Time Out has 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 go back to 1855 in France, Comptoirs de France knows the baking business. The consistently good quality of its pastries, breads, sandwiches and quiches explains its ever-growing crowd of customers. From a flaky croissant, arguably the best in Beijing, to a chocolate tart with a razor thin pastry, there is excellence in every bite. The range of delicacies, always neatly displayed, is every bit as mouth-watering and varied as one would find in France. In fact, with so many French customers, the place usually feels like France. Comptoirs de France’s décor and ambiance are as enticing as the food. Bright and airy, it’s just the kind of place to meet up with friends or to sit with a book and read. This is by far and away the best café in Beijing.