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Shopping Guide for Shanghai

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Chinese tourists are known for their love of shopping, so it's fitting that the country's most developed metropolis is a shopping mecca. With luxury brand flagship stores, bargain markets and independent boutiques, Shanghai has something for everyone.

Good for
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Luxury Traveller
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Like a Local

10 Places

4 City Tips

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10 Places

Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road)

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Qipu Road Clothing Wholesale Market

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Yuyuan Bazar

Shopping Malls, Gift & Speciality Shops

ShiLiu Pu Cloth Market

Gift & Speciality Shops

Former French Concession

Historic Walking Areas

Tian Zi Fang

Gift & Speciality Shops

Huaihai Road Commercial Street

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Xintiandi

Neighbourhoods, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Shanghai's Hongqiao Pearl Market

Flea & Street Markets

Shanghai International Glasses Mall

Shopping Malls

Kat V's City Tips

  • Don't be shy about haggling. It's expected and prices always have space for it built in. While high-end stores and shops within malls are more firm about their prices than market stalls, discounts are sometimes given at even the most unexpected places: It doesn't hurt to ask!
  • Many locals do not speak English. Have your hotel concierge write down the addresses of your destinations in Chinese so that you can show these to taxi drivers. Local expat websites have the addresses of most locations posted in both English and Chinese, and you can always use a smartphone to find the address you want.
  • While Shanghai is generally a safe city, petty crimes like pick-pocketing and tourist scams are common. Look up "tea scams," "art scams" and "taxi scams" online to avoid being duped.
  • Don't forget to have cash ready in local Renminbi. Most major stores accept credit cards, but many small shops and market stalls only accept cash.
  • Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road)
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Kat V Says:

    This long road - divided by People's Square into East Nanjing Road (Nanjing Dong Lu) and West Nanjing Road (Nanjing Xi Lu) - runs right through the middle of Shanghai, and is one of its most famous streets. East Nanjing Road has a pedestrian promenade (from Middle Henan Road to People's Square) which features decades-old shops and a mix of local and international brands; while West Nanjing Road stretches from People's Square to Jing'an Temple, and features high-end malls and international brands like Louis Vuitton, Zara and Muji.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • East Nanjing Road can be more about sightseeing and window shopping local wares, but look out for Chinese delicacies from Shanghai First Food Hall, as well as Chinese calligraphy and painting materials at nearby Fuzhou Lu.
    • Plaza 66, the "fakes" market at Han City, and 10 Corso Como are some West Nanjing Road highlights. Luxury and high-street brands are also present all along the street.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #41 of 1,304 things to do in Shanghai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice walk 16/12/2018
    • It’s not a must and not a very good experience 16/12/2018
    • Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road)
    Address:
    Nanjing East Road, Huangpu District
    Shanghai 200000
    China
  • Qipu Road Clothing Wholesale Market
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Kat V Says:

    The Qipu Lu market is really four levels of department stores, all selling wholesale clothing and accessories. Casual shoppers might not have the patience for this sprawling market complex, but patient mavens willing to weave through endless stalls selling many of the same things can find diamonds among the rough.

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • At Qipu Lu, it's a case of haggle or be ripped off. Try asking for the bulk price and start from there. Also, buying even just a little more than one item can help bring the price down.
    • Better quality goods are often found on the higher levels, with higher prices too.
    • An easy way to remember Qipu Lu is to think "Cheap-oo Loo." That's what it sounds like and stuff is very cheap here (as the name suggests).
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #318 of 1,304 things to do in Shanghai
    • Great hunt 24/11/2018
    • For Bargain Shoppers 27/08/2018
    • Qipu Road Clothing Wholesale Market
    Address:
    No.303 Qipu Road, Zhabei District
    Shanghai 200000
    China
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    5:30 AM - 6:30 PM
  • Yuyuan Bazar
    Shopping Malls, Gift & Speciality Shops
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    Kat V Says:

