Shopping Up a Storm in Shanghai

If shopping is your thing and you can think of nothing better than spending your spare time stalking through street malls, you’ve picked the right place for a holiday. Shanghai has some of the best markets, malls and shopping streets in the world. Whether it’s jewelry, clothes, technology or food that tickles your fancy, Shanghai will deliver. Here is a guide to some of the best shopping experiences in Shanghai, all in close proximity to the main tourist accommodation precincts.

Nanjing Road

Nanjing Road is not only the main shopping street in Shanghai, it’s the biggest in China and one of the busiest in the world!

Located in the heart of the city, it stretches over one kilometer long.

From designer brands to knock-off goods, this shopping strip has it all!”

When you get sick of shopping, saunter down to People’s Park, smack-bang in the middle of the street. You can have lunch in the fresh air, or take a stroll through the Shanghai Museum. Being so central, Nanjing Road is filled with a wide range of accommodation options. You can easily find Shanghai hotels close  by.

Shop here for: Everything!

Huaihai Road

If you are a lover of labels and luxury goods, you can’t beat the high-end designer stores of Huaihai Road.

The second most famous shopping street after Nanjing Road, Huaihai is the home of big-brand names including Cartier, Louis Vuitton and Tiffany & Co. as well as the boutiques. Huaihai Road also boasts a number of large department stores.

You can make a night of it by sampling one of its many restaurants or by staying in one of the local hotels.”

Shop here for: Designer brands

Dongtai Lu Antiques Market

Dongtai Lu Antiques Market is 200 metres long and made up of approximately 100 stalls. It is packed full of vintage goodies, tasty trinkets, antique treasures and a fair bit of junk.

Patience is your friend here, and if you take the time to search through all of the clutter and knock-offs, you could be in for a pleasant surprise.”

Regardless of the quality, it’s a great place to pick up some gorgeous items for home décor purposes. Take note to haggle hard!

Shop here for: Antiques and home wares

South Yunnan Snack Street

Food, food, glorious food … almost too many options to take in! Located a 10-minute trot from People’s Square, South Yunnan Snack Street is the perfect place to satisfy a busy shopper’s hungry tum.

A cluster of restaurants, street food stalls and other eateries, this historic dining destination offers the best in Chinese cuisine.

Sample dumplings, Beijing roast duck, stuffed buns, chop rice cake and other delicious local delicacies.

Shop here for: Food in all its forms!


For all things electronic, look no further than Shanghai’s famous Cybermart, stocked full of every gizmo, gadget and game imaginable.

Here you will find outlets for a range of Chinese and international technology brands, including Apple, IBM, NEC, Canon and Sony.

It’s enough to satisfy the palette of even the most discerning tech-enthusiast.”

As well as being a great place to go computer crazy, Cybermart also hosts a range of phone/computer repair stalls. Perhaps it’s time to get that cracked iPad screen fixed once and for all!

Shop here for: Technology and electronics

Shanghai Yatai Clothing and Gifts Market

An Asian shopping experience in its purest form, the Shanghai Yatai Clothing and Gift Market is the perfect place to pick up cheap goodies.

Located underground near the famed Science and Technology Museum, the Yatai Clothing and Gifts Market is awash with handbags, sunglasses, wallets and watches, making it the go-to place for presents.

Bring your best bargaining shoes and don’t ever pay more than 30% of the original asking price.”

Shop here for: Souvenirs

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About the Author: Sarah McWiggin is an Auckland-based guest blogger who was put on this earth to shop. She is a lover of local NZ designers, as well as big-name international fashion houses. Sarah spends all of her free time shopping in vintage stores, designer boutiques and street malls — wherever in the world she may be at the time! She stays at hotels she finds