International in Drum Tower & Dongcheng North

Middle Eastern–inspired sharing plates draw the crowds to this stylish, all-weather rooftop restaurant run by the Orchid boutique hotel. Roasted lamb ribs with hummus, coconut chicken, spicy clams, kale salad and falafel are terrific value for the quality, paired with a lovingly curated wine list and tea-based cocktails from the hotel's secret bar.

Toast is hugely popular with Beijing's brunch set on weekends, so expect to wait for a table. Between meal services you can still enjoy afternoon tea and snacks.