Area guide: Xicheng

Head westside for off-the-beaten-path gems

The oft-neglected Wild West of Beijing's mean streets is a trove of quirky cafés, standout museums and commendable restaurants

Cafés

Coffee Craft
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Coffee Craft

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Soloist Coffee Co (Financial Street)
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Soloist Coffee Co (Financial Street)

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Bear Brew
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Bear Brew

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Coffee Tags
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Coffee Tags

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Museums

Beijing Planetarium (北京天文馆)
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Beijing Planetarium (北京天文馆)

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Beijing Stone Carvings Art Museum (北京石刻艺术博物馆)
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Beijing Stone Carvings Art Museum (北京石刻艺术博物馆)

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National Museum of Classic Books (国家典籍博物馆)
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National Museum of Classic Books (国家典籍博物馆)

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Capital Museum (首都博物馆)
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Capital Museum (首都博物馆)

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Military Museum of the Chinese People’s Revolution (中国人民革命军事博物馆)
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Military Museum of the Chinese People’s Revolution (中国人民革命军事博物馆)

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Paleozoological Museum of China (中国古动物馆)
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Paleozoological Museum of China (中国古动物馆)

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The Geological Museum of China (中国地质博物馆)
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The Geological Museum of China (中国地质博物馆)

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Beijing Opera Museum (北京戏曲博物馆)
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Beijing Opera Museum (北京戏曲博物馆)

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Restaurants

The Southern Fish (Xicheng)
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The Southern Fish (Xicheng)

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Deyuan Roast Duck (德缘烤鸭店)
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Deyuan Roast Duck (德缘烤鸭店)

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Hutong Pizza (胡同比萨)
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Hutong Pizza (胡同比萨)

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Wang Pangzi Donkey Burgers Huguosi (王胖子驴肉火烧)
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Wang Pangzi Donkey Burgers Huguosi (王胖子驴肉火烧)

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Suzuki Kitchen (Dashilar)

Suzuki Kitchen (Dashilar)

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Shops

Beijing Books Building (北京图书大厦)
Books

Beijing Books Building (北京图书大厦)

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Zhengyang Bookstore (正阳书局)
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Zhengyang Bookstore (正阳书局)

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Twelve Moons

Twelve Moons

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Rongdexuan
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Rongdexuan

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Baguosi Antiques Market
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Baguosi Antiques Market

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Things to do

Rendinghu Park (人定湖公园)
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Rendinghu Park (人定湖公园)

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Beihai Park (北海公园)
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Beihai Park (北海公园)

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20% Picture House
Art

20% Picture House

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Guanghua Temple
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Guanghua Temple

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East Shore Live Jazz Café (东岸爵士)
Nightlife

East Shore Live Jazz Café (东岸爵士)

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Huguosi Xiaochi (护国寺小吃)

Huguosi Xiaochi (护国寺小吃)

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