It had been closed for renovations over the past few months, but finally Beijing’s most beloved European bistro is back... and how! Café Zarah has returned with the same hearty Austro-German breakfasts and brunches that made it so popular with the expat and young professional crowds, but with the added bonus of a new spruced up space of polished concrete walls, thick wooden furniture and pretty glass-globe lights. Not only that, but the space has almost tripled in size, which makes for a far more leisurely loll in front of your morning spread of multi-grain bread rolls, boiled eggs, cold meats and creamy cheeses.
Another welcome addition is an Italian-style stand-and-drink coffee bar for those who need their caffeine hit in a hurry – although it seems a shame not to savour one of the best brews in the city! Their wholesome, oversized breakfasts can now also be enjoyed in the new tree-shaded courtyard where the Wi-Fi runs fast and free, or satisfy those inescapable mid-afternoon munchies with their stuffed-to-splitting baguettes and Gustomenta ice cream. Then when dusk rolls around, order a glass of Prosecco and totter on upstairs to the refurbished rooftop terrace for a relaxed sip session, perhaps a light bistro nibble or two, and views of the late summer sun setting over the city. Day’s dining sorted.
46 Gulou Dongdajie / Dongcheng / +86 10 8403 9807 / www.cafezarah.com