Go west at the east. Sanlitun baby!
Coming to Beijing? Living here?
Well… you either heard of or will hear of Sanlitun (三里屯).
It’s the western stronghold in the middle of Beijing.
It’s got stores like Adidas, Nike, Apple, Puma etc. and a bunch of small designer (small yet not cheap) shops.
It’s also got a lot of restaurants which are, how to put it, are more adjusted to the western palate than Chinese food.
There you will be able to have a nice day of shopping, eating and you can even catch a good movie at the excellent Imegabox theatre (a lot of western movies).
Beneath apple store there is a big mall, which has some more stores (and the movie theatre) and a very nice supermarket (BHG – the market place).
To see recommendations about specific restaurants see my Beijing food post in which you will find some recommendations for places in Sanlitun.
Recommended to go between April to June or September to November – and sit in a coffee place outside, enjoy the nice days:) kick back and relax.
P.S – beware! most of the stores there are not cheaper (to say the least) from any other country.