Most Old-School Atmosphere : The beautiful Qing-era buildings of the Dazhalan shopping district house traditional shops selling silk, calligraphy, and antiques.
Best All-Around Shopping Experience : Wangfujing Avenue has every retail option imaginable, from modern malls to traditional shops, with the famous Donghuamen street-food market at the north end of the street.
Best Books : Enjoy a coffee while you browse the titles on offer at The Bookworm , which stocks the best collection of English books in the capital city; it’s also home to Beijing’s annual literary festival.
Best Local Designer : Pick up a piece of Beijing’s fashion scene at candy&caviar , where Chicago-born designer Candy Lin is famous for her hooded blazers and smart-casual dresses.
Most Vintage Clothes : Keep abreast of Beijing’s craze for retro fashion at Mega Mega Vintage , which features carefully chosen garments and accessories.
Best T-Shirts : Plastered T-Shirts sells just that: T-shirts emblazoned with classic Chinese images like Chariman Mao, the double happiness symbol, and lucky number 8.
Best Souvenirs : Check out images of Beijing in days gone by with a visit to Beijing Postcard . The shop sells copies of old postcards and photos that make great gifts and souvenirs.
Best Concept : Looking for a funky gift? It’s literally in the box at Fengguo Box Store , where vendors rent clear displays to sell their handmade crafts.
Best Retro Toys : Quirky Old-Toxin Tin Toys sells replicas of the hollow metal toys that every pre-’80s Beijing child played with. The toys here make great souvenirs for kids and kids at heart.