Dads come in all different shapes and sizes, but we love them all. So here’s a selection of Father’s Day gifts for the dad in your life, whatever he’s into!
For the hipster dad:
Plastered T-shirts are a Beijing institution, if that word isn’t too stuffy for this famously iconoclastic brand. They take their inspiration from the street life of the city, and make it into fabulously funky clothing. To celebrate their tenth anniversary they’re currently giving away a free pack of poker cards to every customer.
Plastered T-Shirts 创可贴
1) Daily 10am-10pm. 61 Nanluogu Xiang, Dongcheng District(134 8884 8855) www.plasteredtshirts.com 东城区南锣鼓巷61号2) Daily 10am-6pm. Yishu Zhongyi Jie (across from UCCA), 798 art zone, 4 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District 朝阳区酒仙桥路4号798艺术区中一街（UCCA当代艺术中心对面）
For the stylish dad:
Nothing makes a man look and feel better than a bespoke suit. At Principle M, dad will feel special from the moment he walks though the door. Their studio is styled after a gentleman’s club, and he can recline on a leather couch with a complimentary glass of Scotch whisky while discussing his fabric choices with one of the Principle M image consultants.
By appointment. Rm 0807, Wing 3, Kunsha International Center, 16 Xinyuan Li, Chaoyang district (6409 4356, firstname.lastname@example.org) 朝阳区新源里16号琨莎国际中心3号楼0807
For the muso dad:
Why go to one music shop when you can visit a whole street of them? Whether dad wields an axe like Hendrix, plays Bach like Yo-Yo Ma, or even has a go on the guzheng, he’ll find an incredible range of instruments and accessories on Xinjiekou Nandajie, a mile of muso heaven. Take your time, try everything out, because there is trash among the treasure, and enjoy haggling to get the best price!
Xinjiekou Nandajie, 新街口南大街.
By subway, travel to Pinganli (lines 4, 6) and walk north.
For the geek dad:
All dads are superheroes, and fanboy dads can wave their geek flag high at Beijing Comic Con. There are more than just comics: appearances from stars of film and TV, cosplay competitions, and live music and art all add up to a great day out for otaku. (This needs to be an early present though, as the convention will be over by Father’s Day!)
Beijing Comic Con
New China International Exhibition Center, June 9-10. Tickets RMB 180 for a day or RMB 320 for both days, from beijing.comiccon.com.cn/en/Tickets/Daily-tickets/ [Update: this event is now over.]
For the sporty dad:
The Chinese Super League is rapidly improving, but still the best chance of seeing top quality football is when European teams come on their pre-season tours. This year, the first ever Manchester derby outside the UK will take place at Beijing’s “Bird’s Nest” National Stadium, as bitter rivals City and United go head to head. Players of the caliber of Rooney, Mata, Aguero and De Bruyne will display their talents, and no match between these teams can ever truly be called a “friendly”.
Manchester City vs Manchester United
Beijing National Stadium, July 25. Ticket prices to be confirmed, and will be available online www.piao.com or www.en.damai.cn
This article originally appeared on page 18 of the 2016 June-July Issue of beijingkids magazine. Click here for your free online copy. To find out how you can obtain a hard copy, contact email@example.com.