Comptoirs de France
One of Beijing’s only high-end Western style bakeries, the Comptoirs de France is also a stylish café perfect for a tête-à-tête. With its origins in a nineteenth-century watermill in Fountainbleau, the Comptoirs de France carries on the family tradition of its founder Benjamin Devos for high-quality baked goods. Inside, the café has chic white leather booths and bright, glass display cases full of éclairs, Napoleons and cheesecake. The viennoiseries, made with imported butter from Normandy, are in a league of their own. We love their pain au raisin and chausson aux pommes with perfectly flaked pastry. For lunch there are freshly made sandwiches with homemade breads ranging from walnut to Vienna baguette. But the real test of a French bakery must be its macaroons and the Comptoirs de France does not fall short with intriguing flavors such as Bourbon vanilla, chocolate with Sichuan pepper, and salted caramel.