eChinaJOBs APP Download

No Supermarkets! Great Food Markets in Chaoyang District

By Kara Banker , Add your comment Newsletter

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • WeChat
  • Email
  • More sharing

No Supermarkets! Great Food Markets in Chaoyang District

Chaoyang District is huge, and the places to buy fresh fruits and veggies in the district are numerous. So go back to Beijing’s roots and take a trip to a dedicated food market instead of a supermarket to stock up your kitchen. Small markets are located around the city, but the following are bigger than your average market and have unique twists that make them worth visiting if you happen to find yourself in the area or in need of their specific specialties.

No Supermarkets! Great Food Markets in Chaoyang District
Photo: yourenotfromaroundhere

1) Sanyuanli Market 三源里菜市场View In Map
This market is one long walkway with vendors on either side. Tucked away in the middle of Chaoyang, Sanyuanli is known to many Beijingers as a place where expats can go to find rare produce at better prices than import stores. Avocadoes almost never show up in regular Chinese markets, but they are widely sold at Sanyuanli. Asparagus, blueberries, strawberries, and sweet peppers stick around at this market when they disappear from the markets that sell only seasonal foods. Prices don’t beat import stores by much these days, but the produce is fresher at the market.

The other feature of this market is the availability of dairy products like cheese, butter and whipping cream, as well as other foreign products like cereal and cake mixes. Canned goods, sauces, and oils in Western and Chinese brands alike fill shelves in several stalls. Meat and fish are available, though some expats choose not to buy these even from a well-known place like this. Altogether, though, the wide selection and Western products make Sanyuanli the best one-stop market in Chaoyang, maybe in all of Beijing.

Add: Shunyuan Jie, Chaoyang District, Beijing
地址: 北京市朝阳区顺源街
Opening hours: 05:00-19:00
Getting there: Take subway Line 10 to Liangmaqiao Station. It’s a bit of a walk or a cheap cab from there. To walk, take exit A and walk east along Xinyuan South Road. At the first intersection, take a right so you’re heading north, then veer right when the road forks. The market will be on your right.

No Supermarkets! Great Food Markets in Chaoyang District
Photo: soshiok

2) Nanhu Market 南湖市 View In Map
Well-known to those living in Wangjing, Nanhu Market has been undergoing a facelift recently. It’s still located under a long blue roof in the heart of Wangjing, but the interior has been shifting to incorporate a cleaner, higher-end market look. Fruits, vegetables and other ingredients are still all available, though, along with all the other goodies you’ve come to expect at a Chinese market. Prices are solidly cheap without bargaining, and the selection of produce available is good, though not as diverse as Sanyuanli. Count on getting your seasonal fruits and veggies but not avocadoes or dairy products.

Those shopping for Korean food and ingredients will find Nanhu especially helpful. Because Wangjing is the unofficial Korea Town of Beijing, you will find a lot more of a Korean influence on this market than you’ll find elsewhere. Both the ready-to-eat food and the fresh ingredients lend themselves a bit more to the Korean end here.

Add: Nanhu South Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing
地址: 北京市朝阳区南湖南路
Opening hours: 07:00-18:00
Getting there: Take subway Line 13 to Wangjing West Station. Then take the 445 bus for two stops, getting off at Huguang Zhongjie (湖光中街). Walk south, and look for the market on your right.

No Supermarkets! Great Food Markets in Chaoyang District
Photo: panoramio

3) Dongjiao Market 东郊市场View In Map
Quite a bit bigger than the other markets mentioned here, Dongjiao is known as a restaurant supply market. If something is available in Beijing at all, it’s almost guaranteed to be here, and some things are found only here. Unless you live close, this is probably not where you’ll want to do your daily grocery shopping, but it is a great place to search for hard-to-find ingredients. Prices are good without bargaining, though you are free to try talking the price down a bit if you feel you’re getting a higher price for having a foreign face.

Especially for coffee snobs, this market is quite a find: relatively fresh coffee beans roasted locally, flavouring syrups, and almost any gadget you might need for your caffeine habit. It’s also the only place in Beijing where you can buy white chocolate syrup, a treat for those who miss white mochas around Christmas time. Tea drinkers aren’t left out, though; there’s a large selection of Chinese tea as well as imported brands. If you prefer to make drinks that are a bit stronger, you won’t be disappointed by the large selection of alcohol.

One last fun thing to look for at Dongjiao is restaurant packaging. Name-brand boxes and containers make it possible to make your homemade food look professional. Granted, it might be a bit odd to put a homemade pizza in a Pizza Hut box, but there could be uses for it. It’s worth it for the sight of seeing aisles full of familiar logos, all piled on top of each other.

Add: 12 West Dawanglu Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing
地址: 北京市朝阳区西大望路甲12号
Opening hours: 08:00-17:00
Getting there: Take subway Line 1 to Dawanglu Station. Then head south on West Dawang Road until you cross a river. The market will be on the east side of the road. 

For the latest China related news and stories sent right to your phone follow our WeChat account:



The use of any news and articles published on without written permission from constitutes copyright infringement, and legal action can be taken.

Keywords: food markets in Chaoyang Beijing fresh coffee Beijing finding cheese in Beijing

You might also be interested in

  • 3 Tips to Make Reading Time Fun and Beneficial for Your Child

    How do you ensure that children stay interested in and enjoy their reading time? YCIS Beijing Primary School Curriculum Coordinator Jennifer Mills offers three tips on how to make reading fun and beneficial for your child.

  • Four Easy Steps to Bagging Beetles with Bona Fide Bug Traps!

    During his tenure at Yew Chung International School, Dr. Wickham has shared his passion for insects through both hands-on demonstrations and interactive experiments, some of which you can even conduct at home with your own children. The easiest and least supply-intensive of these experiments is ...

  • The 3 Best Chinese Cultural Sites in Beijing You’ve Never Visited

    Children in YCIS Beijing Primary School have the opportunity to explore Beijing with their teachers, discovering different aspects of traditional Chinese culture through field trips to cultural sites around Beijing that align with what they’re studying in class.

  • Eight Great Ways to Encourage Your Child’s Artistic Talent

    The Primary Art teacher at Yew Chung International School of Beijing tells you how to foster your childs creativity.

  • Language Learning Tips for Chinese Newbies

    If you’ve just moved to China or are looking to jump-start your language learning, YCIS Beijing Secondary School Chinese Curriculum Coordinator Jessica Sun have some essential tips that will make sure you’re learning the right way.

  • 3 Reasons Why Physical Education Matters

    China has become somewhat infamous for the abandoned sites left strewn throughout the country in its rush towards urban development. Some of the eerie destinations listed below take the prize as the top five most notoriously abandoned places in China.

0 Comments ( Add your comment )

No one has commented on this article

Add your comment

All comments are subject to moderation by staff. Because we wish to encourage healthy and productive dialogue we ask that all comments remain polite, free of profanity or name calling, and relevant to the original post and subsequent discussion. Comments will not be deleted because of the viewpoints they express, only if the mode of expression itself is inappropriate. Please use the Classifieds to advertise your business and unrelated posts made merely to advertise a company or service will be deleted.

Please login to add a comment. Click here to login immediately.

Most Read in eChinacities

This week This month

Scan the QR Code to Follow Us!

Are you an expert on Beijing

Write about your favourite places and activities in Beijing to earn rewards.

How can I earn points? Post Blog

Hot Jobs Hot Classifieds

Hot Listings