Nestled in the heart of Beijing’s Sanlitun, Taikoo Li shopping district is a cute little Japanese café – Gelato Pique. So little that you most likely will walk past without even knowing it’s there. In fact, I spent almost a year in Beijing without even tasting their delectable French-style pancakes until one morning before work I randomly strolled past what looked like a quaint little European style cottage. The white panes lining the windows created the sweetest look and were inviting as ever, leading me to wander inside and order a cappuccino.
What is Gelato Pique?
Gelato Pique Café is a Japanese creperie that originated in the Shibuya district of Tokyo. The creperie is actually an extension of the major fashion brand Gelato Pique which specializes in charming breezy beach-like outfits.
We tried our best to look charming and breezy and dressed up in some cute H n M inspired beach outfits!
The café has a delightful Japanese take on the French-cottage look with light wooded surfaces, pastel-coloured walls and an open kitchen that allows you to watch the chef making your pancakes right from your chair. It really does make you feel like you’re sitting in a little European café. That of course, is topped with a touch of Japanese hospitality from the staff who always so attentive in ensuring that your water glasses are constantly filled and your pancakes are served just as you wish.
What to order?
The menu itself is filled with a variety of savoury crêpes and sweet pancakes with fresh fruit and real gelato. We ordered pancakes and cappuccinos, as usual.
If you look close enough, you will see little reminders of Japan – right down to the little sakuras drawn on the top of your cappuccino.
Their secret crêpe recipe is said to use imported French flour, Chile sugar and delicious butter. That could by why they taste so delicious!
You can also order brunch if you’re hungry. We tried the butternut soup and pesto chicken.
Where is Gelato Pique located?
Gelato Pique can be found at S5-15B Taikoo Li Sanlitun, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District
Take the metro line 10 and get off at Tuanjiehu Station. Leave through Exit A and then walk westwards towards the Taikoo Li Shopping area. They are open daily between 10 am – 10 pm.