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. Even better, it serves up some of the best brews in town, and is one of the few with a creamy, summery nitro – nitrogen-blasted cold brew – on tap (38RMB). Food is limited to a fair selection of cakes – opt for the king: the carrot (29RMB).
Good for A strong range of specialty coffees; a pleasant, airy workspace.
What you’re eating Cakes (from 29RMB).
What’s nearby Big business in the CBD.
By Patrick Moore