Shopping in Shanghai, Most Comprehensive Guide

Shopping in Shanghai, Most Comprehensive Guide

Shanghai is a shopper’s paradise, shopping in Shanghai is unlike anywhere in China, with its diverse markets, shopping districts, and roads, Shanghai has something for everybody. Whether you are looking for trendy, high-fashion shopping or looking to get a bespoke tailored dress, you’ll always get what you want while shopping in Shanghai.

The below table outlines products with respect to high-price, medium-range, and lower-end shopping places in Shanghai. Click on places that interest you and jump straight to read more about those.

Product CategoriesHigh Prices PlacesMedium Prices PlacesLow Prices Places
Men clothes (casual+ suiting)Nanjing Road
Huaihai Road
Lujiazui Pudong Commercial Zone
Shanghai IFC Mall
Super Brand Mall
Bailian Outlets Plaza
Plaza 66
IAPM
Orient Shopping Centre
Shanghai Times Square
Wujiang Road Leisure Street
ShiLiu Pu Cloth Market
Nan Wai Tan (South Bund) Fabric Market
Xujiahui Commercial Zone
Grand Gateway 66
A.P. Xinyang Fashion & Gifts Market
Qipu Lu Clothing Market
Women clothesNanjing Road
Huaihai Road
Lujiazui Pudong Commercial Zone
Bailian Outlets Plaza
Plaza 66
IAPM
Orient Shopping Centre
Shanghai Times Square
Wujiang Road Leisure Street
North Sichuan Road
International Pearl & Silk City
Shanghai Shiliu Puhong Qixiang Cloth Market
Zhongshan Park Commercial Zone
Xujiahui Commercial Zone
A.P. Xinyang Fashion & Gifts Market
Han City Shopping Mall
Children clothesHuaihai Road
Nanjing Road
Lujiazui Pudong Commercial Zone
Shanghai IFC Mall
Super Brand Mall
Plaza 66
Sogo Shanghai
IAPM
Orient Shopping Centre
Zhongshan Park Commercial Zone
Xujiahui Commercial Zone
Grand Gateway 66
A.P. Xinyang Fashion & Gifts Market
Nihong Children Clothing Market
Women shoesHuaihai Road
Nanjing Road
Lujiazui Pudong Commercial Zone
Shanghai IFC Mall
Super Brand Mall
Bailian Outlets Plaza
Plaza 66
IAPM
Orient Shopping Centre
International Pearl & Silk City
Xujiahui Commercial Zone
Grand Gateway 66
A.P. Xinyang Fashion & Gifts Market
Han City Shopping Mall
Children shoesHuaihai Road
Nanjing Road
Lujiazui Pudong Commercial Zone
Shanghai IFC Mall
Super Brand Mall
Orient Shopping Centre
Sogo Shanghai
Xujiahui Commercial Zone
Grand Gateway 66
Qipu Lu Clothing Market
Nihong Children Clothing Market
Men and women accessoriesHuaihai Road
Nanjing Road
Lujiazui Pudong Commercial Zone
Shanghai IFC Mall
Super Brand Mall
Plaza 66
Project Aegis
Lane Crawford
IAPM
Orient Shopping Centre
Shanghai Times Square
Wujiang Road Leisure Street
North Sichuan Road
Shanghai Old Street
International Pearl & Silk City
Xujiahui Commercial Zone
Grand Gateway 66
Qipu Lu Clothing Market
Yuyuan Bazaar
A.P. Xinyang Fashion & Gifts Market
Han City Shopping Mall
Kids accessoriesNanjing Road
IAPM
Orient Shopping Centre
Nihong Children Clothing Market
Zhongshan Park Commercial Zone  
A.P. Xinyang Fashion & Gifts Market
Yuyuan Bazaar
Han City Shopping Mall
Women handbagsBailian Outlets Plaza
IAPM
Lane Crawford
Orient Shopping Centre
A.P. Xinyang Fashion & Gifts Market
Zhongshan Park Commercial Zone
A.P. Xinyang Fashion & Gifts Market
Kids bags & toysSogo Shanghai
IAPM
Orient Shopping Centre
Shanghai Times Square
A.P. Xinyang Fashion & Gifts Market
Nihong Children Clothing Market
Zhongshan Park Commercial Zone  
Nihong Children Clothing Market
A.P. Xinyang Fashion & Gifts Market
Jewelry (Gold, diamond, precious stones & Artificial )Nanjing Road
Shanghai IFC Mall
IAPM
Jiu Guang Department Store
Shanghai Times Square
International Pearl & Silk CityYuyuan Bazaar
Duolun road culture street
Shanghai Old Street
A.P. Xinyang Fashion & Gifts Market
Personal care & Make-upNew World Daimaru Department Store
Shanghai IFC Mall
Jiu Guang Department Store
Han City Shopping MallA.P. Xinyang Fashion & Gifts Market
Yuyuan Bazaar
Contacts and glassesShanghai International Glasses CityShanghai International Glasses CitySun moon Eyeglasses City
Travel accessories (travel bags, suitcases, etc.)Jiu Guang Department Store
Plaza 66
Zhongshan Park Commercial Zone
Carrefour
A.P. Xinyang Fashion & Gifts Market
Han City Shopping Mall
BooksDuoyun bookstore Xintiandi
Fuzhou Road Cultural Street
Garden books
Duolun road culture street
Kitchen products (cutlery, appliances, kitchenware)IKEA
Orient Shopping Centre
Jiu Guang Department Store
Carrefour
Tianshan Tea Market
Shanghai hotel equipment center
Electronics, consoles, and gamesShanghai IFC MallXujiahui Commercial ZoneQiujiang Lu Electronics Market
Shanghai SEG Electronics Market
Laptops, tablets, and computersBainaohui Computer Shopping MallRaffles City
Zhongshan Park Commercial Zone
Shanghai SEG Electronics Market
Qiujiang Lu Electronics Market
Sports and outdoorsBailian Outlets PlazaZhongshan Park Commercial Zone
Decathlon
A.P. Xinyang Fashion & Gifts Market
Antiques and SouvenirsNanjing Road
Middle Tibet Road
North Sichuan Road
International Pearl & Silk City
Tianzifang
Tianshan Tea Market
K11 Art Mall
Qibao Old Street
Yuyuan Bazaar
A.P. Xinyang Fashion & Gifts Market
Duolun road culture street

Famous Shopping Roads in Shanghai

Shanghai is home to some of the most popular shopping roads in Asia.

Nanjing Road

Open times: 10 am to 10 pm

Who is it for?
Fashion-shoppers, high quality-oriented, tourists, culture, and food enthusiasts.

What to buy here?
High-end fashion apparel for men, women, and children, men, and women fashion accessories including bags, jewelry, watches, belts, etc. local and high-end dining, specialty local and international cuisine, silk and fabric,  customized handicrafts, antique clocks, souvenirs, pottery, homeware, furniture, calligraphy and painting, high-end photographic equipment.

Overview:

The 5.5 km long Nanjing Road is Shanghai’s premier shopping destination. It starts at the famous Shanghai city landmark “The Bund” at the east and ends at the junction of West Yan’an Street and Jingn’an temple in the west.

Nanjing road dates back to the Qing Dynasty and is home to many high-end and luxury malls in Shanghai. Nanjing Road has over 360 malls including Plaza 66, Westgate Mall Shanghai Center, Shanghai New World Co., Ltd., and others where you can buy all the high-end fashion apparel and accessories from top international luxury brands such as Gucci, Armani, Tiffany, Mont Blanc, and countless others.

There are various specialty shops on Nanjing road such as Duo Yun Xuan (Chinese Calligraphy and painting est. 1900), Shao Wan Sheng (specialty local food est. 1852), Heng Da Li Clocks and Watches Co. (High-end watches, clocks sales and repair est. 1864), Lao Feng Xiang Jewelers (jewelry, souvenirs, and gifts est. 1848) and others.

Nanjing Road is home to many luxury departmental stores such as Shanghai no.1 Department Store and Jiuguang Department Store where you can shop from homeware to luxury fashion brands. It also has the world’s first Starbucks reserve roastery featuring coffee bars, artisan pastries, tea bar, and more.

There is also a traditional Dangdang tram which is recommended for sight-seeing through the bustling Nanjing road.

Insider Tips:

  • Be prepared to do a lot of walking, wear comfortable shoes, especially if you plan to walk from the People’s square to the famous Shanghai landmark “The Bund”. There is also a tram service with a 5RMB ticket if you feel tired to take you around Nanjing road.
  • Beware of the persistent people selling fake merchandise, offering messages, and artwork. Just ignore them, say no, and move on.

