The Best Shopping in Shanghai
Collected by AFAR Editors , AFAR Staff
From haute couture to handmade wares, Shanghai is a shopper’s paradise. One of the most unique shopping destinations is the South Bund Fabric Market, your one-stop source for impeccably tailored clothing. Check out the glamorous malls lining Nanjing Xi Lu, peruse the little boutiques on Nanchang Lu, and haggle for traditional Chinese souvenirs at antique markets.
183 Anfu Rd, Xuhui Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200085
Pick up a quirky souvenir to bring home with designer Deng Bingbing's beautiful and colorful homewares. From canisters to plates, vases and jewellery boxes, Deng pairs classic cloisonne with modern, vibrant colors to create exquisite pieces. Aside...
399 Lujiabang Rd, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200000
Shanghai tailors are the best in the world, says fashion designer Christy Holzer, whose label, Dowry Designs, was inspired by the city. She suggests visiting the South Bund fabric market to order custom garments. DRESS: STALL 308 “A fun style to...
248 Taikang Rd, DaPuQiao, Lu Wan Qu, Shanghai Shi, China
Bordering on the bizarre, this knickknack shop is definitely worth a visit. They have everything from quirky to cute to downright odd. A great place to explore and pick up a funky gift or two. Be sure to check out the wind-up toys and the...
China, Shanghai Shi, Xuhui Qu, Shaanxi S Rd, 陕西南路550弄25-37号
A fully-integrated, eco-friendly community, Jiashan Market is a unique respite in a smog-laden city. An inclusive neighborhood, the area offers a handful of sustainably-built apartments, a few cafes, and a small selection of shops. With rooftop...
China, Shanghai Shi, Xuhui Qu, 五原路87弄
Online fashion brand Xinlelu showcases independent labels from Asia and around the world in an attractive offline villa with purple French doors and a leafy courtyard. Check out the Finch retro bathing suits made from recycled plastic bottles. 87...
Tai Kang Lu, DaPuQiao, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China
A cultural experience as much as a culinary one, be sure you pop into one of Shanghai's many "wet markets" for a true flavor of the city. Vegetables, fruits, eggs, meat, grains, rice, fish, every variety of tofu you can imagine....these vendors...
Liuhekou Rd, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200085
As a bag designer, I am always researching the 'way we carry' in different cultures. Traveling throughout China, one thing is clear....No matter what you need to get from point A to B....you can do it on a Bike. I snapped this photo while walking...
1221 Changle Rd, Xuhui Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200085
Combining the purity of natural elements with traditional Chinese wisdom, Ba Yan Ka La has developed a line of skincare, hair care, and other beauty products that are both carefully sourced and expertly blended. Ba Yan Ka La means "Mountain of...
250弄 Anfu Rd, Xuhui Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200085
Shanghai-based shoe company Feiyue means "flying forward" in Chinese. Around since the 1920s, these lightweight sneakers became the shoe of choice by kung fu fighters in the 1930s. In fact, rumor has it that nearly 80% of kung fu fighters today...
Yu Yuan （ Bei Men ）, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200085
If you're searching for traditional, or even untraditional, souvenirs in Shanghai, hop on over to Yu Yuan ("yuan" means "garden" in Mandarin). Here, you'll find a plentiful amount of tourists, locals scootering along on those silly wheeled...
232 Anfu Rd, Xuhui Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200085
Anfu Road is always a good choice for a leisurely stroll, with specialty shops and cafes lining the street. Behind a small gate you'll find the Brut Cake showroom, where Taiwanese designer Nicole Teng's handmade products are on sale. From...
China, Shanghai Shi, Jingan Qu, 富民路172弄1号 邮政编码: 200085
When speaking of local design talents, Shanghai-based designer Helen Lee's name invariably comes up. Her womenswear designs are inspired from her travels throughout China, and she aims to promote ethnic minority cultures through her designs. Her...
Hongmei Lu 3721, 长宁区 China, 201103
For a classy souvenir, head over to the Hongqiao Pearl Market to pick up a strand—or six—of South Sea Pearls. Be sure to browse the stalls first to get an idea of the scope of options (everything from technicolor concoctions to perfect orbs...
506 Jianguo W Rd, Xuhui Qu, Shanghai Shi, China
This French Concession tailor shop specializes in bespoke and made-to-measure menswear. Come here to get fitted for suits, blazers, and overcoats for a fraction of what it would cost in the States. Germain’s tailors were trained in Japan and...
210弄 Taikang Rd, DaPuQiao, Huangpu Qu, China
If you're interested in getting an introduction into the world of Chinese tea, I highly recommend dropping into one of Cha Mi Living's two locations: Taikang Lu and Huamu Lu. From color to brewing times to tea service, they'll walk you through it...
17 Dongping Rd, Xuhui Qu, Shanghai Shi, China
Gaze down at Shanghai denizens' feet, and you’ll see many pairs of canvas sneakers emblazoned with the word Feiyue. You can pick up your own pair at Culture Matters, a pint-size second-floor shop offering Feiyues in dozens of styles and...
518 Zhongshan W Rd, HongQiao, Changning Qu, Shanghai Shi, China
With over 150 vendors offering up aromatic leaves, you can sip and shop your way through this multi-floor tea market. Beyond tea, there are a number of vendors selling handmade ceramics and other tea-related necessities and accessories. Open daily...
Nanchang Rd, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200000
One block south of the glitz and glamor of Huaihai Road, the boutiques on Nanchang are the perfect antidote for the over saturation of foreign labels and runway glamor. The storefronts that dot this tree-lined road in the Former French Concession...
221 Changle Rd, Lu Wan Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200085
Whether you decide to buy one off the rack or get a custom-made qipao (recommended), these figure-hugging dresses are arguably the most iconic fashion piece for females around China, and sexy to boot. If you opt to visit a tailor (which I really...
1 Huaihai Middle Rd, HuaiHai Lu DongDuan, Lu Wan Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200000
For all things tech, head over to the cybermart on Huaihai Lu. With three floors of gadgets, there's little you won't find here in the way of wired toys. For an extra memory stick, thumb drive or cable, this is the place to pick it up. But if...
56 Shaoxing Rd, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China
The former residential suburb and French concession, Tian Zi Fang, is a maze of overflowing shops and cultures. The unexpected blend of European charm overlaid by Chinese chaos makes the area uniquely inviting. This is such a great area for people...
828 Julu Rd, Jingan Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200085
“Books are censored in China—one reason to see what its bookstores are like. This simple, well-designed place is small, yet it manages to include a Shanghai-style café—with customers seated at a small central table for informal literary...
Huangpu, Shanghai, China, 200085
A typical hop-on, hop-off service, Big Bus Shanghai tours are a great option if you'd like to cruise around the city, catching all the main attractions in one go. A running commentary in a variety of languages will let you know what you're passing...
300 Luban Rd, DaPuQiao, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200023
A shutterbug's dream come true: two buildings of several floors each house any camera, lens, or piece of photography equipment you could ever want. From brand-new DSLRs to vintage Hasselblads and everything in between, this behemoth market is...
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