Beijing's best homeware shops

Kit out your home with stylish buys from these boutiques

Decorating your home just as you like it is an evolving task – the first flat you rent will most likely look very different to the place you're living when you're 40. That said, there are plenty of shops in Beijing who can help you on your interior design journey, from antiques to contemporary classics to unique, handcrafted pieces.

Gulou

Lost and Found (失物招领)

This Gulou boutique is the place to head if you like your homewares to come with a healthy dollop of character. Carefully selected vintage Chinese products sit alongside sustainable soaps and accessories.

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42 Guozijian Jie (Yonghegong/Lama Temple, Dongcheng)

FNJI (梵几)

Head to Fnji (pronounced 'Fanji') for sleek wooden furniture from Chinese and Japanese designers.

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41 (Yonghegong/Lama Temple, Dongcheng)

White is Good (好白商店)

This stylish boutique shines bright among the often greyish hutongs of Beijing, as every single product here is only available in one colour – white. Goods range from furniture, decorations and kitchenware to stationery, books and even clothing, imported from all over.

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67 Guozijian Jie (Yonghegong/Lama Temple, Dongcheng)

Sanlitun & CBD

MUJI

You can't go wrong with the minimalist magic that is MUJI. Bedding is exceptionally comfortable, while bathroom, storage and organisation solutions are plentiful, and once you've sorted your home out, you might as well kit your entire wardrobe out with minimalist MUJI gear too. Because less is more, right?

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13 Gongti Bei Lu (Sanlitun, Chaoyang)

The Beast

One of Shanghai-based brand The Beast's six Beijing stores, this Sanlitun outlet brings a dash of youthful Marie Antoinette elegance to the corporate neighbourhood. Flowers are the focus – the brand did grow from a small, online bouquet service, after all – but a range of homewares, jewellery and furniture is on show in its fantastic setting.

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19 Sanlitun Bei Lu (Chaoyang, Chaoyang)

Miniso

Miniso does its best to defy classification, but it's fair to say the Chinese-Japanese brand has been a revelation since breaking out big-time circa 2015. It’s endeared itself with its budget homeware, bathroom gear and toiletries, while some of its electronics (130RMB bluetooth speakers, particularly) make great additions to the living room. Multiple locations across Beijing.

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8 Gongti Bei Lu (Sanlitun, Chaoyang)

Nome

Supposedly recruiting a team of Nordic product designers, it's a more aesthetically conscious take on Miniso, but largely at the same price. And it's convincing: its range of decent quality, stylish enough homeware is bigger and better than its counterpart, and also boasts a line of clothing. Multiple locations across Beijing.

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Wangjing & Lido

IKEA (宜家家具)

It's cheap, it's functional, it's flatpack, and many of the homewares look more high-end than their affordable price point would suggest.

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59 Futong Dong Lu (Lido, Chaoyang)

ZaoZuo

The brand, an offshoot from a successful online design incubator, offers simple, stylish Chinese-designed furniture and home goods at an affordable price point (a two-seater sofa starts from 2,999RMB).

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18 Jiuxianqiao Lu

Liangmaqiao

Laitai Flower Market (莱太花卉市场)

As nearly all markets move towards closure here in Beijing, Laitai seems to just about be staying alive. No home is complete without a few living organisms to care for, and if kids or pets aren't your style than pick up a few low-maintenance friends at this bountiful flower market.

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9 Maizidian Xi Lu (Chaoyang, Chaoyang)

Shuangjing & Gaobeidian

Hay

A good rule of thumb to follow in the world of interior design is: Scandi equals cool. With that in mind, a visit to Hay is sure to leave you pimped out with reliably stylish homewares.

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East Third Ring Road (Chaoyang, Chaoyang)

Gaobeidian Furniture Street

This kilometre-long strip is home to over a hundred stores selling handcrafted wares and trinkets, and while the 'antique' in the name often refers more to style than age, it's still a great spot to pick up beautiful pieces of traditional Chinese furniture, including chairs, carved tables and decorative panels. Some of the European antique shops are spectacular, and there are several outlets selling modern takes on Chinese classics and imported Nordic pieces.

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Gaobeidian Gujiaju Jie (Chaoyang, Chaoyang)

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