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Cafe Zarah

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Houhai
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Gulou Dongdajie 42, Beijing, China
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+86 10 8403 9807
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had the Brunch last sunday and it was amazing. Never thought that we would find something so good european in China. There was nothing missing in the buffet. You could choose between avocado salad and guacomole, really tasty bread, cheese, fruits, cakes, omelette and a lot of more things. With 198 rmb (incl. one drink) it is not that... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

OK, you are in the real heart of Beijing, desperate for a glass of wine or good coffee. This is a very pleasant young family run establishment, popular with local western students and pretty good for the jaded traveller looking for a wee tipple. Easy walking distance from our Inn, the Courtyard 7 Hotel, a nice selection of Italian, Chiiean... More 

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Thank John C
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent coffee (try the vietnamese coffee), pretty tasty food, usually wonderful photographs on exhibit, beautiful courtyard.. But. The main hall is a great place to sit, and the refreshing jazz music helps - and it fills up with lazy expats really quickly in the day, and if you go there in the afternoon, you're consigned to the back room, which... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I found out about Cafe Zarah from a friend of mine, and decided to try it out. I was able to choose my seat, the staff were very accommodating & they can speak a little English too! I ordered a Caramel Macchiato, a Cappuccino & a Muesli for brunch. They offer Brunch & Dinner, and they also have wine. Wifi... More 

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Cape Town, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

Cafe Zarah is a haven for locals and expats alike offering excellent coffee and a good menu. The staff are always friendly and inviting . Many expats work from here online and now with bigger venue there is more than enough space for people to hang out here most of the day ! Brunch with a glass of prosecco ,... More 

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

I really enjoying coming to this cafe and working. Wifi is acceptable, coffee normally quite good. However, was extremely disappointed with the food. They have some Mexican promotion going on right now. As it's quite cold I tried the soup. It tasted like microwaved gunk, wth some spice and nachos thrown in. Couldn't even finish it (I tried super hard... More 

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Scotland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

We go to this café quite often. They do nice food on the pricier side. Their ‘good morning Beijing’ breakfast is one of my favourites. The atmosphere can be great. The service is normally prompt although occasionally you can end up in a dead zone if you choose to eat outside upstairs. My two main gripes are 1) on Sundays... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

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 

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Thank MEMworldwide
Beijing, China
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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!

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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.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Cafe, European
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 - 00:00
Monday
10:00 - 00:00
Tuesday
10:00 - 00:00
Wednesday
10:00 - 00:00
Thursday
10:00 - 00:00
Friday
10:00 - 00:00
Saturday
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?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?