Walking into Metal Hands' original Wudaoying location, you can't fail to miss its namesake; an old Italian coffee machine operated by heavy wood and metal levers, now remodelled, gilded and polished. In fact it's a fairly apt metaphor for the place itself, where chipped concrete walls have been newly exposed in all the right places, a glass bottle isn't complete without a dymo-mite label, and in-house roasted beans are sold in hand-stamped paper bags for just the right vintage look.
Metal Hands was an OG and early contender in the battle for the city's favourite Nordic-inspired, hipster location to sip on a good brew and rightly so; the coffee (espresso-based, 20-30RMB) is good quality and the atmosphere is charming, though you may struggle to bag one of the few available seats. Now with four locations, it certainly seems as if the city can't get enough.
Good for The real deal amongst Wudaoying’s myriad of coffee options
Eat this Standard-fare cheesecake and chocolate mousse (40RMB)
What's nearby Wudaoying Hutong, Drum and Bell Tower, Lama Temple
Coffee and cake for two 140RMB
By Amy Hawkins