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8 Gongti Bei Lu
Skippering Beijing’s third-wave coffee boom at present is another multi-storey lifestyle receptacle, only this one is shares its address with Beijing nightlife and cultural institutions Mix and Vics. Three storeys and a rooftop sees Bracket towering over the aforementioned both physically and morally, with floor-to-ceiling windows that a) flood with light and b) offer uninterrupted views of the hallowed Gongti stadium, its surrounding clubs and the exiting patrons thereof, whose Sunday morning shamewalks just got shamier.

On level one, a frenzied battalion of baristas – there must be ten of them – swarm over your order like flies on T-bone. Of all the imported elements of the Western coffee experience to make it to Bracket, aloof-but-informed service has not, but when our latte (42RMB – ouch) lands, it doesn’t matter. Poured into a wide-mouth cup, the fractal beauty of the rosetta foreshadows a ripper cuppa that would stand up in the world’s specialist coffee cities. While less euphoric, the ham and cheese panini (58RMB) does what it says on the box: cloud-soft foccacia bread with ham, cheese, mushrooms and peppers form a crowded-but-nourishing accompaniment to the main-event latte.

With space for 50 or more on the tastefully appointed and comfortable second storey, not to mention a banging soon-to-open rooftop, summer 2018 could see Bracket mature into one of the city’s buzziest lifestyle spaces – outside Vics and Mix, of course.

Good for Exceptional coffee; hatching ideas; looking down on mainstream clubbers
Eat this Paninis (from 58RMB)
What’s nearby Gongti; Mix; Vics; V Sports
Venue name: Bracket
Opening hours: 10am-10pm daily
English address: North Gate of Workers' Stadium 8 Gongti Bei Lu, Chaoyang district
Chinese address: 朝阳区工人体育场北路8好工体北门
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