Top things to do in Sanlitun & Chaoyang

Top Choice Gallery in Sanlitun & Chaoyang

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 Sanlitun & Chaoyang

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 Sanlitun & Chaoyang

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 Peking Duck in Sanlitun & Chaoyang

Jingzun Peking Duck

An unsung purveyor of Peking duck, Jingzun's bargain birds (¥138/79 for a whole/half) are every bite the equal of Beijing's more elite brands, unruly presentation aside. Lacquer-skinned and succulent, the ducks are …
Top Choice Brewery in Sanlitun & Chaoyang

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 Sanlitun & Chaoyang

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 Sanlitun & Chaoyang

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 Sanlitun & Chaoyang

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 Microbrewery in Sanlitun & Chaoyang

Great Leap Brewing #45

A little way north of the Sānlǐtún action, this branch of Běijīng's pioneer brewer Great Leap offers the full range of beers on tap (including some brewed onsite). The excellent New York–style pizza (¥20 per slice, …
Architecture in Sanlitun & Chaoyang

CCTV Headquarters

Shaped like an enormous pair of trousers, and known locally as Dà Kùchǎ (大裤衩; Big Pants), the astonishing CCTV Tower is an architectural fantasy that appears to defy gravity. It's made possible by an unusual enginee…