MAKE A DATE TO DINE WITH HISTORY

Witness incredible views atop a Ming Dynasty tower, once guarding the Forbidden CityEnjoy a magnificent dinner with an iconic view overlooking Tiananmen SquareIndulge in a Dragon’s Pearl cocktail on the chic wraparound terraceClimbing up 15th-century Qianmen Gate tops the list of nightlife maven Michelle Garnaut’s favorite Beijing activities, and doubles as an ideal preamble to dinner at her Capital M located directly behind this Ming Dynasty tower—which, along with its twin, the Arrow Gate, once guarded the southern entrance to the Forbidden City. Sip a Dragon’s Pearl—Absolut Raspberri, fresh lychees, cranberries, and lime—on the wraparound terrace overlooking Tiananmen Square, then migrate to a coveted window table (you’ll need the Conrad concierge’s guanxi, or connections, for this particular pleasure) for two of our favorite dishes: green pea risotto and decadent crab soufflé in lobster sauce. ​Via taxi, the journey to Capital M should take about 25 mins. When you find yourself pulling into Qianmen East Street or East Chang’an Avenue, you’re getting close. The restaurant is just off Zhengyi Road next to the China Minsheng Bank.​​CAPITAL M: 2 Qianmen Pedestrian St., 3rd floor; 86-(0)10-6702-2727; m-restaurantgroup.com/capitalm