Huaihai Road

Open times: All day, (although most stores operate from 10 am to 10 pm)

Who is it for?
Fashion-shoppers, high quality-oriented, tourists, culture, and food enthusiasts.

What to buy here?
High-end fashion apparel for men, women, and children, men, and women fashion accessories including bags, jewelry, watches, leather shoes, belts, etc. men and women undergarments, local and high-end dining, customized handicrafts, souvenirs, pottery, homeware, furniture, calligraphy, and painting, sports gear.

Overview:

Huaihai Road in the Luwan District is a shopper’s paradise. It is one of the busiest roads of Shanghai and starches 5.5 km from East to West Huaihai road and has a unique charm due to its French Architecture.

Huaihai Road is home to more than 400 stores and shops. It also hosts many high-end and exclusive malls in Shanghai, Major shopping malls in the area include IAPM, Lippo Plaza, Shanghai Square, Parkson Departmental store, Hong Kong Plaza, Shanghai Time Square, and K11 Art Mall housing local and high-end luxury brand names with flagship stores such as Armani, D&G Store, Versace, Hugo Boss, Valentino and countless others offering luxury men, women and kids wear, accessories, jewelry, antiques, and fine dining restaurants. The k11 Art Mall offers a unique experience as it promotes local talent by displaying their work and local brands.

The area also has the only flagship store of Victoria Secret in China along with other brand stores like Nike, Adidas, Uniqlo, Line Friends, Cartier, Hermes, Coach, Tiffany and co. and others.

Huaihai road has a large number of departmental stores and luxury hotels. There is a Shanghai Specialty Food store where people go for authentic Chinese cuisine and snacks shopping in Shanghai.

The International Shopping Center that spans over an area of 40,000 square meters is the biggest shopping center along the road. It has entertainment areas, food, and shopping stores. Huating Istan, Gourmet Food Plaza and Fragrant Island are some of the stores that can be found here, on the sixth floor there are a lot of specialty shops selling antiques, jewelry, handicrafts, pottery, and others things.

Insider tips:

  • There are several attractions close to Huaihai road like the Songqingling and Sun Yut Sen residences that can be visited while you are there.
  • For reasonably priced leather shoes, head over to Liz Tyler along the Parkson, the quality of the leather is superb and they offer free repair as well.
  • Just like Nanjing Road, Huaihai road is long, so comfort-wear is a must if you plan on shopping or strolling through the area.

Wujiang Road Leisure Street

Open times: Sat-Sun (12 am to 12 am)

Who is it for?
Food lovers, culture enthusiasts, affordable to high-end shoppers

What to buy here?
Local and international cuisine, fashion clothing’s, accessories

Overview:

Wujiiang Road like other Shanghai shopping streets is famous for its food scene and is also called Shanghai’s food street. It is home to various food joints and roadside stalls offering local and international cuisine. The street is close to Nanjing road and has unique mobile stores and movable trees and flowerbeds. Above the West Nanjing metro exit, there is the multistory building at No.269 that houses city’s famous chains Yang’s Fry Dumplings, Nanxiang Steamed Bun Restaurant, and Mex & Co.

There are a lot of cafes, ice-cream stalls and ramen chains down the road to look for specialty Chinese and Japanese foods. Wujiang Road Leisure Street is not only a food street, but like other Shanghai shopping streets, it offers many high-end brands and restaurants in malls like the Hkri Taikoo Hui Mall and Huangpu River that offer fashion clothing, accessories, shoes, and jewelry. The famous Starbucks Roastery is close to the mall as well. For more affordable clothing and accessories options, Siji Fang Mall is a good option.

Insider tips:

  • If you are looking for an original eatery then head over to Xiao Yang Sheng Bao, they have the juiciest Baos.
  • Lillian Bakery is a popular spot for munching on your favorite baked items.

North Sichuan Road

Open times: 10 am to 10 pm

Who is it for? Budget shoppers, food enthusiasts, tourists

What to buy here? Affordable fashion clothing, shoes, bags and accessories, gifts, decorations, food, and entertainment

Overview:

North Sichuan Road is an ancient Chinese business street, 3.7 km long and lies in the Hongkou District along the west bank of Huangpu River. It is famous for its diversified stores selling affordable high-quality merchandise.

Like other Shanghai Shopping streets, it attracts thousands of happy shoppers who come here to buy high-quality products on sale while shopping in Shanghai. Popular landmarks on this road include Toronto, Kailun, New Kaifu, and Shanghai Spring Commercial buildings. The Kailun and Kaifu commercial buildings offer affordable women and children wear along with Toronto commercial building that offers affordable decorations and antiques.

There are many enterprises on North Sichuan Road including Shanghai No. 7 Department Store offering inexpensive accessories, jewelry, bags, clothing, and shoes.

There are many time-honored stores along the road including the famous Fuxing Theatre, Wuzhou Drugstore, and New Debei Tea Store.

Insider tips:

  • Head over to Uchiyama Shoten bookshop where the prominent modern Chinese literature figure Lu Xun used to shop and browse through the wide array of books available there.
  • There is a lot of fake merchandise that people try to sell as original, stay away from them.

Middle Tibet Road

Open times: 10 am to 10 pm

Who is it for?
food enthusiasts, tourists, budget shoppers

What to buy here?
Gifts, souvenirs, decorations, handicrafts

Overview:

Middle Tibet Road offers inexpensive decorations, design items, souvenirs, and gifts to take back home. You can come here to shop for gifts, décor items, and local hands and crafts for your family and friends. You can also sample the best local delicacies in this area.

There are a lot of traditional snacks and classy restaurants to choose from. This road has specialty and local shops offering some of the most beautiful handmade Knick knacks and décor items.

Some of the popular snack bars and restaurants in the area include Xiyuan Restaurant, Dingxiang Snack Bar, Shengchang Eatery, Tianle Village Restaurant, and Qinyuan Village Eatery.

Insider tip:

  • Make sure to bargain, as most local shops are bargain shops.

Famous Shopping Streets in Shanghai

Explore our selection of best shopping places

Qibao Old Street

Open times: 24 hours (Museums and attractions: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM)

Who is it for?
Food lovers, art and culture enthusiasts, budget shoppers, tourists

What to buy here?
Handicrafts, art, toys, souvenirs, women and children clothes, paintings and calligraphy

Overview:

Qibao is a traditional Chinese water town that is located 20km from downtown Shanghai and is a popular food street. Like other tradional Shanghai shopping streets, people flock there to enjoy traditional foods and snacks. Qibao means “Seven Treasures” in Chinese, according to Chinese legend there were seven treasures in the area, namely a magic tree, a golden chicken, and Gold Lotus Scripture among others.

Qibao’s old street is divided into two sections, south and the north. The south street is where all the traditional snack stalls and restaurants are, whereas the north street is much like other Shanghai Shopping streets with stores and stalls selling antiques, calligraphy, and arts and crafts.

Unlike other Shanghai Shopping streets, Qibao Old Street gives a rare glimpse of traditional China with teahouses, gardens, restaurants, museums, and shops. The old town from the Song Dynasty and gardens and temples from Ming and Qing dynasties have been preserved and are the main tourist attraction in the area. The narrow lanes are packed with shops offering a variety of merchandise. You can nibble on traditional delights and snacks while shopping and going about in the street.

Insider tips:

  • If you can, avoid weekends, as the area can get a lot crowded during weekends.
  • Grab a local snack bite while strolling through the street, they’ll surely surprise you.

Fuzhou Road Cultural Street

Open times: 24 hours

Who is it for?
Book lovers, culture enthusiasts, writers, critics

What to buy here?
Writing brushes, books, ink sticks, ink stones, rice paper, etc.

Overview:

Fuzhou Road Culture Street runs parallel to Nanjing Road in the east-west direction and is regarded as one of the first roads opened by Old French concession. Unlike tradional Shanghai shopping streets, it has a quiet atmosphere. It is also known as the earliest street attributed to Chinese Culture in Shanghai.

Unlike other Shanghai shopping streets, it is less flashy and houses several bookstores and culture stores. Both sides of the street are home to time-honored stationery and book stores, and publishing houses dealing in ink sticks, ink stones, rice paper, and writing brushes. Shanghai Book City and Foreign Languages Bookstore are selling western and Chinese arts and crafts materials. Unlike other Shanghai shopping streets, Fuzhou Road Culture Street have a peaceful environment. Shanghai Book city is regarded as the biggest bookstore in the city, it is located at No.465.

