Chloe Tan, Year 12, Yew
Chung International School of
Nanluoguxiang is a quaint street tucked into the more hidden corners of the city. It’s a great place for the entire
family with its street food, hip cafés and
restaurants, novelty shops and quirky
fashion labels. Whether you’re a trigger-
happy photographer looking to snap iconic
hutongs, or an adventurer looking to explore small alleys, Nanluoguxiang has got you
covered. I fell in love with the fresh modern
vibe and traditional architecture.
Secret tip Keep going back because every
visit presents something new: a tiny shop
that’s sprung up or a new wave of street
vendors. Nanluoguxiang changes with the
seasons, and in the summertime there’s an
influx of vibrant colours, and window sills are
packed tight with a rainbow of flowers.
Time Out Family says Nanluoguxiang, or
NLGX, is a proud, old hutong dating back to
the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368). For food,
head to cosy Suzuki Kitchen (77 Xiao Ju’er
Hutong), which serves Japanese comfort
food dishes like oyakodon (chicken and egg
rice bowl) and sizzling hamburger steak, or
check out cubbyhole Austen (65 Xiao Ju’er
Hutong), which offers up panini with mix-
and-match meats and cheeses in a quaint,
English-style setting. For a shopping spree,
head to NLGX Design (33 Nanluoguxiang),
a store where trendy clothing and fashion
accessories pay homage to Beijing’s urban
and cultural development.
Ana Giraldo, mum and HR representative, Etonkids
Having a five-year-old daughter, Zaley, and living in a completely different country can be challenging and
fun, especially during the
summer when I’m trying to
find interesting things to do
and find it hard to get around.
During our first summer here we
were complete tourists and went everywhere, like the Great Wall, the Forbidden City and the Summer Palace. It was a unique mother-and-daughter experience that we’ll remember forever.
Secret tip Try everything! My daughter loved the eccentric street food in
Wangfujing, and we also enjoyed bargaining in the Xiushui Silk
Street Market and boat rafting on the lake in Houhai.
Time Out Family says Explore a new area in Beijing – our favourites include Xiaoyun
Lu, an unassuming street located between Sanyuanqiao
and Liangmaqiao that’s best known for good eats like barbecues
and burritos, and Ritan Park in the Russian district: peaceful, perfectly sized, and complete with a climbing wall.
Pilar Mateo-Sagasta, Spanish teacher, the British School of Beijing (BSB), Shunyi
One of my favourite things to do
with my kids – Lucía (11), Rocío (10) and Pilar (8) – is go for a picnic with friends.
We drive to the many different beautiful locations around Beijing and make a day trip of it. It’s also a great way to introduce the city to friends and family visiting from Spain.
Secret tip Use this occasion to make some dishes from your home country. For us, the perfect combination for a fantastic day is family and friends, an exotic location and homemade Spanish tapas!
Time Out Family says See our guide on preparing a hassle-free picnic with a fresh, international flavour. For meat, there’s Schindler’s German Food Center or Mercante, while for cheese, there’s Le Fromagier de Pekin or Chez Gerard. To top up on picnic supplies such as plates, blankets and wicker baskets, venture out to Dongjiao Market.
Also, see Best day trips for families around Beijing