Address: No. 7, Lane 210 Taikang Lu
No. 7, Lane 210 Taikang Lu
near Sinan Lu
A hub for the artsy crowd on Taikang Lu, this café draws painters, potters and designers out of their creative hubs into this sunny courtyard with the smell of bacon and coffee. Enjoy the garden setting as a chef barbecues up a colorful mix of eggs, bacon, tomato, toast and hash browns.
Kommune Café is a Shanghai institution that has been serving the artsy bohemian crowed for over a decade with some of the best coffee and grub in town. A foundation in the Tian Zi Fang neighborhood, their sunny courtyard is an urban oasis complete with fantastic fresh squeezed juices, smoothies and signature café style food. Whether you are trying their famous breakfasts, juicy fresh cocktails, or immersing yourself in one of their gigantic mugs of coffee the Kommune welcomes you everyday of the year from 7am – 1am. For breakfast time bring us an International newspaper in any languages no older than 3 days and you will get FREE coffee or hot chocolate!! Finally done: The renovation of our bar! So much space! So much fresh air! We are raging! Spring is back and Kommune celebrated the warm evenings with it's "Knock Off!" Drown your working day in a big bucket full with ice cold Tsing Taos (100rmb) or large Heinekens (150rmb). Or have a 2 for 1 deal on all cocktails, long drinks and basic house spirits. Every day from 7pm - 9pm in Shanghai's sunniest backyard!
Published by kommune3 on 12/04/2004
Visited on 05/19/2013
Worst service ever because of the worst manager! We went there for brunch. Asked for a table for 2 from a waitress when we arrive. She acknowledged then walked away with no action. 10 mins later, we talked to her again then she appointed us to talk to the manager Teejay! At that time, another lady and a young couple were waiting as well. The manager decided to give us a table first. Then the young couple indicated they also waited long. So the manager changed our order to be the last to be seated. BTW, all other people waiting there were white and we are the only Chinese. Before we tried to talk, the manager Teejay started shouting "Does it matter? I will give you a table anyway. What is your problem? If you have a problem, go away!" Of course we don't mind being served last or 2nd last. But we cannot bear being shouted by a restuarant manager for no reason. We also cannot bear the racial discrimination.
The restuarant is not bad. The manager Teejay has been worked there for a year (as he said) is horrible. So this will be the last place I recommend to go if you want a fair treatment.
Yesterday my friends and I had brunch at Kommune and it was a total dissaster.
there where like 20 waiters but they had no control of things. We had to remember them everytime for the things we ordered , sometimes we even cancelled things because there where too late..
so , bad service , orders where forgotten total caos. The worst part is , we ordered the bill and they did not charge us for 60% of the things we ordered. they forgot to charge us our breakfast , the forgot desserts , thats how lost they where....
A real big thanks for all comments, it really does help us to grow and improve, and is a big part of the reason why we continue to strive after so many years.
Come September we will growing, the long arm of Kommunism reaching a little further..
New balconies, a games room, private rooms, new menu and feel.
If you want more info or invites for the openings just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Stay strong, stay Kommunest
Leader of Propaganda
went to kommune for few drinks with friend before we decided where to have dinner, just don't wanna move my ass again once i set down, nice and unique old chinese yard, relaxing that's what it is,all the pressure from work was gone, i ordered the special -roast duck with rasin cous cous for my dinner, personally i am a duck fan. first the portion is bbbbbbbbbig two duck legs, rasin couscous, countryside salad and crusty bread ,duck legs were so nice and soft with spices flavor, skin was crispy more like a confit dish, rasin cous cous was fresh perfect for summer, i finshed very thing on my plate. thinking of going back tonight again, good job kommune, highly recommend!
worst hot chocolate in the world, I actually asked the staff to take it back...and the manager, instead of coming over himself asking what went wrong, he asked some chinese dude to us... and the food was just okay...nothing worth re-visiting for.
Easily one of the top places to stop for food around the Taikang Road area. Take a wrap and a seat in the back lane of Kommune, and you're set for the next couple of hours.
One of the best Sunday hangover breakfast place in the world! Ack! I can't get enough! I love coming here on a weekend, enjoying their beautiful patio & people watch. The location is perfect! There breakfast is nothing spectacular, it's exactly what you get back in Ozzie, UK, Canada or America. They have lots of the Ozzie beers that are a little hard to find in Shanghai.
Well recommended for visitors to Shanghai.
Tucked away in the myriad of shops and cafes in Taikang Lu is Kommune. I love this place. Not because it's an Aussie joint and I'm biased, but because I love how it transforms from a cosy casual cafe by day... to a laid back pub by night. How very Australian! I'm a big fan of Taikang Lu itself - I like the cobblestone paths, the narrow alleyways, and the crazy maze that you can spend ages pottering around in, poking around at all the little shops and cafes.