It is a 7-story bookstore and it houses books, Western and Chinese music, DVDs, CDs, live concert music videos. Foreign Languages Bookstore mainly houses foreign authors’ books. Other Novelty stores across the street offer silk paper, greeting cards, Huizhou rice paper, artistic painting frames, Zhoushanlian writing brushes, and so on. Fuzhou Culture Street is the perfect place for book-lovers and people looking for new reading material. The street has over 30 bookstores with some of the famous ones including Shanghai Cultural Mansion at No.355, Shanghai Ancient Books shop at No. 401, and Shanghai Art Articles Shop at No. 402.


Insider tips:

  • Fuzhou Road is not all about books, at No. 701 on the left, there is the Beijing Opera Theatre where regular performances are held on Weekends at 1 PM and 7.15 PM.
  • Know the right prices before purchasing books, especially Memorabilia. Do prior research to avoid over-paying.

Shanghai Old Street

Open times: 24 Hours

Who is it for?
Architecture lovers, history and art lovers, tourists, fashion shoppers

What to buy here?
Antiques, arts and crafts, fabric, Chinese tea, calligraphy

Overview:

Shanghai Old Street is located near to the Temple of Good and Yu Garden and is a property of Yuyuan Business Tourism Zone. This street unlike the modern Shanghai shopping streets, offers a view into the bustling Shanghai markets, a century ago. The unique Chinese architecture has been preserved beautifully in the form of residential houses, shops, and stores. Shanghai Old Street is popular among Shanghai shopping streets for its leisure, shopping, tourism, cultural display, and entertainment.

The eastern part of the road has preserved residences from the Qing Dynasty and early Republican days. The houses and shops on the street have checkered windows, swing doors, balustrades, and wooden boards. Like other Shanghai shopping streets, there are a variety of shops including the clothing and shoe retailers, restaurants specializing in ramen and noodles, florists, Chinese tea dealers, and snacks.

The western part of the street contains Qing and Ming-style architecture. The symbolic Red columns, white-washed walls, depicting the old Shanghai style. Here you will find a lot of teahouses, antique and curio shops and restaurants.

There are over 200 stores in the Shanghai Old Street. Like other Shanghai shopping streets it contains shops selling handicrafts, paintings, calligraphy, and jewelry. Along the street, you will find stores dating back five-hundred years including the Xishi Soya Beancurd Store, Qiu Tainbao, Old Shangai Tea House, Deshun Western Food Restaurant, and Dingniangzi Cloth Store. The Chun De Yi Lou teahouse serves Yuanbao Tea with 2 olives and on weekends PingTang (ballad singing and storytelling in Suzhou dialect) are performed there too. Like the Shanghai shopping streets, the wonderful fabric shops, embroidery houses, silk, and antique shops symbolize the Chinese heritage of the area.

Insider tips:

  • In the Old Shanghai Teahouse, sip on a cup of tea and browse through the exhibition of 50 cheongsams pieces from the 1930s, that recollected by the owner.
  • There is also a Mosque in the area, several halal dishes are served there every Friday.

Duolun Road Culture Street

Open times: 24 Hours

Who is it for?
Architecture lovers, history and book lovers, photographers

What to buy here?
Antiques, books, curios

Overview:

Duolun Road is Shanghai’s historic street with many historic buildings that have recently been converted into a cultural and pedestrian area. It is located along the LuXun Park with an “L” shaped road expanding 500 meters. Like other tradional Shanghai shopping streets, Character sculptures and blue/red brick retro buildings are the characteristics of the road, making it ideal for photography. There are many art exhibitions halls here depicting the rich culture of the area.

It houses many beautiful bookshops, galleries, antique stores, teahouses, cafes, and museums. The famous landmarks include Hong De Tang Church, Duolun Museum of Modern Arts, and the residence of the Japanese Navy.

This area is very peaceful and offers a sharp contrast to the busy life of Shanghai.

Insider tips:

  • While you are in the area, head over to the writer’s museums where you can view the work, paraphernalia, and mementos of famous writers.
  • There is an Old Film Café where the statue of Charlie Chaplin greets you on the entrance and it also screens rare Chinese 1920’s movies.

Famous Shopping Districts in Shanghai

Wander around in shopping districts and shop your heart out

Lujiazui Pudong Commercial Zone

Open times: 8:30 AM to 10 PM

Who is it for?
Tourists, fashion shoppers, architecture-lovers

What to buy here?
Luxury brands, electronic items, clothes and accessories

Overview:

Lujiazui Pudong Commercial Zone which is often called the “Chinese Wall Street” lies on the eastern bank of Huangpu River and is the largest financial zone of China. Many landmark buildings (over 100 of them) that make up the iconic Shanghai Skyline are located in this area. It’s home to financial institutions and banks from both abroad and at home.

The prominent buildings in the area include the Oriental Pearl Tower, Shanghai Tower, Shanghai World Finance Center, Jin Mao Tower, and Shanghai Aquarium among others.

This area is notorious for high-end shopping malls in Shanghai. These malls contain world-famous high-end luxury brands like Gucci, Armani, Prada, Versace, D&G, Louis Vuitton, and others.

The malls include:

  • Shanghai IFC Mall contains famous brands, western goods specialty supermarket, multi-screen cinema, Ritz-Carlton Hotel, food courts, and restaurants on upper levels.
  • Super Brand Mall, one of the biggest malls in Asia with a 13-story podium of retail shops and stores, including numerous dining and entertainment options, ideal for shopaholics.
  • Disney Store and
  • Jin Mao Lifestyle center, a 88 story-building housing exhibition centers, shopping malls, entertainment, and other facilities, J Life shopping center is situated in the building’s podium and offers boutique shops, beauty services, and dining options.

Insider tips:

  • The transparent observatory of the Oriental Pearl Tower provides the best views of the city especially at night when the whole area lights up with dazzling lights.
  • If you are tired after a long day of strolling through the busy financial district, Central Parkland is a good place to relax, as it is the biggest open lawn in the city offering exquisite pools, rockeries, and sculptures.

Zhongshan Park Commercial Zone

Open times: 8 AM to 10 PM

Who is it for?
High-end to affordable shoppers, tourists

What to buy here?
Local and International Cuisine, men, women and kids clothing and accessories, shoes

Overview:

Zhongshan Park’s commercial zone is home to many affordable malls in Shanghai. Major shopping malls and stores in this area include Cloud Nine, Zhaofeng Plaza, and Paris in Spring Store. Cloud Nine is by far the most popular mall in this area for affordable goods shopping in Shanghai. It comprises of 8 stories of retail stores and shops and restaurants offering authentic Chinese and international cuisine. Each floor is dedicated to something, women’s clothes, men’s clothes, kids section, accessories, electronic gadgets, and restaurants. It has brands such as Esprit, Nike, Adidas, H&M, and more.

Insider tip:

  • The comfy massage chairs and vending machines throughout the mall for games and rides of all ages are a must-try. You can pay via WeChat or AliPay.

Xujiahui Commercial Zone

Open times: 8 AM to 10 PM

Who is it for?
Gadget-lovers, fashion shoppers, tourists

What to buy here?
Men, women, and children clothing and accessories, electronic items

Overview:

Xujiahui commercial zone is located in downtown Shanghai and is home to major departmental stores and shopping malls in Shanghai. It covers 5 major roads in Xuhui District. Xujiahui is a convenient shopping venue for fashionable products, brands, and electronics. Xujiahui is the place people go for electronics shopping in Shanghai. It features two large electronic malls Taiping Yang Sama Plaza and Metro City dedicated to the exceptional variety of computer parts, software, electronic components, and gadgets from Xbox to PSP and other game consoles and their games as well.

Some of the famous departmental stores and malls in Shanghai are located in the Xujiahui commercial zone. They include Pacific Digital Plaza, Orient Shopping Center, Grand Gateway Plaza, Pacific Department Store, and Huiijin Department Store.

Alongside massive malls in Shanghai and shops, there are many hotels and restaurants nearby. Some restaurants have tasteful outdoor sitting areas giving a beautiful ambiance.

The district also contains entertainment options like the Shanghai Film Art Center and Paradise Film City (located on the 6th floor of Grand Gateway Plaza) for people looking for dramas and films.

Insider tips:

  • While you enjoy shopping in Xujiahui commercial district, head over to Hengshan Road to have a taste of splendid nightlife and the famous Catholic Church established in 1906.
  • Along the roads, you will find many small cafes and high-end restaurants offering a variety of local and international cuisine, make sure to stop and nibble on the local snacks while you stroll the district for your shopping spree.

Xintiandi

Open times: 24 hours

Who is it for?
Tourists, culture enthusiasts, photographers, food enthusiasts, shoppers

What to buy here?
Fashion apparel, local and international cuisine, accessories

Description:

Xintiandi meaning “New Heaven and Earth” is Shanghai’s famous Pedestrian Street is known for its old Shikumen residences. It gives travelers the taste of the 1920’s Shanghai as well as the modern 21st-century architecture. Xintiandi is among famous Shanghai shopping streets known for its high-end Boutiques.

