Add:Gulangyu Island, Si Ming District, Xiamen, Fujian
Exploring frenetic bazaars or getting lost in the labyrinth of tiny lanes on romantic Gulangyu Island, off the coast of Xiamen, is real delight. Its wonderfully whimsical vibe ― old and modern, refined and kitschy, chaotic and graceful ― makes for a great shopping experience. Entrepreneurs, foodies, artists and other creatives have helped develop the island as a must-visit spot.
Open 10 years, FEN remains popular for interiors and gifts. Pieces include antique wood, vintage style and minimalist design. (77, Longtou Rd; 28-6 Huangyan Rd)
Nora & Piano is a tiny shop opposite Gulangyu Concert Hall, filled with cute and quirky items. This is the place to stock up on cartoon-cute giraffes, smiling rabbits and kitten couples. Figurines, postcards and other goods are well spaced out, placed alongside retro items. Together they creates an eccentric and vibrant collection that sees many visitors reach for their cameras on entering the store. (20 Huangyan Rd)