Top things to do

Top Choice Gallery in Sānlǐtún & Cháoyáng

798 Art District

A formidable area of disused, Mao-era factories built with East German expertise, 798 Art District, also known as Dàshānzi (大山子), is Běijīng’s main concentration of contemporary art galleries, art bookshops and cafe…
Top Choice Antiques in Sānlǐtún & Cháoyáng

Pānjiāyuán Market

Hands down the best place in Běijīng to shop for yìshù (arts), gōngyì (crafts) and gǔwán (antiques). Some stalls open every day, but the market is at its biggest and most lively on weekends, when you can find everyt…
Top Choice Beijing in Sānlǐtún & Cháoyáng

Taste of Dàdǒng

This casual concept eatery from Běijīng‘s duck maestro Dong Zhenxiang (of famed sister restaurant, Dàdǒng Roast Duck) lets you enjoy a portion of his famous roast fowl without having to order the whole bird. It's a …
Top Choice Brewery in Sānlǐtún & Cháoyáng

Great Leap Brewing

An entirely different beast to its original hútòng bar, Great Leap's flagship venue is more your classic North American brewpub. It's a hot spot for local expats, and anyone in search of a decent beer, and its woode…
Top Choice Brewery in Sānlǐtún & Cháoyáng

Jing-A Brewpub

The apotheosis of Běijīng's craft beer craze, Jing-A's flagship is meticulously on-trend, unashamedly American (with Běijīng characteristics like China-inspired brews and cocktail recipes from local bartenders) and …
Top Choice Yunnan in Sānlǐtún & Cháoyáng

In & Out

This fashionable, but laid-back and friendly restaurant specialises in the many cuisines of the ethnic minority groups in southwestern Yúnnán province. The flavours are authentic and, given its popularity, the price…
Top Choice Peking Duck in Sānlǐtún & Cháoyáng

Shéng Yǒng Xìng

Set within a beautifully-styled second-floor dining room, this contemporary Chinese restaurant serves nigh-on perfect Peking duck, roasted at a higher temperature for a less oily bite. Upgrade to the fancy duck opti…
Top Choice Barbecue in Sānlǐtún & Cháoyáng

Home Plate BBQ

Serving up some of the finest southern American barbecue in town is this Texas-owned restaurant-bar that's all about slow-cooked meats, burgers and craft beer. Its charcoal-wood smoker sits proudly on display, loade…
Top Choice Jewellery in Sānlǐtún & Cháoyáng

Shard Box Store

Using porcelain fragments from Ming- and Qing-dynasty vases that were destroyed during the Cultural Revolution, this fascinating family-run store creates beautiful and unique shard boxes, bottles and jewellery. The …
Top Choice Peking Duck in Sānlǐtún & Cháoyáng

Jīngzūn Peking Duck

Very popular place to sample Běijīng’s signature dish. Not only is the Peking duck here extremely good value at ¥138/79 for a whole/half bird, but you can also sit outside on its atmospheric wooden-decked terrace de…