This market is a must-visit for its local, organic produce
and warm community vibes. It has grown exponentially since it was started up in
2010 by an expat couple, and now boasts dozens of small-time farmers selling
everything from garden greens to honey, jams, juices and rice wine. You can
rest assured that the food here is genuinely organic: vendors undergo a
vigorous inspection process by organisers over a one-year period.
Get there: Its
location changes all the time, so follow the Facebook page ‘Beijing Farmers
Market’ for updates.
Located in the industrial heartland of Chaoyang, a dusty
enclave called Gaobeidian Folk Culture Street is Beijing’s premier furniture
market and a treasure trove of Chinese antiques, mixed with art deco
housewares. Specialising in Qing and Ming dynasty-era wooden furniture, the
best feature of this market – which spans more than 90,000sqm – is getting
something custom-made. Always dreamed of having a 20-seat elm dining table
carved to your design? This is the place to get it done. Prices vary between
shops, so bargain and bargain hard. From our research, you can get a six-seater
dining table for 4,000- 7,000RMB, depending on the materials.
Get there Take
subway Batong Line 1 to Gaobeidian Station (Exit B). The market is a 15-minute
walk from there.
Gaobeidian Folk Culture Street Gaobeidian Dajie,
Chaoyang district (8576 1701). Open 8.30am-6pm daily. 高碑店古典家具市场,
Unlike most other markets, Muxiyuan is a quiet, sleepy,
wholesale operation where vendors allow you to peruse in silence, but at the
same time are happy to help you with your queries. You can find all kinds of
fabrics: readymade cotton for shirts and beddings, real and faux fur, raw silks,
buttons, zips, ribbons, lace and eye-catching materials for crafts. The market
is a great place to grab material to take to the tailors. It’s best to bring
your measurements with you – the shop owners will advise you accordingly.
Get there Take
subway Line 10 to Dahongmen Station (Exit C2). From there, you’ll need to take
a short cab ride (20RMB).
Zhongrenzhong Market 1 Haihuisi Lu, Fengtai
district (6721 7462). Open 8am-5pm daily. 丰台区大红门海辉寺路1号众人众市场