Top 8 Flea/Street Markets in Shanghai

See below a list of the best street markets in Shanghai for cheap shopping. You can buy clothes, souvenirs, pearls, and others in this market.

1. Yuyuan Market (Yuyuan Bazaar)

Yuyuan market is also known as the City God Temple market. It is located next to the Yu Garden and has an amazing array of traditional Chinese items, including paintings by folk artists, pearls from Taihu Lake, calligraphy, old bank notes, and wood carvings. It is a wonderful place for you to experience the local life and will lead you back to the bygone days of Shanghai over the past 100 years.

There are more than a hundred stores and shops in this area, selling a rich variety of products including China wares, bronze wares, jade pieces,walking sticks, silk umbrellas, bamboo and rattan furniture, goldfish, Chairman Mao memorabilia, ancient ink, and paper, brushes, pens, etc. Local people in Shanghai enjoy shopping here.

Curio Street at Dongtai Road is an antique-hunter's mecca. Although it is slightly over 200 meters long, the street is lined with more than 125 small shops selling a mind-boggling variety of products.

The place remains one of the most popular markets among tourists and locals. The fun of the place may not lie in finding a real antique, but in seeing all of the interesting items and haggling.

  • Add: 218 Anren Street, Huangpu District (around Yuyuan Garden).
  • Public Transport: take bus 930 from Poeple’s Square and get off at the 5th stop of Xinbeimen,then take a 5-minute walk to Yuyuan Garden
  • 2. Dongtai Road Antique Market

    Dongtai Road Antique Market is a very famous street for its antiques in Shanghai. Curio Street at Dongtai Road is an antique-hunter's mecca. Although it is slightly over 200 meters long, the street is lined with more than 125 small shops selling a mind-boggling variety of products.

    There are antiques both real and fake,including China wares, bronze wares, jade pieces, bamboo and wood carvings, calligraphy, paintings, badges, Chairman Mao memorabilia, ancient ink, and paper, brushes, pens, and ink slabs. It is important to remember that most of the items are not genuine. Many shops sell many of the same and/or similar items, so shop around for the best price. Haggle hard if you want to purchase something.

  • Add: Dong Tai Road, Shanghai
  • 3. Hong Qiao New World Pearl Market

    Hong Qiao New World Pearl Market is not such place that only offers you the pearls. It is a large shopping venue with over three floors and supply shoppers with an enomous range of poducts.

    Here you can find knock-off bags, scarves, Chinese junk and treasures on the first floor, and wares on the second floor. Remember to bargain hard with the vendors and don’t be afraid to walk away. Hong Qiao New World Pearl Market is the best place to shop for pearls for you.

  • Add: 3721 Hongmei Road, Minhang District
  • Tel: (021)62626278
  • Opening Hours: 10:00am.-22:00pm.
  • 4. South Bund Fabric Market

    The South Bund Fabric Market, which is the ultimate stop for buying fabric, originally known as the Dongjiadu Fabric Market, is a three storey building offering a vast variety of fabrics.

    Here you may find yourself lost in a maze of hundreds of fabric stalls. This fabric market also has all of Shanghai's best tailors under the same roof. Qipao, cashmere coats and men’s shirts are skillfully designed according to customers’ requests.Many shops have their own in-house tailors who can stitch you a suit, or anything else you want.It is really a perfect place for you to enjoy sewing or have custom-made beautiful clothes and home accessoeies. Bargain hard to get a fair price.

    Add: 399 Lujiabang Road, Shanghai

  • Metro: Nangpu Bridge on line 4 and walk for 5 minutes
  • Bus: 43, 89, 931
  • Tel: (021)63775858
  • Opening Hours: 10:00am.-19:00pm.
  • 5. Qipu Road Clothing Market

    The Qipu Road clothing Market is the largest wholesale and retail clothing market in Shanghai which offers a great number of various kinds of clothes for all levels of people. Its history dates back to 100 years ago.

    It has an extensive range of products to sell, both for domestic market and international market, such as clothing, apparels, children’s clothes, underwear, skirts, shoes, jeans, T-shirts, bags, and other related products.The prices are always very cheap here. You could have the oppotunity to grab the latest fashion trend at extremely low prices in this market.

  • Add: 168 & 183 Qipu Road, near Henan Bei Lu, Zhabei District
  • Metro: Tiantong Road Station on line
  • Tel: 021-5102 0001
  • Hours: 6:30am. to 6:00pm.
  • 6.  Shanghai Yatai Clothing and Gifts Market

    The Shanghai Yatai Clothing and Gifts Market is one of the largest subway markets in Shanghai.It covers an area of 19,022 square meters (4.7 acres) and has about 500 shops selling various products like clothing, accessories, fabrics, suitcases, hats, shoes, handicrafts, and souvenirs.

    The Shanghai Yatai Clothing and Gifts Market is one of the largest subway markets in Shanghai.It covers an area of 19,022 square meters (4.7 acres) and has about 500 shops selling various products like clothing, accessories, fabrics, suitcases, hats, shoes, handicrafts, and souvenirs.

  • Add: Science and Technology Museum Metro Stop (Metro Line 2), Pudong, Shanghai
  • Metro: Take subway line 2 and get off at Shanghai Science & Technology Museum Station.
  • Tel:(021)68540000
  • Opening hours: Monday - Thursday 10:00am. - 20:00pm.; Friday - Sunday 10:00am. - 20:30pm.
  • 7. Shanghai Yong'an Department Store

    The Yong'an Department Store was founded in 1918 by a business family Guo, and was one of the country's first department stores to carry global brands.Yong'an and three other stores, Xianshi, Xinxin, and Daxin, were seen as symbols of old Shanghai's prosperity in the 1920s.

    It is located in the middle of Nanjing Road, which is China's No.1 Commercial Street.It has been restored its original appearance of 87 years ago with furnishings of European style popular in Shanghai during the 1920s.

    By the way, Nanjing West Road is said to be the first shopping street in China. It is lined with some of the best Shanghai shopping malls brimming with luxury brands like Dior, Chanel, Armani, Prada and Calvin Klein. And Nanjing East Road is also a well-known shopping area that offers a dizzying array of items. There are more than 600 shops offering anything a shopper could want.

  • Address: 635 East Nanjing Road, Huangpu District
  • 8.  Shanghai Flower, Bird, Fish and Insect Market

    As the most famous of its kinds in Shanghai, this market has everything that you expect to find. Maybe you are on holiday and probably don’t want to buy a goldfish to take home, but never mind, because it’s very interesting to check out here and take some great photos.

    There are Spring’s orchid, Summer’s lotus, Autumn’s mum, and Winter’s plum, which are changing from season to season. It will be worth the trip for you to experience the unusual and unknown world to expand you horison and eyesight.There are a handful of bird and flower markets in Shanghai. Cao’an flowers market,Wujiaochang birds and flowers market,Hongqiao birds and flowers market, and Yangpu Park birds and flowers market to name but a

  • Address: 417 Xizang Nan Lu, near Dongtai Lu
  • Metro: Laoximen Station on line 10
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