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Experience the Beijing Buzz

Originally Beijing’s embassy area, our local neighbourhood of Sanlitun has blossomed into an energetic playground for chic young locals, expats and visitors.


Close to downtown and famous for its vibrant nightlife, Sanlitun is now a sleek shopping and dining mecca that has embraced everything from high-end fashion and street culture to bohemian coffee shops and speakeasies.


Our Guest Experience team are passionate foodies, art lovers and fashionistas. They'll share their favourite local hangouts and places to explore when you stay with us.


We’ve also partnered with culture mavens LUXE City Guides who always have their finger on the pulse of what’s hip, happening and on trend in Beijing. From the newest eateries and gallery openings to must-see shows and events, our friends at LUXE are curating their favourite places to be, see and experience in the imperial capital.

Best of Beijing


Curated by LUXE City Guides

FOOD & DRINK

Durdas

Anhui teas are simply tops, and Durdas in the southern hills can't be beat. Eco-friendly divas rejoice; the popular variety of green tea, Huangshan Maofeng, is now all-organic. Cha-aaaah.
11 Maliandao Lu, Xuanwu, open daily

ART & CULTURE

Galerie Urs Meile

Lucerne import to the 798's alt-cool, less-mobbed little sibling. Curators work with the China Art Archives & Warehouse to shine a spotlight on contemporary artists in an Ai Weiwei-designed grey brick compound.
798 Art District, No. 2 Jiuxianqiao Road, Chaoyang District
+86 10 576 260 51

FOOD & DRINK

Paper Planes

The newly opened haunt from the Arch Bar owner Alfred Yu, is a Sanlitun hideaway, rightly named after its orange Aperol cocktail. Sip spritz and tipples in a business suit atmosphere and sit back in tall, velveteen stools while mixologists put on a show. Don Draper of Mad Men would fit right in...
B1-107 Hengan Plaza, 17 Dongsanhuan Beilu; 7pm-2am daily
+86 187 1027 7167

FASHION

Plastered T Shirts

Graphic tees are the name of the game at this neon-dripping boutique that turned sleepy street Nanluoguxiang into a top tourist destination. Created in 2006 by award-winning British entrepreneur, Dominic Johnson Hill, the streetwear brand has been setting trends with its collective of young and popular designers using Chinese puns. Cheeky!
Tip: Get socks, totes and wash bags to tout around town too.
62 Nanluoguxiang, Dongcheng District; 9.30am-11pm Daily
+86 10 6406 4872

WELLNESS

Yoga Yard

Don't mind the misleading moniker as there's no literal yard here. This no-faff studio has all levels of yogis catered for, including pre- and post-natal, plus meditation and chanting. Leotard ready? Namaste. Live online classes available, check WeChat for schedule.
18 Gongti Beilu, Floor 6; by booking
+86 10 6413 0774

FOOD & DRINK

King's Joy

Not your average Buddhist vegetarian, this newly-minted Michy-starred resto across from Lama Temple dishes exquisite haute veggie cuisine in an elegant traditional Beijing courtyard, accessorised with Riedel glassware and impeccably dressed staff. Tip: get the full show with the 14-course tasting menu and wash everything down with a cold glass of sour plum juice.
3 Wudaoying Hutong, Dongcheng district
+86 10 8404 9191

SHOPPING

Galaxy SOHO

Part space-craft, part curvaceous natural mountain perched on the edge of bustling Second Ring Road, Zaha Hadid's surrealist behemoth was inspired by Beijing's traditional Chinese courtyards. With jaw-dropping views from every angle, bag the best views on the third floor at Chaoyangmen SOHO or Xiaopaifang Hutong to the south.
Chaoyangmennei Dajie, 2 Nanzhugan Hutong, Dongcheng district
+86 10 5957 6688

FOOD & DRINK

Bingjiao Cafe

Hidden in a 300-year-old subterranean imperial ice store, this single-item noodle restaurant inside of the Forbidden City serves up traditional zhajiangmian noodles among arty ice sculptures lit up in blue. Notoriously hard to find, keep your peepers peeled for sign boards saying “Cining Gong” leading to the Western side of the complex.
Cining Gong, Inside the Palace Museum (Forbidden City), Dongcheng district
+86 10 6521 4285