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Cafe Zarah

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Gulou Dongdajie 42, Beijing, China
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+86 10 8403 9807
10:00 - 00:00
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Cape Town, South Africa
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63 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 

Thank FranB68
New Orleans, Louisiana
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56 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 218 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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 

Thank Dominick C
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35 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 

Thank smudge41
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27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 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 

Thank MEMworldwide
Beijing, China
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176 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 330 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 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
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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.

Thank Thomas G
Saint Louis, Missouri
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22 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 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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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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139 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
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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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 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

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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
Cafe, European
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
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?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?