Stumbling upon Palette, a quiet Dongzhimen bakery and cafe nestled beside That’s Mandarin (a language school we're still waiting on royalties from for the name), you wouldn’t think too much of it. The ‘antique cafe with a modern twist’ design is charming, but nothing new. It’s the three diplomas from Le Cordon Bleu and all the classic finds of French patisseries that really catch our eye. The flaky croissants (RMB16) and the buttery mini brioche pastries (RMB8) are pleasantly sweet. Macarons come in four pastel-colored varieties: litchi-rose-raspberry, jasmine tea-white chocolate, lemon curd and blueberry-raspberry (RMB12 each). The coffee is a pleasant accompaniment to the sweets, with even sweeter prices. A basic Americano is RMB18, with a café latte at RMB33. Despite the dainty selection, Palette makes for a nice spot to relax and say au revoir to Beijing for an afternoon.
[Cover image via That's Beijing]