From historical lanes and glass skyscrapers to classic cocktails and craft brews, this city of contrasts invites adventurers and pleasure-seekers alike.
Sip classic cocktails with a twist at this “secret” speakeasy bar by entering the unmarked, stone-front building, flipping the light switch and stepping through the bookcase.
39 Xindong Lu (Sanlitun)
Dine alongside Beijing trendsetters in this large glass-front restaurant best known for its eggs Benedict, peanut butter French toast, bagel sandwiches and other brunch offerings.
4 Gongti Bei Lu (Sanlitun)
Soloist Coffee Co.
The brick wall provides a striking background for the smooth brews (roasted in-house), homemade cakes and knowledgeable baristas this Dashilar coffeehouse boasts.
39 Yangmeizhu Xiejie (Dashilar)
Hear from the wait staff how each creatively designed, organically sourced Chinese dish this upscale vegetarian restaurant serves is made with health and environmental harmony.
2 Wudaoying Hutong (Dongcheng District)
People-watch while dining on classic pork and vegetable-filled dumplings or perhaps tradition-smashing chocolate dessert morsels. The popular spot fills up quickly, but don’t worry —another location is just down the road.
74 Baochao Hutong (Dongcheng District)
Dig through this vintage store’s Chinese, Japanese and European treasures, which include designer and handmade garb from Fai Lau and Jessi Li, as well as sought-after antique chests and old globes.
52 Wudaoying Hutong (Dongcheng District)
Browse through this two-level bookstore’s showstopping art and design sections, best-sellers, travel guides, language books and stacks of children’s stories.
S2-14-b, Taikoo Li, 19 Sanlitun Lu (Sanlitun)
See where art meets everyday life with this store’s collection of vases, sketchbooks and postcards in bold patterns and saturated colors made from recycled materials. 27 Yangmeizhu Xiejie (Dashilar)
Be charmed by this cheerful flower shop’s exquisite custom floral bouquets, scented candles, charm bracelets and yak wool scarves displayed in what feels like a hidden garden.
S3-11, S3-21 Taikoo Li, 19 Sanlitun Lu (Sanlitun)
Lost & Found, Lost & Found ll
Find limited-edition, midcentury-style and smaller take-home pieces at these sister American and Chinese designer-owners’ new furniture and classic home goods shops.
42 Guozijian Jie, 57 Guozijian Jie (Doncheng District)
Cheeky and colorful, this store's sleek collection of international brands includes clothing from Maison Kitsune, geometric home accessories from Hay, and unusual scented candles from Malin & Goetz.
Building 1-103, 29 Sanlitun Bei Lu
Arrow Factory Art Space
Peer into this 24-hour window-viewing-only display that houses contemporary art from local and international artists.
38 Jianchang Hutong (Dongcheng District)
Take a serene break from the city in this quiet and shady temple, where chaotic Beijing traffic is replaced by bird song and the light streams softly through the trees. 13 Guozijian Jie (Dongcheng District)
Temple Theatre Beijing Opera House
Step into one of the oldest and best-preserved wooden buildings in Beijing — and maybe even catch a show or two — in this centuries-old playhouse where opera master Mei Lanfang regularly held court.
220 Qianmen Xi Heyan (Xuanwu District)
Catch one of this gem’s short but moving, twice-daily performances of traditional court music, and stop by afterward to its permanent exhibition for a detailed look into the temple’s centuries-old history.
No. 5 Lumicang Hu Tong (Dongcheng District)
Learn rug-weaving, model-making and glass-blowing from the pros at this “Hundred Crafts Workshop,” created to preserve Chinese crafts in danger of extinction.
2 Zuo'anmen Inner St (Dongcheng District)