The Business Traveller’s Guide to Dining in Beijing

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Feb 09, 2017

Navigate bustling Beijing with our list of the best spots to eat and drink. By Daniel McCrohan.

Breakfast meeting

Moka Bros

The owners of Moka Bros are from Venezuela and Colombia so it’s no wonder this place, close to the heart of the CBD, knows its coffee. As well as cracking fresh-bean brews, they offer a super-healthy breakfast menu within a modern urban interior that’s bright and spacious. The Place East Front, Shop L139A, 9 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District

Coffee pit stop 

C5 Café

Famed for its ¥100 (about $20) Ninety Plus NeKisse coffees, this understated Sanlitun café also serves more reasonably priced brews, all of which hit the spot if you’re in search of a quick caffeine fix. It’s a stylish place to hang out, with glass ceilings, French windows and an art gallery next door. The food is decent, too; choose one of the excellent salads or pair your coffee with a slice of mixed-berry tart. Building F, 5 Xiwu Jie, Sanlitun, Chaoyang District; +86 10 6460 3950

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Drinks with clients

Atmosphere

If working your way through the selection of top-shelf single malts doesn’t leave your head spinning, the views from the floor-to-ceiling windows will. Beijing’s highest bar is on the 80th floor of the China World Trade Center and is a lavish high-altitude retreat for well-heeled businesspeople from China and abroad. Level 80, China World Summit Wing, China World Trade Center, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District

Dining alone

Capital M

Does it matter if you’re on your own when the views are this good? Capital M’s convivial roof terrace overlooks the historic gateway towers of Qianmen and Tiananmen Square beyond. Don’t forget to focus at least some of your attention on the award-winning European-centric menu, as well as the fine wine list that includes some top-dollar French reds. 3rd Floor, 2 Qianmen Dajie, Dongcheng District 

Business dinner 

Duck de Chine

The crème de la crème of Peking duck restaurants, Duck de Chine incorporates Chinese and French duck-roasting techniques to produce a leaner version of Beijing’s signature dish. The wine list is first rate, the service is immaculate and the location – in an industrial-style courtyard complex known as 1949 – is suitably sublime. Courtyard 4, 1949 The Hidden City, Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District

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