I love Saturdays! I mean who doesn’t love weekend? I don’t like Sundays as I know that the next day I have to wake up early morning and go to the office. (I don’t mind my job, but it is just my laziness!)
I split my weekend in two sections except if I have visitors or travel. One full day of house duties (cooking, cleaning, laundry etc) and a day of being outside when I am actually exploring and discovering gems of Beijing. Most of the time I do it by myself.
Luckily, last weekend that we had we managed to spend together. After a very long time, we have finally planned a visit to the Panjiayuan Antique Market in Beijing.
As we had some business arrangements for the morning, we did not really have a proper breakfast. We quickly had a coffee with muffins and ran for an appointment.
However, after that we went for the second breakfast – brunch in Mosto. We believe it is one of the best places for a breakfast. They Royal eggs and Florentine to the perfection. One plate of their eggs is enough to make me running until the evening.
In 2012 when I was in Beijing for the first time I remembered visiting it. All I know is that I got a vase for my mom from there. Back then, I actually got to that market by chance when visiting the Glasses Market.
This time we went there to have a look around as AH loves antiques and design. When we got there the place surprised me as it became so much bigger. Countless number of rows with pictures, statues and other antiques.
The prices that they give you are insanely high, sales people do expect you to bargain a lot. If you don’t, you offend them.
Huge serving plates did not seem to be attractive from the first sight, however when you look closer, you change your mind.
Lanterns that we so difficult to find in the Chinese market in Dubai, were everywhere here for a cheap price but of a good quality.
Chinese leaders cult is still present. You can get a mini president or the Great Mao for your own home.
My favorite were Three Wise Monkeys – “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil”. Chinese version is four monkeys “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil” and I guess “do no evil”.
Amazing old-school luggage reminded me of my beloved Harry Potter.
Dragons, lions, roosters – all Chinese lucky symbols you can find here.
If you want, you can also have your name written in Chinese calligraphy.
If you got to Panjiayuan, the Glasses Market located very close to Antique market can also be a good place to visit. I lost or left all my sunglasses and I really needed one. I even split my budget to manage to get one this month. Luckily, we went to Panjiayuan Market.
If you don’t mind paying a lot you can walk around the first floor to see your options. But then why visit it if you pay the same as in a mall? We went to the second floor and got glasses for RMB100. They are not branded, but they are still quite cool for Beijing.
I had a bad craving for burgers for the last couple of weeks. I just wanted it so much. So we decided to finally deal with it and have a burger for dinner.
Being a fan of Blue Frog in the past, I was so disappointed when we had it when I returned. I did not want to go back. So we looked out for the options. In Sanlitun area (behind Zhongye Plaza and in the same area as Salsa Caribe) we found American Home Plate BBQ. As it had outside seating we were convinced right away.
The prices are more acceptable than in the main Sanlitun mall. The food quality is really high up. The only shortback was service. They were slow and seemed “lazy”.
Otherwise, the food and Dr. Pepper were just great.
We finished off the day with some shopping in Taikoo and DVD spot and went home happy and tired. The day seemed to be well spent. The day of exploring was tiring but satisfying. It is gives a great feeling of being disconnected from routine.
How do you spend your weekends? What places do you visit?