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4 alternatives to Dongtai Lu Antique Market

Okay, nowhere can ever truly ‘replace’ Dongtai Lu’s lovable antiques market, which closed earlier this year (certainly not the official new location in the Laoximen Tea City, which is just miserable). But there are still plenty of antique shops around town; try these alternatives for your fill of curios

Mulan Huage


A Time Out favourite, this junkyard in Pudong is a great place to hunt for treasures. The chaotic array of furniture, household items and collectibles are all piled under a corregated iron roof, meaning it’s less airy than Dongtai, but well worth having a hunt amid the chaos.

Mulan Huage is at Lane 1788 A Jiyang Lu, near Shangpu Xi Lu.

Yunzhou Curio City


This seven-storey building beside Jiashan Lu metro station is a vast extravaganza of Chinese knick-knacks, curios and jewellery. The best time to visit is at weekends however, when the sellers spill out onto the tarmac (pictured) that circles the building; look out for Mao-era pins, stamps, jade jewellery, posters and more.

Jia Sheng


If you’re missing those fabulous suitcases that lined stalls along Dongtai fear not; this tiny homebased store around 20 metres west of the former antiques market has a great collection of more than 100 old Chinese cases from the 1930s-’70s.

Zizhong Lu


One of the best places to find our beloved Dongtai treasures is still on the streets around the old market. Head along Zizhong Lu to find many of the former stallholders selling familiar trinkets – for now.

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