10 of the best independent boutiques in Beijing

Beijing's unique spirit simmers in these boutique stores

Shopping in Beijing can be tricky. There’s no shortage of mega-malls in town but when you want a middle ground between the fast fashion spots and Taobao’s everything under the sun approach, knowing where to start can be a struggle.

Our round-up of Beijing’s best independent boutiques is full of shops that champion local designers, stock hard-to-find-in-China labels and products, and have cool perks like a killer line-up of community events or an in-store barber where shoppers can get an old school cut or shave. Here are the not-to-miss spots in Beijing whether you've got some cash to burn or if even if it's more a case of window-shopping, of course.



Once a demure little shop situated in the small backstreets of Sanlitun, Anchoret is now front and centre in Beijing's contemporary and avant-garde clothing scene. From their new Taikoo Li North digs, shoppers can stock up on beautifully crafted apparel from designers Yohji Yamamoto, Christophe Lemaire, Rick Owens and jeweller Chin Teo, to name a few.

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19 Sanlitun Bei Lu (Sanlitun, --select--)


Started by five friends who studied fashion in London, Sanlipop beams towards the future, offering cutting-edge apparel, bags, jewels and home accessories for the modern Beijinger who’s looking for that one-of-a-kind find. 

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19 Sanlitun Lu (Sanlitun, --select--)


A boutique opened by a team of former Beijing magazine editors who left publishing to realise their retail dreams, Algorithm stocks the clothing lines of some of their closest friends, high-end toiletries and home accessories, and has a sleek restaurant-café upstairs.

The space stocks collections like QZ Shen’s unisex clothing line, and Hangzhou-based designer Langjin, whose jackets and shirts (from 600RMB) feature traditional embroidery. Vintage jewellery and home décor with pretty packaging make the space good for gift shopping and a small studio offers custom tailoring from an in-house team of experts. 

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1-1 Gongti Bei Lu (Gongti, --select--)


Paint by Dongliang

Like CBD sister-store Dong Liang Studio, at Paint shoppers can expect collections from domestic designers, however co-founder Charles Wang says that this Guozijian boutique will cater towards younger and more daring dressers.

Collections including Angel Chen’s, with bright oversized parkas and vibrant graffiti patterns, and London-based menswear designer Fengchen Wang’s line the boutique's walls. Shoppers can also scoop up vintage accessories and imported perfumes, as well as stop in for the occasional gallery show.

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84 Guozijian Jie (Gulou, Dongcheng)

FNJI (梵几)

Located near the Confucius Temple on quiet Guozijian Jie, FNJI (pronounced 'fanji') is stocked with sleek high-end furniture from Chinese and Japanese designers. With all that high design comes a high price tag, but there is a selection of handmade home décor and stationery available at a more accessible price point. If you’re not in the market for high-end furniture, the expertly renovated courtyard is still worth a trip. Instead, stop in the shop’s sunny café where you can simply take in the view over a latté.

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41 (Yonghegong/Lama Temple, Dongcheng)


Triple-Major (药)

This Dashilar multi-brand shop stocks local and international niche clothing labels, as well as an in-house line of small accessories and stationery. With something new always in the works, the swish refurbed hutong courtyard also doubles as a creative space for the occasional workshop or gallery show.

Turns out, founder Ritchie Chan's sharp eye combined with a sense of humour when it comes to fashion is a proven recipe for success, and has led to an additional location in Chengdu, as well as pop-up shops and events from Hong Kong to Milan to Los Angeles.

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26 Yangmeizhu Xiejie (Xicheng, Xicheng)


Dong Liang Studio (栋梁)

When Dong Liang first opened on Wudaoying Hutong back in 2009, it was a pioneer on the Beijing boutique scene. It has since moved to the CBD (alas, what hasn’t these days?) but still leads the way in showcasing the best and brightest of China’s domestic fashion scene. It’s not a shop aimed at the masses, but the staff are exceedingly gracious, warmly welcoming browsers.

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6 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie (Chaoyang, --select--)


Loft No.6

The third opening from Taiwanese shop-owner Samuel Hsin, Loft No.6 is an Americana menswear boutique featuring Western heritage brands, as well as cult reproduction lines like Japan’s Real McCoy’s. 

Hsin says that in addition to selling back-to-basics, functional menswear, he wants to educate customers about the Americana lifestyle and instill an appreciation for twentieth-century American history, culture, philosophy – even furniture. The space is filled with handpicked antique pieces, industrial lighting fixtures and a white-tiled barber station where shoppers can get an old-school shave or haircut (from 300RMB).

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706 Bei Yi Jie (Chaoyang, --select--)

Plastered T-Shirts (798 Shop)

Long established graphic T-shirt vendor Plastered isn't a new find, but its constant evolution and creativity keep us coming back. The company currently has three shops around town – the recent refitting of Plastered's original Nanluoguxiang shop gives it a fresher feel these days, making it a worthwhile stop to check out new T-shirt designs, pick up some Feiyue sneakers or a stylish face mask.

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4 Jiuxianqiao Lu (798, --select--)

Sauce Zhan (沾酱)

Say what you want about 798’s slide into commercialism, but there are still some decent shops and boutiques to be found out here. Sauce Zhan is one such vendor of quality, with its line of crisp, selvedge denim jeans alongside other no-frills menswear. Straight, bootcut and slim fits, plus some austere, elastic-free skinnies, are all here (from 239RMB), alongside a range of good quality basic T-shirts (from 80RMB), jackets and coats (from 299RMB), and accessories. The vintage workwear feel – there are even overalls (449RMB) – is, of course, a little indebted to Levi’s, but at a snip of the cost, one can’t argue. Bespoke service is offered (from 600RMB), allowing you to pick your fabric and cut for a tailored one-off.

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4 Jiuxianqiao Lu (798, --select--)

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