Top choice international in Běihǎi Park & Xīchéng North

Given this hútòng bar-restaurant is run by a Canadian-Vietnamese expat, it makes total sense it's known for its phở and poutine. Everything is made from scratch, including the curds for its poutine and baked baguettes for the bánh mì, and everything is gluten-free. Its courtyard bar is also one of the area's best spots for a drink, with Běijīng craft beers on tap and quality cocktails.

Check its website for nightly events including live music, Tuesday quiz, Wednesday 'story-telling' nights and Thursday open mic.