With Beijing’s summer heat wave passing, now is the perfect time to enjoy an al fresco dining experience at one of Beijing’s tapas restaurants.
Originating in Spain, tapas are small plates of food perfect for enjoying as a snack during happy hour or combining together for a full meal.
These shareable dishes create a communal dining experience where you get to sample many dishes without filling up on any one food.
From traditional Spanish tapas restaurants, to Chinese fusion tapas kitchens, there’s a place to fit every palate.
So grab a friend or a date – and a glass of wine – and let’s dive into Beijing’s tapas scene.
1. Migas Mercado
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Enjoy delicious Spanish tapas with one of the best views of Beijing!
Migas Mercado, located inside the China World Mall in Beijing’s CBD area, offers an array of Spanish tapas classics like ham croquettes, patatas bravas, chorizo al vino, and prawns in chili garlic oil.
They also have a Tapas Brunch every Saturday and Sunday from 11.30am-4pm
Migas Mercado: 7th Floor, North Zone, China World Mall, No. 1 Jian Guo Men Wai Avenue, Chaoyang District, 100004 Beijing 北京市朝阳区建国门外大街1号国贸商城北区7层.
2. Caliente 腻歪
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Caliente perfectly pairs traditional Spanish tapas dishes with a selection of wines, beers, and cocktails.
Located by Liangma Bridge and the Lufthansa Center Area, you can choose to sit inside, or opt to enjoy the lovely weather outside in their outdoor seating area while enjoying traditional Spanish tapas dishes such as Jamon croquetas, sizzling prawns, and tuna rillette with green pea puree.
They also offer larger dishes like BBQ pork ribs and Spanish paella that are equally shareable.
Caliente: Liangma Qiao / Caochang International Food Village, F1 Chaoyang District 朝阳区 草场国际餐饮美食村1层.
3. Tapas by Alba
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Opened in 2020 by the same owners of the beloved Cafe Alba in the Gulou area, Tapas by Alba has quickly become a Beijing hutong favorite.
Their location creates an intimate feel, with a row of tables downstairs and a second floor offering more seats and couches.
They offer variety of delectable tapas options like Madrid-style fried mushrooms, baked cauliflower with parmesan sauce, spicy fried prawns, Spanish sausage and sweet potato, smoked salmon and arugula and more, as well as an impressive array of classic cocktails and drinks that are very reasonably priced compared to Sanlitun’s pricier bars.
(An Aperol Spritz for RMB40? Hello!)
Location: Tapas by Alba 鼓楼东大街267号.
4. Zhazha Bistro 席上喳喳
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Zhazha Bistro is a fusion bistro, combining Southwest China food – especially Guizhou and Yunnan provinces – with Mediterranean culture to create a unique tapas experience.
Dive into a flavorful variety of dishes, such as their fried tofu balls, cold chicken salad, southern mashed potatoes, sour soup, spicy pork sandwiches, and chili mushroom tofu.
Their specialty drink is their numerous rice wine flavors, including bayberry, green plum, prickly pear, and jasmine. Can’t choose? Order their rice wine platter to sample several!
They now have two locations, one near Jiangguomen and the other in the hutongs near Qianmen.
Qianmen Location: 108 Xixinglong Street Dongcheng District西兴隆街108号.
Jiangguomen Location: 2-105, Bldg 28, 17 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District 朝阳区建国门外大街17号28号楼底墒2-105.
5. La Platea
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La Platea brings Mediterranean tapas to Beijing at it’s two locations in CBD’s The Place and in Sanlitun.
Fusing influences from France, Spain, Italy, choose from cold cuts and cheeses, antipasti, salads, bruschetta, and desserts.
Their tapas menu is a steal, with most dishes costing RMB38, with additional specials and menu deals throughout the week.
Address: 1F, THE PLACE TREND BUILDING北京市光华路9号世贸天阶时尚大厦一层
La Platea Beijing Sanlitun 北京三里屯店
Address:北京市三里屯机电学院四号院 COURT YARD 4, SANLITUN