Where to Shop in Beijing
Collected by Lisa Gay
2 Jiuxianqiao Rd, Chaoyang Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100096
How a complex of German-built factories became one of East Asia’s hottest art destinations is also the story of modern China. When construction on a number of electronics factories began in Dashanzi in 1956, the area was farmland. Joint...
China, Beijing Shi, Chaoyang Qu, S Sanlitun Rd, 三里屯南街4号院 邮政编码: 100001
A lending library with more than 10,000 English-language books. A weekly slate of events, from poetry readings to winetastings to quizzes to movie screenings. A full menu of food. A superb single malt collection. "Something for everyone" sounds...
19 Sanlitun Rd, SanLiTun, Chaoyang Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100027
Before Sanlitun Village (or, technically, Sanlitun Taikoo Li), the district was better known for fake alcohol and drug-fueled fights. Post-village, the development has become a veritable catwalk for Beijing's fashionistas. The complex is split...
Despite its name, within this mall are shops selling all manner of electronics, watches, clothing, handbags, suitcases, and, of course, jewelry, including hundreds of pearls in every conceivable shape, size, and color. You can buy jewelry already...
Wangfujing St, WangFuJing, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100738
A crowded shopping street with interesting, if jumbled, architecture, Wangfujing used to be the premier shopping district in Beijing. Cheap souvenir shops jostle for breathing space next to giant malls that have all the same stores you can find...
201 Gulou E St, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100007
One of the main avenues through Beijing's old hutong district, Gulou East Street (or, Gulou Dong Dajie) specializes in vintage clothing, Japanese imports, cheap musical instruments and dodgy video game shops. While stores tend to pop up and shut...
13 Guozijian St, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100007
Once you wrap up a tour of the Confucius Temple, take a stroll down the scholar tree-lined lane for shops both of the traditional and modern variety. The most intriguing shop is undoubtedly Jingcheng Baixing, where you can find increasingly rare...
Maliandao Rd, Xicheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China
Literally all the tea in China (okay, we exaggerate a bit), Maliandao hawks every conceivable type of tea available. The market is primarily for wholesalers, which explains the utilitarian look of the stores based around this one-kilometer or so...
12 Xinyuan Xili E St, Chaoyang Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100027
Ditch those generic qipaos for stylish threads you'd actually wear out. German fashion designer Kathrin von Rechenberg combines Eastern aesthetics with Western tailoring—and the results are effortlessly fashionable garments. Her signature product...
19 Sanlitun Rd, SanLiTun, Chaoyang Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100001
This venue has permanently closed. This store in Taikoo Li North, run by media mogul Hung Huang, has a beautiful and carefully curated selection of local Chinese designers and artists. Many of these signature designs, often found nowhere else, are...
9 Dongdaqiao Rd, Chaoyang Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100001
A mall for people who hate malls, the Parkview Green showcases playful modern art within a stunning glass pyramid. Oh yes, and you can shop here, too. Labels include Stella McCartney and Ted Baker, but don't forget to check out high-concept...
9 Guanghua Rd, GuoMao, Chaoyang Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100001
This faux-European mall is perhaps most famous for the giant LCD screen unfurled overhead—once the sun sets, locals congregate underneath to dance in groups and let the kids scamper about. Grab an outdoor table and kick back to watch Chinese...
18 Jiuxianqiao Rd, Chaoyang Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100096
A family-friendly mall next to East Hotel, Indigo Mall features a selection of Western brands as well as plenty of shops geared towards kids. Standouts include funky furniture shop Little Chic and jnby by JNBY for pint-sized fashion plates....
69 Gaobeidian Old Furniture St, Chaoyang Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100123
Specializing in both antiques and immaculate reproductions, Lily's Antiques is the place to go for a Chinese curio to take (or ship) home. The showrooms are admittedly aspirational (how exactly do you use a Chinese medicine cabinet?), but do...
Wu Dao Ying Hu Tong, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100011
Wander along this recently gentrified hutong lined with quirky shops, international restaurants, and vintage curios. Veggies will appreciate the two vegan-friendly restaurants on this street (King's Joy and Veggie Table), while animal lovers will...
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