We love an awe-inspiring gallery gander, and what better way to top off the day than with a well-earned munch? After taking in Chinese collector Li Bing’s staggering private art collection at the Jing Yuan Art Center, you can now retire to its spanking-new split-level resto-cafe for a post-culture crawl refuel. But your average canteen this ain’t!
A trio of esteemed local architects from Robot3 Design – Fei Pan, Zhi-Bang Shao, and Xiao-Han Li – have converted this former office space into a wow-worthy branch of Shan Cafe. Inspired by the original Shan at the foot of Beijing’s Fragrant Hills, humble materials including cardboard, wood, ceramic and brick, have been elevated to new heights in this bold, beautiful and belief-defying space.
‘Shan’ means mountain, and the all-natural decor evokes the feel of a countryside escape in the city, channelling bracing walks through airy peaks. Interiors feature a rustic log cabin booth and a sculptural hillside installation, with earthy pendant lighting, raw timber tables, planters bursting with greenery, and cosy nooks spread over a ground-floor and mezzanine.
What’s more, there’s kicky coffee, fresh pasta and buttery pastries on the menu, so you can kick back with your Mac, discuss art buys over a cappuccino, get your culture-n-carbs fix, or simply soak up the urban-farm vibe. Just wow.Shan Cafe / Jingyuan Art Center / Chaoyang / +86 10 8482 7131