Top ChoiceArts & Crafts in Lhasa

Dropenling

This impressive nonprofit enterprise aims to bolster traditional Tibetan handicrafts in the face of rising Chinese and Nepali imports. Products are unique and of high quality, and they are made using traditional...

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 ChoiceMarket in Sanlitun & Chaoyang

Panjiayuan Market

Panjiayuan Market

A curio hunter's heaven or an Everest of fakery? Panjiayuan is both, and marvellous fun to boot. Picking over the wares of some 4000 dealers, you won't chance upon that priceless dòucǎi stem cup, but you will...

Top ChoiceMall in Sanlitun & Chaoyang

Parkview Green

In a city in thrall to the mall, this futuristic, ecofriendly pyramid stands out from the crowd. Hong Kong–owned Parkview Green is a fabulously ambitious, art-strewn wonderland enclosing designer boutiques from...

Top ChoiceMall in Aberdeen & South Hong Kong Island

Horizon Plaza

Tucked away on the southern coast of Ap Lei Chau, this enormous outlet housed in a converted factory building contains 100 shops over 25 storeys. Most locals come here to buy furniture, but you’ll also find...

Top ChoiceArts & Crafts in Tianjin

Nírén Zhāng

Trading under the name of the artist (Zhang Mingshen) who invented Tianjin's most famous craftwork almost 200 years ago, the inconspicuous first-floor premises of Nírén Zhāng is a wonderful place to browse for...

Top ChoiceGifts & Souvenirs in Dashilar & Xicheng South

Caicifang Porcelain Workshop

This charming boutique upcycles shards of porcelain vases smashed during the Cultural Revolution into unique and desirable jewellery, boxes, ornaments and art pieces. You can pay ¥50 for a shard fridge magnet, or...

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 ChoiceFood in Macau Peninsula

Loja das Conservas

This beautiful shop carries dozens of canned seafood brands (representing hundreds of varieties) from Portugal, all labelled with details on the history of the maker and the product. You'll find not only...

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...

Top ChoiceAntiques in Central District

Wattis Fine Art

This upstairs gallery has an outstanding collection of antique maps, lithographs, photos and posters for sale. Rarely will you find such an extensive homage to Asian history, covering not just Hong Kong and Macau...

Top ChoiceClothing in Drum Tower & Dongcheng North

Plastered 8

A visual celebration of Beijing in all its chaotic glory, the T-shirts, hoodies, tote bags and gifts at this iconic streetwear shop make funky and desirable gifts. The boss – a long-term British expat and Chinese...

Top ChoiceBooks in Shenzhen

Old Heaven Books

A delicious bookshop specialising in cultural and academic titles, Old Heaven also doubles as a vinyl-music shop, cafe, live venue and community creative hub. It's a great place to plug in and catch up on that...

Top ChoiceGifts in Central District

G.O.D.

Goods of Desire – or G.O.D. – is a cheeky local lifestyle brand, selling homewares, clothes, books and gifts with retro Hong Kong themes. Fun buys include aprons printed with images of Hong Kong's famous neon...

Top ChoiceHomewares in Jing'an

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 ChoiceDepartment Store in Kowloon

Yue Hwa Chinese Products Emporium

This five-storey behemoth is one of only a few old-school Chinese department stores left in the city. Products include silk scarves, traditional Chinese baby clothes and embroidered slippers, cheap and expensive...

Top ChoiceClothing in Aberdeen & South Hong Kong Island

G.O.D.

One of the coolest born in Hong Kong shops around, G.O.D. does irreverent takes on classic Hong Kong iconography. Think mobile-phone covers printed with pictures of Hong Kong housing blocks, light fixtures...

Top ChoiceArts & Crafts in Zhuxian Zhen

Yǐnshì Lǎo Tiānchéng

The artist/owner of this woodblock printing workshop, Mr Yin (尹), is a fifth-generation artisan whose family has been in business for more than 200 years. A beautifully bound book of prints, with English...

Top ChoiceFashion & Accessories in Wan Chai & Northeast Hong Kong Island

Kapok

In the hip Star St area, this Hong Kong–born boutique has combined two old shops to create a new 1500-sq-ft flagship. It stocks a fastidiously curated selection of luxe-cool mens- and womenswear labels (plus its...

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...