cheese, organic honey, Nutella, or peanut butter. After a meal, kids can watch TV, draw, or play with blocks and Play-Doh in the adjacent playroom. Hearty homemade organic fare paired with a kids’ playroom makes Rug Bagel and Cafe the ideal family brunch spot; just be sure to book a table in advance on the weekends (reservation times are 10.30am, 12.30pm and 2.30pm).
Rug Bagel and Cafe
Tue-Fri 11.30am-10pm (last order 9.30pm), Sat-Sun 10.30am-8pm (last order 7.30pm). Bldg 4, Lishui Jiayuan, Chaoyang Gongyuan Nanlu (opposite South Gate of Chaoyang Park), Chaoyang District (8550 2722)