Now that you’re in Beijing, there may be a few things from home that you’re sure to miss. With all that Beijing has to offer, the capital can be your home away from home or your window into another culture. Reminisce or simply explore by digging into an American breakfast, biting into an Aussie burger, watching a French film, reading Japanese manga, or swaying to the beat of Bollywood music.
Head to American Steak and Eggs, Chef Too, or Grandma’s Kitchen for a hearty American breakfast. If it’s bagels you’re after, try Moss Coffee and Bagels, Rug Bagel and Cafe, or Mrs Shanen’s Bagels. Grab a piping hot slice of pizza at kid-friendly Kro’s Nest or Hutong Pizza. Nothing says U-S-A like a piece of sweet apple pie – head to Alba or order one from Pie House. All-American threads are sold at American Apparel (all clothing is made in Los Angeles), Levi’s, and Gap. Thrifty spenders who miss Goodwill and the Salvation Army should drop by the second-hand stores at the north entrance of Nanluogu Xiang or pick up treasures from Roundabout Charity Store in Shunyi. Check out Kidsland for American toys like Barbie, Transformers and Matchbox cars.
Beijing lacks an authentic Indonesian restaurant, but there are two Thai-Indonesian eateries that might satisfy your Indo fix: Bali Thai and Bali Papaya. To stock up for home, head to Jenny Lou’s, BHG, or Sanyuanli Market. Alternatively, place an order at Indocentre, then stop by to collect your goodies. Some of Indonesia’s best treats include Indomie and Mie Sedap instant noodles, Teh Sosro bottled tea, Indocafe coffee mix, Kecap Bango and ABC sweet soy sauce, as well as Indofood and ABC chili sauce. Indocentre can also help you book plane tickets to Indonesia.
Indian grocery store Qi Yuan in Sanlitun stocks fragrant spices and can deliver to your door. Dip into a delicious curry with homemade naan at one of Beijing’s finest Indian restaurants: Ganges Indian Restaurant, The Taj Pavilion, or Indian Kitchen. Ganges also has live Bollywood dance performances every Thursday to Sunday (7-9.30pm) at its location in The Place And if you’d like henna done for a special occasion (RMB 50 per hand), contact Ms. Sangeeta or Rakesh at 130 5145 8559, 152 1067 2975, or 151 1007 1151. They also do Indian trimming, waxing, and facials.
The Box serves poutine (fries with cheese curds and gravy), while April Gourmet and Jenny Lou’s stock maple syrup. Boucherie Michel, while French, has tasty smoked salmon for hungry, nostalgic Canadians. Those itching to hit the ice should lace up at All Star Champion Skating Rink (All Star) or Le Cool. Ice skating and hockey gear can be found at All Star. Hiking enthusiasts should contact Beijing Hikers or Dandelion Hiking for hikes around the capital.
Jenny Lou’s, April Gourmet, and BHG have Australian goodies like Tim Tams, Arnott’s Mint Slices, and Vegemite. Shop on Taobao if it’s Minties you crave. Chow down on a true Aussie burger with egg and beetroot at Let’s Burger or Blue Frog. Or, make your own burger on the barbie with a Villa Lifestyles grill. Australian Meilian Tan bakes lamingtons, Tim Tam cheesecakes, and pavlova to perfection – all available for delivery via Sweet Tooth. Cafe Flatwhite has long blacks and flat whites (Americano and milky cafe latte respectively). The Wine Republic sells a wide variety of Australian wines. Aunew stocks Australian and New Zealand goods ranging from Ugg boots to imported milk powder and vitamins. Amazon sells books by popular Australian children’s author Mem Fox. For sport enthusiasts, Beijing Bombers has both Australian Rules (AFL) and cricket leagues. Cricket players can also check out Beijing Cricket Club.
Dig in to fresh seafood or grilled skewers at Japanese restaurant Suzumei or try yakitori at Tori Tei. Sake Manzo makes delectable fresh tofu daily. Stop by Sanyuanli Market to purchase fresh seafood and Japanese produce, or try Japanese supermarket chain Freshness. For more things Japanese, shop at Uniqlo for fashionable threads or Muji for stationary, furniture, homewares, kitchenware, clothing and shoes. And if you can’t find manga at Wangfujing Foreign Bookstore or Xidan, try Taobao.
