Top ChoiceCeramics in Hongkou & North Shanghai

Spin

High on creative flair, Spin offers a modern take on Chinese ceramics with oblong teacups, twisted sake sets and all manner of plates, chopstick holders, plus cool little items like ceramic bow ties. Pieces are...

Top ChoiceGifts & Souvenirs in Shanghai Old City

Old Street

Old Street

This renovated Qing dynasty stretch of Middle Fangbang Rd is lined with specialist tourist shops, spilling forth with shadow puppets, jade jewellery, embroidered fabrics, kites, horn combs, chopsticks, zǐshā...

Top ChoiceVintage in French Concession

Lolo Love Vintage

There are dozens of 1920s brooches and pearl necklaces in glass display cabinets, rock and roll on the stereo and brilliantly kitsch bits and bobs like a stuffed peacock and plastic cactus outside this wacky...

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Design Republic

Run by esteemed interior-design duo Neri & Hu – the last word on everything tasteful in Shanghai – Design Republic has set up this multilevel showroom displaying products from acclaimed local and...

Top ChoiceFood in The Bund & People's Square

Shanghai No 1 Food Store

Brave the crowds to check out the amazing variety of dried meats, mushrooms, ginseng, chicken feet and sea cucumber, as well as more tempting snacks including sunflower seeds, nuts, dried fruit, moon cakes and...

Top ChoiceGifts & Souvenirs in The Bund & People's Square

Shanghai Museum Art Store

Attached to the Shanghai Museum and entered from East Yan'an Rd, this shop offers a refreshing change from the usual tourist tat. There is an excellent range of books on Chinese art and architecture and a good...

Top ChoiceFashion & Accessories in The Bund & People's Square

Suzhou Cobblers

Suzhou Cobblers

Right off the Bund, this cute boutique sells exquisite hand-embroidered silk slippers, bags, hats and clothing. Patterns and colours are based on the fashions of the 1930s, and as far as the owner Denise Huang is...

Top ChoiceCeramics in The Bund & People's Square

Blue Shanghai White

Just off the Bund, this little boutique is a great place to browse for a contemporary take on a traditional art form. It sells a tasteful selection of hand-painted Jingdezhen porcelain teacups (from ¥150),...

Top ChoiceBooks in The Bund & People's Square

Foreign Languages Bookstore

Open since the 1950s, this monumental red-brick bookshop is Shanghai's best for English-language fiction, nonfiction and travel guides. There's also a stellar selection of Chinese cultural, cooking and language...

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South Bund Fabric Market

This old building with more than 100 stalls is one of the best and easiest fabric markets for tourists as many of the stallholders speak a little English. Dresses and suits can be chosen from pattern books or...

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Tianshan Tea City

Running low on loose-leaf oolong and aged pū'ēr cakes? This three-storey sprawl is hands down the largest collection of tea shops in the city. Taste-test a few to see what you like before you purchase. You...

Top ChoiceFashion & Accessories in Jing'an

10 Corso Como

The first China branch of this glamorous Milan boutique incorporates the same model of 'slow shopping'. Over five floors there's a mix of men's and women's clothing, shoes, homeware, accessories, art books and...

Top ChoiceCeramics in Jing'an

Jingdezhen Porcelain Artware

This is one of the best places for high-quality traditional Chinese porcelain. Blue-and-white vases, plates, teapots and cups are some of the many choices available. Credit cards are accepted, and overseas...

Gifts & Souvenirs in Pudong

AP Xinyang Fashion & Gifts Market

This mammoth underground market by the Science & Technology Museum metro station is Shanghai’s largest collection of shopping stalls. There are tonnes of merchandise and fakes, from suits to moccasins,...

Fashion & Accessories in Jing'an

Aura A Space & Akimbo Cafe Lab

Half–indie fashion store and half–minimalist cafe serving single-origin brews, this is an extremely cool space to hang out in and the price tag is reasonable for the pretentious vibe (espressos from ¥20). Peruse...

Clothing in French Concession

Chouchou Chic

French-Chinese hybrid Chouchou Chic sells kids’ clothes (up to age eight) that are infinitely cuter than what you find at the souvenir stalls. Most of the clothing is Western-style, but you can find some...

Art in French Concession

D.Art

This charming gallery and shop behind a gate is too easy to miss, but deserves to be found. D.Art packs colourful prints depicting rural Chinese life into all four corners of its pocket-sized space. The...

Clothing in French Concession

Urban Tribe

Urban Tribe is the only contemporary Shanghai label to draw inspiration from the ethnic groups of China and Southeast Asia. The collection of loose-fitting blouses, pants and jackets made of natural fabrics are a...

Jewellery in Jing'an

Amylin’s Pearls

Amylin's is the most reliable retailer of pearls of all colours and sizes. It's been touting its wears since 1993 in the most unlikely location – a pearl- and jewel-filled room in a tower block near Jing'an...

Drinks in French Concession

Zhenchalin Tea

From the entrance, this looks like just another tea shop, but poke around inside and you’ll find specially blended herbal teas from Ayako, a traditional Chinese medicine–certified nutritionist. Peruse the...