Craving a cheesecake? Or cheese in general? This place will get you sorted.
Conveniently located halfway between Sanlitun and Gulou, this dessert/ salad / cheese place is a great place to work from. Why?
- Free unlimited filter coffee and tea refills
- Comfy chairs and sofas
- Good wifi
- Right next to Zhangzizhonglu (line 5) station
- Like 10 kinds of good cheesecakes (RMB28)
- Massive salads (RMB28)
The only annoying things:
- Some 5 French songs spinning on repeat all day. Bring headphones. Gosh makes me wonder how does the staff deal with it?!
- Stinks like durian- they have durian cheesecakes and some kind of durian rice cheese dish
- The bathroom is outside around the corner. A hutong bathroom. Means you have to leave your shit to go pee. Then suddenly you regret all the refills
- Chinese teenagers love this spot, especially after 6pm
Cheese’s tuna salad
257 Donsibei dajie, Dongcheng, Beijing
After all this time working around Sanlitun and Gulou I finally made to the mysterious “far-away coworking spot in 798” which turns out has a name of YuanFen Flow. And it’s friggin awesome. You’ll have to see it for yourself, but imagine a combination of a contemporary art gallery, a loft, ex-ceramic insulator plant, someone’s house and of course a co-working space with hot desks, private offices and a cafe.
We were greeted by the chairman and curator- David Ben Kay who made us feel like at home, offered us some heavenly Vietnamese coffee and showed us around his creation- a 10 year’s worth of building, furnishing and decorating.
A day at this space will set you back 50RMB (including free flow of coffee!) or if you’re ready to commit for a month- 500RMB. There are some great deals for small teams to rent an office space too.
Despite the somewhat long commute (and too many temptations to ditch work and hangout in galleries and design shops), this place is truly a catch. I’ll be based here for now!
798 art district, Seven Stars East Street
(In between At Cafe and the Cave cafe)
I finally made it to The Bookworm and I’m thinking, where have you been all my life (in Beijing)! It is a bookshop, library, bar, restaurant and events space, and you’ll find it in Beijing, Suzhou and Chengdu.
It is super spacious, quiet- I mean no teenagers babbling, but latin lounge music is loud enough in some parts of the place.
Excellent location right across the Sanlitun Village and it’s a short walk from the Tuanjiehu (line 10) station.
You’ll find good internet, comfortable seating for your taste- comfy armchairs, tall bar stools, even spots for working standing up. You’ll find lots of books and even a piano if you wish to take a break from working.
Slightly on the downside – although their menu will satisfy your craving for western food, it’s on the pricier side, with breakfast 40-90RMB, 50-70 RMB sandwiches and salads.
One day I’m biking to Sanlitun and I see this masive Maan Coffee place that has a terrace and just looks grand. Had to check it out!
It turns out it’s one of the coolest places I’ve found so far to work from in Beijing- and 10 mins from the house so.. score! Bonus- open 9am-2am.
Talking about score, RMB19 for a large coffee and delicious waffles on the menu (RMB25-60), lots of space (it’s huge), a terrace (smokers will aprreciate) and just a very fancy yet cool atmosphere. It was very nice and quiet in the morning, but around 4 the students tarted creeping in doing their schoolwork and making noise. I also had a Skype call to make and it was just too noisy and the internet was not good for that.
So I’ll definitely be back there, but will make sure sto stop working or leave somehwere else in the afternoon.
Hard to miss: Due West of Workers’ Stadium North Gate, Gongti Bei Lu, Sanlitun, Chaoyang district / 朝阳区工体北路工体北门西
After spending some time at tha Garage cafe, I ventured out to see what’s else around there, primarily because my VPN wasn’t working at the Garage cafe.
3wcoffee is a two floor coffee place next to Teamwork cafe, well equipped for work and co-work. Good wifi (router with VPN), electrical sockets by nearly every table, upstairs quiet area for meetings or calls. Coffee was good (RMB28) and it wasn’t too crowded.
1 Shanyuan St. (Caihefang Rd., At 1/F of Lifangting), Beijing 100080