Many people's memories of their favorite cities will be surrounded by a small river: the Seine in Paris, the Thames in London, the canals of Amsterdam, the integration of water to make the city more imaginative space. Beijing is a water-scarce city, and it lacks the main waterways that are standard in international metropolises. However, although the volume and importance of several rivers in the capital cannot be compared with the Seine and Thames, the scenery is still very beautiful, especially the Liangma River.
The Liangma River, which is the "eye" of the Chaoyang water system, is about 10 kilometers long, but has a history of more than six hundred years. Today, the Liangma River is a cluster of trees along its banks, glittering with splendor; a European-style building, brilliant and romantic. This area is next to the embassies, and there are many foreigners living there. Some people on the Internet compare the Liangma River to the Seine River in Paris, which is indeed a little bit of internal flavor. On both sides of the river, there are a number of restaurants of different countries, bagel stores, cafes and bistros, and Beijing is finally waiting for its romance.
In the spring in Beijing, stroll along the Liangma River with friends, lovers, family or yourself. On days when you can't travel far, we recommend these 8 healing riverside restaurants for you to bask in the sunshine and blow the breeze, talk about your daily life and see the sunset until the coffee on the table turns into wine, and feel the true meaning of a good life.
Il Ristorante - Niko Romito, Bulgari Hotel Beijing
Springtime Italian feast on the north bank of the Landmark River
The north bank of Landmark River is also a bright scenery. A family bathed in sunlight under a geometric high-rise building seems to reap more peace than ever. If you're looking for a different kind of Roman experience on the north bank of the Liangma River, we recommend the Michelin one-starred Il Ristorante-Niko Romito at Bulgari Hotel Beijing. It has a lovely garden view on the banks of the Liangma River and an elegant and charming atmosphere that makes you feel like you are in Rome.
Niko Romito, Executive Chef of Bulgari Hotel Beijing Stefano Nicodemo and Chef Daniele Ferrari have created a seasonal menu with fresh, seasonal ingredients to create the Italian delicacies for Il Ristorante - Niko Romito, which has been awarded one Michelin star for three consecutive years.
Marinated snapper with sturgeon roe sauce, sour cream and extra virgin olive oil is Niko Romito's signature dish. The tender seafood is paired with a refreshing Mediterranean olive oil, with a wonderful aroma and a warm and soft marine scent. The classic spaghetti with Canadian lobster and Spanish red shrimp is cooked slowly at low temperature to maintain the original juiciness of the lobster and red shrimp.
For dessert, the Italian puff pastry pie with chocolate mousse and sea salt caramel sauce is a light, crispy pastry sandwich with a sweet and smooth chocolate mousse, finished with a drizzle of lime caramel sauce.
Another whole wheat seasonal fruit tart with vanilla sauce is a very classic dessert from the northern Italian countryside, made with seasonal fresh organic fruit, healthy whole wheat flour and high quality vanilla cream, perfectly recreating the unforgettable taste of Italian childhood.
Address: 1F, Bulgari Hotel Beijing, Building 2, No.8 South Xinyuan Road
Prana Brewery, Lufthansa Kempinski Hotel Beijing
Delicious aromas from Bavaria
When it comes to the famous old brewery in Beijing, we have to mention the Prana Brewery of Beijing Lufthansa Kempinski Hotel, which opened in 1992. This distinctive German-style pub has long been a landmark of German cuisine in the minds of gourmets in the imperial capital.
It stands on the banks of the beautiful Liangma River, and if you want to experience a variety of delicious food with authentic German flavors in a joyful atmosphere, you can't go wrong with it: classic Kempin German style meat plate, crispy roasted pork knees, meat-filled homemade Frankfurt sausages and Munich sausages, smoked pork chops, fried meatloaf and tough lye bread ...... with the jumping notes of the live band and laughter, you will be in the festive atmosphere of La Mancha.
Of course, what is not to be missed here is the smooth and creamy wheat beer. The main raw materials used in the beer are all imported from Germany. The malt is crushed after it arrives, then molassed, filtered, the wort is boiled, hops are added during the boiling process, the wort is cooled, enters the fermentation tank, yeast is added, and fermentation takes about three weeks. The whole process takes about four weeks from the time the malt is put in to the time the beer is made. The traditional German production process is also used to produce a beautiful brew with a rich, authentic and attractive aroma.
Especially in spring, sitting in the outdoor area of the Prana Brewery with the spring breeze, drinking beer and eating German delicacies, the Liangma River is particularly charming in front of you. On a sunny day, the river looks like it is sprinkled with jumping gold, and the breeze holds the willows on both banks, and that view makes people not so envious of the people of Paris who have the Seine River.
