Shopping in Beijing

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Sanlitun & Chaoyang

    Panjiayuan Market

    A curio hunter's heaven or an Everest of fakery? Panjiayuan is both, and marvellous fun to boot. Picking over the wares of some 4000 dealers, you won't chance upon that priceless dòucǎi stem cup, but you will find Mao busts, Little Red Books, coins, stamps and faded cigarette posters bobbing about in an endless sea of knock-off ceramics, cloisonné, Buddha icons and jade.

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Sanlitun & Chaoyang

    Parkview Green

    In a city in thrall to the mall, this futuristic, ecofriendly pyramid stands out from the crowd. Hong Kong–owned Parkview Green is a fabulously ambitious, art-strewn wonderland enclosing designer boutiques from the likes of Stella McCartney and Sandro, a Tesla showroom, a cinema and brilliant restaurants, including Italian fine-dining Opera Bombana and casual duck joint Taste of Dadong.

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Dashilar & Xicheng South

    Caicifang Porcelain Workshop

    This charming boutique upcycles shards of porcelain vases smashed during the Cultural Revolution into unique and desirable jewellery, boxes, ornaments and art pieces. You can pay ¥50 for a shard fridge magnet, or a few hundred for a metal box inset with the character for 'double happiness', a common decorative motif on blue-and-white porcelain. English-speaking staff have a wealth of porcelain-related knowledge.

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Drum Tower & Dongcheng North

    Plastered 8

    A visual celebration of Beijing in all its chaotic glory, the T-shirts, hoodies, tote bags and gifts at this iconic streetwear shop make funky and desirable gifts. The boss – a long-term British expat and Chinese TV celebrity – works with Chinese artists in various media to create his always edgy designs.

  • Shopping in Forbidden City & Dongcheng Central

    Slow Lane

    Such lovingly curated shelves! If only Beijing had more alleyway boutiques like this. Slow Lane tempts with Tibetan yak-wool blankets, ceramic teaware from Jingdezhen (China's pottery heartland), and traditional handicrafts and jewellery, ethically sourced from all corners of the Middle Kingdom. Sip complimentary tea as you browse.

  • Shopping in Temple of Heaven Park & Dongcheng South

    Hongqiao Pearl Market

    Occupying a swish, purpose-built mall beside the Temple of Heaven's east gate, the Pearl Market is palpably less hectic than the more famous Silk Street, formerly the Silk Market, while selling much the same tourist swag (handbags, cashmere scarves, mahjong sets etc). Though it feels comparatively posh and polished these days, you'll still need your haggling hat on. The namesake pearls are found on floors three to five.

  • Shopping in Dashilar & Xicheng South

    Ruifuxiang Silk

    Squint at the historical facade of Ruifuxiang, East China's esteemed silk-clothing merchants, trading here since 1893, and you can almost imagine late Qing–era Dashilar thronged with rickshaws, merchants and well-to-do shoppers with their Manchu 'cue' ponytails. You can still browse rolls of fine Shandong silk, brocade and satin-silk, or have a suit or dress made to measure.

  • Shopping in Sanlitun & Chaoyang

    Silk Street

    A mandatory tour-group stop, this six-storey temple of retail contains acres of clothing, shoes, handbags and electronics – much of it counterfeit and of variable quality. It's worth remembering that, while fake can be fun, the ethics of purchasing are questionable. Mixed in with everything else are cashmere, silk scarves, souvenirs, toys, tailors and the unintentionally hilarious 'I <3 BJ' T-shirt. Haggle freely.

  • Shopping in Sanlitun & Chaoyang

    Taikoo Li Sanlitun

    Beijing's premier destination for haute couture and urbane dining, Taikoo Li is where the fashionistas go to splash the cash. An open-air mall complex either side of Opposite House hotel, Taikoo Li North is the better-bred half, carrying luxe labels such as Alexander McQueen, Canada Goose and Korea's Gentle Monster eyewear, while down south is Apple, Adidas and most of the restaurants, many with terrace seating.

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Beihai Park & Xicheng North

    Three Stone Kite Shop

    Home of the last remaining traditional kite crafters in Beijing, this cluttered little cave is piled high with hand-painted fēng zhēng (kites) in the shape of auspicious birds and beasts. Kites in the ¥300 range (about 80cm wide) are a suitable size for flying, while the miniature kites make fine souvenirs.

  • Shopping in Forbidden City & Dongcheng Central

    WF Central

    After decades of charmless development, this 2018 luxury shopping mall is at least trying to restore a little lost glamour to Wangfujing, once lined with princely mansions. All polished marble and wood tones, it encloses designer boutiques, a three-tiered Victoria's Secret and the exceedingly plush Mandarin Oriental hotel.

  • Shopping in Sanlitun & Chaoyang

    Xiaomi Home

    The downtown Beijing flagship of innovative Chinese electronics giant Xiaomi (sometimes called China's Apple). Browse low-price designer tech such as mobile phones, Segway-style foot-wheels, laptops, drones, VR headsets, smart rice cookers and robotic vacuum cleaners.

  • Shopping in Dashilar & Xicheng South

    Neiliansheng Shoe Shop

    Treat your feet to a pair of hand-stitched cloth shoes from this time-honoured Beijing shop dating back to 1853. From the plain slip-ons favoured by Beijing’s senior citizens to intricately patterned kicks, they start at around ¥420.

  • Shopping in Dashilar & Xicheng South

    Beijing Fun

    In a historical area marred by overzealous redevelopment, the shiny new Beijing Fun complex at least preserves several fine Qing-era buildings within an open-air layout that encompasses shops, restaurants, street art, a vast Starbucks and a Muji Hotel (from the Japanese lifestyle brand). It's a handy place to relax and refuel after visiting Tian'anmen Sq.

  • Shopping in Forbidden City & Dongcheng Central

    Beijing apm

    Dominated at street level by its Apple store, this six-floor shopping mecca has the expected glut of fast fashion (Zara, H&M etc), cosmetics and electronics and a cinema complex. The choice of restaurants and cafes here is enormous, from posh Peking duck at Taste of Dadong to Dunkin' Donuts.

  • Shopping in Drum Tower & Dongcheng North

    Plastered 8 Wudaoying

    Newer branch of Beijing's British-run, iconic streetwear brand selling T-shirts, hoodies, socks and tote bags emblazoned with conceptual pop art representing Beijing. This location is potentially a better bet than battling through tourist-choked Nanluogu Xiang.

  • Shopping in Drum Tower & Dongcheng North

    Lost and Found

    The custom-made, mid-century-style furniture at this gorgeous store won't fit in your suitcase, but the accessories, dinnerware and towels will.

  • Shopping in Sanlitun & Chaoyang

    China World Mall

    This ever-expanding shopping mall stretches far and wide below Guomao and the China World Hotel, a gleaming maze of luxury brands, boutiques, jewellery stores, an ice rink and a huge array of restaurants, including several higher up such as Migas Mercado with fine views across to the CCTV Headquarters.

  • Shopping in Dashilar & Xicheng South

    Antiquarian Bookshop

    Whether or not you're a scholar of Chinese, this enticing shop is worth a browse for its cabinets of dusty tomes on art and religion, collections of stone-rubbings and rows of secondhand books (including a tiny handful of English titles).

  • Shopping in Forbidden City & Dongcheng Central

    Oriental Plaza

    A couple of decades has dulled the sheen of this corridor-like mega-mall built in 2000 at the southern end of Wangfujing Dajie. It contains midrange and high-end fashion brands, food courts and the Star City cinema complex. Beijing apm to the north is better in all departments.