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Dong Liang’s New Digs

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The cafe on the boutique’s ground floor. Photo credit: Dong Liang.

It pains us, we’ll admit, that when asked for Shanghai’s best boutique for homegrown designers we are forced to recommend Beijing-based Dong Liang. But happily, Shanghai is now home to two Dong Liangs versus the capital’s solitary store, so we’re still clearly far cooler than our northern neighbors. Phew!

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We’ll never be this cool. But we’ll try.

Just around the corner from their original Fumin Lu store, the new space on Changle Lu is every bit as gorgeous as you would expect from this crew. A four storey lane house has largely been  allowed to keep its original form, divided up into separate rooms which each contain exquisite displays. You’ll need to ring the bell to enter, but don’t worry, the Dong Liang team are a friendly bunch and are happy to let you browse at your own pace.

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FNJI – The Furniture Boutique With a Delightful Secret

FNJI Beijing Furniture Boutique It’s not often a space opens that we find it hard to tear ourselves away from, but FNJI is just such a gem. Located half way down the city’s leafy Guozijian Street (by the Confucius Temple), this furniture and lifestyle boutique also houses one of Beijing’s best-kept secrets – an ultra stylish café with a fancy drip coffee machine and a serene courtyard.

So beautifully decked out is the space that if it weren’t problematic we’d attempt to move in tomorrow.

The boutique showcases designers from both China and Japan – and pleasingly, it’s difficult to tell which is which. Handmade beds, armchairs, bureaus, dining tables, desks and bookshelves are all crafted from American Black Walnut or Ash and all encapsulate a contemporary zen aesthetic – simple, chic and innately Asian. It’s a Monocle reader’s dream.

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Guess What Popped Up In Sanlitun?

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Horses for courses

Introducing the newest venue to, erm, pop up on Bespoke Beijing’s Hidden Beijing Boutique Experience, we’re delighted to introduce the delights of Pop-Up Beijing in Sanlitun. This new shop is located over two levels in the newly buzzing Sanlitun No. 4 Courtyard and finally offers a chance to buy the kinds of objets d’art you’d normally have to schlep to the sprawling Gaobeidian furniture street for right here in the city.

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The light stuff

There’s something for everyone and every price point, whether you are looking for a gift to take back home or you’re looking for ways to brighten up your apartment that doesn’t involve the hassle of IKEA or the haggling of Panjiayuan. Items range from ceramic cups – made in Jingdezhen, China’s home of pottery – from 28-30RMB to full-scale Tiananmen chests that are priced nearer the 8,000RMB mark.

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Guanfu Museum Shop & Cafe

Beijing's Best Boutiques and CafesHouhai Lake is hardly known for its hip and happening boutiques – but one woman plans to change all that.

Yes that’s right. She may be pintsized, but Guo Yang Yang is a lady on a mission. Thanks to her great connections (and the help of a small group of creative luxury lovers), Lotus Lane is going to get a BIG makeover in the next 18 months.

Noisy, neon-lit bars on the southwest of the lake such as ‘Buffalo’ and ‘Sex and da City’ (gah) will slowly be replaced by more thoughtful spaces, the first of which is already making a subtle impact.

Traditional and colourful Traditional Chinese pastries

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6 Brilliant Beijing Gifts (That Aren’t Tea Sets or Scarves)

When you’ve lived in Beijing for a few winters, you know the folks back home probably won’t squeal with pleasure when unwrapping another tea set / silk scarf / lucky cat / kite this Christmas. (Did we miss any?) So we’ve devised this handy list of Beijing gifts sure to delight their intended recipient or your money back. Figuratively speaking.

For The Foodie: Cleavers, Hot Pots and More

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Di’anmen Wai (the street running south from the Drum Tower) is chock full of traditional kitchen hardware shops, mostly selling to the restaurant trade. Which means you can pick up high quality cleavers and woks at a snip (60-300 RMB), along with more unusual gifts like charcoal-fired brass hot pots (the mini ones are super cute), stackable bamboo steamers and more.

How much? 60+ RMB

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