The Perfect Day… The Fashionista Way
Once the shy Chinese wallflower, Beijing is now in the throes of a full-swing fashion and style revolution, flaunting its unique blend of tradition and label-crazed avant-garde dress.
If you’re in town over the weekend and looking to feather your nest, rise with the early birds and swoop into Panjiayuan Flea Market, where you’ll find a hubbub of covetable goodies from antiques to Communist posters to pins – it’s all great fun and worth a rummage for that mantel-worthy statement piece. Prepare to barter hard though!
After your morning spree, recharge for round two with coffee and cakes at hipster fave Cafe Zarah, then dart off to spend the rest of the day at fashion and entertainment hub Sanlitun, making stops at Nicolas Favard for custom-designed or RTW jewels, and Paloma Sanchez for even more statement gems and striking designs, and Nisiss, a huge maze of locally designed, covetable clothes for him and her.
Now drop your bags and enjoy late lunch at Modo Urban Deli, an airy, open kitchen resto-bar with European and Asian-inflected small and share plates. Throw in a quick blowout at nearby C de France if need be, and emerge pretty and preened – just in time for cocktail hour at artisanal drink den Janes & Hooch.
After a signature bourbon-based concoction or two, wander over to vibey Okra, New Orleans native Max Levy’s exacting omakase, with sake and cocktail pairings. Hai!
Panjiayuan Flea Market / 18 Huawei Li / Chaoyang / 8am-6pm Sat-Sun
Cafe Zarah / 46 Guloudong Dajie / Chaoyang / +86 10 8403 9807 / 9am-midnight Sun-Thu, 9am-2am Fri-Sat / cafezarah.com
Nicolas Favard / 28 Sanlitun Lu / Chaoyang / +86 135 2033 4724 / 11am-8pm daily / nicolasfavard.com
Paloma Sanchez / Room A115 / 81 Nali Patio / Sanlitun Bei Jie / Chaoyang / +86 10 5208 6050 / 10.30am-8.30pm daily / palomasanchez.com
Modo Urban Deli / Taikoo Li Sanlitun South / Chaoyang / +86 10 6415 7207 / 10.30am-10pm daily / modobj.com
Janes & Hooch / 4 Gongti Bei Lu / Chaoyang / +86 10 6503 2757 / 7pm-2am daily / janeshooch.comOkra / Courtyard 4 / The Hidden City / Gongti Bei Lu / Chaoyang / +86 10 6593 5087 / dinner daily / okra1949.com