Cafe Zarah
Cosy German café on Gulou Dongdajie that does coffee, cocktails and a selection of cakes and sandwiches. Also serves as an art space where regular events and photo exhibitions are held.
T: 86.01 8403 9807, Gulou Dongdajie No. 42, Dongcheng District, Beijing
Mao Live
Industrial-cool music venue liked for its warehouse space and vintage furniture. The floor tapers down towards the stage, so punk rockers and crowd-haters alike are always spoilt for choice between the pit and a high view.
T: 64025080, 111 Gulou Dongdajie, Dongcheng district, Beijing
Xiao Xin’s Café
Located in one of the capital’s oldest hutong areas and somewhat of a confectionary legend, this boho café boasts the best cheesecake in Beijing, amongst other such cakes and pastries, all of which Xiao Xin himself hand makes.
T: 6403 6956, 103 Nanluoguxiang, Dongcheng district, Beijing
Yugong Yishan
Grungy live music venue that used to be located in a car park opposite the Worker’s stadium. Sadly it had to be demolished to make way for the Beijing Olympics, but the new upscale venue has kept its unpretentious charm and loyal clientele with its high quality live acts.
T: 010 64042711, West courtyard (former site of Duan Qirui Government),Zhang Zizhong Road 3-2, Dongcheng District, Beijing
Cafe De La Poste
Quaint French bistro in a atmospheric hutong setting. Renowned for its steak and good selection of wines and pastis.
T: 86. 01 6402 7047, 58 Yonghegong Dajie, Dongcheng, Houhai, Beijing