Beijing's best markets for families

Tired of the usual malls? Take a trip to these markets great for families!

Beijing Farmers’ Market

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.

Furniture Market

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, 朝阳区高碑店村551

Muxiyuan Fabric Market

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. 丰台区大红门寺路1号众人众市

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