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UR Beijing
by LUXE City Guides

  • 798/Red Gate Gallery

    Brian Wallace is the daddy of Chinese modern art and my, is his gallery well-endowed. Well into its third decade and housed in a Ming-era watchtower, the gallery celebrates established and emerging artists across myriad mediums, and hosts a residency programme for int'l talents, curators, and academics.

    No. 2 Jiuxianqiao Road, 798 Art District
    (+86 10) 5762 3032
  • Boers-Li Gallery

    Two-storey gallery-district greenhouse abloom with the new and experimental work of local and international emerging artists in all mediums from sculpture to painting, film and more. Note Li has moved on to other projects so now the space is now curated solely by Boers.

    2, Jiuxianqiao Lu, D-06, 798 Art Zone
  • Book Design Shop (BDO)
    Books, Stationery & Music

    For all things print, skip ahead to this teeny courtyard studio specialising in... you guessed it. Many of the tomes have been personally hand-imported by founder and curator Tony Li, and you'll find everything from the creme of China's up n' coming indie design 'zines and sod-to-find Nippon photos books, to international lit and an edgy stash of household prods, stationery and local artwork, all housed in minimal but homey surrounds.

  • Cao Senlin

    For the authentic qipao experience, bring your fabric to this shi fu, or master tailor, who has been hemming and hawing since 1938. While you're there, you'll get a unique look into a working hutong. Note Cao creates his pieces entirely by hand, so a single garment can take up to a month to complete.

    25 Shi Jia Hutong
    +8610 6526 4515
  • Cha Cheng
    Food & Drink

    Translating literally to 'tea city', it sits pretty at the southern end of Beijing's massive tea market, with a seemingly infinite array of steepable options and accoutrements. You simply can't go wrong with the Taiwanese Oolong.

    11 Maliandao Lu, Xuanwu, North of Carrefour
    +8610 6334 2683
  • Dave’s

    Taiwanese tailor Dave Shiung founded this small chain specialising in Western-style suits executed with Savile Row-worthy craftsmanship, and still remains the natty all-in-one bespoke suit and shirt combo go-to. They keep over 1,000 fabrics in stock and a full suit can be completed in about 40 hours.

    1 Guanghua Lu, B04 Kerry Centre Mall
  • Durdas
    Food & Drink

    Anhui teas are simply tops, and Durdas in the southern hills can't be beat. Eco-friendly divas rejoice; the popular variety of green tea, Huangshan Maofeng, is now all-organic. Cha-aaaah.

    10 Maliandao Lu, Xuanwu
  • Elisabeth Koch
    Jewellery & Accessories

    This mad hatter makes her off-the-wall, reworked-vintage toppers for actors, VIPs, magazine shoots and now, you. The only haute-couture milliner on the Mainland, American-born Elisabeth Koch is a one-woman trailblazing, high fashion headgear-making machine. Browse her one-off creations that span simply divine (leopard print pillbox) to completely bizarre (golden lobster...?).

    D-204 Glory Gardens Club House, Xingfucun Zhong Lu
  • Fanghua
    Jewellery & Accessories

    Head to Hongqiao for this mother of pearls, a 1,000+ sqm flagship of the milky orbs, including an extensive selection of high quality South Sea, Akoya and freshwater oyster gems. Before leaving the complex, nip out to the hidden roof garden for ace Temple of Heaven views.

    9, Tiantan Lu, 4/F, 4318 Hongqiao Market
  • Fei Fei Tailor

    This under-the-radar expat fave nabe tailor expertly runs her needle through everything from evening gowns and dress shirts to linen suits, plus awesome alterations too. Don't be fooled by the sub-par imitators who have brazenly set up shop nearby under her name.

    Rm 803 Block A, Guojigang
  • Fei Space
    Home & Furny

    Edgy homegrown designs share shelf space with int'l bestsellers in this eclectic 798 abode-turned-shopping warehouse. Founder and creative director Lin Jing's own Linstallation label, featuring funky custom porcelain, trinkets and lamps, is also on offer alongside European furny and retro lighting. Home sweet home!

    4 Jiuxianqiao Lu, B-01, Dashanzi 798 Art District
  • Fine Jewellers
    Jewellery & Accessories

    It ain't swanky, but the two-storey selection is staggering, and they do a good value line in bespoke white, yellow and rose gold, silver and stones of all kinds. The pret-a-party delicate gold-plated filigree pieces are an affordable pick-me-up. Repairs and copies too. Bling!

    3-106, China View Bldg, 2 Gongti Dong Lu
    +86 10 65018046
  • Galerie Urs Meile

    Lucerne import to the Caochangdi art district, 798's alt-cool, less-mobbed lil sib. Curators work with the China Art Archives & Warehouse to shine a spotlight on contempo artists in an Ai Weiwei-designed grey brick compound.