    This bazaar right outside the famous Yu Garden (Yu Yuan) is the epitome of a tourist market. Find all kinds of Chinese souvenirs here, such as jade carvings, tea and scroll paintings, while being surrounded by impressive Ming Dynasty architecture. You can also find interesting odds and ends at the one-off shops interspersed among the endless identical souvenirs.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • Definitely haggle here. Prices may seem cheap by western standards, but they are still hiked up for the tourist market.
    • There is a notions market right outside the main complex that sells wonderful trimmings, ribbons, beads, and lace at low prices.
    • While it is always crowded, weekdays are much better for people that can't handle overwhelming crowds.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #11 of 526 Shopping in Shanghai
    • Great Visit 05/11/2018
    • Bargain Hunting for "Junk" 01/11/2018
    • Yuyuan Bazar
    Address:
    No.269 Fangbang Middle Road, Huangpu District
    Shanghai 200010
    China
    Phone:
    +86 21 6355 9999
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
  • ShiLiu Pu Cloth Market
    Gift & Speciality Shops
    Kat V Says:

    While the South Bund Fabric Market is more famous, this cloth market is less touristy and can have better prices. (Some say the quality is better here too.) Have clothing tailored to order or pick up ready-to-wear suits, coats and traditional Chinese dresses (qipao).

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • Tourists with a week or more in Shanghai can get clothing tailored to order. Men's shirts, suits, ladies dresses, and wool overcoats for both sexes are popular. If you don't have a Mandarin speaker with you, communicate through the shop's stash of photos. (Results are best when you can leave a piece of clothing for them to copy.)
    • Doing a bit of internet research beforehand can turn up recommendations of specific stalls you should go to for better quality.
    • Great silk fabrics and finished pieces can be found here, but bring someone knowledgeable with you. Some stalls try to pass off synthetic fabrics as silk.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #23 of 526 Shopping in Shanghai
    • Amazing suits 22/09/2018
    • Excellent place for inexpensive tailored clothes 19/08/2018
    • ShiLiu Pu Cloth Market
    Address:
    168 Dongmen Road
    Shanghai
    China
    Phone:
    +86 21 6330 1043
  • Former French Concession
    Historic Walking Areas
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    Kat V Says:

    The tree-lined former French Concession is a pleasant area to stroll around, and is peppered with independent boutiques, selling items from homegrown designers as well as imported brands. There are plenty of cafes for a bite and a drink while you rest your weary feet in between shops.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Certain roads have more boutiques than others. Wander along Wuyuan Lu, Anfu Lu, Fumin Lu, Xinle Lu or Maoming Lu for starters.
    • Spin Ceramics is a favorite for traditional Chinese porcelain with modern aesthetics.
    • Dong Liang is a good place to find a sampling of fashion-forward Chinese clothing brands in one boutique.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #17 of 1,304 things to do in Shanghai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Welcome change from Chinese Food 18/12/2018
    • Great park and history 16/12/2018
    • Former French Concession
    Address:
    Puxi Central, Huangpu District
    Shanghai 200000
    China
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
  • Tian Zi Fang
    Gift & Speciality Shops
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    Kat V Says:

    This trendy enclave is a former residential area and many of its traditional shikumen lane-houses have been re-purposed to house art galleries, shops and cafes. Tianzifang still has a very residential feel however, as many long-time residents still live in the area, and hanging laundry provides a whimsical contrast to the trendy wares and hip clientele.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Hidden Gems
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • While most shops lie inside the warren of alleys, many interesting boutiques can also be found right outside on Taikang Lu.
    • Many of the shops sell the exact same "art" targeted towards tourists. Explore deeper to find truly unique pieces.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 526 Shopping in Shanghai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Ancient lane, ‘little eats’ 16/12/2018
    • Hidden surprises 09/12/2018
    • Tian Zi Fang
    Address:
    No.210 Taikang Road, Huangpu District
    Shanghai 200000
    China
    Phone:
    +86 21 5465 7531
    Other:
  • Huaihai Road Commercial Street
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Kat V Says:

    Huaihai Road runs through the former French Concession and beyond, but the section of Huaihai Middle Road (Huaihai Zhong Lu) is a shopper's dream. The street has been home to luxury brands like Gucci and Ferragamo for many years, but three establishments opened within the space of a year have sent the road's fashion pedigree through the roof. Shanghai Times Square houses Lane Crawford, the department store brand from Hong Kong; discerning fashion labels such as Stella McCartney, Alexander Wang and Balmain have their own stores at IAPM mall; and K11 Art Mall features brands like Max Mara, Cheap Monday and Chinese designer Wang Yang, with art installations interspersed throughout.

