Hg2 : The Hedonist


Europhiles and Eurotrash flock to this tastefully sketchy Italian bar and café. The interior is slightly faded but the burnt orange velvet banquet that snakes its way around the back wall is extremely cozy. During the day it is filled with Beijing’s transient freelance community posting their blogs via the free Wifi and mainlining anything caffeinated. The tried and tested bruschetta, pizza and pasta provide much needed sustenance. The hot chocolate is also surprisingly delicious. Most nights Aperitivo is full of chain-smoking European students and businessmen as well as the French hairdressers who work in the Eric Paris salon upstairs. There is a selection of Italian and New World wine by the bottle and by the glass; if you’re with a friend it’s more economical to share. As soon as the ice begins to melt, the café’s shrub-lined terrasse in the middle of Sanlitun’s hubbub becomes one of the most coveted tables in town.

43 Sanlitun Beijie Nanlu,
6417 7793
Opening Times
daily, 10am-2am
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