10 of the best independent boutiques in Beijing

Beijing's unique spirit simmers in these boutique stores

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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.

Sanlitun

Anchoret

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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11 Sanlitun Lu

Pop-Up Beijing

Opened by design-loving pair Vito Zhang and Glenn Schuitman, Pop-Up Beijing is a one-stop shop for vintage (and reproduction in some cases) home decor and gifts: beautifully updated Ming and Qing Dynasty furniture, teacups from Jingdezhen (China’s porcelain capital), playful pillows from French brand PoOtsh!, Tibetan jewellery and handmade cards.  

‘We want to show curated living, not just with homewares, but a selection of things that really enhance people’s lives, whether that’s a beautiful vase we designed or really good cup of coffee,’ Schuitman told us when first opening the Courtyard Four shop. At Pop-Up, it’s the beautiful vintage pieces that draw us in but it’s the fabulous line-up of community events, pop-up markets and film screenings that keep us coming back. 

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4 Gongti bei lu (Chaoyang, Chaoyang)

Sanlipop

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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Chaoyang district Sanlitun Lu

Algorithm

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 beilu

Gulou

Paint by Dongliang

Like CBD sister-store Dongliang, 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 occassional gallery show.

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84 Guozijian Jie

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 highend 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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Qianmen

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 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 two additional locations in Shanghai and 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)

CBD

Dong Liang Studio

When Dongliang 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 (Yonghegong/Lama Temple, Dongcheng)

798

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 20th-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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B07, 708 Bei Jie 798 Art District

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 facemask.

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4 Jiuxianqiao Lu (798, Chaoyang)

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