Raffles Beijing Hotel
33号 East Chang'an Avenue
| +86 10 6526 3388
Photo courtesy of Raffles World
Taking a Break at Writer's Bar in BeijingIf only Writer's Bar in the Raffles Hotel could tell its own story. This venue, known simply as the Beijing Hotel before Raffles relaunched it in 2006, has more than a century of history, and has hosted everyone from Sun Yat-Sen and Mao Zedong to Richard Nixon and Nikita Kruschev. It also has a refurbished wood floor that dates to at least the 1920s (and that has no doubt supported many a wild party).
Close to the Forbidden City and Wangfujing, it can be a fun stop for a beverage, or even afternoon tea, with scones and sandwiches. The food menu also includes egg tarts, hot dogs, and more. Sit back in a comfy chair and soak up the ambiance like, well, some famous writers have, including Guo Mo Ruo, Edgar Snow, and Rabindrath Tagore.