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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Amy Lin's Pearls and Jewelry

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Friendly owner Amy Lin has some mystique surrounding her. It's alleged that she has sold pearls to European first ladies and American...

Blue Shanghai White

  • Ceramics/Glassware

The eponymous colored ceramics here are designed and hand-painted by the owner and are made in Jingdezhen, once home to China's imperial...

Brocade Country

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The English-speaking owner, Liu Xiao Lan, has a Miao mother and a broad knowledge of her pieces. The Miao sew their history into the...


  • Household Items/Furniture

Taiwanese designer Nicole Teng's showroom is welcoming, with comfy oversized chairs (for sale), reclaimed wood, and quirky ceramic pieces...


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The Kashgari owner here brings in all his rugs from artistans in Kashbar, Afghanistan, Samarkand, and Isfahan. The shop occasionally...

Charles Philip Shanghai

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Italian expat Charles Philip found inspiration for his shoe line when he had a Shanghai cobbler make his then-favorite shirt into a pair...

Culture Matters

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Feiyue sneakers are sold in Paris for €50, but in Shanghai, where they're made, you can get them starting from just Y50. Most are canvas...


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The qipao may be a traditional Chinese dress, but Feel makes it a style for modern times as well with daring cutouts and thigh-skimming...

Harvest Studio

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Drop in to watch the Miao women with their distinctive hair knots embroidering, and sometimes singing. This studio sells Miao-embroidered...

Hu & Hu Antiques

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Co-owner Marybelle Hu worked at Taipei's National Palace Museum as well as Sotheby's in Los Angeles before opening this shop with her...


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