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 to get lost in for a day. 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 international 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 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

Critics' pick

Launched by design duo 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 ditched publishing to realise their retail dreams, Algorithm stocks the clothing lines of some of their closest friends, high-end toiletries and home décor, and has a sleek restaurant-café upstairs.

The sleek 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

Similarly to the original shoppers can expect collections from domestic designers, however co-founder Charles Wong promises that Paint 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, and shoppers can also scoop up vintage accessories and imported perfumes.

With laid-back vibes, an espresso machine and a small courtyard to sit in, Wong tells us he wants this location to be a place to stock up on designer duds and as well as host the occasional gallery show.

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84 Guozijian Jie

FNJI (梵几)

Located in the tranquil surrounds of Guozijian near Confucius Temple, is FNJI (pronounced ‘Fanji’), a beautifully curated furniture shop in a refurbished courtyard home. The shop is stocked with handmade homewares from Chinese and Japanese designers, but with all that high design comes a high price tag. If you’re not in the market for high-end furniture at the moment, instead stop in the shop’s café and sunny courtyard where you can live vicariously through founder Gu Qigao’s artistic vision.

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Qianmen

Triple Major (药)

A heavyweight in the Beijing boutique scene, Triple Major left Gulou's Baochao Hutong for the greener, hipper pastures of Dashilar. The aesthetic is as Beijing as it gets in this expertly renovated hutong spot. While the shop does stock a healthy spread of local and domestic design Triple- Major also promotes independent brands from abroad.

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26 Yangmeizhu Xiejie (Xicheng, Xicheng)

CBD

Dong Liang Studio

When Charles Wang and Nam Lang first opened Dong Liang Studio in 2009, it was a trailblazer in the hutong boutique scene, stocking exclusively Chinese designers. We particularly love Beijing-based Sarayun and Comme Moi. It’s not a shop aimed at the masses, but the staff are exceedingly gracious and warmly welcome 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 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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