9 Guanghua Lu
HOURS: Daily 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
METRO: Jintaixizhao (Line 10)
Another modern mall, The Place is a local landmark thanks to the LED “sky screen” that runs the length of the entrance walkway. Split across two four-story buildings, the mall brings together Western fashion brands like Zara, H&M, Miss Sixty, and Vero Moda with ubiquitous food venues like Starbucks.
It also contains Tourneau—the largest watch shop in China; if you’re in the market for a new time piece, make this your first port of call.
If it’s an authentic Old Beijing shopping experience you’re looking for, go elsewhere, but if you want to see capitalist China on the rise, definitely stop by.