Beijing has a lot of great book shops but these ones are really outstanding places to browse the day away whether you're looking for a book to read, like at the Beijing Bookworm, or a spot to pick up stationery supplies and calendars, like Beijing Postcards. The Book Design Shop
23 Yangmeizhu Xiejie, Xicheng district See full address details
The Book Design Shop isn’t packed with paper, but we love it for its specialist approach. Taiwanese owner Tony Li presents a carefully curated selection of China-based and international publications. Look for Beijing titles like the multidisciplinary ’zine on Chinese urban spaces Concrete Flux, Bactagon Project’s biannual art publication Bajia, and food mag The Cleaver Quarterly. International names include The Gourmand (UK) and Encounters (Singapore).
Li also stocks a handful of non-paper, design-oriented goods like small pastel-coloured pouches from Taiwanese brand HAO Life. Read more
10 Wusi Dajie, Dongcheng district See full address details
Established in 1956, Baihua Art is our longstanding go-to for anything creative. Wedged into the row of art supply and framing stores on Wusi Dajie, across from the National Art Museum, it’s loaded with every kind of pencil, pen and paint set you could want. Brands range from Stabilo (set of 20 pens, 140RMB) and Faber-Castell (set of 12 pencils, 42RMB) to more specialised names like Pébéo (bottles of pigment from 135RMB).
Don’t miss the cosy side-room packed with every size of calligraphy brushes and traditional Chinese inks and paper. The entire staff seems a few decades older than the store, so expect very sweet, but unhurried service. Read more
4 Sanlitun Nan Lu, Chaoyang district See full address details
A haven for expats, journalists and literary types, The Bookworm isn’t just the best place to buy magazines, foreign-language titles and borrow books, but also one of the city’s most popular places to relax with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc or catch a talk by an international author.
There’s free wireless access as well as decent food, and a rooftop terrace to relax on during the long summer months. Read more
85-1 Nanluoguxiang, Dongcheng district See full address details
Gjeroe and Thom are both passionate and knowledgeable about their collection, and are more than happy to give quick history lesson. Local visitors who constantly mill in and out clearly delight in the nostalgia.
The postcards cost a mere 5RMB and the calendars are 50RMB, while larger prints range from 100RMB to 200RMB with a frame.
They also have some beautiful antique maps on display, including a Johnson’s Atlas from 1864 that’s going for 1,000RMB. Read more
Several locations including 3B201, China World Trade Centre Phase 3, Chaoyang district See full address details
The warm lighting provides an environment conducive for reading so you can take your time to browse through the books.
Left of the store is the Chinese section and the English section is on the right. Right in the middle, a flight of stairs leads you to the Art & Design section, which is also the biggest section in the store.
Page One also boasts a wide selection of management, hobby, food and drink and travel books. For the classics, you can choose from different editions such as Collins Classic, Vintage Classics, Oxford World’s Classics and Bleak House Collector’s Library. Read more
Several locations including S2-12 Taikoo Li 19 Sanlitun Lu See full address details
Moleskine brought the sexy back to the ordinary notebook.
Sanlitun shop, you'll find an array of notebooks, journals and diaries
for any type of person - from the world traveller to the business exec.
Laptop bags, camera shells, pens and pencils could also be found inside
the sleek shop. Read more
16 Gongti Donglu, Chaoyang district See full address details
Stepping into Cozy B02K is the book equivilant of walking into a delicatessan filled with delicious foods from around the world.
Come here for an impressive collection of English language books as well as Chinese art books and an excellent selection of Chinese and Japanese comic books and graphic novels. Read