Dive into fish and chips at Let’s Seafood or enjoy bangers and mash at Parkside Bar and Grill. In the afternoons, Raffles Beijing offers a delightful tea set, complete with finger sandwiches, scones, pastries, and sparkling wine for adults. For Marmite and HP sauce, stop by Jenny Lou’s, April Gourmet, or BHG. Stock up on harder-to-find items like Kendal mint cake, Tetley tea, and scones at Sanyuanli Market. Wangfujing Foreign Bookstore carries Peter Rabbit books and Amazon has Paddington Bear, the Spot series, and Kipper the dog books. For British Beano comics, search Taobao.
Get your Brazilian grill on at Latin Grillhouse, Brazilian Barbeque Gauchos, or Brazilian Churrascos. Adults can try Brazilian martial arts at Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Club, which offers Brazilian jiujitsu as well as Thai boxing, Western boxing, judo, and wushu. Instructors are internationally-trained and certified. Contact Capoeira Beijing for capoeira or move your body to authentic Brazilian Samba with SambAsia Beijing Club. They also teach Samba drumming.
For all things French, head to the French Cultural Centre, which has a library full of French books, movie viewing stations, a kids’ corner, a movie theater, a cafe, and a bookstore. Check www.ccfpekin.org for movie listings. Jacadi carries French clothes for babies and children, and Lacoste has French apparel for adults. Pick up a fresh baguette or croissants at Comptoirs de France or Paris Baguette. For French cheeses and wines, stop by Jenny Lou’s and April Gourmet. Parents can have a romantic dinner for two at Maison Boulud or Café de la Poste. Satisfy your crepe craving at Crêpanini or Jaya Cafe.
There is plenty of tasty Korean hot pot and grilled barbeque meats and veggies to be found at one of Wudaokou’s or Wangjing’s many Korean restaurants. But if the trek is too far, try Ai Jiang Shan in Lido, Saveurs de Corée in Nanluogu Xiang, or Han Na Shan – a popular chain restaurant with various locations. Check the Korean Culture Center website (http://china.korean-culture.org/welcome.do, Chinese only) for Korean art-centric events, such as photo exhibits, art auctions and film screenings. For the latest Korean trends, head to the Korean Fashion Market in Haidian and don’t forget to bargain hard.
Daily 8am-midnight. 1/F Jiezuo Mansion, Xingfucun Zhonglu, Sanlitun, Chaoyang District (6417 7970)朝阳区三里屯幸福村中路杰作大厦1层 See Directory under Family Life for more locations.
BHG Market Place 北京华联超市
Daily 10am-10pm. B1/F, Solana, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District (5905 6808) 朝阳区蓝色港湾地下1层
Daily 8am-midnight. South of Chaoyang Park’s West Gate, Chaoyang District (6501 6249)朝阳区朝阳公园西门南侧
Sanyuanli Market 三源里市场
Daily 5am-7pm. Shunyuan Jie (west of Sanyuan Dongqiao), Chaoyang District 朝阳区顺源（三元东桥西侧）
Wangfujing Foreign Bookstore 外文书店
Daily 9.30am-9.30pm. 235 Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng District (6512 6903) 东城区王府井大街235号
Daily 10am-8.30pm. 1501, Soho New Town, 88 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang District (8589 3893) 朝阳区建国路88号SOHO现代城C座底商1501号
RMB 20 for club members (RMB 200 per membership), RMB 30 for non-members per session. Every Sat 3-5pm, Beijing City International School (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Beijing Cricket Club
RMB 300 for social membership, RMB 100 per match (league game), RMB 30 per match (Twenty20 game) www.bjcricketclub.org
Blue Frog 蓝蛙
Daily 10am-2am. S4-30, 3/F, Bldg 4, Sanlitun Village South, 19
Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District (6417 4030) 朝阳区三里屯北路19号三里屯Village南区4号楼3层S4-30
