Hidden in one of Beijing’s newest artsy hútong near the Confucius Temple is Trainspotting. Yes, the name is taken from the cult British novel, but there is nothing seedy about this well-designed café with floor-to-ceiling windows. 46 Fangjia Hutong is one of the latest government sponsored creative zones and Trainspotting uses the former factory location to capitalize on industrial chic. When you enter there is a high-ceilinged bar area with a small loft for additional tables but the prime location is the main dining room that overlooks a grassy lawn and the Red Theatre – a new home for modern dance. The café’s contemporary Chinese cuisine is primarily from the southwest and there are good staples such as beef rice noodle soup and sweet glutinous rice. Locals like the fruit tea and the double espresso will put hair on your chest. Trainspotting is also known for its independent film screenings and weekly cultural events such as book talks and lectures by Chinese artists and directors.