Here it is a perfect guide to shopping paradise in Beijing !!! The choice is seriously overwhelming. Go, stroll through alleys, find your items you want to buy AND bargain, never agree for a price given by a shop owner. Start with at least 50% less. Have fun and enjoy 🙂
Sanlitun Yashow Market/三里屯雅秀服装市场- 58 Gongti Beilu/工体北路58号. Four floors of fabulous shopping. Situated in the Sanlitun Village, this is a great area for both upmarket designer goods and markets that sell copied goods. Meaning you can check out the real goods in the Sanlitun Village and then go next door to check out the copy version. Yashow Market sells bags, shoes, clothing, jewelry & souvenir knick knacks.
Silk Market – Xiushui Dongjie nr. 8, Jianguomenwai Dajie Chaoyangmen District/秀水街商场 朝阳区建国门外大街秀水东街8号. In the old days this area was known for selling silk fabrics. The silk market is now famous for its copy goods and sells almost everything you could possible want.
Hong Qiao Pearl Market – Tiantan Donglu 46
Dongcheng / 红桥市场东城区天坛东路46号. Similar to the one in Shanghai but this one is five levels of jewelry stores selling mainly real stones, pearls and jewels. This is a women’s mecca for shopping for bling – and real bling at that!
Muxiyuan Fabric Market/木樨园纺织品市场 – Dahongmen Lu, south of Muxiyuan Qiao on South Third Ring Road, Fengtai District/丰台区南三环木樨园桥往南大红门路木樨园长途汽车站南侧. A sewers and designers dream! In this place you will need at least a whole day if not two! They have everything imaginable for all your sewing needs, along with tailors to help those of us who are unable to sew!
Sanyuanli Market/ 三源里菜市场 – Shun Yuan Jie, Dongsanhuan/朝阳区东三环顺源街. This market sells all types of vegetable, fruit, meat & seafood – and items not usually sold in most supermarkets- like avocados, passionfruit, lemon grass, kaffir leaves, brussel sprouts etc..all at whole market prices.
Gaobeidian Furniture Street/高碑店家具一条街- Gaobeidian Village, Chaoyang District/高碑店古家 具一条街, 华伦家具店. My favorite is Lily’s Antiques which is four floors of antiques and antiquities. This whole street sells furniture and knick knacks for your apartments and house.
798 Art Zone(798 Yìshùqū)/798 艺术区 – Alleys number 2 and 4 on Jiǔxiānqiáo Lù (酒仙桥路). This large art area has a lot of independent stores selling and displaying all types of art, mixed in with souvenir shops.
Sanlitun Building/三里屯 – If you are shopping in the Yashow Market and need something to eat check out the Sanlitun Building next door. The 3rd & 4th floors have a very good range of restaurants- both in price and food styles.The 3rd floor has the famous western Cafe “Element Fresh” (which by the way has Happy Hour from 4pm till 8pm!) & a new Western Restaurant called “Sandwich Heaven”- both very reasonably priced with very good quality food.
Temple Restaurant -#23, Shatan Beijie, off WuSi DaJie, Dongcheng District/東城區五四大街以北，沙滩北街23号. Tel: 84002232. Open 11.30am-2.30pm and 6.00pm- 10.00pm daily. This restaurant is situated in a restored Temple and serves French cuisine with local Chinese teas. Price range is moderate and the food and service is excellent as it is managed by a Frenchman called Ignace Lecleir. http://www.temple-restaurant.com/
China Lounge/ 唐廊- Inside Workers’ Stadium South Gate, Chaoyang District/唐廊餐厅位于工人体育场南门院内（富国海底世界旁) Tel: 10 6501 1166. Fusion/Chinese up-market cuisine. I love this restaurant because of the service and the style of the food plus it’s a great place to take guests as it has beautiful surroundings. www.chinalounge.cn.
Capital M – 3/F, No.2 Qianmen Pedestrian Street
(just south of Tian’anmen Square)/前门步行街2号3层
邮编. Tel:10 6702 2727. If you are in the Forbidden City/Tian’anmen Square area & would love to go somewhere special-check out Capital M. This is the same guy who has set up the famous M on the Bund restaurants and as usual his restaurant serves impeccably created food- a little on the pricey side but well worth the experience. Check out http://www.m-restaurantgroup.com.
Beijing Duck Chuan Lu Flavor – Zhongjie Xinyuanxili Chaoyang District, Dongerhuan Rd. Tel: 10 6467 4391. There are hundreds of Beijing Duck restaurants in Beijing so finding just one to pick is like a needle in a hay stack as most of them are very good. This is the original recipe that hasn’t changed since they began. Good value for money and a great atmosphere. Don’t forget when eating Beijing Duck they normally only serve the skin so don’t be surprised if you don’t see the rest of the duck!, normally the rest of the duck will served to you as a soup, it is very delicious and well worth trying…
Ali Olio Italian Restaurant – 1 Chaoyang Park West Gate/
朝阳公园西门1号Tel: 10 6594 0938. www.alioolio.com. This is my favourite Italian restaurant! It has a great range of traditional Italian food home style. Open for Lunch and Dinner and does takeaway. It also has a great house wine and is reasonably priced.
Right next door to Ali Olio is Jenny Lou which a great place to pick up any foreign supermarket foods that you can’t find anywhere else. She has a wide range of cheeses, breads, baking goodies and a lot more on offer, so why not drop in for a pizza and do your grocery shopping at the same time!
City Shop – B1 The Grand Summit,19 Dong Fang Lu East ChaoYang District(Liàngmǎqiáo Wàijiāo Gōngyù Huìsuǒ)/东方东路19号亮马桥外交公寓会所地下一层, 星巴克旁边.Tel: 10 85323488. The same chain as in Shanghai, this is a franchised Supermarket catering to foreign tastes. A little on the expensive side but worth it if you are craving for some home goodies that you have not been able to get elsewhere.
Thank you so much Lena for sharing your Beijing shopping and dining experiences with us. This is definitely at great guide to start with on our trips to the capital 🙂