Vlog: A mini IKEA, just across the road from Jing'an Temple!

Andy Boreham
It's the fifth store in Shanghai, but the first under the IKEA City brand, and it covers an area of just 3,000 square meters over three floors.
Andy Boreham
Shot by Andy Boreham and Zhou Shengjie. Edited by Andy Boreham. Subtitles by Emma and Hu Jun.
Vlog: A mini IKEA, just across the road from Jing'an Temple!
Dong Jun / SHINE

Crowds were the order of the day as IKEA City opened its doors in Jing'an District on Thursday.

Located right in the heart of Jing’an District, opposite the famous Jing’an Temple, is the newest IKEA store, displaying only a fraction of the Swedish giant’s products, all without skimping on the hotdogs and meatballs.

It’s the fifth store in Shanghai, but the first under the IKEA City brand, and it covers an area of just 3,000 square meters over three floors.

Customers can take home 1,200 of the usual 9,500 or so items usually on sale at IKEA in their mini Jing’an store, but they can check out and order from the entire range using WeChat.

But what visit to IKEA is complete without meatballs and mashed potato, hotdogs and ice cream? Despite being much smaller, IKEA City has a cute and cozy restaurant overlooking Jing’an Temple across the street, the perfect spot for an afternoon coffee and Instagram session.

I didn’t buy anything on opening day, but I’m definitely planning to go back once the crowds die down a bit.

Check out Andy’s vlog of IKEA City’s open day.

Vlog: A mini IKEA, just across the road from Jing'an Temple!
Dong Jun / SHINE

Locals lounging around for the afternoon are a common site at Shanghai's IKEA stores, the new branch in Jing'an no exception.

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