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Pearl River Mart, a great place to shop on Broadway!

Pearl River Mart

Here’s another article from Floriane, our girly blog writer from New York City Travel Tips:

If you happen to walk toward Canal Street then you can’t miss Pearl River Mart, a 3 level Chinese supermarket. But you must wonder why this supermarket is lost in Soho away from Chinatown? What can you find at Pearl River Mart?

Come on, let’s go!

 

The story behind Pearl River Mart

Pearl River opened its doors in 1971 in a small corner in the Chinese neighborhood of New York. Students originally from Taiwan and a group of Chinese immigrants came up with a great idea of opening a store with products exclusively from China. This was a real challenge since political relations were tense because of the cold war between United States and China which made import from both countries extremely difficult! Ching-Yeh, the co-owner and the head of the store recalled when she and her husband were forced to drive to Canada (who had better relation with China) to bring merchandises.

After changing locations 3 times, in 2003 Pearl River established on Broadway. The actual location is 20 times bigger than the initial store with 3 floors in a unique architecture and since it has become a main Chinese department store and institution in Manhattan. The customers have changed as well while catering to the Chinese community in the past now they serve people from all around the world.

Pearl River Mart

What can we find at Pearl River Mart?

The store is organized from top to bottom according to prices. On the lower floor, you’ll find traditional clothing, silk dresses, slippers and fabrics. On the same floor you can shop for small items, dishes, kitchen accessories, stationary items and Chinese tea and more.

The lower floor reminds me of a street market with: small bamboo boxes, umbrellas, decorations and household items. You can also find cute Chinese paper lanterns.

The 2nd floor hosts furniture and expensive goods including traditional Chinese wardrobes, paintings, Buddha or terracotta statues, all kind of screens (bamboo, rice paper, rattan), swords and an extensive collection of vases if you have a project of creating a Zen garden in your house 😉

If you want to rest and enjoy a Zen atmosphere then head to the mezzanine to sip on a cup of tea before going back to the crowded streets of Broadway.

Pearl River Mart

Pearl River Mart

NYCTT recommendations

At Pearl River, you won’t find just Chinese items! It’s also a great place to find great souvenirs like I Love NY mugs, magnets, NY subway map aprons at great prices.

Pearl River Mart

Here are some examples of what you can purchase at the store:

Pearl River Mart

Pearl River Mart

Pearl River Mart

Even if you can’t find what you’re looking for, the store itself is worth a visit! Ironically, I’ve never imagined living in New York after visiting the city for the first time 2007 but I do remember this store perfectly well!

Where Pearl River Mart is located?

Pearl River Mart is located in Soho on Broadway between Grand and Broome Streets:

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More information on their website: www.pearlriver.com

Pearl River Mart

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