Plastered 8

Top choice clothing in Drum Tower & Dongcheng North

British-owned, this iconic Nanluogu Xiang T-shirt shop prints ironic takes on Chinese culture onto its good-quality T-shirts and tops (from ¥168). As well as clothing, it stocks a range of playful gifts, like Běijīng 'smog' snow globes and even cans of 'Běijīng air' to take home.

Opposite the entrance to the shop is a rare surviving (but very faded) slogan from the Cultural Revolution era, which exhorts the people to put their trust in the People’s Liberation Army. To avoid the NLGX crowds (Plastered 8 is in the very middle of Beijing's busiest hútòng) seek out the newer branch of Plastered 8 at 60 Wudaoying Hutong.