Indulge in all kinds of local and international cuisine here, German, America, Italian, and Chinese to name a few. Some of the popular restaurants include La Shanghai Café, Highline, Yi Café, and Din Tai Fing. Visitors also opt for a Chinese cooking class to learn a few dishes in the French Concession region.

Visitors find the backdrop and narrow lanes of Xintiandi to be excellent photography spots.

Of any malls in Shanghai, The K11 Art Mall offers unique shopping experience with upscale fashion brands, cafes, and art galleries. Xintiandi Style is also among the unique malls in Shanghai and is a great place to shop for local and authentic Chinese brands selling all kinds of things from apparel to accessories to antiques and jewelry.

There is a shopping mall in the south block which offers affordable fashion clothing and accessories. Xintiandi’s lanes are bustling with local vendors selling books, antiques, gifts, and accessories of all kinds.

Insider tips:

  • Visit Xintiandi in the night to enjoy live music and drinks.
  • After a tiring day walking on foot, head over to Green Massage to relax your feet. Their foot massages are very popular among local and international tourists.
  • There are always events happening in Xintiandi, for promotions and upcoming events, visit their website www.Xintinadi.com

Yuyuan Bazar

Open times: Sat-Sun (9 AM-10 PM)

Who is it for?
Culture enthusiasts, tourists, food lovers, budget shoppers, architecture lovers

What to buy here?
Authentic Chinese cuisine, art, souvenirs, handicrafts, jewelry, bags and purses, antiques, silk.

Overview:

Yuyuan Bazaar or Market is located near the Old City Gold Temple and outside the Yu Garden, in the middle of Old Shanghai City. The area comprises several traditional Chinese buildings that are now converted into commercial stores selling jewelry, snacks, antiques, souvenirs, and local products shopping in Shanghai.

The Bazaar is filled with small lanes lined with stores. Yuyuan Old Street located in the north of Bazaar and like traditional Shanghai shopping street, mainly offers local and authentic Chinese commodities including handicrafts, home, and festive supplies. The Yuyuan Fashion Street is quite opposite to the Old Street; it has stores offering modern handicrafts, daily supplies, coffee beverages, and snack food. This area is also popular for its gold and jewelry market as visitors can buy gold rings, necklaces, and earrings here. Shanghai Yayi Gold Shop and Shanghai Old Temple Gold are highly recommended places for gold and fashion jewelry shopping in Yuyuan Bazaar.

Insider tips:

  • As the area is a famous tourist spot, it’s notorious for pickpockets, beware of them and keep your valuables close.
  • The best time to visit Yuyuan Bazaar is in the morning, it’s less crowded in the morning.
  • If you are planning your trip to Shanghai, book it around Chinese New Year as this area hosts the stunning Lantern Festival which is a sight to behold.
  • Most places only accept the local currency, no cryptocurrency, or credit cards, so it’s better to keep cash before going there.

Tianzifang

Open times: 24 hours

Who is it for?
Art and culture enthusiasts, architecture lovers, tourists, café and bar lovers, budget shoppers, designers

What to buy here?
Arts and crafts, handicrafts, antiques, souvenirs, affordable cafes and restaurants, fashion clothing

Overview:

Tianzifang, a part of the French concession area, is now converted into an artsy area boosting several arts and crafts shops, bookstores, bars and cafes, design studios, galleries, and boutiques. It is adored by designers, book lovers, art, and culture lovers due to its mixed architecture of old Shikumen houses and modern-day architecture.

Tianzifang has expanded from lane 210 to 248 and is a nest for 58 craft shops and galleries, 29 art and design studios, 65 antique and souvenir shops, bookstores, and some boutiques. There are many tea houses, bars, cafes, and silk shops in the area as well. There are several restaurants in the area offering delicious national and international cuisine including the New York Steak and burger, Thai food, French goose liver, Japanese sushi, and others.

Lane 248 is the heart of Tianzifang. You can find almost anything here from souvenirs, cute bags, and purses, to traditional Chinese clothing. Beijing Fan at 37 number is a popular place for getting handmade silk fans. There are a lot of novelty shopping stores offering various kinds of merchandise. You have to put your haggling skills to practice as sellers try to sell products at higher prices.

Insider tips:

  • Kommune is a place worth paying a visit for its simple yet super delicious food, the unique setting along with excellent cocktails.
  • Head over to Shi Yi Ji on lane 248 to get keepsake postcards, stationery, home accessories, and handmade Chinese silk fans.
  • Visit Insh store at 200 on Taikang Road to bedazzle you with affordable and fashionable made-to-order dresses for men, women, and kids.

Shanghai A.P. Xinyang Fashion & Gifts Market

Open times: 10 AM to 8 PM Daily

Who is it for?
Bargain lovers, tourists looking for fake merchandise

What to buy here?
Fake merchandise including fake designer bags, shoes, men women and children’s clothing and accessories, electronics, souvenirs, bags and suitcases, gifts, toys, etc.

Overview:

Shanghai A.P Xinyang Fashion & Gifts Market or the A.P Plaza market is located under the Science and Technology Museum metro station and is one of the biggest fake or copy goods markets in Shanghai where people come for fake merchandise or wholesale shopping in Shanghai. There is a large variety of local and fake merchandise available on thousands of stalls and shops in the Market. It is a popular tourist destination for purchasing the first copies of several brands. From Lionel Messi Football stripes to angry birds’ bags for children, to Bob Marley Bermuda Shorts to Indian Saris, Darth Vader toys, to fake designer bags and watches, etc. The warren stalls are where you will get the brand named fashion accessories, runners, shoes, casual and sportswear, but be cautious as everything is fake in the market.

You can buy copies of Nike, Converse, Beats Headphones as well as Hunter rain boots for the very minimum price. If you wander deep into the market, you’ll find stalls selling Gucci, Coach and LV handbags that look similar to the original but comes at a fraction of the cost.

Insider tips:

  • Haggle as best as you can start with at least 30 percent below the asking price, if the vendor isn’t interested in haggling, walk away. If they are, they’ll always come back to you with another offer.  You can always find a similar product another stall or shop.
  • Handbags and luggage are the most coveted items people come to the AP plaza market to buy, although they are fake the quality is really good. If you are looking for a really good quality handbag, head over to Junny’s Shop, it’s a famous place among flight attendants and tourists looking for quality and inexpensive handbags’ shopping in Shanghai.
  • AP Plaza is a huge market, if you don’t know where you are headed, you’ll probably get lost in the sea of stalls. Do a little research before going there and make a list of the things you want, that way you won’t get distracted by the abundance of stuff available in the market.

South Bund Fabric Market

Open times: 9 AM TO 6 PM Daily

Who is it for?
Business people looking for tailor-made custom suits, and fashion shoppers looking for tailor-made clothes

What to buy here?
Tailor-made clothing, textiles, and fabric

Overview:

The three-floored Shanghai Fabric Market or the South Bund Market is home to more than 300 tailors and seamstresses and is the prime destination of the city for bespoke garments. It is the place you go for fabric or bespoke clothing shopping in Shanghai. Payment is mostly done in cash, WeChat, or Alipay.

People come here to get made-to-measure women and men suiting in a very short amount of time (within 48 hours and in emergencies 24 hours as well). All kinds of fabric are sold and sewn here, denim of different textures and colors, cotton, silk, cashmere, chiffon, wool, linen, and others. Various tailors have various specialties, some just sew dresses, some stich men and women formal suiting, some stich gowns and winter wear, some stich shirts, and some specialize only in fabric.

Each seller has a showroom and can speak little basic English. Getting clothes made is easy, the best way to do that is to buy something already made and alter it according to your size or bring with you something that you’d like to be copied. You have to generally give half payment in advance and the remaining when you try on your clothing and are satisfied. Alterations are usually free. However, you have to keep in mind that these are just the showrooms, so leave an extra day or two for alterations.

Insider tips:

  • Jojo Tailor at No.134 and Joyce and Rita at No. 129 are highly recommended tailor shops. They are highly recommended if you want custom stitching, Jojo specializes in formal/businessmen and women wear and the staff speaks English well.
  • Never settle for the first shop that appeals to you, walk around to get a better idea of prices, and bargain your way to a fair price. As the clothes are custom-made there is little room for haggling, but still, you can bargain to a price that suits you the best.

Qipu Lu Clothing Market

Open times: 9 AM to 5.30 PM Daily

Who is it for?
Shoppers looking for cheap clothes, accessories, bags, shoes

What to buy here?
Inexpensive electronic goods, watches, catering, clothing for men, women, and children, and much more.

