Sandglass Cafe

www.misopeckish.comSandglass Cafe is a tiny, quaint and sleepy cafe in Mao’er Hutong, where it’s entrance is located down this short and small path which looks like you are entering into someones house.

As you walk in, the look and feel of the cafe provides a quiet refuge from the hustle and bustle of the the main thorough fare – one of a few hip cafes in the area.

It comes complete with shelves full of odd knick-knacks gathering dust in a traditional Chinese interior, serving good coffee along with a range of beer and spirits.  This cafe seems to attract a specific type of customers being tourists.

Flat White – Nice coffee and perhaps the best coffee we have had while in China.  The coffees served at the Hotels were of no match.  But then again we did not make much effort in finding good espresso coffee.  I was more interested in getting good local food.  Good double shot espresso with a  velvety warm milk.

I came across this cafe when I was looking for some place quiet to escape from the noise and crowds of Nanluogu Xiang. This was the perfect place to do so. Laid back and relaxed, I sat down for a while, had a drink, ate their bacon spaghetti and surfed the net using their wifi. Entering this place felt like you were not in Nanluogu Xiang at all. The staff there do not speak very much English so be very clear with your orders. I wanted to order orange juice and they didn’t know what it was. Orders also took a long time to arrive. Despite that, the food and drinks delivered were actually of high quality.

Location:  1 Mao’Er Hutong (opposite 88 Nanluogu Xiang), Dongcheng District, Beijing, China

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