My favorite way to start a day in Tianzifang is with a hearty breakfast at Kommune. With a notably large courtyard, it's a fabulous place to kick off a warm-weathered day and even if you're a little chilly, the coffee comes in bowl sized mugs that will warm you right up.
Open from 7am-1am daily.
(They also have a great wraps at lunch and a happy hour from 5pm-7pm)
Tianzifang is once an old quarter turned into a mecca of creative art boutiques . It is literary an East-meets-West scene where you see all products designed by locals who are either from China or any other countries, in restored tiny buildings that are back to back with local residencies.
The scene is pretty international and though it is definitely a tourist spot, you get to hang with pretty interesting crowds. There are many cafes and bars you can casually hop in, but Kommune is the heart of Tianzifang with large outside seating space and Communist-infused interior inside.
Sip on their cappuccino and enjoy people watching - you can easily hang there for hours taking advantage of their free wifi too.