    2, Jiuxianqiao Road, D10, 798 East Street, 798 Art District
  • kubrick moma
    Books, Stationery & Music

    Neo-Bauhaus booky nook repping a mind-bending array of materials from political theory tomes to literary magazines and movie posters – mostly Chinese, but some are in English. Also good for quirky gifts and stationery.

  • Labelhood Pillar

    Charles and Nam opened this pioneering, multi-brand boutique to showcase the best of homegrown, internationally acclaimed designers like Vega Wang and Manchit Au. Support the local scene with a browse of labels hailing from China, Taiwan, and Singapore.

    6 Menwai Dajie, Shop 102, Bldg 2, Central Park
  • Lily’s Antiques

    This popular 6,000-square-metre shop in Gaobeidian, BJ's unofficial furniture district, is well known for great service, staggering selection, and a one-year guarantee on most items. Chinese oldies but goodies, plus modern styles and imports from far and wide, combine to make this a one-stop furny and deco hub.

    69 Gaobeidian Dong Jie, Gaobeidian Showroom
  • Ling Ling
    Jewellery & Accessories

    Leave the haggling frenzy on the ground floor of the imposing market and head up four flights. Here you'll find pearls of every variety – Tahiti, South Sea, freshwater – as well as crystals, stones, and precious metals in myriad designs. All that, plus room to browse and no Velcro salespeople. Ahhh.

    9 Tiantan Lu, 4334, 4/F, Hongqiao Market
    +86 10 6713 6900
  • Lost and Found
    Home & Furny

    If you seek simple and sturdy wood and leather treasures for the home, get lost in this collection of Mid-Century, mod-with-a-Chinese twist, vintagesque furny finds and designs for nostalgia lovers. They also provide an interior design consulting service.

  • MaLiLian Furniture
    Home & Furny

    Chinese silk, Belgian lace, camel hair and rabbit fur combine to create retro-funk armchairs, sofas, cushions and oversized ottomans. Consult German furny designer Marianne Friese to order a custom-made piece, or browse the ready-to-go collection in her ingeniously remodelled Beijing home. Note items arrive in four to six weeks.

    39, Dongsanhuan Zhong Lu, 1606 Building 14
    137 0110 1406
  • Nicolas Favard
    Jewellery & Accessories

    Nico's elegant, bold beauties come custom-designed or ready-to-flair, incorporating gems, jade, gold and platinum alongside pieces in unusual metals and finishes. His combined workshop and boutique showcases the collection of handmade portable art.

  • Nisiss

    Sprawling Village North concept shop carrying covetable, structured, mod dresses, skirts and coats – expect colour blocking, floaty fabrics, and eye-popping price points. They also employ a cadre of talented designers in Guangzhou, whose mini-collections are readily on display here.

    1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, WB11 ground floor, China World Trade Center
  • Page One
    Books, Stationery & Music

    You'll find an extensive selection of English titles at decent prices at this Singaporean stalwart. Browse art and design coffee table tomes on the first floor with travel, literature and more upstairs. Cafe for WiFi and lingering over java.

    S2-14a-b, 2/F Taikoo Li Sanlitun South, 19 Sanlitun Lu, The Woodhouse
  • Paloma Sanchez
    Jewellery & Accessories

    Beijing-based Madrilena Paloma designs stunning, art-piece like jewels using unique, natural stones and high quality metals, resulting in striking adornments for those who like to stand out from the crowd. A selection of cufflinks and pendants for gents too.

    81 Sanlitun Bei Lu, A115 Nali Patio
  • Pan Jia Yuan

    This best-at-weekends scrum is fun, with thousands of dealers, so sharpen your elbows and wade in. You'll find everything here: pins, shoes, posters, scrolls, Maomorabilia, porcelain, stone, bronze, snuff boxes, wood and whatnot. But beware there are antiques, fauxtiques and downright rip-offtiques.

    Panjiayuan Qiao, Dongsanhuan Nan Lu
  • Pekin Fine Arts

    Green spaces alternate with austere galleries in Meg Maggio's 600-square-metre showspace for Asian art in an Ai Weiwei-designed Caochangdi compound. Expect innovative contempo works and talents, and frequent collabs with museums in the US, Europe and Japan.

    241 Caochangdi Art Village, Cui Ge Zhuang
  • Qianmen
    Home & Furny

    This bomb shelter-turned-carpet factory is stashed full of antique rugs and repros – think Tibetan prayer rugs, Mongolian saddle rugs, Xinjiang yurt rugs and more, most of which are antique, handmade and coloured with natural dyes. Carpet cleaning and repair services available, and they can custom-make too.