Cafe Flatwhite 仙英咖啡
Daily 8am-9pm. Unit 2, Bldg 6, Tayuan Diplomatic Residence Compound, 1 Xindong Lu, Chaoyang District (8532 1992) 朝阳区新东路1号6号楼2门12室
1) Daily 10.30am-11pm. B1/F, Sanlitun Village North, Chaoyang District (6415 2772) 朝阳区三里屯Village北地下1层; 2) Daily 10am-9pm. 29-102, Pinnacle Avenue,
Liyuan Jie, Shunyi District (8416 7803) 顺义区天竺镇丽苑街荣和商业中心29-102
Villa Lifestyles 别墅生活方式
Daily 9am-6pm. 4/F, Euro Plaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu, Tianzhu Town, Shunyi District (6457 1922, 8046 1260) www.villalifestyles.cn
(150 1121 7173 Meilian Tan, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org) http://sweettoothbeijing.com
The Wine Republic
Mon-Fri 9am-6pm. Call ahead, pick-up only. Rm 303, Bldg 11, Jianwai Soho, 39 Dongsanhuan Lu, Chaoyang District (5869 7050) 朝阳区东三环路39号建外Soho11座303室
Brazilian Barbeque Gauchos 卡乌秀巴西烤肉
Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30-
9.30pm. 20 Chaoyang Gongyuan Xilu (inside third gate of Chaoyang Park), Chaoyang District (8595 2661) 朝阳区朝阳公园西路20号 (朝阳公园3号门内)
Brazilian Churrascos 巴西烤肉自助餐厅
Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30-10pm. RMB 118-268 (plus 15% surcharge). 1/F Crowne Plaza Park View Wuzhou, 8 Beisihuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District (8498 2288 ext 6178) 朝阳区北四环中路8号五洲皇冠假日酒店1层
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Club 北京巴西柔术俱乐部
Mon, Fri, Sun 6.30-8pm, Tue-Thu 8-9.30pm, Sat 4-6pm. RMB 680/month. 17 Hepingli Zhongjie, Dongcheng District (5129 5028, 138 0137 8214, 139 0110 2019, email@example.com)
RMB 400 (10 lessons), RMB 60 per lesson. E-52 Total Fitness: Mon-Wed and Fri 8.15-9.45pm, Tue 8.15-9.45pm; Shichahai Sports School: Every second Thu 7.30-9.30pm; BLCU: Sun 3.30-
6pm. 1) E-52 Total Fitness Gym, 5F, Tianyuan Heping Dasha, Hepingli Zhongjie, Dongcheng District 东城区和平里中街天元和平大厦5层卓为阳光健身俱乐部; 2) Beijing Shichahai Sports School, 57 Di’anmen Xidajie, Xicheng District 西城区地安门西大街57号 北京什刹海体育运动学校; 3) Beijing Language and Culture University, Chengfu Lu, Haidian District 海淀区成福路北京语言大学 (186 1170 5854 Morena) www.capoeirabeijing.com
Latin Grillhouse 拉丁餐厅
Mon-Fri 11am-3pm, 5-11pm. Sat-Sun 11am-3.30pm, 5-11pm. C1-11, Block 1, Solana, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District (5905 6126/8) 朝阳区朝阳公园路6号蓝色港湾国际商区1号楼C1-11
SambAsia Beijing Club
All Star Champion Skating Club 全明星滑冰俱乐部
Daily 10am-9:40pm. RMB 30 (before 6 pm), RMB 40 (after 6pm), RMB 50 (holidays and weekends) for admission. 1/F, Solana Lifestyle Shopping Park, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu., Chaoyang District (5905 6328) 朝阳区朝阳公园路6号蓝色港湾国际商区首层
(6432 2786, firstname.lastname@example.org) www.beijinghikers.com
Boucherie Michel 米歇尔肉店
Daily 9am-8pm. 1/F, Jiezuo Dasha, Xingfucun Zhonglu, Chaoyang District (6417 0489) 朝阳区幸福村中路杰座大厦底层
(156 5220 0950 , email@example.com) http://chinahiking.cn
Daily 10am-10pm. B2/F, China World Shopping Mall, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District (6505 5776, firstname.lastname@example.org)
www.lecoolicerink.com 朝阳区建国门外大街1号国贸地下2层 国贸溜冰场
Daily 11am-midnight. 5A Qianmachang Hutong (opposite Café Sambal), Jiugulou Dajie, Xicheng District (6401 3293) 西城区旧鼓楼大街前马厂胡同甲5号
Cafe de la Poste 云游驿
Daily noon-2.30pm, 6pm-midnight. 58 Yonghegong Dajie, Dongcheng District (6402 7047) 东城区雍和宫大街58号
Comptoirs de France 法派
Daily 7am-8.30pm. 1/F, Bldg 5, Hairun International Apartment, 2B Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District (5135 7645) 朝阳区将台路乙2号海润国际公寓商业5号楼1层
See Directory under Family Dining for more listings.