Overview:

Qipu Lu clothing market is located southeast of the Zhabei District and is the largest wholesale market of Shanghai for apparel and accessories. This area is known as the hub of inexpensive clothing malls in Shanghai. It has more than 10 clothing malls and is also referred to as 7P Road. With surprisingly low prices, this area is famous among tourists looking for a cheap bargain on clothing and accessories.

Here you can shop for inexpensive shoes, clothes for men, women, and children, toys, accessories, and jewelry. The narrow corridors of the malls are filled with stalls selling all kinds of merchandise.

If you are looking for a place to purchase inexpensive Chinese fashion clothing, the mall known as Cheap Lu is the place to go. Hawkers can get a little pushy so you must avoid them and say no whenever needed.

Insider tips:

  • Bargaining is a must in inexpensive markets, as it can save you lots of money.
  • Install a translator app or bring a friend who knows Chinese as most vendors don’t speak English.
  • Never pay before checking the quality and the item thoroughly. If there is some quality issue after you have made the payment, there is no exchange policy.

Hongqiao International Pearl City

Open times: 10 AM to 9 PM Daily

Who is it for?
Jewelry lovers, tourists, budget shoppers, window shopping

What to buy here?
Clothes, bags, accessories, handicrafts, artificial jewelry, precious stones, pearls, jade, and crystals, etc.

Overview:                                                           

Hongqiao International Pearl City is situated in the Hongqiao area which is a popular place due to its foreign bars and cafes, fitness, entertainment, and beauty salons.

Shanghai Hongqiao International Pearl City is among the famous malls in Shanghai mostly known for its pearl jewelry, crystals, and antiques, jade, and other commodities. It has three floors. On the first floor, you’ll find Chinese cultural items, souvenirs, gifts, ceramics, art lamps, Chinese painting, clothing, bags, accessories, and handicrafts at affordable rates. The second and third floor is dedicated to jewelry, pearl merchants dominate these floors. With more than 2000 styles of products, you get to choose from a vast array of products. Different products can be customized according to your specific needs. you can participate in the whole process, from the design to the raw beads in your jewelry piece.

Insider tips:

  • Most of the vendors will start with a high price, and after bargaining, you can get a simple drop-pearl necklace or string-of-pearl necklace for 120-150 RMB, bracelets for 50 RMB and small studs for 10RMB. The prices are higher for saltwater pearls.
  • Never pay with US Dollars or any international currency, always purchase in the local currency, that way you can pay the price you want to spend on an item.

Shanghai Shiliu Puhong Qixiang Cloth Market

Open times: 10 AM to 6 PM Daily

Who is it for?
People looking for affordable tailor-made clothing

What to buy here?
Fabric, tailor-made clothes

Overview:

Shanghai Shiliu Puhong Qixiang Cloth Market is less crowded and quieter than the South Bund Fabric Market, you will find hundreds of tailors selling the same fabric at affordable prices. You’ll have to install the translator app if you have specific needs because some vendors may speak a little English and others do not.

Shanghai Shiliu Puhong Qixiang Cloth Market consists of 3 floors of vendors selling all kinds of fabric and tailors offering custom and bespoke designs stitching. Getting an item made is a simple process, select the fabric, select the style, and then have the tailor take your exact measurements. You may have to undergo alterations for the desired result.

Insider tips:

  • The best way to get to Shanghai Shiliu Puhong Qixiang Cloth Market is by a taxi as there is no metro stop located near the market.

Tianshan Tea Market

Open times: 9.30 AM to 8.30 PM Daily

Who is it for?
Tea lovers, tourists

What to buy here?
Authentic Chinese tea varieties, tea sets, antiques

Overview:

Tianshan Tea Market is a giant three-story complex housing thousand of varieties of tea. It is a place where locals and tourists go for tea shopping in Shanghai. Tea vendors here mostly speak Chinese so the services of a translator may be required. Allow yourself plenty of time to browse through hundreds of tea samples and ask questions about different varieties. The market hosts more than 150 stalls containing many varieties of tea leaves.

There are three floors of the market, 

  • On the first floor, you’ll find stalls containing Blended tea, Jasmine tea, Flower tea, Longtan tea, and Souvenir tea leaves.
  • On the second floor, you’ll find exquisite Teaware and Puer Tea.
  • On the third floor, you’ll find antique and book shops.

Teas have a lot of health benefits and are delicious too. Some of the famous teas that can be found in the market include Oolong Tea (it is a kind of black tea with famous varieties from Fujian Province), Green Tea (the delicious loose leaf-hand roasted green teas are famous for their aroma and health benefits), Fermented Tea (or Puer Tea is thought by many to be the first Chinese tea and is made using fermentation), Flower Teas (sold in little balls, they open in hot water to form a blossom, they are very tasty and are taken as souvenirs by many tourists).

Insider tips:

  • You can learn a lot about teas from the tea-vendors. If you are more interested, you can opt for a tea tour with an agency that specializes in cultural tours.
  • Teas are generally sold loose in the tea market, so you buy them in packets of 50 or 100g. Vendors will usually quote the price for the minimum unit of tea. You can bargain your way through the prices if you are taking the tea in bulk quantity.

Shanghai International Glasses Market

Open times: 10 AM to 5 PM Daily

Who is it for?
People looking for quality prescription glasses, lenses, and sunglasses

What to buy here?
Quality prescription glasses, lenses, and sunglasses

Overview:

Shanghai International Glasses Market is ideally located in the Zhabei District that is home to Shanghai’s optical industry.  

Shanghai International Glasses Market is one of the few malls in Shanghai dedicated to glass-themed shopping in Shanghai. It is among the largest and the highest quality eyewear themed malls in Shanghai.  It is also the largest wholesale eyewear market in China.

Located on the intersection of Shanghai Tourism Distribution Center and Shanghai Railway Station North Square, the market comprises of a two-floor area and is filled with hundreds of vendors selling thousands of varieties of prescription glasses frames and sunglasses.

You can visit the market without or with your prescription, most opticians will do the free prescription exam and you can collect your glasses within days.

There are a lot of stalls and shops for you to choose from, and the quality of the frames is at par with international brands. Here, you can get your prescription glasses and lenses made for reasonable prices and there is room for little haggle as well.

Insider tips:

  • Consider going to Shanghai Qianye Glasses if you are looking for prescription glasses at affordable rates.
  • Most vendors will not drastically reduce the price of glasses, but if you are buying more than one or in bulk, you can easily bargain down the prices.
  • On google maps, if you enter “Shanghai International Glasses City” it will take you to the wrong address, instead type “Huanlong Shopping Mall”, that building the right across the Shanghai subway stop where the glasses market is.

Qiujiang Lu Electronics Market

Open times: 9 AM to 6 PM

Who is it for?
Tech-savvy tourists, tech lovers

What to buy here?
Almost every kind of affordable electronic item

Overview:

Shanghai Electronics Market or the Qiujiiang Lu Electronics Market is a paradise for tech-lovers. Electronic items are mostly sold wholesale in this market by the OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) and are mostly non-branded.

There are hundreds of shops and stalls and vendors are selling everything from electronic appliances, speakers, laptops, lamps, chargers, batteries, adapters, TVs, HDMI cables, washing machines, computers, headphones, etc. The way to purchase in wholesale markets is to browse your way through them carefully, there will be several shops selling the same product at different prices, you have to decide for yourself what suits you best.

Insider tips:

  • Be cautious of what you buy here if you are happy with the purchase of an incredibly inexpensive iPod, chances are that it will malfunction within days of purchase.
  • As it is a wholesale market, you can expect to get good discounts if you purchase a bulk quantity of a product.

Shanghai SEG Electronics Market

Open times: 8.30 AM to 10 PM

Who is it for?
Tech-lovers, tourists looking for electronic components

What to buy here?
Electronic components, IC’s, etc.

Overview:

SEG Electronics Market is housed in the SEG Plaza and has several levels of electronic merchandise. Inside the market, you’ll find all kinds of electronic merchandise, form ICs to mobile phones, tapes, laptops, USBs, memory cards, and all the latest and modern electronic accessories and gadgets at affordable prices. There is little room for haggling especially in case of a branded gadget or accessory, however, in terms of a known branded product, you can bargain down the prices to your liking.

The most popular shops in the market are the IC stores where you can get popular ICs for a fraction of the original cost. If you speak with the clerk or write down the reference of the IC that you want, you’ll most probably get it or if he doesn’t have it he’ll get it from the nearby store for you.