    1/F, Bldg 3, Tiantan Mansion, 59 Xingfu Dajie, Chongwen
  • Rechenberg Studio & Boutique

    Trained ladies' tailor Kathrin, who worked in some of Paris' finest fashion houses, melds her signature tea silk into pleasingly simple designs and soft shapes. The rare fabric is handmade in Guangdong and treated with natural dyes before it's artfully draped in her Beijing courtyard atelier.

    20 Dong Huangchenggen, Former Sino-French University, Yishu 8
  • Rose Studio

    Not going to the Oscars this year? No matter, you can still dress like you are with these haute Chinese pieces dreamed up by couturier Guo Pei. Expect a bold mix of vibrant colours, daring patterns and unexpected silhouettes glamming up her special occasion gowns.

    1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, B1/F, China World Mall
  • Rug Star
    Home & Furny

    Former German architect Jürgen Dahlmanns’ eco-chic, quirky and contempo hand-knotted Tibetan and Persian rugs made by Nepali craftsmen are da bomb. The range of artsy, non-traditional motifs and colours in Chinese silk and Tibetan wool take any room from drab to fab.

    798 Art District, 4 Jiuxianqiao Lu, F1 Xiangxiangzaisheji Tower, 751 D-Park Plaza
  • Senli & Frye

    Suit up with skilled tailor Sen Li who does everything from taking measurements to sewing buttonholes in-house. Bespoke blazers, suits and coats can be ready in ten days or shipped for int'l biz bees. Choose from a selection of high quality fabrics including imports from England and Italy.

    1/F, Yaxing Building, 46A Liangmaqiao Lu
  • Shang Xia
    Home & Furny

    Exquisite, Hermès-backed heritage furniture, fashion and accessories brand, founded by contempo East-West fusing design maven Jiang Qiong Er. The mod, star-chitectural space is somehow secondary to the gorgeous porcelain, wood and cashmere merch.

    1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, SB107B, B1/F, China World Mall,
  • Shanghaixu

    Qipao shopping made easy. Two branches with a huge range of quality materials and designs for both ready-to-wear and bespoke garments. Order off-the-rack or tailor-make to your own tastes.

    1 Dong Chang’an Jie, Shop AA10, Oriental Plaza
  • Spin Ceramics
    Home & Furny

    Gary Wang uses ancient techniques to craft his elegant collection of painted and natural contempo Chinese ceramics. The handmade tableware spans necessities to quirky creations like sake bottles and candle pillars, altogether making for a natty nest-feather.

  • Tian Fu Tea Co.
    Food & Drink

    It can be overwhelming to navigate a market with seemingly all the tea in China so head straight for Tian Fu (or Ten Fu), whose sustainable, 100-hectare plantation near Taimu Mountain in Southern Fujian turns out some of the most delicate white teas you've tasted.

  • UBI Gallery
    Jewellery & Accessories

    Machtelt Schelling opened her gallery in historic Dashilar as a platform for emerging Chinese and int'l contempo artists to exhibit and sell their work, and the result is an uber-desirable edit of covetable, mod designer jewellery and ceramics, with everything either unique or limited edition.

    9 Zhujia Hutong, Dashilar Xijie
  • UCCA Design Store
    Home & Furny

    China's own MoMA store, with a fab edit of local creativity plus int'l design, from crash helmets to handcrafted leather bags, bicycles and fashion plus specially-commissioned limited editions, books, pics and sculpture. Proceeds support the programmes of the excellent gallery next door.

    4 Jiuxianqiao Lu, 798Art District, UCCA
    +8610 5780 0224
  • White Space

    A founding member of the 798 Art Zone now resettled in Caochangdi, the blanc box plays backdrop to the work of emerging Chinese and international artists, and offers a discerning space for young talents and visitors. Featured artists are often exhibited in founder Alexander Ochs' similarly stark Berlin gallery as well.

    255 Caochangdi, Airport Service Road
  • Yang Gallery

    Big Chinese contempo names meet nine-metre-high German Bauhaus architecture in this busy Singapore import and 798 stalwart, the third to be opened by passionate collector and gallerist Susanna Yang. See something you like? Int'l shipping services provided.

    4 Jiuxianqiao Lu, 3rd Taoci San Jie, 798 Art District
  • Yin Shu
    Jewellery & Accessories

    Jewellery artist Man Kaihui produces chic, chunky necklaces and industrial, edgy earrings accented with pearls, precious stones and shells. How convenient that they pair perfectly with her line of locally designed, elegant togs!

    4 Jiuxianqiao Lu, 798 Art District, Sevenstars West Street
    +8610 64373432

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