Updated: Jun 30, 2020
We’re fortunate that we get to call Sanlitun our home and we have found it to be one of the most dog-friendly areas in Beijing. If you’re looking for places to brunch or go urban hiking with your dog, here some suggestions:
Taikooli (太古里) Shopping Center
The TKL Shopping Center consists of two areas: north and south.
South TKL (三里屯太古里南区) starts from Uniqlo (优衣库) located on Worker's Stadium Road (工体北路) and ends at Nali Patio (那里花园) to the north.
North TKL (三里屯太古里北区) starts from Opposite House Hotel and extends to the end of the block.
Both are outdoor malls so it's a fun place to window shop with your dog. Some stores also allow dogs in so it never hurts to ask (or just walk in like you own the place 😋). There's also usually some cool sculptures and wall decorations to take photos against/on. Most of our photos (on @brunoandmea) are taken in this area.
The 3rd floor of South TKL is filled with restaurants and when the weather is warm (usually between mid-April to October), most of them will have outdoor seating available. There’s a full list of ones we have tried at the bottom of the post but our favorite place to go for a special treat is Hulu. They have great food, tasty cocktails, amazing service and their terrace is beautifully outfitted with comfy sofa chairs and a view of the shopping center below.
If the weather is too cold (or hot!) to sit outside, check out Elephant Grounds (1st floor on the west side of South TKL). This café is dog friendly indoors and has some really interesting dishes on their menu. Another dog friendly café to WFH from is There Will be Bread on the north side of TKL South.
Opposite House (瑜舍酒店)
The Opposite House Hotel is completely dog friendly indoors (or so we have been told). They recently gave the entire hotel a makeover and there’s now a fancy cocktail bar (Union), Italian restaurant (Frasca), and Sichuan restaurant (Superfly) on the first floor. Jing Ya Tang, their dim sum restaurant, is supposedly dog friendly too. Though venues in the hotel trend towards the pricier side, they have great service and friendly vibes.
We tried Frasca with our pups a few weeks ago and found the food and wine delicious. The lunch set is quite reasonably priced and they also have a gorgeous outdoor seating area we’d love to while an afternoon away at next time we go. 😎
Update: We also tried out Superfly which just opened this month. If you’re craving some Sichuan cuisine and want to bring your dogs along, this is the place to go! Also, the interior design and vibe is amazeballs: retro-Chinese x modern chic. 🤯
Opposite House is also the start of TKL North which houses all the designer name brands. This is a cool place to walk around and you’ll often see dogs window shopping here. Aside from the Opposite House, there doesn’t seem to be any restaurants/ahops here that are explicitly dog friendly indoors, although we did walk into Lululemon with Bruno before.
Nali Patio (那里花园)
Nali Patio is the white building that separates TKL South and TKL North. It houses mostly restaurants and bars, though it does have some boutique shops. On Tuesday mornings (from 10:00-14:00), there’s usually a famer’s market in the square that features local organic produce and handmade crafts.
Most restaurants in Nali Patio that have outdoor seating will allow you to sit outside with dogs (but seating is quite limited outdoors). There are two restaurants that allow dogs indoors: MOKA Bros and Burger Box. MOKA Bros’ menu features a variety of healthy options (e.g. salads, wraps, juices, etc.) and also does a mean brunch. Burger Box has a BOGO burger deal every Tuesday. 🍔
Here’s a table summarizing the places mentioned above.
SUPER IMPORTANT: when bringing your dog out, please remember to be a respectful and responsible dog owner. Always pick up after your dog and keep them on a leash at all times. Sanlitun gets very crowded (especially during the weekend) and not everyone that visits this area is a dog enthusiast. Be attentive to the people and situation around you so that you can ensure your dog and other patrons have a positive experience.