Insider tips:

  • Most shops in the market specialize in something, IC’s, tools, power supplies, types of equipment, gadgets, etc. so it better to walk around a little to see your options and come with a clear mind of what you want before buying anything.
  • This market is great for people looking for wholesale electronic equipment to take back to their country.

Nihong Children Clothing Market

Open times: 9.30 AM to 8 PM

Who is it for?
Tourists looking for inexpensive children merchandise

What to buy here?
Inexpensive children clothes, toys, accessories

Overview:

Nihong Children Clothing Market is famous among tourists and locals for children’s clothes and accessories shopping in Shanghai. The main entrance of the market is at Jinling Lu Road.

In this market, you will find hundreds of stalls and shops selling all kinds of children’s clothes and accessories from international, local as well as homemade brands. the main entrance of the market is stocked with inexpensive toys including race cars, plastic toys, swords, Disney princess dresses, laser guns, and others.

When you are shopping for your toddler’s shoes, you won’t find famous brands but the local brands offer cute shoes that are of decent quality. However, keep in mind that vendors have a limited supply of sizes and you have to know the size of your little one in centimeters, it is always a good practice to have your little one wear the shoes to determine the fit as sizes can be varied from country to country. There are plenty of stalls and thousands of items to select from so you can never really run out of options.

If you need anything for your kids while on the move, it’s a great place to shop for baby socks, dishes, pajamas, booties, and other clothing items.

Insider tips:

  • This market is only recommended for children under the age of 8.
  • There is a play area for toddlers at the back of the Market, where kids can take their shoes off and enjoy. The fee is minimal.
  • If you are buying any bottoms for your little one, be sure to check it before purchasing as traditional Chinese potty training requires children to wear underpants with giant holes so that they can relieve themselves without the additional burden of a diaper.
  • At the back of the market near the play area, you will find toy dealers selling Lego Building sets and Tomica trucks and cars.

Best Shopping Malls in Shanghai

Shanghai is home to one of the largest and most-beautiful malls in China and all of Asia.

IFC Shopping Mall

Open times: 10 am to 10 pm

Who is it for?
Architect-learners, fashion shoppers, tourists, photographers, food enthusiasts

What to buy here?
High-fashion apparel, entertainment, local and international cuisine

Overview:

Located in Lujiazui Pudong Commercial Zone, IFC mall boasts a diamond-shaped interior with a champagne hue and hosts over 180 international brands. It is among the famous malls in Shanghai where you can shop for almost anything including men and women fashion apparel and accessories, gold and artificial jewelry, children’s clothes, and accessories. The mall also houses entertainment sections, the first domestic Palace cinema with over 800 ornate chairs, and advanced visual and audio equipment, bringing a thrilling experience for the viewer.

  • The first and second floors host high-end luxury brands such as D&G, BOSS and women body care and beauty brands such as SEPHORA, LANCOME, NARS, YSL Beaute, ARMANI beauty, DIOR beauty, Bobbi Brown, along with Kate Spade, Zara, Mont Blanc, Estee Lauder, Lululemon Athletica, Calvin Klein, COACH, Dunhill, Givenchy, Salvatore Ferragamo, and others.
  • The first official Apple store is also located in the mall.
  • Third and fourth floors boost numerous high-end restaurants including Michelin-starred Lei Garden and the famous Italian restaurant Isola.
  • There is also a supermarket named “CitySuper” that contains thousands of varieties of local and international snacks and foods.

Insider tips:

  • Avoid taking the metro during rush hour as the mall is located in the business district, the metro will be over-crowded at rush hours.
  • Head to the rooftop after a hectic shopping spree to enjoy a coffee while enjoying some of the best views of Shanghai skyline at dawn or night time.

Super Brand Mall

Open times: 10 AM to 10 PM

Who is it for?
Fashion shoppers, tourists, Shopaholics

What to buy here?  
Jewelry, fashion clothes, watches, spa,  electronic goods, catering, entertainment, and much more.

Overview:

Super Brand Mall, located on the Lujiazui street that’s famously known as “The East Wall Street” is among the largest shopping malls in Shanghai and Asia that combine dining, shopping, and entertainment facilities.

It has 13-stories dedicated to over 400 retail shops and houses more than 70 restaurants that offer various domestic and international cuisine options on various floors, indoor staking rink, and cinema.

China’s first Toys R Us outlet is housed inside Super Brand Mall on the sixth floor along with Tom’s World, KidsLand, FILA Kids, The Children’s Palace on the second floor.

Like other malls in Shanghai, this mall is a shopper’s paradise housing international and domestic luxury goods brands like Bossini, Tissot, Folli Follie, Lacoste, Calvin Kelin, Timberland, Hilfiger Denim, and houses everything from artificial to diamond and precious stones jewelry, to the spa, to furniture and home accessories, to clothing to electronics and more.

It houses luxury brands such as ZARA, CAT, ADIDAS, CASIO, NIKE on the first, and fourth floor respectively. Brands such as FILA, PUMA, Mothercare, ADIDAS Kids are housed on the fifth and sixth floor. 

Like other malls in Shanghai , new stores are added regularly to the extensive shopping mall. You can find dental care, children development center, grocery mart, dental care, and bookstores here as well.

Insider tips:

  • If you enjoy Xiaolong Bao and dumplings, head over to Din Tai Fund restaurant on the 3rd floor and also enjoy amazing views of the Bund.
  • Cash is not allowed at the food court, a central point issues a debit card that is to be used at the counters and cashiers give you back whatever is left in your card in the form of Yuans.
  • Various seasonal events happen here, you can check their website for more information (www.superbrandmall.com).

Plaza 66

Open times: 10 AM to 10 PM

Who is it for?
Fashion-shoppers, shopaholics

What to buy here?
Luxury brands, accessories, jewelry, cosmetics, furniture, electronic goods, watches, housewares, Asian arts and crafts, and much more.

Overview:

Shanghai is known as an international fashion city, shopping in Shanghai is fun due to the abundance of shopping malls. Plaza 66 is famously recognized among the top shopping malls in Shanghai and is home to hundreds of luxury brands and fashion houses outlets. 

It is designed by ace architect Kohn Pedersen Fox and is centrally located in the Jign’an district. It is also the Puxi district’s tallest building.

All the internationally acclaimed brands can be found within the expansive shopping complex including Dior, Michel Kors, Balenciaga, DKNY, Hugo Boss, Balmain, Cartier, LV, Hermes, Chanel, Versace, Prada, and others on basement, first, second and third floors.

It also has a one of a kind Michelin starred restaurant Marrea by Janic Wong and a chocolate boutique by the acclaimed chocolatier Pierre Marcolini. There is an exclusive VIC lounge created with the help of internationally acclaimed interior designer Ilsa Crawford that caters to the individual needs of the members, offering personalized shopping, tasting courses, and mage modeling experience.

Like other malls in Shanghai, you can browse through the selection of the latest fashion trends in the international market and shop to your heart’s content when you are in Plaza 66!

Insider tips:

  • There are more than 40 restaurants inside the Plaza offering a variety of food from acclaimed food chains to local delicacies, there is something for everyone, be sure to check out the Coffee chain by Atrium and British cuisine of Alfie’s. 

IAPM

Open times: 10 AM to 11 PM

Who is it for?
Fashion shoppers, people looking for luxury goods shopping

What to buy here?
Luxury brands, sportswear, clothing, and accessories.

Overview:

IAPM mall is the epitome of luxury shopping malls in Shanghai. It is constructed by Sun Hung Kai Properties and is located on the Huaihai Zhong Road, Puxi district.

The first two floors of the mall house big luxury brands such as Stella McCartney, D&G, Alexandar Wang, Balmain, Micheal Kors, Alexandar McQueen, Gucci, Prada, Chole, and others.

The third and fourth floors are occupied by sportswear brands like Nike, Adidas, Onitsuka Tiger, and others.

There are several boutique cafes, TWG Tea Salon, UCC Coffee Shop, and Starbucks along with various dining options inside the mall. There is also a huge Apple flagship store there where you can get all the latest MacBooks, iPods, iPhones, and iPods.

The mall also hosts promotional activities and art performances on a regular basis for entertainment.

Insider tips:

  • IAPM is home to the first Gucci Café (1921Gucci), make sure to pay a visit there.
  • The rooftop cafes are a good option to consider after a tiring shopping spree.
  • For all the authentic steak lovers, the mall hosts Morton’s The Steakhouse, the Puxi branch.

Grand Gateway 66

Open times: 10 AM to 10 PM

Who is it for?
Fashion-shoppers, tourists

What to buy here?
Luxury brands, home décor, and furniture, fashion clothing and accessories, jewelry, and shoes.

