City Weekend scoured Beijing for the best waffles--and came up golden. Here are the top three waffles that made our day:
It should come as no surprise that Morel’s does some of the best waffles in town, as the restaurant is owned by a Belgian chef. The waffles here arrive at your table in a cloud of delicious pastry fragrance, dusted in powdered sugar. The outside is slightly crunchy, and the inside perfectly fluffy. With the various topping choices, the waffles range ¥35-50 and are big enough for two. We recommend ordering the raspberry compot with whipped cream (¥50).
Find it: Gongti Beilu, 工体北路 (across from Workers Gymnasium North Gate, 工人体育馆北门对面) Tel: 6416-8802
Bean Tree is an adorable little caféthat dishes up homemade waffles with a scoop of ice cream, a dollop of whipped cream and fruit slices on the side. The honey nut waffle comes out of the kitchen dripping with honey and topped with slivers of almonds. They’re deliciously thick and fluffy, but it’s the decadently sweet topping that really won us over. Other flavors on the menu include chocolate, green tea, wild berry and cinnamon. Waffles are ¥33 unless you show up on Tuesdays for the 10 percent discount.
Find it: 2/F, Huaqingjiayuan North Gate Bldg 6, 华清嘉园6号楼北门2楼 Tel: 8286-3312
No Waffling Around
When Gelare first opened in Shunyi two years ago, we were ecstatic about their huge, homemade waffles. But we were even more excited when the Gelare group opened Wild Honey in the CBD, bringing this sweet treat to downtown Beijing. The enormous, round waffles are more American in style than the European-influenced models around town, and more than a few reviews online agree that they’re the best in town. You can get them topped with maple syrup and cream for ¥24-38 or go all out for the chocolate banana waffle for ¥42.
Find it: 01-19 Fortune Mall, 7 East Third Ring Rd, 东三环中路7号财富购物中心一层01-19 Tel: 6530-9149