Restaurants

Top Choice Yunnan in Summer Palace & Hǎidiàn

Golden Peacock

Make sure you try the pineapple rice and the tangy dried beef at this unpretentious and popular restaurant (get here early or reserve). It specialises in the cuisine of the Dǎi people, an ethnic minority from southw…
Beijing in Summer Palace & Hǎidiàn

Xiǎodiàolítāng

This place specialises in Guānfǔ Cài, the cuisine associated with Qing dynasty mandarins. It's basically a more refined take on traditional Běijīng dishes. Unsurprisingly, given the restaurant's name, pear soup – lí…
Pakistani in Summer Palace & Hǎidiàn

Khan Baba

Fine and friendly Pakistani-run restaurant with a loyal and ever-increasing following of both foreigners and locals. The large menu ranges across India too, with a good choice of both meat and vegie curries. The wee…
Cafe in Summer Palace & Hǎidiàn

Bridge Café

Friendly, lively and light-filled place that’s a top spot for Western breakfasts and paninis, as well as homemade pasta and tasty pizzas, or coffee and drinks at any time of day or night. There's a popular open-mic …
Japanese in Summer Palace & Hǎidiàn

Isshin Japanese Restaurant

A long-time local favourite, Isshin is well worth tracking down if you’re in the area. With its thoughtful design, laid-back atmosphere and reasonable prices, it’s a place where business types, expat Japanese and st…
Sichuan in Summer Palace & Hǎidiàn

Lǎo Chē Jì

The speciality here is málàxiāngguō (麻辣香锅), a kind of dry hotpot where you add your own meat, fish and veggies, but it comes without the bubbling broth you get with standard hotpots. Choose from three different leve…
Korean in Summer Palace & Hǎidiàn

Salang-Bang

Always busy with expat-Korean students looking for a taste of home, this is one of the most popular of the many Korean eateries in Wǔdàokǒu. The various hotpots, including the classic shíguō bànfàn (rice, vegetables…
Mexican in Summer Palace & Hǎidiàn

La Bamba

Heaving on the weekend, and busy most nights thanks to the daily food and drink specials, La Bamba is a key student hang-out. It's not the most authentic Mexican food you'll ever taste, but the cheap beer (from ¥20)…