Overview:

Grand Gateway is an office complex located on the Xujiahui shopping district designed by Callison Architecture. It consists of two twin towers with silver-gray glass giving it an avant-garde feel.

The shopping mall- Grand Gateway 66 is located at the base of the towers with a podium expanding 1.1 million square feet. Like other malls in Shanghai, it houses outlets of more than 400 internationally acclaimed brands and fashion-houses namely Gucci, Versace, Prada, LV, and other high-end luxury brands. You can find all the latest designer collections in the outlets to upgrade your fashion wardrobe.

On the first floor, there is a Eurasian open-air pedestrian street called the “Lan Kwai Fong” that is full of exotic atmosphere. It is an ideal place to relax for a coffee, tea, or dinner break.

Insider tips:

  • There is a nice upscale supermarket in the basement called the Ole Hall where you can find lots of stalls offering free food tastings.
  • There are reasonable dining options in the basement and on the 5th and 6th floor for local and international cuisine.

Bailian Outlets Plaza

Open times: 10 AM to 9 PM (Monday to Friday), 9 AM to 9:30 PM (National Holidays and Weekdays)

Who is it for? Fashion-shoppers, tourists looking for discounted goods

What to buy here? High-fashion brands at discounted rates

Overview:

Bailian Outlets or the Shanghai Outlet Plaza is located in the Qingpu District. Like other malls in Shanghai, it is a modern, high-fashion mega shopping complex. Here you will find big names such as Hermes, Dunhill, Balenciaga, Burberry, Gucci, Prada, Fendi, and others.

There are 3 zones in the Plaza with over 450 brands and 250 shops, including international and domestic brands.

Zona A has mostly discounted goods from big international brands and contains more than 30 shops. These include Ferragamo, Dunhill, Hugo Boss, Burberry, Zegna, Armani, MazaMara, and others.

Zona B and C mostly contain leisure and sports brands that are internationally recognized like Adidas, Esprit, Mizuno, IT, LACOSTE, Nike, GEOX, etc.

There are also loads of cafes and eateries offering a variety of Chinese and international cuisine for hungry shoppers.

Insider Tips:

  • Bailian outlet Plaza is located at an hour distance from Downtown Shanghai, so you need to plan your trip and keep adequate time for the commute.
  • You can get a tax refund on all your purchases by visiting the customer service of Bailian Plaza.

Shanghai Times Square

Open times: 10 AM to 10 PM

Who is it for?
Fashion shoppers, luxury brand shopping

What to buy here?
Jewelry, fashion clothes, watches, spa, electronic goods, and much more.

Overview:

Shanghai Times Square is a 7-story retail podium housing top international and domestic brands. It is one of the high end malls in Shanghai and is well-known among locals and tourists alike. It is located on the prime destination of Huaihai Zhong Road that is known for its shopping atmosphere.

Like other malls in Shanghai, it contains over 100 shops with big brand labels such as Versace, Givenchy, Coach, Salvatore Ferragamo, Zara, Armani, and others providing an endless shopping experience for the fashion shoppers. The shops cover fashion accessories, jewelry, apparel, shoes, beauty, and houseware.

More than 20 restaurants are housed inside the complex, providing delicacies and taste from Chinese to Western Food, there is a chocolate bar, a buffet, a seafood restaurant, and several cafes like the Starbucks, and private kitchens and luxury dining options as well.

Insider Tips:

  • You can park your car for free for 3 hours if you are spending more than 200 RMB in the Shanghai Times Square.
  • There is a shop selling luxury brands at discounted rates on the sixth floor, you will find Armani, Gucci, and Bally at incredibly low price there.

Orient Shopping Center

Open times: 10 AM to 10 PM

Who is it for?
Fashion shoppers, luxury brand shopping

What to buy here?
Fashion clothing and accessories, gold and precious stone jewelry, watches, glasses, home appliances

Overview:

Orient Shopping Center is a collection of high-end stores. It is highly regarded among the high-end shopping malls in Shanghai.

It is located in the Xujiahui District and consists of a 6-story podium of retail shops, providing an experience of  luxury shopping in Shanghai with over 60,000 types of commodities, the majority of which are imported including watches, glasses, home appliances, accessories, gold jewelry, and fashion apparel.

Like other malls in Shanghai, famous international brands find their home inside the luxurious mall, including Tissot, Mont Blanc, Chane, Omega Cartier, Omega, Lancome, Dunhill, Remy Martin, Arden, Elizabeth, Derain, Zippo, Bvlgari and many more.

Insider Tips:

  • Orient Shopping Center is famous for its customizable high-end gifts that you can get on the 4th floor of the mall. These gifts are designed according to your specific requirements, keeping in mind the occasion and the person the gift is sent out to. The VIP service center also offers brand repair and gem identification.

Raffles City

Open times: 10 AM to 10 PM

Who is it for? fashion shoppers, tourists

What to buy here? Fashion apparel, shoes, accessories, watches, jewelry, electronic goods, cosmetics, physical fitness service, and much more

Overview:

Raffles City is included in the high-end luxury malls in Shanghai located ideally in the center of Shanghai, close to Nanjing Road and People Square. It has a convenient transportation route, at it is located at the intersection of 3 subway lines.

Raffles city consists of 8 floors; all packed with restaurants and luxury international and domestic brands shopping in Shanghai.

You can find a restaurant on every floor; some of the best-rated restaurants include Shen Da Cheng, Uncle’s Cool Noodle, Secret Recipe, and Yunnan Restaurant.

Like other malls in Shanghai, there are more than 50 shops dedicated to women’s apparel, accessories, shoes, bags, and cosmetics, and over 40 shops dedicated to men’s clothing and accessories. So you will never run out of options while shopping. In case you are tired and want to take a break from your shopping spree, head over to the 7th floor of the mall where you can get physical fitness and spa to help calm your nerves.

Insider Tips:

  • On the 6th floor of the mall, you will find the restaurant Food Republic where you can eat overlooking the panoramic views of the People’s Square and Nanjing Road.

K11 Art Mall

Open times: 10 AM to 10 PM

Who is it for?
Art Lovers, tourists

What to buy here?
Gifts, souvenirs, fashion shopping

Overview:

K11 Art Mall in Shanghai is located near Huaihai Park. It is designed by Hamann and Bergman Architects to create a unique blend of art and fashion.

This art mall spans from the third floor to the sixth floor of the K11 building. The mall is home to several interesting art installations blended with the cafés and retail shops across the mall. There are several interesting eateries and cafes including a Viviane Westwood Cafe.

You can find an interesting art gallery on level B3.

There is a restaurant on the upper floor that grows its veggies and has interesting art décor items.

Several interesting cooking classes are held in the basement levels. This mall is known for its affordable merchandise including men’s and women’s apparel, accessories, and shoes. This mall has evolved into a pop-up destination, there is a Chanel Game Center and on B2, a robotic bar at the atrium.

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Insider Tips:

  • There is an interesting curated gift shop in the mall, ideal for getting gifts for friends, family, and loved ones.
  • For a good cup of coffee, head over to Little Bean on B2.
  • For having something special for lunch, head to HomeThai on the 4th floor for a special Thai menu.

Miscellaneous Shopping Places

When in Shanghai, the shopping options are unlimited, some of the equally popular places for shopping in Shanghai include:

Duoyun Bookstore 

Open times: 10 AM to 9.30 PM

Who is it for?
Book-lovers, tourists

What to buy here?
Books

Overview:

The 52-story Duoyun Bookstore is Shanghai’s highest bookstore housed inside the iconic Shanghai Tower. It is located at a height of 239 meters and occupies an area of 2,200 square meters and is a popular sight among tourists and people who love to read and enjoy the city view from the top.

The bookstore houses more than 16,000 varieties of books. The design of bookshelves allows the space to be wonderfully charismatic and allows visitors to enjoy the panoramic view of the city.

Insider Tips:

  • There is a long queue at the entrance of the bookstore (sometimes people have to wait for hours) due to its popularity, be sure to check-in early.

Sun Moon EyeGlass City

Open times: 9 AM to 9 PM

Who is it for?
Tourists, people looking to have affordable prescription glasses

What to buy here?
Prescription glasses, glasses frames, sunglasses

Overview:

Housed in the historic Zhabei district known for its eyewear making markets, Sun Moon Glass City is a one-story market that houses a relatively smaller number of vendors. It is for tourists and people looking to purchase affordable prescription glasses, glasses frames, or sunglasses. The options are limited here, however, the quality is high and at par with international standards.

Insider Tips:

  • Most of the vendors are Chinese nationals, they speak very little or n English, so you have to bring a Chinese translator along.