Sang Yi Tavern
A cozy riverside tavern with fine dining and wine
In the past, in Beijing's bistros, you could probably only get Western-style ham, sausage, fries, etc., or the usual Japanese Izakaya dishes. But the new bistros that have opened in the last two years are focusing more and more on their dishes, so that people can not only have a glass of wine comfortably inside, but also find solid surprises in a creative dish. Shang Yi Tavern is a cozy bistro that has always focused on the concept of Fusion Food (borderless cuisine).
This is the origin of the name of Shang Yi Tavern: "A gentleman is righteous, but a small man is profitable". After redecorating and upgrading, Shang Yi Tavern has transformed from a single craft wine bar to a 10,000-strong fan of both food and wine. The outdoor space is the most comfortable, where you can look at the newly renovated Liangma River and enjoy the breeze.
The restaurant is divided into two floors, the first floor is for window and bar seats and KONG COFFEE, and the first floor is for private rooms and large tables. Although the area is small, the decoration is stylish and the layout is clever. In addition to the excellent quality and creative food and wine, the timing of serving, the placement of tableware, the choice of wine glasses, the setting of lighting, the style of decoration and other subtle aspects are all done properly, giving people a warm and healing feeling.
Shang Yi Tavern specializes in Fusion Food, and the tavern's owner, Ti Liang, has a good knowledge of both craft brews and cuisine. Meals are done with great care, despite being a tavern, with cooked steak and good ham. More recommended: the signature mango prawn salad, fresh tiger tail shrimp with mango and vegetables, a Thai refreshing salad taste, very suitable for fitness people; beef cabbage cheese spring rolls, spring roll skin crispy, a bite will fall off the kind of slag, beef and cabbage with very clever, the entrance level is quite rich, but do not like the taste of cheese people caution point, cheese taste is still quite strong, must be eaten while hot, otherwise The soba crepes are a speciality of the restaurant, with different meats paired with soba noodles to produce different tastes, but they are only available from Monday to Friday. In addition to these, snacks such as corrugated potatoes with garlic and cheese, crispy chicken bones with vine and pepper salt, and grilled sausages are also a sight to behold. Here, it's really less likely to go wrong with a blind order.
The wine list at Sangayi Tavern is also extensive, with craft brews, sake, red wine, whiskey, cocktails and more. In this spring, this place has almost become a stronghold for many diners, and the snacks and drinks are most enjoyable. The guests here are also very stylish, we often talk about different parts of life, often hear "when I was in Paris", "when I was in England", "when I was in New York" I feel like I'm participating in their life trajectory for a moment. The magic of this bistro is that it reminds you of the time you spent elsewhere.
Address: No. 39, Maizidian West Street (Liangma River)
"The dark humor of "Sludge Coffee
There is a space on the first floor of Sang Yi Tavern reserved for KONG COFFEE. A small window on the street has a connection with the passing coffee stars.
"Sludge coffee" is the signature of this store, the combination of sesame paste + coffee is wonderful, black coffee almost every customer must order, a drink a mouth black, is also a little humorous. The taste is really like eating sesame paste, a little bit of paste throat. People who like specials can order a cup of "vanilla bubble knight", come up first to drink a sip of bubbly water, vanilla fragrance overflowing nasal cavity, and then poured into the espresso collision, sweet and sour refreshing. The view here is really good, sitting outside looking at the Liangma River, the sunset through the skyscrapers, reflected in the water, really too beautiful to describe in words.
Address: No.39, Maizidian West Street, behind Fuyi Fashion Hotel, near the river
WAA Deck Western Brewery Bar
A distinctive Netflix-style deck restaurant
On the banks of the Liangma River, there is another place where you can experience the relaxing feeling of being on the water - WAA Deck Western Brewery Bar. This is definitely the favorite spot for the netizens. It has a unique outdoor deck in Beijing, with excellent hydrophilicity, and under the backdrop of European-style buildings on both sides of the river, it creates a full resort style. The unique indoor area is inspired by the flowing river, and the dynamic and interesting space brings endless surprises to every gathering.
The rich-tasting Meat Eater Platter Feast is a large platter that brings together classic WAA entrees. The tender and juicy M6 Wagyu triangle pork chops, the crispy and boneless juicy Ecuadorian charcoal grilled pork ribs, the bold and head-turning Cheers Khan lamb bones, and the finger-licking Tipsy Frog beer-brewed chicken ...... meat lovers will never be able to resist its temptation.
The Curry Cow Face Hutong Taco is a creative upgrade to the Mexican taco. The unique secret fresh beef face, after marinating in sauce and simmering in the oven, the aroma and flavor seep into the beef's texture, and the Southeast Asian curry sauce wraps the taste buds in a hundred turns of freshness and spiciness, making it hard to extricate.
Spaghetti with meat sauce breaks your conventional perception of pasta. A spoonful of hot oil splashed on the pasta is the finishing touch, and you can't wait to take a bite. The garlic of the tomato sauce, the jumping spice, the thick meat, the aroma of spices ...... layers of aromatic mix, makes you want to stop.
