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Duolun Lu is a pedestrian street in Shanghai's historic Hongkou. Not only is it lined with examples of old architecture and home to a contemporary art gallery, its stalls and curio stores are ripe for browsing.

Moganshan Lu once housed poor artists but has been been developed and repackaged as M50, with galleries and cafés making this a worthy place to while away an afternoon.

Tianzifang, often referred to as Taikang Lu, after the street on which it’s on, is a former residential area whose redbrick lane houses are now home to quaint boutiques, cafés, restaurants, and bars.

In Xintiandi, exclusive and expensive stores are housed in reproduction traditional shikumen—stone gate houses. Your plastic will get plenty of work here, but step outside Xintiandi proper and you’ll find charming streets upon which pajama clad citizens still do their marketing.

Xujiahui, where six major shopping malls and giant electronics complexes converge, looks like it's straight out of mid-'90s Tokyo. Shop 'til you drop, or play with the gadgets and compare prices at the electronics shops.

Yu Garden, a major tourist haunt in the Old Town area of Shanghai, can be overwhelming, but if you’re looking for tchotchkes, hard bargaining brings rewards. Here is where you’ll find imitation jade, tiny Buddha statues, jewelry and jewelry boxes, scarves, and the like.

Also check out these streets that specialize in specific traditional products: Fenyang Lu and Jinling Lu for musical instruments; Changle Lu and Maoming Lu for qipao (Chinese-style dresses); and Fuzhou Lu for books and art supplies, including calligraphy supplies.

Updated: 01-2014

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