New World Daimaru Department Store

Open times: 10 AM to 10 PM

Who is it for?
Tourists, fashion shoppers

What to buy here?
Skincare, homeware, kitchenware, fashion apparel, shoes, and accessories

Overview:

Located in the Tianjin Road on the East Nanjing Roadside, New World Daimaru Department Store is home to the largest spiraling escalator of the world. This mall has six stories housing everything from fashion apparel to accessories, to shoes, bags, kitchenware, homeware, skincare products, athleisure, electronics, and others.

The main attraction of the mall has to be the spiraling escalators which are a unique experience in itself and one of the largest in the world. It is a popular tourist attraction and many people visit the store just to take a ride in one of those escalators.

Insider Tips:

  • If you are a foreigner shopping in New World Mall and have spent over 500 RMB, you will get a tax refund of 9% on your purchase when you leave. The forms for refunds are available on the 6th-floor office of the mall which is to be shown at the airport when you leave.

Jiu Guang Department Store

Open times: 10 AM to 10 PM

Who is it for?
shoppers looking for high end products

What to buy here?
Food, clothes, jewellery, accessories, shoes

Overview:

Joinbuy City Plaza also called the Jiu Guang Department Store is located in Nanjing West Road. It offers an expansive complex with an area of 91613 square meters and over 500 international and domestic brand outlets covering 10 floors. You will find almost anything you wish to buy here, from supermarket goods to retail merchandise to restaurants and recreation, there is something for everyone.

Jiu Guang Department Store is also close to Jign’an Temple which is a popular tourist destination of Shanghai.

In the basement of the store, you will find all kinds of fresh food on sale from around the world. It is highly recommended that you try the imported Japanese food that is considered an extreme delicacy, including Fu Shou Yuan-the Japanese tea band, Hibiya Kadan, and Minamoto Um.

There is also a food court that features noodle soups, coffee, bakeries, and a mixture of Asian and Western foods. You can also find the famous Uncle Tetsu cheesecake here.

  • On the first floor, you will find all the famous brands including Tiffany, Burberry, CK, Dunhill, Omega, Coach, Vertu, Polo Ralph Lauren, Celine, Tomas Pink, and others.
  • On the second floor, you can purchase gold and precious stones jewelry.
  • On the third floor, you can purchase women’s clothing and accessories from top brands.
  • On the fourth floor, you will find brands like H&M, and others focused on the casual style.
  • On the fifth floor, you will find brands targeted towards men’s clothe and apparel.
  • On the sixth floor, you can find sportswear and athleisure brands including Nike, Esprit, Adidas, and others.
  • On the seventh floor, you will find brands on low prices.

Insider Tips:

The seventh floor of the mall is dedicated to designer goods on special discounted rates. Many luxury brands have low-profit sales here that are very popular among the locals. Head over to the 7th floor and get your favorite brands on a deal-breaking price.

Bainaohui Computer Shopping Mall

Open times: 9 AM to 8 PM

Who is it for?
Tourists and people looking for electronic goods

What to buy here?
All kinds of electronic goods, laptops, headphones, cameras, lenses, etc.

Overview:

Bainaohui Computer Shopping Mall is located in the Xuhui district is a good place to get all kinds of electronic equipment including hard drives, Wi-Fi equipment, software, CD/DVDs, printers, computers, and laptops, from both domestic and international brands.

It is a multi-floor electronics shopping mall where you will find all kinds of varieties of electronic equipment. You can also find webcams, cameras, lenses, MP3 players, and everything here. In this market, there are different stalls and shops with vendors selling a wide variety of electronic merchandise.

  • On the first floor, you can find famous electronics brands such as Apple, Sony, Dell, and Olympus.
  • On the second and third floor, you will find nameless electronic merchandise, be careful of the fakes here, you may get a too-good-to-be-true deal but always check before buying as these products are without warranties and will not get exchanged.
  • On the fourth floor of the mall, there are mostly electronics repair shops.

Insider Tips:

  • In this mall, only cash is accepted. Make sure to convert your international currency into RMB before coming here or you may have to face higher conversion prices. No visa or credit cards are accepted here. 

Lane Crawford

Open times: 10 AM to 10 PM

Who is it for?
Tourists, fashion shoppers

What to buy here?
Skincare, beauty products, jewelry, womenswear, menswear, shoes, etc.

Overview:

The signature store for Lane Crawford is located inside Shanghai Time Square- one of the famous shopping malls in Shanghai. For high-end luxury shopping in shanghai, it features designer collections of menswear, womenswear, accessories, fine jewelry, shoes, beauty, lifestyle, and home. The services include personal styling team, beauty, and expert concierge team, and dedicated platinum suites for menswear and womenswear that are available only to the platinum privileged members of Lane Crawford.

It encompasses four floors of the Shanghai Times Square, of over 500 international brands. It is the largest Lane Crawford store in Greater China.

Han City Shopping Mall

Open times: 10 AM to 10 PM

Who is it for?
Tourists, shoppers looking for bargain prices

What to buy here?
Fake merchandise, clothes, shoes, etc.

Overview:

Located on 580 West Nanjing Road in the Jign’an District, Han city shopping mall is the downtown fake market where you can find fake merchandise of all kinds. It is known for its fake merchandise shopping in Shanghai. Han city shopping mall contains hundreds of stalls and shops that contain everything from fake designer outfits, to t-shirts, to shoes and jewelry, souvenirs and others. The asking prices are very high, but you can start with 10% of asking price and meet in the middle where you feel comfortable. You can always find a similar product in the next stall or shop if the bargain didn’t work out. Han city is one of those malls in Shanghai where only cash is accepted, so make sure to bring local money with you.

Sogo Shanghai

Open times: 9 AM to 10 PM

Who is it for?
Tourists, fashion shoppers

What to buy here?
Fashion clothes, shoes, etc.

Overview:

Sogo Shanghai store is located in Xujiahui commercial zone. It is a Japanese department store.

Project Aegis

Open times: 10 AM to 10 PM

Who is it for?
Tourists, male shoppers looking for trendy outfits

What to buy here?
Designer menswear

Overview:

Located in the former villa space in the former French Concession area, Project Aegis is one of the trendiest and stylish places for menswear shopping in Shanghai. It is a go-to store for male trendsetters of the city. There is a coffee bar on the second floor of the store with a range of vintage-style arcade machines.

Garden Books

Open times: 10 AM to 10 PM

Who is it for?
Book lovers

What to buy here?
Books

Overview:

Located in the Xuhui district, Garden Books offer a wide selection of English language literature, novels, and books. It is the ideal place for book shopping in Shanghai. It offers a wide selection of all kinds of books, magazines, language aides, and offers ice cream and coffee café as well. You can also order for free here if you are looking for a book that they don’t have in stock. It is a go-to store for Shanghai book lovers. The store also holds literary talks and book reviews. Alipay, WeChat, International, and Local cards are accepted here.

IKEA

Open times: 10 AM to 10 PM

Who is it for?
Furniture lovers

What to buy here?
Homeware, furniture

Overview:

Located in the Xuhui district, IKEA’s flagship store in Shanghai contains thousands of unique home furnishing products, homeware, and accessories that make your home more beautiful and comfortable. Because of the quality and diversity of the products, it is a popular store amongst locals and international visitors alike for furniture shopping in Shanghai.

Shanghai Hotel Equipment Center

Open times: 9 AM to 5:30 PM

Who is it for?
People looking to buy kitchen accessories, kitchenware, and supplies

What to buy here?
Kitchen appliances, accessories, and supplies

Overview:

Hotel Equipment center located at a 15 minutes walking distance from Jiangning Road and is the best place for kitchen supplies shopping in Shanghai. From everyday kitchen appliances to cleaning supplies, to chef uniforms and cutlery, this three-story equipment market contains everything you will need to keep your kitchen running smoothly. For bulkier items, they offer home delivery service as well. International and local cards are accepted here.

Carrefour

Open times: 8:30 AM to 10:30 PM

Who is it for?
Shoppers looking for reasonably priced goods

What to buy here?
Homeware, snacks, and kitchenware, etc.

Overview:

Carrefour is synonymous with affordable shopping in Shanghai. The rates of products here are very reasonable as compared to malls in Shanghai. It is located inside the Cloud Nine Mall in the Zhongshan Park commercial Zone.

Decathlon

Open times: 9 AM to 10 PM

Who is it for?
Book lovers

What to buy here?
Books

Overview:

It is located in the Jinqiao Hongqiao area and is the go-to place for locals and tourists for sportswear and sportswear shopping in Shanghai. It even contains camping gear that is sold at affordable rates.

Now that you have a comprehensive idea of where to shop what is Shanghai, we hope you have a pleasant shopping trip to Shanghai! Happy Shopping!

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