Sun-Thu 9am-midnight, Fri-Sat 9am-2am. Unit A110, 1/F, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Beijie, Chaoyang District (5208 6092/93) 朝阳区三里屯北路81号那里花园1层酒吧街对面
French Cultural Centre 法国文化中心
Library: Wed 10.30am-8.30pm, Thu-Tue 10.30am-6.30pm. Library fees: RMB220/year, RMB100/year (students), RMB80/season. 18 Gongti Xilu, Chaoyang District (6553 2627) www.ccfpekin.org 朝阳区工体西路18号
Daily 10am-9.30pm. NB135-137, B1/F, China World Shopping Mall, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District (6505 0766)
Jaya Cafe 三轩茶屋
Mon-Thu 11.30am-11pm, Fri-Sun 11.30am-midnight. SLG53, B1/F, Sanlitun Village South, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District (6416 2966) 朝阳区三里屯路19号三里屯Village南区地下一层SLG53
Daily 10am-10pm. S8-12, 22, Sanlitun Village, Chaoyang District (6416 8301) www.lacoste.com 朝阳区三里屯北路8号楼12-22商铺
Maison Boulud 布鲁宫法餐厅
Mon-Fri 11.30am-2pm, 6-10pm, Sat-Sun (brunch) 11am-4pm, 6-10pm. 23 Qianmen Dongdajie, Dongcheng District (6559 9200) 东城区前门东大街23号
Paris Baguette 巴黎贝
Daily 7am-11pm. B1/F, China World Shopping Mall, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District (6505 4277) 朝阳区建国门外大街1号国贸商城地下1层
Bollywood Classes with Irit
For adults. RMB 60 per class. Every Tue at 2.30-3.30pm and every Thu at 2.30-3.30pm. River Garden Clubhouse studio, Shunyi District (email@example.com)
Ganges Indian Restaurant 恒河印度餐厅
Daily 10am-11pm. 138A, B1/F, The Place, 9 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District (6587 2999) www.ganges-restaurant.com
朝阳区光华路9号世贸天阶地下1层138A See Directory under Indian for more listings.
Indian Kitchen 印度小厨
Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30-11pm. 2/F, 2 Sanlitun Beixiaojie (opposite Korean embassy), Chaoyang District (6462 7255)
The Taj Pavilion 泰姬楼印度餐厅
Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 6-10.30pm. L222, Europlaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu, Tianzhu Zhen, Shunyi District (8046 3238) 顺义区天竺镇裕翔路99号欧陆时尚购物中心L222室. See Directory under Indian for more listings.
Daily 9am-9pm. 8 Sanlitun Nanxiaojie (opposite Sanlitun PSB), Chaoyang District (6415 0392) 朝阳区三里屯南小街8号
Daily 11am-11pm. 2/F, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District, Chaoyang District (5208 6029) 朝阳区三里屯路81号那里花园2层
Bali Thai 巴厘泰
Daily 11am-10pm. 5/F, Raffles City Mall, 1 Dongzhimennan Dajie, Dongcheng District (8409 4356) 东城区东直门南大街1号 福士中心5层
Pick up only, no delivery. Rm 1204, Bldg1, Huaqing Jiayuan Apartments, Haidian District (159 1077 6675 Bobo, Chinese only)
1) Daily 9am-10pm. 2/F, Longbao Dasha, 36 Maizi Dian, Chaoyang District (6591 9262) 朝阳区麦子店36号龙宝大厦2楼; 2) Daily 9am-10pm. Inside of Longtou Gongyu, 8 Nanxinyuan Lu (behind Nation Library), Chaoyang District (8732 8650)朝阳区南新园西路8号龙头公寓内（首图后）
1) Daily 10am-10pm. SMM73-79, Solana Lifestyle Shopping Park, (5905 6848) www.muji.net 蓝色港湾国际商区1号楼M层 SMM73-79; 2) Daily 10am-10pm. L322-330, Xin Kong Place, 6 Xidawanglu (5969 5948) 西大望路甲6号华贸购物中心L322-330店铺
Daily 6pm-midnight. 7A Tuanjiehu Beisantiao, Chaoyang District (6436 1608) www.manzo-dining.com
Mon-Sat 5pm-midnight. 1/F, Bldg 6, Sanyuanli Residential Compound (north side), 2 Xinyuan Jie, Chaoyang District (6466 0204) 朝阳区新源街2号三源里小区6号楼1层北侧
Daily 11am-midnight. 8 Xinyuanli Zhongjie, Chaoyang District (6461 4513) 朝阳区新源里中街8号
Mon-Fri 11am-10pm, Sat-Sun 10am-10pm. Bldg 10, Sanlitun Village South, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District (6413 1320) 朝阳区三里屯路19号三里屯Village南区10号楼