Kommune is fairly reasonably priced considering it's Western food, and the staff are friendly and efficient. They always seem to be packed to the brim with people.. though we did spy a foreigner girl that had her Macbook out and was there for HOURS (literally, we passed by 1-2 hours later and she was still there) without ordering a thing, for as long as we were there, and was just there taking up a table and bumming their free wifi. Not very polite, considering there were customers waiting for a table. Yet the staff didn't chase her out, which I thought was very decent of them.
The cafe is small, and crammed with sofas and little rickety wooden benches you perch your food on. Their famous drink is, by far, their **large coffee**, which comes in a HUMONGOUS cup, basically a large bowl. It's a "triple size" coffee, and I could basically stick my whole head into the empty cup. Fabulous! We had the mocha and it was rich, creamy, and really hit the spot.
I also thoroughly enjoyed their **Big Breakfast**, a storm of roast potatoes, beans, tomatos, mushrooms, bacon, sausages, eggs, toast... jammed onto a large rectangular plate. A dieter's nightmare :P Total comfort food and it was delicious. I was impressed that the bacon was real rashers of bacon with minimal fat/rind, and that the scrambled eggs were creamy and rich. Absolutely no complaints about the meal - it was a perfect, casual brunch.
Photos here: http://beverly.livejournal.com/786398.html
(just to finish my review)...but slightly undercooked and covered in coconut flakes that didn't add to the flavour or presentation at all.
The help-yourself-to-water in the cooler is a nice touch. The service was better than I remembered it was.
I went on a weekday afternoon for a coffee break, so I had a table outside without any problem and only 1 or 2 tourists with cameras clicking nearby.
Instead of an espresso, I decided on a coffee milkshake (RMB35). I asked the waiter to make sure it was thick and not watery. The milkshake came to the table in the old-fashioned milkshake tin and was nice and cold, and thick! But at the end was a bit too sweet and watered down perhaps from the ice.
I was in a sweet mood so I also ordered a chocolate cake. It was moist
Honestly - it isn't a nice sunny place to have lunch if you're being hovered around by everyone +1 waiting for a seat outside. You can't really blame the place for it, it's just that Tianzifang has blown up and on the weekends (when I can make it out here) there are far too many people. Add to that the strange selection of music (very uptempo) and I have to say the atmosphere misses the mark. As well, the sandwich I got last time seemed like something I could make for 1/2 the price using the same City Shop ingredients they put together (without as much love). That said, the Potato Wedges are a must, delicious. On a quiet weekday I think it might be a nice place to relax.
went there for the very first time and unfortunately couldn't get a seat outside but still felt so good just being around. the area is good too and gonna go another time.
Valentine’s Day 14th Feb, 2010, 4pm Kommune presents Valentine's High T. Come not with your LOVER but the ones you LOVE! Order our special Valentines High T Deluxe cake platter (especially made to share with friends) with Kommune's famous massive double cappuccino or hot/ iced chocolate and you'll receive an entry in our lucky draw to win 2 free drinks EVERY NIGHT for 2 months values at 4,500 RMB all guests who order our Valentine's High T or spend RMB200 + will get a very special surprise gift too.
Went to Kommune with a big bunch of friends working off a hangover. It was raining but we were able to sit outside under a huge umbrella. The Kommune is one of the best places for an outdoor eating experience. I had a falafel wrap with a fresh tortilla/wrap that was delicious! Make sure to walk around Tianzifang after. Great service, great place, great food, a little bit expensive, but worth it.
A hub for the artsy crowd on Taikung Lu, this cafe draws people from
all over Shanghai into the sunny courtyard with the smell of the best
coffee in China. Patrons enjoy a relaxed setting under the tree with
great service and better music. Fantastic fresh squeezed juices and
smoothies compliment a delicious cafe style menu. A quality venue for
breakfast, lunch or dinner and even late night drinks. Kids eat free
before 10am every day
add: The yard, No7, 210 Taikang Rd, shanghai, 200025PRC
tel: 021 6445 2416
We had lunch here, and the food was disappointing: a flavorless omelet, a bland falafel and a warm smoothie.
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One of the first places I went to in Shanghai, and I was pleasantly surprised. Ordered the large cappuccino, the person working the espresso machine created a work of art with the milk on top. The size well it looked liked something you would get when you order a super size drink at 7-11, you really needed to hands to pick it up. It tasted great and with the large piece of carrot cake that went with it I was all filled up.
Kommune has character, good service and I highly recommended it.
woo-hoo! i'll be there soon then
We launched a new menu on Friday, 9 May featuring potato wedges with sour cream and sweet chilli sauce, a couple of new mains, more sandwiches, snacks (think mixed platers of spring rolls) along with all of the old favourites, like our lasagne and daily specials.
This has long been one of the best places to sit outside in Shanghai and, although Taikang Lu is getting busier and busier these days, Kommune is still one of the places to head to on a summer's afternoon. A lovely setting and a relaxed atmosphere make it a great place for a few drinks and bite to eat in the sunshine.
The Great Ozzie Barbecue on a Wednesday night is obscenely good too, with all you could hope for from that name - those Australians really know what they're doing when it comes to barbecues. Now, if only they could get some chips on the menu...
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