Houhai Lake in Beijing is encircled with trendy bars and cafes. Patrons sit outside in a lounge like atmosphere or up on rooftops of two story buildings sipping cocktails. These vantage points make a nice place to people watch.
Tucked in the surrounding Hutong is a tattoo parlor that would make hipsters the world over feel at home. You will find stylish boutiques down the lanes closest to the lake as well.