Shanghai Shopping

Shanghai is chock-a-block with places to spend money. The markup on luxury goods is extremely high in China, and even clothes at American chains are pricier here than in the States. Malls usually don't open until 10; boutiques open at 11. The upside is that chain stores tend to stay open later, with many closing at 10 pm. Independent shops close by 7:30 pm. Markets generally start earlier, at around

7:30 or 8, and close around 6. Most stores are open seven days a week.

Yu Garden, a major tourist haunt in the Old City 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, costume jewelry, scarves, and the like. Also check out these streets that specialize in specific traditional products: Fenyang Lu, in the French Concession, and Jinling Lu, west of the Bund, for musical instruments; Fuzhou Lu, between People’s Square and the Bund, in City Center, for books and art supplies, including calligraphy supplies; Changle Lu and Maoming Lu in the Former French Concession for qipao (Chinese-style dresses).

For a traditional massage, you’ll find hundreds of blind massage parlors, inexpensive no-frills salons whose blind masseurs are closely attuned to the body's soft and sore spots. At the other end of the spectrum lie the hotel spas, luxurious retreats where pampering is at a premium.

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Song Fang Maison de Thé

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Parisian Florence Samson, who has lived in Shanghai for more than a decade, sells both Chinese and French tea at inflated prices, but...


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Halfway between a gallery and a shop, Spin sells reasonably-priced contemporary Chinese pottery handmade in Jingdezhen, China's pottery...

Studio Rouge

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A small but well-chosen collection of mainly photography and paintings by emerging and established local Chinese artists crowds this...

Super Brand Mall

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One of Asia's largest malls, this 10-story behemoth has a mind-boggling array of international shops and food stops, as well as a cineplex.

Suzhou Cobblers

  • Shoes/Luggage/Leather Goods

Sold here are beautifully embroidered handmade shoes and slippers for men and women, with quirky designs such as cabbages. You'll also...

Tianshan Tea City

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This place stocks all the tea in China, and then some. More than 300 vendors occupy three floors, but most vendors sell the same tea,...

Uma Wang

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When the Central St. Martins grad launched her eponymous line in 2005, little did she know her designs would soon be on the catwalks...

Wanling Tea House

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British expat James and his wife Wan Ling, who hails from the tea-producing province Fujian, have built a tidy tea business in Shanghai.

Zen Lifestore

  • Ceramics/Glassware

The porcelain goods here are truly lovely, available in an eye-popping array of colors. Designs range from delicate Chinese landscapes...

ifc Mall

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Like its Hong Kong sister, this shiny mall is packed with luxury goods stores. The basement food court has everything from octopus balls...


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