Shanghai is a city that loves its glitter and glamour, and the Shanghainese are not shy to show off their newly obtained prosperity. On Huaihai Road, watch out for that Ferrari or Lamborghini when you stroll from the Gucci to the Louis Vuitton flagship store! Shopping in Shanghai is easily as exciting as shopping in Paris, New York, Hong Kong or Tokyo. Upscale shopping malls and exclusive designer shops are too numerous to mention.
Perhaps more interesting and certainly more friendly to your wallet are the ‘fake markets’, where you have to bargain hard to get yourself a pair of ‘Beats’ headphones, a ‘North Face’ winter coat or ‘Prada’ bag. For souvenirs for your family and friends back home, you will probably have to go to the busy pedestrian streets around Yuyuan Gardens or Tianzhifang.
And then there are the tailors. You are unlikely to leave Shanghai without a perfectly tailored business suit or pair of handmade leather shoes at a fraction of what you would pay in Europe!
Shopping areas in Shanghai
Shopping areas in the city are clearly divided into "Four Streets and Four Cities". Nanjing Road (including East Nanjing Road and West Nanjing Road), one of the four streets, enjoys the reputation of No.1 Commercial Street in China. Developed from the beginning of the 20th century, Nanjing Road has clusters of a wide variety of shops from those that are centuries old, to special ones and modern malls. In these modern times, Nanjing Road is not out done by its numerous competitors but becomes more and more prosperous. Huaihai Road, no less famous than Nanjing Road, is celebrated for its elegance. It features top-end designer brands from all over the world. North Sichuan Road offers good inexpensive merchandise and is always the first choice of ordinary people. Food and tourism are well provided for on Middle Tibet Road, one of the Four Streets.
Parkson Shopping Center on the Huaihai Road is worth visiting. Here you will find reasonable prices and many special offers in the form of discounts and other promotions. Even the brand-name clothing is reasonably priced here.
Maison Mode, located at No.1312, Huaihai Road, claims to be the aristocrat on this street. You will find the leading designer brands such as Gucci, Ferragamo, Hugo Boss, Bally, Kenzo, etc. here. It is no exaggeration to say that the reputation of Huaihai Road is enhanced by the presence of Maison Mode.
Yuyuan Tourist Mart, Xujiahui Shopping City, New Shanghai Shopping City and Jiali Sleepless City are the bustling "Four Cities". Yuyuan Tourist Mart is the venue for specialist Chinese goods ranging from small articles, local crafts and the like to antiques, jade wares and gold and silver jewelry. The newly-established shopping and entertainment plaza, Xujiahui consists of large stores where you can obtain both costly and middle-range priced goods in abundance. New Shanghai Shopping City is on the grand scale and offers the best facilities and amenities. Located in the middle of Pudong Lujiazui Finance and Trade Zone, it is surrounded by a variety of retail outlets. Like a bright pearl on the landscape, Jiali Sleepless City facing Shanghai Railway Station, and on the metro line 1, is a bustling commercial area.
Besides the famous "Four Streets and Four Cities", some other streets and roads are worthy of a visit.
If you just intend to buy small articles and inexpensive clothes, Hong Kong Famous Shops Street and Dimei Shopping Center beneath People's Square and Xiangyang Road will whet your appetite. In Dimei Shopping Center, clothes are competitively priced and fashionable, but you will seldom find the top brands here. With the alternation of four seasons the small shops here, sell clothes in vogue which cater for the needs of young people. You can bargain at ease.
The distinguishing feature in North Shaanxi Road is its shoes. Not only abundant varieties and original styles, the prices are reasonable and moderate. If you admire Chinese-style clothes, some shops selling them are on Maoming Road, Changle Road will meet your requirements. Generally clothes will be tailored to ensure a good fit.
More and more people realize the joy of having clothes tailor-made. To find the fabric, there is fabric market and tailor shops recommended here. Nan Wai Tan (South Bund) Fabric Market in Lujiabang Road is perhaps the largest fabric market you can find in the city. Take subway to Nanpu Bridge Station and walk along Lujiabang Road for a short while, you can see the market. To have anything tailor-made, get to the shop nearly one month in advance. Several fittings will undergo for it may not fit you very well at the first time. Nearby the fabric market, there are many tailor shops in Duojia Road. You can find various fabric materials to make curtains in the market as well. Maoming Road and Changle Road also have some feature tailor shops. For example, KATANO in Maoming Road is an 82-esr-old tailor shop of a Japanese owner. You can have your suit, shirt, office-look clothes made here. Psyche .Q in Xiangdai Plaza (Huaihai Middle Road, north of Xintiandi) has more fashion customers. Yang Yang is a tailor shop good at making Chinese traditional clothes. Go and explore more by yourself!
Fuzhou Road earned its fame as "Culture Street" a century ago. The outlets here deal mainly in manner of cultural items, ranging from books, music and art... It is now the fashion for local people to wander along Fuzhou Road after work to browse through all sorts of books and magazines in the stores along the road.
Dongtai Road Antique Market is a market mainly dealing with the porcelains, jade wares, bronze wares, wooden wares, calligraphy and paintings and embroidery utensils. Lots of visitors from home and aboard come to this famous market.
Getting there: Public Bus No. 17, 18, 23, 864
Of course local food specialties should be taken into account. Houyin Fish (Noodle Fish), origin in Qingpu and Chongming counties, the Houyin Fish is scrumptious and delicious. Canned Anchovy, one of the specialties of Shanghai, is fried and exported overseas and is highly praised. Other local specialties like Pudong Chicken, Juicy Peach, and Juicy Pear and so on will make your mouth water.
For everyday requirements, supermarkets offer a wide range of goods. You will find Carrefour, Metro, RT Mart, Hypermarkets & Shopping malls, Lotus and Hualian, etc. Most of them are located near to the transportation hubs and residential areas. Furthermore, up to 100 supermarket chains and 24-hour-open Lawson Convenience Store are established for your convenience.