Just as the sleekly modern Taikoo Li was built around the heritage hutong alleys, this Shack draws inspiration from Beijing’s traditional courtyard houses and updates with contemporary touches. The Shack is comprised of two distinct spaces connected by a corridor harkening to crisscrossing hutong lanes. Lush foliage and a live tree anchor the space, which is in striking contrast to the modern fixtures such as terrazzo, mirrored finishes and dynamic lighting which changes throughout the day to mimic Taikoo Li’s colored glass facades that transform based on the sun. Continuing on the hutong theme, local artist YoungYu created two colorful pieces of art in the Shack depicting Beijing’s rich hutong life.
Three signature items exclusively offered at Shake Shack Sanlitun reflect the tastes of Beijing. The signature Beijing city shake, Hutong Hawthorn, was inspired by Tanghulu and is infused with the tartness of local hawthorn berries and topped with whipped cream and crushed caramel. The photo-ready Beijing Blush Concrete is blended with Dao Xiang Cun rose pastry, raspberry jam and fresh raspberries, topped with rose petals. Taking a note from roasted chestnut street snacks in northern China, the Taikoo Lizi Concrete blends roasted chestnuts, buttery shortbread and a drizzle of miso-chestnut caramel sauce.