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  • 1. Brut Cake

    French Concession | Household Items/Furniture

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

  • 2. Madame Mao's Dowry

    French Concession | Antiques/Collectibles

    This shop claims its covetable collection of mostly propaganda items from the '50s, '60s, and '70s is sourced from the countryside and areas...Read More

  • 3. Piling Palang

    Jing'an | Ceramics/Glassware

    Designers Judy Kim and Bingbing Deng, who hails from Tianjin, founded their line of cheerful ceramics in Paris in 2010. Their Jing'An boutique...Read More

  • 4. Propaganda Poster Art Centre

    French Concession | Gifts/Souvenirs

    This small-but-mighty museum, housing a collection of Chinese propaganda posters from 1949 through the 1970s, has an equally impressive pint...Read More

  • 5. Spin

    Zhabei | Ceramics/Glassware

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

  • 6. Subconscious Day Spa

    French Concession | Spa/Beauty

    Give your stressed-out body a bit of TLC at this great value spa. The bright, minimalist decor and soothing staff create a calming environment...Read More

  • 7. Alter

    Xintiandi | Clothing

    Founded by fashionista Sonja Long Xiao in 2010, this multibrand shop was started as a reaction to the Chinese luxury market's focus on huge...Read More

  • 8. Banyan Tree Spa On The Bund

    Hongkou | Spa/Beauty

    The spa in the Banyan Tree Shanghai On The Bund hotel spans three ultraluxe floors and offers treatments reflecting wu xing, the five elemental...Read More

  • 9. Blue Shanghai White

    The Bund | 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 kilns...Read More

  • 10. Brocade Country

    Jing'an | Gifts/Souvenirs

    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 cloth,...Read More

  • 11. Chou Chou Chic

    French Concession | Clothing

    This irresistible French–Chinese children's-wear shop is your go-to when you’re looking to spoil your fashion-focused nieces and nephews. Think...Read More

  • 12. Culture Matters

    French Concession | Shoes/Luggage/Leather Goods

    Shanghai’s iconic sneaker brand, Feiyues, can get comparatively pricey when bought internationally, but in Shanghai, where they’re made, you...Read More

  • 13. Dong Liang

    French Concession | Clothing

    For one-of-a-kind designs from up-and-coming (and a few well known) Chinese designers, carefully curated multibrand store Dong Liang is a stunning...Read More

  • 14. Hu & Hu Antiques

    Hongqiao | Antiques/Collectibles

    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 sister...Read More

  • 15. ifc Mall

    Pudong | Shopping Centers/Malls

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

  • 16. Shanghai Foreign Language Bookstore

    The Bund | Books/Stationery

    You could while away an hour or two in this massive bookstore, which has a huge selection of English-language books for children and adults...Read More

  • 17. Shanghai Museum Shop

    City Center | Gifts/Souvenirs

    This selection of books on China and Chinese culture is impressive, and there are also some interesting children's books. Expensive reproduction...Read More

  • 18. Shanghai Tang

    City Center | Clothing

    This is one of China's leading fashion brands, with distinctive acid-bright silks, soft-as-a-baby's-bottom cashmere, and funky housewares. Sigh...Read More

  • 19. Shanghai Tang

    French Concession | Clothing

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  • 20. Super Brand Mall

    Pudong | Shopping Centers/Malls

    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....Read More

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