The Sanlitun flagship outlet of Moleskine
, leather-bound notepad maker extraordinaire, has transfigured itself into a neat café littéraire for both the budding scribe and the common third-wave coffee enthusiast. Cold-pressed between Gertz Danish Bakery
and Nespresso’s Beijing experience store on the northern border of Taikooli South, the part-gallery, part-retail store Moleskine Café is the world’s third, following openings in Moleskine-y cities Milan and Geneva.
Light-soaked seating for 30-odd draws a predictably international crowd long-accustomed to paying 35RMB for flat whites (not bad, but 57RMB, if you want it strong) at Beijing’s premium addresses. The pretty-but-paltry open-face sandwiches are, at 68RMB a slice, more likely to furrow brows, but like other contemporary crossover spaces, you’re essentially paying a hire fee for the chair and the ambience: in this case, the patented ivory wash and clean, timeless aesthetic that distinguishes the Moleskine brand from other scribble pads. Not your new local, but a mindful cove from which you might workshop a really meek coming-of-age story.
Good for The feeling of being inside a diary; week-planning; visiting mothers (mums that are in town, though you could also visit some mums here).
Eat this Nutella Croissant (20RMB)
What’s nearby Every remaining bar in Beijing; Sanlitun shops