    Good for
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • The South Shaanxi Road (Shaanxi Nan Lu) stop on Metro Lines 3 and 10 lead you to the heart of Huaihai Zhong Lu.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #85 of 1,304 things to do in Shanghai
    • Busy, busy! 22/09/2018
    • beautiful street in the French Concession 06/02/2018
    • Huaihai Road Commercial Street
    Address:
    Huaihai Middle Road, Huangpu District
    Shanghai 200021
    China
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
  • Xintiandi
    Neighbourhoods, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Kat V Says:

    The main Xintiandi complex features re-purposed shikumen, much like Tianzifang does, but with a more upscale atmosphere. The pedestrian district has some stores, but a lot of the best shopping is to be found within the North and South Block buildings, at the Xintiandi Style shopping mall and kitschy boutiques along Madang Lu.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Family
    Tips
    • Vera Wang's controversial bridal salon is nearby on Madang Lu.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #33 of 1,304 things to do in Shanghai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Stunning shops 30/11/2018
    • Shanghai's idea of Europe 27/11/2018
    • Xintiandi
    Address:
    Lane 181, Taicang Road, Huangpu District
    Shanghai 200021
    China
    Phone:
    +86 21 6311 2288
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
    Other:
  • Shanghai's Hongqiao Pearl Market
    Flea & Street Markets
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    Kat V Says:

    The Hongqiao New World Pearl Market is further away from tourist centers than most people would like, but it's less crowded than most markets and worth the trek. The first floor of the building features the usual fake market selection, while the second and third floors are filled with jewelry and pearl shops, and this is the main reason to come here. Get inexpensive finished jewelry pieces, or design your own jewelry from the pearls and semi-precious gems available.

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • To check if a pearl is real, rub it against your teeth. Real pearls feel slightly rough, fake pearls feel smooth.
    • Once again, haggle, haggle, haggle. Pearls are much cheaper in China than they are in the west, since many are produced here. Never take the first price offered.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #52 of 1,304 things to do in Shanghai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Good alternative to the other markets 23/11/2018
    • Bargain Bargain Bargain 17/10/2018
    • Shanghai's Hongqiao Pearl Market
    Address:
    No.3721 Hongmei Road, Changning District
    Shanghai 200000
    China
    Phone:
    +86 21 6262 3851
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
    Other:
  • Shanghai International Glasses Mall
    Shopping Malls
    Kat V Says:

    A little known fact is that prescription eyeglasses are very cheap in China. This glasses market right outside the Shanghai Railway Station has three floors of optical shops that give you a free eye exam and can craft your lenses while you wait. Find inexpensive frames in wild colors and fun styles, fake-branded or unbranded; and if you don't wear eyeglasses, you can buy sunglasses here too.

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • You can get even special lenses here, such as polaroid and anti-glare, for cheap. (If you are wary of the lens quality, simply buy the frames you like and have lenses installed when you get back home.)
    • Pick up an extra pair just in case your first one breaks. Lots of people do since they are so affordable.
    • Take Exit 3 from the Shanghai Railway Station stop on Metro Lines 1 and 4.
    • Many shopkeepers speak English here.
    • Three Yeh is another optical market that can be found at Exit 5 of the Shanghai Railway Station.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #127 of 1,304 things to do in Shanghai
    • Friendly staff but not 100% sure about quality 12/12/2018
    • QIANYE OPTICAL ('Lucy's Shop') 26/11/2018
    • Shanghai International Glasses Mall
    Address:
    No.1688 Zhongxing Lu
    Shanghai
    China
    Phone:
    +86 21 6605 1938
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