The best Beijing cafés for eating

Fill up at these culinary cafs

Going for a coffee in Beijing can often mean going without food, unless you're game for a sad-looking cheesecake. Thankfully, many cafés are now bucking the trend of culinary amnesia and are serving up excellent baked goods and other casual fare in Beijing. If you're into serious coffee, check out our list of specialist joints. But if a regular latte will do you just fine and you're more in the mood for an actual worthwhile eat, read on.


Tribe (Sanlitun)

Hearty, healthy salads, wraps and power bowls are the (gluten-free) bread and butter of Tribe's menu. It's gym bunny central here, but even if that's not your scene the food is delicious and makes you feel good.

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2 Gongti Dong Lu (Sanlitun, --select--)

There Will Be Bread

This tiny, hip Sanlitun café specialises in French baked goods and boy are they good. The almond croissants are flakey with a marzipanly moist interior, and the baguettes are dangerously moreish.

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5-155 Xingfucun Zhong Lu


The menu here is only in French and Chinese, so you know it must be legit. The colourful macaroons are Instagram-ready, but it's the more humble and more beige patisseries such as the canelés and croissants that'll keep you coming back for more. That and the rooftop, of course.

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

Gertz Danish Bakery

We're obsessed with this rye-tastic Danish bakery which is packed with actual Danes and delicious danishes. The rye and chocolate bread is a virtuous snack, while the Fynsk brunsviger is a dense and sugary slice of bliss that's perfect for dessert. 

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Yaxiu Beilu (Changping)


Da Giuliano

The old world atmosphere of this creamy, marbly café is pleasingly matched by the creamy, marbly cakes that are on offer, as well as an impressive and inviting range of petit fours. There's an associated Italian restaurant next door for more substantial meals, but Da Giuliano is the place to be for sugary European treats.

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1 Sanlitun Bei Xiaojie (Changping)

Baker & Spice

One of the rare café ventures in Beijing that does decent coffee as well as respectable Western food, such as pastries, bagels, salads and more. It's not the cheapest option in the area but it'll see you through from breakfast through to dinner.

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19 Dongfang Dong Lu (Liangmaqiao, --select--)


Green Cow City Café

Tucked behind a pair of inconspicuous green gates in a local market, Green Cow is truly a hidden gem in Beijing. It's arguably more restaurant than café, but we're happy to follow Green Cow's self-identification, especially when the food they serve is so damn good. Organic pizzas, bagels and salads, with many of the ingredients sourced from the café's own farm in Shunyi, this is an idyllic weekend brunch spot.

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

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