All this month, we’ll be introducing 50 picks for some of the best family-friendly restaurants in Beijing. These reviews originally appeared in the January/February 2013 issue of beijingkids (see end of post).
Type of cuisine: Cafes and sandwiches
Smoking? Only outside, on the patio
English menu? Yes
General kid-friendliness of menu: There is plenty to choose from here, from sandwiches and wraps to soups and salads, pasta and rice dishes, as well as desserts (cupcakes, cookies, candy, tarts, Movenpick ice cream) and fresh-baked bread
Best dishes for adults: Peking duck wrap (RMB 48), curried chicken salad bagel (RMB 48), brie cheese panini (RMB 58)
Kids menu? No
Best dishes for kids: Spaghetti bolognese (RMB 68), roasted vegetable lasagna (RMB 68), smoked chicken panini (RMB 48)
Kids’ play area? No, but there is a small outdoor courtyard that is perfect for playing in during the warmer months.
Play areas nearby: Megabox Cinema, Yashow Market, Sanlitun Village South (with a water fountain in the summer and ice skating in the winter)
Kid-friendly staff? Yes, English-speaking and attentive
Bathroom: The nearest bathroom is in Sanlitun Village North down the corridor. There is a changing room, open daily from 10am to 10pm.
Seating: Benches and tables, small round tables and chairs, high chairs, outdoor seating in the warm months
Price: RMB 300
Credit card accepted? Yes, both foreign and Chinese cards
Parking? Yes, Sanlitun Village North underground parking lot
Must-order item: Cupcakes (RMB 23/one, RMB 115/half dozen, RMB 220/dozen)
In a nutshell: An unofficial workplace for some and a weekend destination for families, this cafe is a reliable spot for your sandwich and soup fix. Kids will love the selection of sweets and fresh juices (RMB 28/bottle), while adults bite into a hearty panini paired with a hot coffee. The hardest decision here is resisting the urge to order everything. Delivery is available for free within 5km; charges apply for areas outside 5km. There is a set lunch for RMB 48 and a seasonal menu.
Also try: Bocata, Crêpanini, Moment Cafe
Photo Courtesy of Judy Zhou