Valentine's Day Is almost here! Here’s a list of ten most romantic
restaurants in Beijing to put your special
someone in the mood for romance.

* The Courtyard Restaurant

One of Beijing’s most elegant and upscale restaurants, the
Courtyard’s wonderfully romantic setting on the
Forbidden City moat and jaw-dropping views would probably be enough to
recommend it, but the fusion
food and extensive wine list complete the perfect dining experience.
After your meal, head to the gallery -
the views are yet better.

Cuision: Western Fusion
Address: 95 Donghuamen Dajie. Dongcheng District (East gate of
Forbidden City), Beijing
Phone: 010-6526-8883

* Vineyard Café

Carved out of a hutong near the Lama Temple, this boho-chic bistro
distinguishes itself with a selection of
well-made homestyle European staples like pizzas, quiche, baked
potatoes, moussaka and salads. Patrons
relax with glasses of wine off their carefully-prepared wine list and
enjoy a renowned brunch in the sunny
inner courtyard on the weekends.

Cuisine: European
Address: 31 Wudaoying Hutong, Yonghegong, south of Yonghegong Bridge,
Beijing
Phone: 010-6402-7961

* Dali Courtyard

Located in a picturesque courtyard house in a quiet hutong near the
Drum Tower, this family-owned
Yunnan restaurant is one of Beijing's most romantic places to eat. Old
jazz tunes play in a traditional
Chinese courtyard decorated with coal furnaces and Art Deco furniture.
There’s no menu here, the chef
serves up a set meal in courses - so it’s perfect for couples who want
to try a range of southwestern
Chinese dishes.

Cuisine: Yunnan
Address: 67 Xiaojingchang Hutong, Gulou Dong Dajie, Dongcheng
District, Beijing
Phone: 010-8404-1430

* Le Pré Lenôtre

You wouldn't expect that Beijing's hottest gourmand would be at the
center of a Sofitel Hotel. Lenotre, by
the owners of Paris 3-star Michelin Le Pre Catelan, is located within
an aristocratic dining room of
extravagant black chandeliers, upholstered ghost chairs and white-
glove service that even outshines the
Paris original. The kitchen is presided over by Frederic Meynard, a
culinary disciple of the legendary
Frederic Anton.

Cuisine: French
Address: Sofitel Wanda Beijing, Tower C, Wanda Plaza, 93 Jianguo Lu,
Chaoyang district, Beijing
Phone: 010-8599-6666 ext 6340

* W dine & wine

This truly lovely European restaurant of minimalist décor, done up in
purple, white and black, features high-
end cuisine without the high-end price tag. If you're planning for a
special occasion, book the private
Purple Room for that perfect dine and wine experience. Check out their
new cocotte menus, little iron pots
serving up meat, egg and vegetable stews.

Cuisine: European
Address: 22-1 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Dongzhimen, opposite Canadian
Embassy, Dongcheng District, Beijing
Phone: 010-6416-9838

* Mare

Excellent Spanish food, reasonable prices, friendly staff and enticing
nooks make this restaurant the
perfect spot for a romantic night on the town. If the authentic
flavors of Spain and impressive wine list are
not enough to get the fires of passion burning, try the rich Belgian
chocolate lava cake guaranteed to melt
away inhibitions.

Cuisine: Spanish
Address: 14 Xindong Lu, Sanlitun, 300m north of City Hotel, Chaoyang
District, Beijing
Phone: 010-6416-5431; 010-6417-1459

* Nuage

The setting is a two-story wooden mansion on the banks of Qian Hai,
overlooking the lake. The Vietnamesse
food is variable but as a romantic night-time dining spot this takes
some beating.

Cuisine: Vietnamese
Address: 22 Qianhai Dongyan, Xicheng District, Beijing
Phone: 10-6401-9581

* The Orchard

Located close to the city but far from its chaos, and set amidst a
working orchard and herb farm, this classy
European-inspired venue is an expat institution. The Orchard Cafe
features a largely organic menu
featuring homegrown herbs and vegetables. The China - meets - Tuscany
- meets -Mexico - styled interior is
magnificently tranquil. With a pond, botanical garden and sun porch,
it is an ideal place for couples. Don’t
overlook the creative menu. The food, wine and especially the desserts
are reasonably priced and rich in
flavor. Perfect for escaping Beijing in style.

Cuisine: European
Address: Hegezhuang Village, Cuigezhuang Township, Shunyi, Chaoyang
District, Beijing
Phone: 139-1121-1965, 010-6433-6270

* Le Café Igosso

Le Cafe Igosso - Beijing's finest Italian restaurant - Classy, elegant
Italian cuisine with a Japanese twist.
Service is unobtrusive, the wine list is simple but adventurous. Cozy,
intimate setting makes this a romantic
spot for a date.

Cuisine:Italian
Address: Dongsanhuan Nanlu (800m south of Guomao bridge on east side
of street), Chaoyang District,
Beijing
Phone: 10-8771 7013

* Café Sambal

Sambal embraces and surpasses all the cliches of a chic Beijing eatery
-- a cozy courtyard house decorated
with antique and modern furnishings, a sophisticated boss, relaxed
service, and a well-balanced wine list.
And then there're exquisite dishes, prepared by a charming chef from
Kuala Lumpur.

Cuisine: Southeast Asian
Address: 43 Doufuchi Hutong, off Jiu Gulou Dajie, Chaoyang District,
Beijing
Phone: 010-6400-4875

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