Top things to do in Dashilar & Xicheng South

Top Choice Gifts & Souvenirs in Dashilar & Xicheng South

Caicifang Porcelain Workshop

A charming boutique that 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 …
Top Choice Cafe in Dashilar & Xicheng South

Soloist Coffee Co

Partway down a gentrifying hutong is this exquisite coffee roaster and cafe, born here as a pop-up during Beijing's annual Design Week, and now a small chain. Supposedly once a public bathhouse (the building is deca…
Buddhist Temple in Dashilar & Xicheng South

Fayuan Temple

Infused with an air of sleepy reverence, this working Buddhist temple is one of Beijing's most transportative. Perhaps it's the ancient Song dynasty pines, interspersed with thickets of lilacs, gingkos and crabapple…
Clothing in Dashilar & Xicheng South

Ruifuxiang Silk

Squint at the historic facade of Ruifuxiang, East China's esteemed silk-clothing merchants, and you can almost imagine late Qing-era Dashilar thronged with rickshaws, merchants and well-to-do shoppers with their Man…
Peking Duck in Dashilar & Xicheng South

Quanjude Roast Duck Hepingmen

Founded in 1864 by a poultry dealer named Yang Quanren, Quanjude is China's most famous destination for duck. This seven-floor emporium, its 41 dining rooms bedecked in communist-chic red and gold decor, is the flag…
Hotpot in Dashilar & Xicheng South

Jùbǎoyuán

A culinary mecca for hotpot-obsessed Hui Chinese, this is one of Beijing's most famous shuan yangrou (scalding mutton) eateries. Perennially packed, the faithful queue up to get their turn at the charcoal-burning po…
Peking Opera in Dashilar & Xicheng South

Huguang Guild Hall

The most atmospheric Peking opera house in town (it was undergoing refurbishment at time of research, so fingers crossed it stays that way...), Huguang Guild Hall was founded in 1807 and converted to a theatre a few…
Buddhist Pagoda in Dashilar & Xicheng South

Tianning Temple

Dating back to the Liao dynasty (around 1120), the pagoda in this little-visited temple is reputedly the oldest structure in Beijing. The octagonal tower stands at a majestic 57.8m tall with 13 eaves, though much of…
Japanese in Dashilar & Xicheng South

Suzuki Kitchen

Opened by a cultured crew of local Japanophiles, this enormously popular restaurant brings together refined, minimalist design, a beguiling hutong locale and neatly presented Japanese comfort food like curry, rice b…
Cafe in Dashilar & Xicheng South

Berry Beans

Meticulously fussy coffee is the draw at this little hutong gem, part of a building that once offered more sybaritic pleasures (it was a Republic-era bordello, one of many in the neighbourhood). Contemplate that as …