The Rug Café
It’s renowned as the world’s leading tea producing region, but China and its capital Beijing can still prove rather a challenge when it comes to finding a good cuppa joe. Happily then we discovered The Rug Café, whose organic, locally-sourced ingredients, internationally-inflected menu, industrial-tinged fit-out of comfy sofas, mismatched wooden furniture and hip art, not to mention killer coffee, have earned the Chaoyang flopspot the 2013 ‘City’s Best Café’ gong from Time Out Beijing.
Whether you pull up a chair inside or out on the alfresco patio, the vibe is cosy and the natural light plentiful, and the all-important coffee shop essential – fast and free WiFi – is readily accessible for the laptop-armed legions. Once settled in your place, turn next to the menu, where expertly-brewed and foam art-finished organic Sumatran coffees stand alongside a largely breakfast-based food offering including light-as-air pancakes topped with berries, a melange of yoghurt, cereal and fruit, French toast with jam, plus some unexpected items like make-your-own hash browns with optional sausage, avocado and egg toppers. There are pizzas, pastas, salads and soups for non breakfast-lovers, and if you’re staying on for dessert, the slow-baked cheesecake is a must. Caffeine fix-ed!