Restaurants

Top Choice Cafe in Nánjīng

Element Fresh

Ever-trendy Element Fresh gives the iffy Nánjīng cafe culture a good kick in the pants. The setting is smooth, the ambient tunes funky, the lines clean, the wholesome menu a delight and candles come on at night. Bal…
Top Choice Cafe in Jìng’ān

Sumerian

Run by a bright and sunny team of staff, good-looking Sumerian packs a lot into a small space. The real drawcard here is the coffee – the cafe roasts its own single-origin beans sourced seasonally from Ethiopia, El …
Top Choice Cafe in The Peak & Northwest Hong Kong Island

Lan Fong Yuen

This rickety facade hides an entire cha chaan tang (tea cafe). Lan Fong Yuen (1952) is believed to be the inventor of the ‘pantyhose’ milk tea. Over a thousand cups of the strong and silky brew are sold daily alongs…
Top Choice Cafe in Yángshuò

Echo Cafe

This lovely cafe is tucked a long way from the tourist maelstrom, despite being just around the corner from Xijie. Very relaxing and tranquil, guitars and ukuleles lie around randomly, awaiting musical fingers. Soun…
Top Choice Cafe in Pǔdōng

Yi Cafe

If you’re squabbling over what to eat for lunch, brunch or dinner, settle your differences at smart-casual Yi Cafe. With 12 open kitchens and a walk-through layout, it’s a veritable Asian–Southeast Asian–internation…
Top Choice Cafe in Ruìlì

Bo Bo’s Cold Drinks Shop

This Ruili institution is busy from early to late, with the Burmese waiters clad in their native, sarong-like longyi hustling as they serve up fantastic fruit juices, Burmese-style milky tea, ice cream and cakes. Th…
Cafe in The Bund & People's Square

Dining Plus

This stylish open-plan cafe is a perfect place to take a break from sightseeing along the Bund. The menu is comprised of Western fare such as burgers, pasta dishes and wraps (including smoked duck fajitas). The real…
Cafe in Hotan

Marco’s Dream Cafe

This Malaysian-run place serves a very welcome range of Western and Asian dishes, including delicious curried chicken and steaks, while the friendly English-speaking owners can provide excellent travel advice. It's …
Cafe in Běihǎi

Old Town Coffee, Bar & Restaurant

This charming and very efficiently staffed cafe, with distressed exposed brickwork and great coffees, has a ground floor that's open all day; the upper floors morph into a bar in the evenings, where singers croon ni…
Cafe in Sānlǐtún & Cháoyáng

Bocata

Great spot for lunch, especially in summer, located slap-bang in the middle of Sānlǐtún’s bar street and opposite Běijīng’s trendiest shopping area. As the name suggests, there’s a Spanish/Mediterranean theme to the…