Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Beijing

Zulutu Grocery
Like a grocery store only selling t-shirts in place of bloody slabs of meat. Not the norm but fun and inspiring nevertheless.
Zeta Bar
A wide variety of wines and nibbles is offered at this bright and popular bar matched only by the musical talent on offer.
Za Jia
A magnet for artists and cultural innovators, Za Jia bar and project space is a quirky and happening social hub.
Yugong Yishan
Underground acts take to the stage in this atmospheric venue.
Xiu
A contemporary take on a traditional courtyard that boasts a celebrity-packed rooftop terrace...
Wuyutai Teahouse
Tea isn't just a British thing; Beijingers can't get enough of the stuff.
Westin Chaoyang
Famed for its after-work cocktails, DJs and 'Heavenly' spa.
Wanda Plaza Arcade
Playing retro arcade games is something of a sport in Beijing so indulge right here.
Vivienne Tam
Clothes don't come any chicer than they do here - unless of course you're talking about fashion's other Vivienne.
Vincent Café
Excellent French caf̩.
Ucca Store
If you've always dreamed of getting your grubby little mitts on a signed print from a Chinese artist then you've come to the right place. If not then it's still an interesting place to poke about.
Tung Lok Tang
Young hip and trendy? Call off the search you've found your home.
Trainspotting
Less seedy than the name suggests.
Tongrentan
As the pharmacy to former emperors you know you're getting your hands on some good medicine here.
Tongli Studio
Fall down the rabbit hole into a nighttime labyrinth.
Today Art Museum Shop
Culture vultures and bookworms rejoice; get stuck in to a vast range of the printed stuff right here.
Timezone8 Art Books
Forget poking about in a musty old library; this is the go-to store for treasure tomes galore.
Tian Spa
High-end treatments aren't the only thing high about this 60th floor spa. The views as you can imagine are spectacular.
Three Stone Kite Store
Kite-flying may seem a bite 90s but at this store it's very much alive and kicking.
Things of the Jing
Those seeking traditional Chinese jewellery can find it in abundance here.
The Village Café
Early breakfasts and all day web surfing.
The Village
Western-style shopping complex crowned by a chic courtyard.
The Tree
One of Beijing's best pizza joints with a great selection of beers
The Thing
Local graphic artists get a chance to shine here with their designs emblazoned across too-cool-for-school tees.
The Shop
While it's not the most imaginatively-named store in SoBe, The Shop sells incredibly cool designer clothes for both men and women.
The Pottery Workshop
From vases to necklaces - whatever type of ceramics you want The Pottery Workshop provides.
The Old Town Girls
I'ts not second-hand it's vintage' so say the cool girls in Gulou. And they're right. Dive in to the bargain bin here and unearth a buried treasure.
The Malls at Oriental Plaza
Beijing's first mall and still its best.
The Hutong
Sign-up for a course here to learn everything from cookery to yoga.
The Emperor
China's first Design Hotel pays close attention to detail
The CourtYard
Lip-smacking mélange of impeccable dishes and sumptuous wines.
The Boat
Hip floating dance bar.
Tang Hu Lu
Ever wondered what cotton from China's countryside feels like? Wonder no more as there's plenty of the stuff on offer here.
Surface
Two floors are better than one as they say (or is that heads?) and that's no more true than at Surface a two-floored emporium dedicated to unisex fashions.
Sureño
Tapas pizzas and a host of Mediterranean delights.
Steak Exchange
Huge American-style steaks and sumptuously sweet desserts.
Star Live
A mixture of up and coming live acts with established cult legends.
Spin Ceramics
Young designers are showcased at spin with their pottery on display for all and sundry to see.
South Beauty
Spicy Sichuan dishes with style and efficiency.
Source
Take to Beijing's streets in suitably stylish streetwear direct from the er Source.

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