Whether you're a student catching up on essays or a freelancer who can't yet afford a coworking space
, there is a long and noble tradition of staking out a spot in a trendy café, ordering precisely one coffee, and lapping up the atmosphere and free Wi-Fi for hours on end.
Nearly all cafés in Beijing are vaguely laptop-friendly, but some are definitely more suitable than others. What we want is a fast internet connection, a spacious interior that's not too noisy, decent coffee, at least some kind of food option and, most of all, vibes. Here's our pick of the best places to start your start-up, finish your novel, or both (MacBooks non-obligatory).