Since 2007 Paulaner Brauhaus has brought a taste of a Bavarian Christmas market to Shanghai. Christmas markets have their roots in medieval Bavaria, when locals would gather in the snowy public squares of their hometowns to drink wine, eat bratwurst, chat with their neighbors, and buy small gifts from numerous stands.
We had an opportunity to visit the 2011 Paulaner Traditional Bavarian Christkindlmarkt (say that five times fast), and were impressed with the quaintness of the shop-lined alleys (though put off by the huge crowds).
The primary purpose of the Christmas market is to eat and converse with friends, and the crowds of Germans, French and other Europeans lapped it up as they ate, drank and were merry. A variety of shops were bustling – selling bratwurst, gingerbread, roasted nuts, and mulled wine (Glühwein) – to keep mouths munching and bodies warm throughout the conversations.
Being American, of course we were just there to check out the wares (yeah capitalism!), and were delighted to find a number of handmade gifts worthy of taking home to give to the family (while lying about how much it cost us). Available to buy are hand-painted Christmas ornaments, homemade jam, wreaths, jewelery, hand-knit winterwear, nutcrackers, wood carvings, and a slew of other options available from local companies.
25RMB gets you in the gate (and can also be used as a food/drink voucher), and while things were pricy at times (~100RMB for a wreath), nothing broke the bank. The market runs for one more day on Sunday, December 11th from 11am-7pm at Paulaner Brauhaus – 150 Fenyang Road (汾阳路150号， 进复兴路).
Where: Paulaner Brauhaus – 150 Fenyang Road (汾阳路150号， 进复兴路)
Starts: Sunday, December 11, 11am-7pm
Cover: 25RMB redeemable voucher