In the days of yore, when an air of optimism used to flutter through the hutongs, Daxiao (or BigSmall Coffee) established a faithful following by providing what is, quite simply, the best value coffee in the city; a mere 22RMB for a top-notch flat white, and 25RMB a latte that good was value unheard of elsewhere, and a sad day it was when the bricks arrived at its doorstep. Fortunately, they sprung back post-bricking to continue the fine work at two new locations – a Jingshan Park-adjacent
hutong space, and a compact counter in the CBD. The owner, Zhang Yipeng, is also an avid tea enthusiast, whose ground-tea chapuccino (25RMB) and chaffogato (35RMB) creations give this place another edge.
Good for Perhaps the best value coffee in the city.
What you’re eating A Bake Shop cookie (15RMB).
By Patrick Moore