The best places in the city to pad out your pad including kitchenware treasure trove Cuccina, one-stop furniture showroom Lily's and electric Fei Space.
6 Fangyuan Xi Lu, Chaoyang district See full address details
Our friends must be tired of getting gifts from Spin by now. But if they are, they’re crazy – who can ever have enough dishware, especially when it’s this stunning? With a head team of domestic and international designers, Shanghai-based Spin has been in the porcelain business since 2002. Pieces are made and fired in China’s ceramic capital, Jingdezhen.
Prices start from around 60-70RMB for cups and go upwards to 1,000RMB and beyond for sets and larger, decorative pieces. Even Temple Restaurant Beijing has a few vases from here. Last autumn, the Spin crew opened their first New York City store to much applause, but take advantage of its home-grown roots.
In Lido, you can still cop these gorgeous pieces of tableware for a third of the price abroad. Read more
LG55 Indigo mall 18 Jiuxianqiao Lu Chaoyang See full address details
Selling a whole array of kitchen furnishing and gourmet cookware from the very best international brands, this store is for serious chefs and culinary novices alike. The former will love the walls devoted to bakeware or the extensive knife cabinet that would keep the hicks from the Texas Chainsaw Massacre entertained, with brands including Le Creuset, Swissmar, Typhoon and DeLonghi.
The latter will enjoy quirkily shaped moulds, condiment tins and cookie jars (30-300RMB). Other highlights include a large selection of water filters, bread makers and coffee machines, and on our visit there were lots of discounts and promotions. Read more
Lily's Antiques Showroom
69 Gaobeidian East Street, Chaoyang district See full address details
Offering not only Chinese antiques but also a variety of foreign and local styles, you will find everything you need for sprucing up your interior.
From all types of cabinets and tables, to rugs and textile, upholstered furniture and all decorating accessories. Read more
798, Area B, Building 1, Second Floor, Chaoyang district See full address details
Fei Space, an open and airy 798 venue that used to be founder and creative director Lin Jing’s own home, is one of the most original and eclectic shops in town, with clothes, furniture and installations dotted around the space’s different areas.
Expect select items by hard to find brands such as Bless, Stine Goya, Ato, 5Preview and Benoit Missolin, which aren’t available anywhere else on the Mainland. Read more
Lost and Found I & II
42 Guozijian Jie, Dongcheng district See full address details
57 Guozijian Jie, Dongcheng district See full address details
The two Guozijian branches of this upscale and impossibly chic boutique never fail to impress with their serene spaces and inspired designs. With an aesthetic dedicated to Chinese design from the 1950s and ’60s, some of the most on-point home furnishings in the city can be found here, as well as a stellar clothing line.
If you’re looking to make your house a home in Beijing, invest some time at Lost and Found (interior design services also available). Besides the furniture, which can set you back a pretty penny, there’s a variety of small items that are great for gifts. Read more