Shanghai is one of the most prosperous cities in the world. Anything you can imagine is available for purchase here.
The main shopping streets, Nanjing Road and Huaihai Road, offer a plethora of international brand names. If fashion is not your interest, try one of Shanghai's numerous flea markets beneath Shanghai's magnificent shopping malls, department stores and boutiques.
The outdoor bazaar at Yuyuan Garden sells various souvenirs, arts and crafts; the Cultural Street Market on Fuzhou Road, the Antique Street Market on Dongtai Road and the clothing street market on Shimen Road are traditional open-air Chinese markets.
Shanghai is close to Suzhou, home to the finest silk producers in the world, so it is possible to find fine silk products at good prices. You can have a unique shopping experience and a taste of old Shanghai if you want to buy a qipao. See Where to Buy a Qipao or Have One Tailor Made in Shanghai.
Shanghai Silk Building
Many locals shop at the Shanghai Silk Building due to its excellent silk quality.
Jiangnan Silk Museum 江南丝绸馆
Here you can see how silk is produced from the cocoons of silkworms and turned into the beautiful fabric we all know and love.
The showroom offers everything from small souvenirs to larger items. The silk duvets are of excellent value. The beauty of real silk is that it's so light and packs easily!
Shanghai Silk Mansion Company Ltd.上海真丝商厦
This is the largest retail and wholesale center for silk fabrics in Shanghai. Hence, it has been given the name "The King of Silk” around the world.
The company owns a wholesale store and 10 chain stores on main commerce streets of Shanghai.
As the de facto shop for presents for traveling foreign and state guests, Silk Mansion has welcomed many VIPs, such as President Clinton and his family.
Yuyuan Bazaar 豫园市场
Curio Street at Dongtai Road 东台古玩街
Curio Street at Dongtai Road is an antique-hunter's mecca. Slightly over 200 meters long, the street is lined with more than 125 small shops selling a mind-boggling variety of items.
The main products are China wares, bronze wares, jade pieces, bamboo and wood carvings, calligraphy, paintings, badges, Chairman Mao memorabilia, ancient ink, and paper, brushes, pens, and ink slabs.
The place remains one of the most popular markets among expats and locals. It is important to remember that most of the items are not genuine. The fun of the place may not be in finding a real antique, but in seeing all of the interesting items and haggling. Haggle hard if you want to purchase something.
You may find porcelain made in Jingdezhen in some big department stores.
Shanghai Museum has some of the best porcelain available.
Xuhang Township of Jiading District, Shanghai, is famous for its soft and tough yellow straws, the best material for straw handcrafts.
These light and strong handicrafts include handbags, fruit bowls, cup covers, and slippers. The excellent workmanship and the attractive style make the products a popular souvenir in Shanghai.
Shanghai also has some great places to buy pearls... See our article on how and where to buy the best pearls in Shanghai.
The gentrification of Shanghai's iconic riverfront Bund has seen luxury brands such as Giorgio Armani at No. 3 on the Bund, Dolce & Gabbana at No. 6, and Cartier, Patek Philippe, Ermenegildo Zegna, and Boucheron at No. 18. All have occupied former colonial banking headquarters buildings.
Blessed with a beautiful view of the Huangpu River, this area is very attractive for shoppers. Find hotels near the Bund
It is said that the charm of Shanghai lies in the old streets and neighborhoods that make up the former French Concession, an area of Shanghai once designated for the French colonialists.
Today it consists of Luwan and Xuhui Districts. It is a great area to explore, from old European buildings in shady avenues to cafes and restaurants, and the upmarket shopping area of Huaihu Road. You will find fashionable boutiques selling everything from designer handbags to pricy silks.
Huaihai Road is a bustling commercial street and one of the busiest shopping areas in Shanghai.
It sells clothing of every kind and is the epitome of Shanghai's modern history, a showcase of its prosperity and the latest fashions. Hundreds of shops display a myriad of styles, including Western and international name brands.
Nanjing East Road is a well-known shopping area that offers a dizzying array of items. There are more than 600 shops offering anything a shopper could want.