The avocado-shaped frog energy ball salad is like a "little cute" that makes the heart soft instantly. Inside is a colorful "little world": grilled chicken, prawns, diced beans and the chef's homemade sauce are mixed together in the filling, which instantly raises the health quotient.
Address: Room 101, First Floor, Middle Building, Landmark Harbor Building, No. 53, Maizidian Street
BACCARAT Cafe & Bar
A new store with all the elements of Netflix in one place
BACCARAT Cafe & Bar, a popular Internet café & bar, has recently opened above the WAA deck Western-style craft brew bar. It is hard not to be noticed, and it has quickly become the top flow of traffic of cafes in the capital.
Some people say: "Although what I saw was not the romance of the kiss on the Alexander III Bridge, it is indeed the unique temperament of Beijing in the third ring of traffic, sitting in this store suddenly felt the atmosphere of Southern France, the original in the Liangma River can also feel such beauty".
But the net red is net red, after the field visit to the store only to find that, regardless of the usual or weekend, this store is really crowded, along the river landscape position blue and white stripes navy wind loungers all rely on luck to grab, you can not easily wait for the C position, immediately other ladies ask you when to go ...... this experience is also to give a sense of confinement, can not properly enjoy the Seine River vacation wind in the capital.
Liquor and coffee prices are not cheap, if you just want to take pictures to play cards, recommended 28 yuan a cup of passion fruit yogurt bubbles, yellow a nice little sweet water, you can dent the shape, the taste is too sweet, syrup put too much. In short, if you just want to take pictures, it is recommended to come during non-peak hours on weekdays, should not be sedentary.
Address: No. 53, Maizidian West Street, Lufthansa
The Daily Bagel
The "Beijing Bagel Ceiling" by the river
Bagels, because of their low fat, low cholesterol and low fermentation, are known as a representative of healthy food and are very popular abroad. The Daily Bagel (TDB for short), the legendary "Beijing Bagel Ceiling" store, is located on the banks of the Liangma River. The front of the shop is very eye-catching with the most popular Klein blue + wood color. The front is small but you can't miss it because you can smell the rich bagel fragrance even before you get to the front of the store.
Since its inception in 2016, TDB has developed nearly 30 flavored bagels, several mini versions of bagels and stuffed bagel balls. The store's bagels are available in the Traditional, Reverse and Egg Slider series, and each bagel is freshly baked to order. The traditional bagels without filling include: whole wheat, plain, sea salt, sesame, etc., which can be packed away, and the price of traditional bagels is also very beautiful at more than ten dollars a piece. In addition, bagel sandwiches with a variety of rich fillings are the more anticipated protagonists, and the bagels used to sandwich the fillings can be customized.
One of the popular reversal series, inspired by the New York brunch restaurant Sadelle's. "Super reversal" is his ace player, the price is a little expensive, but also really delicious, the bagel cut side baked brown crispy, the surface of the sesame onion garlic grain and hot molten cheese melt into one, beautiful indentation The texture is particularly crispy. With avocado, bacon, eggs, onions, bell peppers and other ingredients, the grilled cheese pulled, bite down, super rich flavor in the mouth aftertaste, simply can not be happier.
Although the bagel is delicious, but because the store is small, a little more people will seem crowded, not exaggerating to say that the order queue for less than 20 minutes, the take-out back and forth has not been broken.
Address: Y107, 1st floor, No.39 Maizidian Street
Arrow Factory Brewing
A paradise for craft brew lovers
There is another great choice for beer lovers on the banks of the Landmark - Arrow Factory Brewing. This small, three-story building has a diverse indoor section and a spacious patio, so whether you're drinking alone, for two, or with a group of friends, you can have a great time surrounded by music.
The English breakfast set is authentic and a great brunch to treat yourself on the weekend, with a juicy beef burger that's thick and hearty and enhanced by sliced pickles. One of the signature dishes, the chicken wings at Arrow Factory, are crispy on the outside, just the right amount of crunch, slightly spicy and delicious. The ketogenic chicken salad, which has an appealing name, brings together meat, eggs and vegetables in one bowl, making it a lot less burdensome to eat. The pizza can be blindly ordered without error, are super satisfying in one bite.
How can you come to Arrow Factory and not have a drink before leaving? More than ten kinds of Arrow Factory craft beer, gives you a variety of choices from alcohol to bitterness, the name is also very interesting: relationship, turn the page, break the piece, return to the darkness, a double shot, completely break the piece ...... summer is almost here, sitting on the terrace with a cool breeze drinking beer, is the correct way to open the summer.
Address: Small two-story building outside the north side of DRC Tower Park Diplomatic Residence, No. 1 Xin Dong Road
Whether it's the rippling water on a sunny day or the rain splashing on the surface on a rainy day, the Liangma River adds more adjectives to the city. Drinking a cup of coffee, watching the sunset, feeding the ducks, and gathering with girlfriends and lovers on the riverbank is a great way to find a little solace in the busy city.