It is the bars that are most crowded at night in the Beijing district of Sanlitun, but in the daylight, the bars are no comparison to the coffee shops. Below are the places you can get the best coffee and refreshments in Sanlitun.
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Bracket Coffee is where you can see and try the latest coffee trends, such as siphon coffee and nitrogen cold brew, made from the top-quality beans imported from overseas. It also has drinks that you can’t get anywhere else, such as their nitrogen black tea.
Berry Beans is a hidden treasure on the sixth floor of the 3.3 Building. It has a number of innovative coffee drinks, such as their signature Black Sugar Cinnamon Latte and Beehive Coffee. The café also provides homemade cakes and cookies that are perfect accompaniments to your coffee.
Walking into the dimly lit ON Emotions, you have to resist the temptation to order an alcoholic beverage, because it looks so much more like a pub than a café (well, it is also a pub). Try its signature Coffee Ice Ball, which features an ice ball made of frozen coffee, combined with milk in a glass.
The very spacious café is perfect for a large group of friends to meet up over delicious Western food and coffee drinks that are a bit fancier than those at Starbucks. Here you can chat with each other without having to worry about being too disturbing.
This café and bakery is more specialized in bread and cakes than coffee, so if you feel like grabbing some baked goods, it can be a good choice. Its Dirty Choco, a croissant made from extra chocolate, is a must-try, but the bread is so famous that you may need to line up for hours to buy one.
Cat cafés are increasingly dominating the café world in Beijing. If there’s a cat café cult, then Cat House Café is the cult’s Sanlitun branch. Here, it’s less about the coffee you drink and more about the felines who keep you company.
The Bookworm Beijing is probably the top go-to place for bookworms in Beijing. Just like its name states, the place is full of carefully selected English-language books and magazines. Apart from the bookstore and library, it is also a restaurant, café, and bar. What’s more, it holds talk shows and lectures, inviting local and international cultural celebrities from time to time.
The pâtisserie and café has enjoyable coffee, but it is mainly the desserts that draws in the flood of customers. From the good-looking desserts, to the greenhouse-like glass building, the off-while interior, and the gorgeous rooftop dining area, Tiens Tiens will help you earn tons of likes on Instagram.