The manager, Mr Wang, is extremely welcoming and despite his limited English goes out of his way to make sure all his customers have what they need. He’ll think nothing of you ordering one coffee then staying here for a couple of hours to check your emails. In fact, his staff will even keep supplying you with glasses of water for as long as you stay.
The decor includes some beautiful antique-looking Tibetan furniture. The seats, though, are modern and comfortable, and you can sit out on the street in warm weather.
The coffee (from ¥20) is decent. There’s also a selection of Chinese teas and some Western food (including all-day breakfasts), cakes and biscuits to nibble on while you rest-up.
Note, there is no sign with the cafe’s English name on it. Look instead for the coffee logos, “illy” and “Julius Meinl”.
25 Guozijian Jie
Yonghegong Lama Temple (500m)