Ai Jiang Shan 爱江山
Daily 11am-10pm. North Gate of Si’de Park, 39 Jiangtai Xilu, Chaoyang District (8456 9511)
Han Na Shan 汉拿山
Daily 10.30am-10.30pm. 8/F, Viva Shopping Mall, Fuli City, 65 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Shuangjing, Chaoyang District (5903 7358) 朝阳区朝阳区东三环中路65号富力广场8楼
Korean Fashion Market 韩国服饰城
Daily 10am-9pm. 1/F, Dongsheng Dasha, Chengfu Lu (east of Wudaokou Cinema), Haidian District 海淀区成府路东升大厦1楼韩国服饰城(五道口电影院东侧)
Saveurs de Corée 韩香馆
Daily noon-10.30pm. 29 Nanluogu Xiang, Dongcheng District (6401 6083) 东城区南锣鼓巷29号
Daily 11.30am-midnight. 1/F, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District (5208 6038) 朝阳区三里屯北街81号那里花园1层
Orange Tree Bistro 橘子树西餐
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)
Park Side Bar and Grill 园景
Daily 10am-late. 9-6 Jiangtai Xilu (opposite Rosedale Hotel), Chaoyang District (6444 6555) 朝阳区将台西路9-6号（珀丽酒店对面）
RMB 268+ per afternoon tea set. Daily 2.30-5.30 pm. Writers Bar, Raffles Beijing (6526 3388 ext 4181)
Daily 8am-2am. 70 Gulou Dongdajie (east of Nanluogu Xiang), Dongcheng District (6407 3730) 东城区鼓楼东大街70号
Daily 11am-10pm. Room C101, First Floor, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Beijie, Chaoyang District (5208 6022) 朝阳区三里屯北街81号那里花园1层C101
American Steak and Eggs 喜来中北美西餐
Daily 7am-midnight. Xiushui Nanjie (north of the Friendship Store), Chaoyang District (6592 8088/8788) 朝阳区建国门外秀水南街(友谊商店北面) See
Directory under Family Dining for more listings.
Chef Too 美西西餐厅
Tue-Fri 11am-2pm, Sat-Sun 9.30am-3pm, Tue-Sun 5-10pm. Opposite of West gate (Gate 3) of Chaoyang Park, Chaoyang District (6591 8676) 朝阳区朝阳公园西门（3号门）对面
Daily 10am-10pm. 138 Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng District (5817 7150) 东城区王府井大街138号
Grandma’s Kitchen 祖母的厨房
Daily 10am-10pm. 28 Shique Hutong (across from Beixinqiao subway exit C), Dongcheng District (8403 9452) 东城区北新桥石雀胡同28号(地铁五号线北新桥站C出口)
Hutong Pizza 胡同比萨
Daily 11am-10.30pm. 9
Yindingqiao Hutong, Xicheng District (8322 8916) 西城区银锭桥胡同9号
Daily 10am-10pm. L407, South Place, The Place. 9 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District(6587 1481, 6448 2105 ext 128) 朝阳区光华路9号世贸天阶南街四层L407. See Directory under Family Dining for more locations.
Kro’s Nest 乌巢
Mon-Thu 10am-midnight, Fri-Sun 10-1am. 35 Xiaoyun Lu (oppposite Renaissance Beijing Chaoyang Hote), Chaoyang District (8391 3131) 朝阳区霄云路35号(国航大厦万丽酒店对面) See Directory under Family Dining for more locations.
Daily 10am-10pm. Sanlitun Village, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District (6416 2216) 朝阳区三里屯路19号
Moss Coffee and Bagels 摩卡咖啡
Mon-Fri 7.30am-10pm, Sat-Sun 9.30am-10pm. 0171, Bldg C, Chaowai Soho, 6B Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District (5900 3348) 朝阳区朝外大街乙6号朝外SohoC座0171
Mrs Shanen’s Bagels 单太太贝谷面包房
Sun-Thu 7.30am-8pm, Fri-Sat 7.30am-8.30pm. 5 Kaifa Jie, Xibaixinzhuang, Shunyi District (8046 4301) 顺义区西白辛庄开发街5号
Pie House 派悦坊
Daily 9am-9pm. Delivery only, five hours in advance. Dongcheng District (5166 4464) 东城区
Roundabout Distribution Center
Mon-Sat 9.30am-6pm. 10 Anhua Jie (behind Yosemite), Shunyi District (137 1877 7761 English, 137 1805 3814 Chinese)
Rug Bagel and Cafe
Tue-Fri 11.30am-10pm, Sat-Sun 10.30am-8pm. Bldg 4, Lishui Jiayuan, Chaoyang Gongyuan Nanlu (opposite south gate of Chaoyang Park), Chaoyang
District (8550 2722) 朝阳区朝阳公园南路（朝阳公园南门对面）丽水嘉园4号楼