Food Awards 2017: Cafés

Our pick of the best cafés in Beijing

Gone are the days when good coffee was gold dust in Beijing. Whether or not you're a caffeine addict, there's a glut of sweet spots to get your buzz or while away an afternoon with friends or just a good book. These cafés all offer quality beverages, bites and ambience – you can vote for your favourite here.

Green Cow City Café

An off the eaten track cafe specializing in organic fare and fine pizzas sporting toppings from their own Shunyi farm. The bagels and daily breakfast are not to be missed either. Original Review What’s behind that obscure green metal door on the unremarkable market street Sanjiefang? ...

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Courtyard south of building 13 Sanjiefang (Liangmaqiao, --select--)

Moka Bros (Sanlitun)

An indispensable part of Beijing brunch culture, café chain Moka Bros serves up a variety of wholesome bites, ranging from power bowls and soups, to sandwiches and waffles. Try the smoked tofu banh mi (60RMB) with its punchy combination of smoked tofu, hummus, pickled veggies, coriander and ...

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81 Sanlitun Lu (Sanlitun, --select--)

Soloist Coffee Co (Dashilar)

Coffee fanatics are flocking to Soloist Coffee Co, one of the few Dashilar venues to keep its doors open after last year’s Beijing Design Week. The downstairs coffee bar takes a clinical approach to its craft: the coffee is roasted in house and stored in an old police station locker in glass ...

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39 Yangmeizhuxie Jie (Xicheng, Xicheng)

C5 Café

Critics' pick

Should you ever pay 100RMB for a cup of coffee? The answer should be no, but C5 Café might just convince you. Tucked into a quiet complex in north Sanlitun, the petit café shares the same name as the art gallery next door. Caramel-wood table tops, white walls and mod ’60s-style furniture ...

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5 Xiwu Jie (Sanlitun, --select--)

Café Zarah

Zarah is one of the hippest places in Gulou. Vaulted wooden ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows illuminate a Bauhaus-style interior that would look more at home in the trendy 798 Art District. It has also has a beautiful courtyard space in the back, which leads up to a serene, second-storey ...

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46 Gulou Dong Dajie (Dongcheng, Dongcheng)

Rager Pie

Sweet and savory pies, with a homemade touch. Locally sourced fresh ingredients and handmade crusts set this bakery cafe apart.

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10 Fensiting Hutong (Miyun county)


The simple white exterior and floor-to-ceiling glass façade of Tienstiens stands out against the drab, brown masonry that surrounds the modern bakery. Even from the outside, each and every pastry, macaroon and parfait is presented in gallery-like lighting; the shop’s alabaster motif and ...

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Courtyard 4 Gongti Bei Lu (Sanlitun, --select--)

Moka Bros (The Place)

Beijing’s original homegrown café and casual dining brand offers plenty of well-lit space, a solid pastry selection and a full dinner menu suitable for both work and play.

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9 Guanghua Street (Changping)

Comptoirs de France (法派1855) (Xingfucun)

We have one word to say to Comptoirs de France: merci! Life in Beijing could be divided into pre- and post-Comptoirs de France eras. Prior to its arrival in Beijing, this level of quality was available only in several hotels at steep prices. Comptoirs de France has changed that. With roots that ...

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Opposite April Gourmet Xingfucun Lu (Chaoyang, --select--)

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  • 4 out of 5 stars