Hotel Guide | Five Things To Do Around The Opposite House Beijing

Hotel Guide | Five Things To Do Around The Opposite House Beijing

Sanlitun shop window by amanda_t22

At RoomCritic we already share the most inspirational hotels in world, and now we can also bring you the best things to do when you’re there. Introducing our friends The Purple Passport. When we told them we were featuring the Opposite House Beijing they were like “Amazing. We’ve got the perfect recommendations for people to shop, eat, drink, see and do nearby”. 

Take a look at the top five Purple Passport things to do around this week’s RoomCritic feature property, The Opposite House Beijing.

Sanlitun village photo by davidbnw

1. Shop: Sanlitun

What started as a rudimentary strip of service shops and bars for expats in the early days of China’s “Opening and Reform” period is now a lively, chichi nightlife and shopping destination within the embassy district. Expats still flock for sporty wares (à la Adidas and Levi’s) at the mod chrome-and-glass Village at Sanlitun mall, for quirky finds at Mediterranean-inspired mall Nali Patio, and local designer goods at 3.3 Mall. Aside from retail therapy, it’s also a pulsing spot for wining, dining, and people-watching.

2. Eat: Alameda

Tucked away in the back alleys of Sanlitun, Alameda was one of the first (and remains one of the finest) trendy bistros in the area. The minimalist space, capped with an airy glass atrium, exudes urban chic, and the menu (a fusion of Brazilian, European, and Asian influences) equally so. Lunch brings in the hardcore business power scene for the sophisticated service and set menu, while evenings draw a romantic date crowd for the ambiance.

3. Drink: The Tree

This charmingly scruffy Belgian pub is legendary on the Beijing expat scene for its mind-boggling selection of European beers and tasty thin-crust pizzas. Convivial groups (of everyone from students to young professionals to diplomatic types) gather in the intimate oak-beamed rooms or at the bar for a view of the action in the wood-fired brick pizza oven. Ensconced in a discreet courtyard on a quiet Sanlitun side street, it’s one of the longest-lasting foreign bars in the city.

4. See: 1949 The Hidden City

A hip gallery hidden behind a thicket of Sanlitun skyscrapers, 1949 is housed in a recently refurbished complex of retro-cool 1940s industrial buildings. The spacious gallery–one of the few places within the Third Ring Road of the city where you can scope local contemporary art–has a trendy, edgy vibe and an atmospheric outdoor courtyard space for sculpture exhibitions. The surrounding buildings hold a handful of chic cafés, bars, and restaurants that are popular with Beijing’s smartest set.

5. Spa: Bodhi Therapeutic Retreat

Escape from the Sanlitun bustle at this Southeast Asian-style spa with reasonable rates and great massages, ranging from traditional Thai massage to foot reflexology. Treatment rooms are bright, clean, and contemporary, and the spacious group treatment spaces make this an ideal place for a social spa afternoon with friends. Get further refreshed with complimentary fresh fruit juices and light snacks whipped up by the in-house Thai chef.


Photo by @luihon

We also asked The Purple Passport to do a RoomCritic Review the Opposite House Beijing. Take a look at the review as well as all the guest hotel photos on room

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The Purple Passport is a web-based collection of chic, one-stop-shop guides to experiencing the world’s cities in style. For even more on where to shop, eat, drink, see, and spa around The Opposite House, see their Passport to Sanlitun and Sanlitun Foursquare Guide. You’ll also find them on Facebook. For more details on The Purple Passport’s stay at The Opposite House Beijing visit their website.

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