• Cafe 1901

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  • White Veg-options

Serves meat, vegan options available. Set in a historical building with three levels of couches, booths, and tables set amongst a library-like setting. Menu includes several veg choices including veg pizza and "the veggie works" fries. Offers coffee from the Canadian brand Kicking Horse. Located near Beihai Park, 2 blocks from the Xisi subway stop. Open Mon-Sun 10:00am-11:00pm.

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5 Reviews

First Review by enRoute


Points +94

08 Dec 2018


There is no vegan options available. I ordered a sandwich for breakfast that should have been vegan but there were egg and cheese. Got a new one though. No vegan milks available.



Points +564

18 Jul 2018

Ok for vegetarians

Nice setting (didn't understand the history but it's a cool chill 3 story baroque building).
Tasty cheese sauce chips (my first time), 38rmb.
Pizza wasn't that cool. 90rmb and it seemed to have tomatoes instead of tomato sauce, and the cheese was very very mild. Interesting base (thick in places, thin in places, sometimes soggy, sometimes crispy -and like pastry at the edges).

OK if you need something and don't mind spending a bit extra - just don't set expectations high.


Points +24

10 Nov 2016

Basic cafe with very limited options

Not sure why it's listed in HappyCow. Like every european style cafe in Beijing, it's got some sandwiches, pasta and pizza on the menu. The only vegan options were a soup or margharita without cheese, which I managed to order after long negotiations. The extra toppings were never added, and the super doughy pizza was more like a ciabatta bread with tomatoes. The obly reason I'd go again is how quiet and empty the place was -- perfect to take a nap.

Pros: Quiet, cozy

Cons: Not really a place for veggie meal


Points +44

20 Jun 2014

An unexpected surprise

On our trip to Beijing, we stayed at Alborada Hostel, just down the street from this Cafe. (Closest train station - Xisi) It was the best way for us to start each day on our trip in Beijing. The first trip there, we had the veggie fries and the veggie pizza. I think we were so excited to have vegetarian food, we went overboard. The fries were a very large bowl of fries with dressing and vegetables on top. We were quite full and pleased with the food and options! In the morning, the coffee was perfect. :D

Pros: Proximity, Atmosphere, Free Wifi


Points +1401

10 Apr 2013

Charming little gem near Beihai park

What a cool place! I wandered in looking for coffee one day and was impressed by their strong Kicking Horse espressos. It wasn't till the third visit that I wandered upstairs and looked at the menu.

The place is huge, set in a gorgeous historical building, and filled with tables and booths for working on wifi or lounging. They have at least 5 menu items for veg/vegans; nothing compared to other restaurants in the city, but good for this area which has hardly anything. The veggie pizza isn't mind-blowing, but it's fun. Many workers understand veg concepts.

It's the kind of place I almost don't want to talk about too much to not give it away... but it deserves the support as it's a very cool little spot.

Pros: Gorgeous, Unique, Great Coffee

Cons: Limited veg options, Somewhat pricey

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