Beijing, China - Vineyard Cafe is one of Beijing’s tucked away treasures. Visitors to Beijing will appreciate the recognizable menu and courtyard setting. A favorite neighborhood breakfast spot (reservations highly recommended on weekends), many people drop in on evenings for coffee and dessert.
Vineyard Cafe is really a Beijing institution that is popular with the locals and not the typical tourist place that everyone else will be hitting. It is always packed, the seats are close together and it can be a little noisy. Still, with a diverse menu with everything from a full English breakfast to veggie burgers to pizza, there is something for everyone. For dessert, the brownie is an absolute favorite.
Servers don’t speak much English, and won’t answer many questions about the menu even when asked in Chinese. You can't rely on the menu's English translations, either.
Vineyard Cafe is simply decorated, and the real appeal is the cozy feeling that it manages to convey. The restaurant clientele is evenly split between locals and foreigners.
So while Vineyard Cafe may not be the best-rounded experience, it has a solid base and enough atmosphere that this spot will continue to be a destination for many years to come.
Address: 31 WuDaoYing Hutong, DongCheng District
Nearest Subway: Lama Temple (Line 2 & 5), Exit C
Reservations: Essential on weekends
Average Price for two people: 350RMB