The best cafés in Beijing

Our top 10 of the best spots in Beijing to get your caffeine fix

Cafés are an indispensable part of life in Beijing. Be honest now – can you imagine making it through the week without these temples to the gods of steamed milk, roasted beans and scones?

Whether it's for that extra pick-me-up on the way to the office, a quiet spot for a meeting, or a comfortable chair to set up shop for the day, we are always on the look out for awesome new coffee houses. Here's our pick of the city's top ten.

Barista Coffee

The OG of the new-wave coffee scene in Beijing, this tiny hutong spot channels the chic café vibe to a T. As generic as that may be, Barista pulls off the exposed brick wall and industrial lighting look with a friendly vibe, avoiding any of the pretentiousness that often comes with Serious ...

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47 Wudaoying Hutong (Miyun county)

Berry Beans

Hidden in the 'eight great hutongs' of Dashilan, this little gem is a real find. Housed in a former brothel, Berry Beans Café is now a modern and charming coffee house. They serve a good quality cup of coffee but also a bunch of other drinks, including home-brewed beers. You can sit in the ...

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Zhujia Hutong 7 (Xicheng, Xicheng)

Da Xiao (CBD)

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 ...

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1 Jianguomenwai Daijie

There Will Be Bread

Lord knows we love a good play on words at Time Out. So upon hearing of a cafe and bakery called There Will Be Bread, we dropped everything to check out whether or not this café was intentionally riffing on the title of one of last decade’s best films, and whether or not it was any good....

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5-155 Xingfucun Zhong Lu

Basic Coffee

This café is lit. Not quite in the 'Turn down for what' party sense, but in the ambient stakes, Basic Coffee’s swathing in natural straight-from-the-sun glow makes it one of the most pleasant perches in town – belying its location in the rather dilapidated Jianwai SOHO, just south of Guomao. ...

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Henghui Dong Lu

Voyage Coffee

Tucked away in the alley of Beiluoguxiang away from the touristy bunch, Voyage Cafe is all exposed brick walls and a charming coffee shop with minimalist design. Though the menu is somewhat limited, it serves up coffees expertly crafted. It offers window-facing bar seats for those who like ...

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80 Beiluoguxiang (Chaoyang, --select--)


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 ...

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8 Gongti Bei Lu

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--)

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)

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