Beijing coffee shops don’t come much sleeker than Cup One’s Sanyuanqiao outlet – a design-fest from the architects at Soda, housed in BMW China’s HQ. Replete with jagged fixtures and Nordic-flavoured furnishings, it’s doubtlessly stylish, and also boasts two terraces; glossing over the fact that one’s in a car park and the other in a(n albeit pleasant) lobby, they’re excellent spaces to do whatever it is you’ve come here to do.
On the table, one of the most extensive, if a little expensive, café menus in town covers everything from egg sandwiches (28RMB) and BLTs (38RMB) for the morning, to salads (48-88RMB), wraps (from 58RMB), pasta and rice dishes (55-75RMB) for beyond. Its peddling of waffles – surprisingly a rarity in the BJ café scene – sets it ever so slightly apart, with the simple maple syrup-topped waff pretty strong value at 28RMB.
Espresso-based drinks (25-38RMB) are of a good standard, and beans can be swapped to single-origin (add 3RMB) for a brew upgrade; budding bean aficionados will be placated by a decent selection that also heads into a range of drip coffees (38-58RMB).
A similarly stylish Wangjing outlet
has already been in full swing for a few years now, and while neither are probably worth the trip out to the North Third or Fourth Ring roads alone, a Sanlitun spot due to open in early 2018 might give us more reason to stop by soon.
Good for An extensive food menu and aspirationally great coffee
Eat this The calorific cream cheese & blueberry waffle (55RMB)
What’s nearby Sanyuanqiao; a quick getaway to the airport
By Patrick Moore