When you come to China, you probably impressed with the number of small shops of any kind you can find. Some of them sell snacks and tea, others focus on souvenirs and others focus on all sort of things. It is a duty of every visitor to explore shopping. Today I will share some of my picks.
This is now my favorite shop as I just discovered that puzzles actually might become my hobby. The very first time when I passed by the shop, I thought to myself: “Who would ever buy puzzles here?”
Every time I would pass by, I would not pay much attention but then suddenly I went inside and got lost. I had a look at every single puzzle and found that it was truly amazing.
The pictures are incredibly beautiful. I am very sure anyone can find one, which will be of interest. I chose three and could not decide, which one I liked the most. I’ve got a Candy Shop puzzle of 1000 pieces, which will make an amazing picture 68X48 for my future kitchen.
Now I am still in the middle of getting it together, but I am pretty sure, I will be able to finish it by the weekend.
Another memorable thing about this shop is that they do not only sell puzzles but also when you are done they help you to get the puzzle together and frame it.
A small puzzle of less than 400 details will cost you RMB 150.; 500+ details around RMB200-250 and 1000-2000 details will be around RMB 250-400. As for the frames, as it is tailor made, the prices vary greatly.
The place where a lot of office supplies, home decorations and unusual accessories are sold. I really like their notebooks as they are way more affordable than Moleskin but still quite a good quality and a wide selection for a way more affordable price.
Pop Mart is another great shop with selection of weird things… Or useful things coming in all possible shapes.
As I work in hospitality and sometimes I have visitors I talk to, I always suggest to visit it for the souvenirs for kids. It might seem a little expensive but on the bright side they offer good quality and wide selection. I don’t buy much there, but if I am around I never skip the Jelly beans section.
Miniso is a Japanese store, which sells literally everything. You want bags? Here they are. You want speakers? Here, look. You want a candy? There is a selection of those too, Miniso stores are everywhere now. Everything they sell is RMB 5-50. Alright, electronics might be a little more expensivee, but this is a must go!
TaoBao (online shop).
Online shopping is a great alternative to a traditional one now. I am posting an article on the shopping via Taobao and JD.com tomorrow!
The best place to scout around (probably just look around rather than buy) is markets all around Beijing. Most popular markets in Beijing now are Hongqiao (pearl market), Xiu Shui (silk market) and Xidan (West Market). Floors and floors of clothing, shoes, bags and souvenirs – you can find anything there. Bargain here is not a need, it is a must.
For a great experience you should also consider visiting the Panjiayuan Antique Market.
Shopping in the expensive places is not really beneficial for you in Beijing as you pay a huge luxury tax on everything foreign. But I would highly recommend to visit local shops and markets if not for shopping but for fun.