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The Yuyuan Public Market Opens: Popular Neighborhood Eats, Shoe and Umbrella Repairmen

By Mar 1, 2019 Community

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The last day of February saw the official opening of Yuyuan Public Market (愚园公共市集), a 1,200 square meter space across the street from The Cannery. It gathers popular neighborhood eateries, repairmen, a wet market, cafe, galleries, and a dance studio altogether. We went to check it out, and it's pretty charming.

The Yuyuan Public Market is at the entrance of Hongye Garden, which was built in the 1900s by Chinese warlord Duan Qirui for his son, Duan Hongye. The market serves as a public space for community events and conveniences. It has a cheap wet market / grocery store and a few favorite local food vendors: wonton shop Er Guang (a real one), snack and bakery brand Taikang, as well as Shandong Dumplings and YIMISHIJI (一米市集).

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"Grandpa Gu" lock repair, tailor Xiao Zhao, and Xiao Wu shoe repair are the new tenants of the "longtang". These repairmen have been running their small businesses in Shanghai for more than a decade. You'll see the photo shoot of their dramatic fashion makeover on the second floor, side by side with a nostalgic display of home goods from the 80s and 90s Shanghai. A new gallery and a dance studio are ready to open there, too.

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Yuyuan Public Market also provides discounts for elderly residents and free grocery delivery for those who live in the neighborhood. It's a cool space. And they even built a very instagrammable corridor on the second floor. Way to make other districts jealous, Changning!

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Yuyuan Public Market is located at 1088 Yuyuan Lu, near Jiangsu Lu. The repair services run from 9am-5pm, grocery shop opens at 6.30am, and food vendors run from early morning to late evening.

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