Top 5 Markets in Pudong

As impressive as many of Shanghai’s malls are, shopping in air conditioned comfort in chain shops is never quite as exciting as taking a chance in local bazaars. In Pudong, you’ll discover an array of markets, many of which are dedicated to particular products, such as fabrics or fresh food. If you’re contemplating staying in a hotel in Shanghai Pudong, here’s where to go for the most interesting retail experiences.

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Yatai Xinyang Fashion and Gift Market

If you’re looking for affordable souvenirs and counterfeit branded fashion items, Yatai Xinyang Fashion and Gift Market is the place to go. When Pudong’s famous ‘fake market’ closed in 2006, many of its vendors moved here. Wander through hundreds of underground stalls selling clothing, jewellery, bags, watches and toys. Of course, take note that if you do buy a Gucci bag for $US10, it’s most likely not from the Gucci factory, and it probably won’t last forever. You can visit the Yatai Xinyang Fashion and Gift Market every day between 10am and 6pm. You’ll find it right near the Science and Technology Museum Metro Stop, which is on Metro Line 2.

Wet Market

After determining your brand new look at the Yatai Xinyang Fashion and Gift Market, there’s every chance you’ll have worked up a major appetite. When hunger strikes in Pudong, the Wet Market calls. Prepare for sensory overload. Two floors comprised it. One is actually more on the dry side, with its eclectic selection of rice, clothing and trinkets. The ground floor, on the other hand, delivers what the name promises. Think oodles of fresh fruit and vegetables, meat, seafood and mini-eateries selling takeaway meals. For a quick snack, the freshly cooked, steaming hot dumplings are recommended.

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Pudong Antique Market

In a shadowy alley of seemingly abandoned warehouses on the very fringes of the city is where you’ll discover the Pudong Antique Market. It’s not unlike stepping into a 19th century book. Room after room is absolutely crammed with, well, everything imaginable – from bric a brac, to Buddha figurines, to furniture to dusty toys. To get there, catch Metro Line 8 to the Lingzhao Xincun stop and walk to 1788 Ji Yang Lu, near Shangpu Lu.

Lifestyle Design Market

In contrast to Yatai Xinyang, where nearly every item on sale comes from a factory, the Lifestyle Design Market (Kerry Hotel courtyard, 1388 Hua Mu Lu,
Pudong) is all about individuality, self-expression and craftsmanship. Well supported by the Consulate of France in Shanghai, it displays the work of various designers – both local and international. Expect some stunning recent creations – from jewellery to clothing to artwork. A high-quality live music programme adds to the atmosphere.

Radisson Blu Century Park Christmas Village Market

As the name suggests, this market (sadly!) only happens once a year. Kicking off towards the end of November and finishing up a few days before Christmas, it’s one of the first festive-themed markets to open in Pudong. The entire Century Park is magically transformed into an Austrian village, complete with all manner of European delights, from mulled wine to gingerbread to eggnog to Christmas cakes to roasted chestnuts.

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