Stretching more than three miles starting at Shanghai’s Center, this pedestrian street is more than just a shopping street; it has also become an area for locals and visitors to experience the culture of modern Shanghai. The area is particularly bright and fun in the evenings. Find hotels near Nanjing Road.
Nanjing West Road is said to be the first shopping street in China. It is lined with some of the best Shanghai shopping malls brimming with luxury brands like Dior, Chanel, Armani, Prada and Calvin Klein. Here, you can enjoy a combination of shopping, relaxation, and entertainment.
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Taikang Road is an old Shanghai-style lane combining the arts and commerce between Ruijin Second Road (瑞金二路) and South Chongqing Road (重庆南路), near Ruijin Hospital.
This street has a culture all of its own with art studios and original boutiques providing unique shopping opportunities.
Tianzifang is a famous lane running off Taikang Road. Refurbished abandoned factories and warehouses have turned this area into an art precinct. A coffee shop culture has developed and newlyweds use the area for photos. There is even graffiti art on the walls, which is unusual for China. It is truly a place where you can sit down to relax and watch the world go by.
Xintiandi is one of the busiest urban tourist attractions and is imbued with the city's historical and cultural legacies.
Located in the heart of the city, Xintiandi is a trendy cultural and entertainment center built to reflect a combination of Shikumen and modern architecture.
The Shikumen building was created by converting residential blocks into a multifunctional dining, retail and entertainment center with many restaurants, boutiques, cafes, and bars of international standard.
Shanghai Yatai Clothing and Gifts Market is one of the largest subway markets in Shanghai.
Covering an area of 19,022 square meters (4.7 acres), there are about 500 shops selling various products like clothing, accessories, fabrics, suitcases, hats, shoes, handicrafts, and souvenirs. Quality is not very good, but prices are low. Bargain hard there.
There are also tailor shops where you can get tailor-made clothes.
Yong'an Department Store was founded in 1918 by a business family Guo, and was one of the country's first department stores to carry global brands.
Yong'an and three other stores, Xianshi, Xinxin, and Daxin, were seen as symbols of old Shanghai's prosperity in the 1920s.
The store, located in the middle of Nanjing Road, China's No.1 Commercial Street, restored its original appearance of 87 years ago, furnishings in European style popular in Shanghai during the 1920s. This department store combines shopping, food, and leisure with elegant surroundings.
Name brand fashions can be purchased in the shopping malls on Nanjing and Huaihai Road.
If you are searching for a traditional Chinese qipao dress, try the boutiques on Changle Road (长乐路) and Maoming Road (茂名路). The Chinese Qipao Street in Changle Road, near Jingjiang Hotel, contains about 20 qipao shops, and most of them provide tailoring services.
Shaanxi Road (陕西路) and Huacao Road (华漕路) are crowded with small shops selling cheap shoes.
The South Bund Fabric Market is the ultimate stop for buying fabric, where three air-conditioned levels offer a vast variety of fabrics.
This fabric market also has all of Shanghai's best tailors under the same roof. Wade through mountains of fabric perfect for a design of your own or for one of the numerous samples provided.
This is a perfect place for anyone enjoying sewing or wanting to have custom-made beautiful clothes or home accessories. Remember to bargain hard to get a fair price.
Located in the Middle Huaihai Road, Cybermart is the most central market for all sorts of gadgetry, including DVD players, iPods, laptops, digital cameras, and camcorders, as well as blank CDs, DVDs, memory sticks and software.
Although China is not the best place in Asia to get discounted electronic products, you can get a reasonable price here if you are good at haggling.
Shanghai Xinhua Book Store has over 4,000 branches throughout the city. The one close to east Nanjing Road is on the 5th floor at 221 Middle Henan Road.
Lao Fengxiang Silverware Shop 老凤祥银楼
Lao Fengxiang Silverware Shop was established in 1848. It is the name brand in the Chinese golden ware and silverware field, and its has won more than 120 prizes in many design competitions during the last years.