1. Da Xiao
Arguably one of the most popular, this hip hutong (alley) café, adjacent to a boutique bike shop no less, is perennially populated with cool, vintage-loving youths. 12 Qianfuxiang, Gulou, Dongcheng
2. Taikoo Li
This striking, open-air shopping complex in Beijing’s vibrant Sanlitun area is home to high-end international and local designers. Dress to impress and be ready to fight your way through the bloggers and influencers staking out their territory among the street-style photographers.
3. Opus Bar
Come here for a fancy cocktail and to gawk at the capital’s glitterati. The absurdly luxe, ultra-chic bar at the Four Seasons Hotel Beijing is a magnet for the young, beautiful and glamorous.
4. Soloist Coffee Co
Housed in a space that was previously a public bathhouse, the look here is industrial chic, the furnishings are vintage, the coffee, roasted in-house, is oh-so-good, and the gourmand’s selection of coffee-based cocktails like cold brew gin tonic is second to none. Just a few reasons why coffee-loving fashionistas head here.
5. Joy City
Trendies with budgets for mid-range to high-end purchases flock to this glitzy and biggest mall in the Xidan area of Beijing to get their fashion fix from a wide range of local as well as foreign fashion brands. 131 Xidan North Street, Xi Dan, Xicheng
A trendy bar for house-made infused cocktails with an Asian twist by award-winning mixologists and tapas, the crowd is the height of sophistication and the outdoor lounge is where the young socialites congregate. Special features include a private outdoor elevator that brings fashion-conscious guests to the fifth level bar, live musicians and DJs.
China’s first omni-channel fashion show platform dedicated to designer brands was founded in 2011 and carries more than 200 new domestic and international designer brands. The brand gives independent designers in China an uncomplicated space through which they can reach the fashion-hungry Generation Z.
8. 798 Art District
Located in an old, decommissioned complex of state-owned factories in the Dashanzi area, the factory spaces now house galleries, artists’ studios, design companies, cafes, bars and trendy stores. While it’s a good spot for art shopping, there are also stores that showcase Chinese designers. The former Bauhaus-style military complex is also a great backdrop for the fashionable to take a photo or two for their IG posts.
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