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Cafe Zarah

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Gulou Dongdajie 42, Beijing, China
Name/address in local language
+86 10 8403 9807
10:00 - 00:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 00:00
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50 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Cafe Zarah is not in my local neighbourhood in Beijing and a lazy morning breakfast there is always a treat. Nestled into the neighbourhood between Houhai, the Drum and Bell towers and the craziness of Nanluoguxiang (NLGX) Zarah is an enclave of tranquility and good food and drink. We love to go for a German-style breakfast on a weekend morning.... More 

Thank MEMworldwide
Beijing, China
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419 reviews
175 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 329 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016 via mobile

This is a very posh place! As a roof top and plenty of seating! Certainly a place to get work done. We went for after dinner drinks and they were great, prices were reasonable too! Very impressed!

Thank PresPJ
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

I'm very partial, because I live in Beijing and go to Zarah almost on a daily basis. The staff is super friendly, the atmosphere is very prone to quiet conversation, chilling or work. The design of the place is simple but amazing. One of my favorite places after 5 years in Beijing.

Thank Thomas G
Saint Louis, Missouri
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22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Cafe Zarah is a 'treat' place for me in Beijing. After many hours of travel and plane food, breakfast here tastes so clean and healthy and fresh. They make great coffee. The fruit that comes with the yogurt is always perfectly sweet and ripe and flavorful. Since I was last in Beijing, they've expanded so that you can enjoy the... More 

Thank Elsa H
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

One of my favorite cafes in Beijing to work alone (inside and outside, also with a great upstairs views and smoking) or to meet with some friends. I love the coconut mojito, roasted vegetable salad and vietnamese coffee. The refurbished hutong vibe is great and you can also enjoy the quiet and highly curated space, with art and a list... More 

Thank Ashley W
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136 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2016 via mobile

Stopped in for quick lunch, looking for a late breakfast. But was not able to find any thing. Settled on the antipasto platter. Actually was one of the best in china. Cool, busy cafe with a good outdoor area. Good coffee, just need some good breakfast items

Thank kiwiawayMelbourne
Los Angeles, California
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34 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2016

If your an westerner visiting Beijing, this is the perfect place to recharge and have a espresso or meal before or after visiting Nanluoguxiang. I've been here several times, for casual coffee meetings during the day and for lunch and dinner. The cuisine is western and its clear the chefs are well trained. I've never had a bad meal here.... More 

Thank David R
Singapore, Singapore
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62 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2016

Cafe Zarah is a great place for breakfast, especially if you're craving European fare (think Bircher Müsli etc.). Their menu is HUGE and it makes the choice really hard. We have not yet been there for lunch or dinner, but the dishes sound amazing too. The ambiance is a combination of traditional (set in a hutong) and modern (concrete, brick... More 

Thank Dromomaniac85
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35 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2016 via mobile

Very nice cafe to sit here,have breakfast and work. They also support disabled people which I find great.

Thank Sergeberg81
Hong Kong, China
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38 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2016

Zarah is a genuine discovery for us: Very nice kitchen with lovely details, highly educated and attentive staff, not too loud music, nice atmosphere and - ENOUGH SPACE for people to sit and chat and discuss seriously. A wonderful place in central Beijing. Brava Zarah

Thank Marcel W

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
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Open Hours
10:00 - 00:00
10:00 - 00:00
10:00 - 00:00
10:00 - 00:00
10:00 - 00:00
10:00 - 00:00
10:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Gulou Dongdajie 42, Beijing, China
  • Location: Asia  >  China  >  Beijing>  > Houhai
  • Neighbourhood: Houhai
  • Phone Number: +86 10 8403 9807

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?