Where to have coffee in Beijing 北京
For me, one of the most important parts of exploring a new place is knowing where to stop for a great coffee on the way. I spend a lot of time researching and finding some of the most popular coffee shops in each area alongside some smaller, up and coming, local favourites. I've decided to start sharing my experiences and hopefully help save you some time in finding your next caffeine fix wherever you are in the world!
In this blog we’ll be exploring what China has to offer!
It may take you by surprise that speciality coffee even exists here! I read recently that instant coffee still makes up around 80 percent of China's coffee market. But, despite the stats it seems the third wave is beginning to take hold throughout the nation. So, if you find yourself in China and in need of a great coffee, here are some of our favourites that you can find in Beijing.
#1 Voyage Coffee
Just around the corner from the crowds on Nanluoguxiang, at 80 Beiluoguxiang, is the cool little coffee shop, Voyage Coffee. A great spot to work in with plenty of seating and a quiet atmosphere. The staff are really friendly and happy to talk through the different speciality coffee options available. It happened to be a little busy when we got there in the afternoon and so had to wait a few minutes to get a seat, but the coffee was worth the wait. I've heard from other reviews that it was totally empty when they visited so not necessarily a busy place to stop. I had a flat white and a delicious 'Cherry Red' pour over. An all around nice place to stop and enjoy.
Gulou / Beiluoguxiang / Jiugulou Dajie 鼓楼北锣鼓巷旧鼓楼大街
80 Beiluogu Xiang
#2 Maan Coffee
Korean-run Maan Coffee has 9 locations around Beijing. However, while it is a growing chain they’ve so far managed to hold on to their relaxed and creative atmosphere, with beautiful interiors that are unique to each shop.
We sat beside bookshelf lined open brick walls, under vintage chandeliers, on studded leather armchairs. It was a great place to set up to do some work as you’ll find outlets under literally every table! They have some great specialty coffee on offer, brewed by their team of baristas that are trained in Maan’s Roasting Factory and Coffee School in Jiangfu. We ordered the 'Maan Coffee' which turned out to be black coffee in a giant mug. It kept us caffeinated for the rest of the day! Oh and waffles. You have to try the waffles!
7 Jiangtai Xilu
#3 Alba Cafe
A cool space in the middle of the touristic area (formerly e.a.t) popular for it’s English and American breakfast that they serve all day. Great food and great coffee that you can enjoy at their bar, in comfortable sofas or on their rooftop terrace. A nice escape from the busy streets of Beijing. Plus they stay open until 2am, so it’s the perfect place to finish up after a long day of exploring the city!
Nanluoguxiang / Gulou Dongdajie 南锣鼓巷鼓楼东大街
70 Gulou Dongdajie (east of Nanluogu Xiang)
Asking for coffee in the local language
你好! 我要一杯咖啡。 (nǐ hǎo! wǒ yào yī bēi kā fēi.) — Hello! I would like a cup of coffee.
Types of coffee
拿铁 (ná tiě) — Latte
浓缩咖啡 (nóng suō kā fēi) — Espresso
卡布奇诺 (kǎ bù jī nuò) — Cappuccino
摩卡 (mó kǎ) — Mocha
美式咖啡 (měi shì kā fēi) — Americano
玛奇朵 (mǎ qí duǒ) — Macchiato
星冰乐 (xīng bīng lè) — Frappuccino
冷萃 (lěng cuì) — Cold brew
茶 (chá) — Tea
Sizes of coffee
小杯 (xiǎo bēi) — Short
中杯 (zhōng bēi) — Tall
大杯 (dà bēi) — Grande
超大杯 (chāo dà bēi) — Venti
Thanks for reading! If you know other coffee shops in Beijing that we should add to the list, let us know in the comments below…