Shopping in Shanghai

West Nanjing Road, Shanghai
Bustling West Nanjing Road
 Nanjing Road Pictures
  Nanjing Road Video

Shanghai is hailed as the "Shopping Paradise" and "Oriental Paris". Shopping in Shanghai should not be missed any more than its other charming attractions. Providing the very best of shopping has become an indispensable part of the city's tourism industry.

To welcome more visitors, Shanghai has adopted Tax refund policy since July 1st, 2015 among tourists from foreign countries, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan. At present, there are 27 tax free stores in the city, mainly situated at Nanjing Road and around Yu Garden.
 See list of tax free stores in Shanghai. Hereunder is the guide for Where & What to Buy in Shanghai.

Shanghai Shopping Areas

Four Streets

1. Nanjing Road
As one of the four streets, it enjoys the reputation of No.1 Commercial Street in China, including East Nanjing Road and West Nanjing Road. Developed from the beginning of the 20th century, Nanjing Road has clusters of a wide variety of shops from those that are centuries old, to special ones and modern malls. In these modern times, Nanjing Road is not out done by its numerous competitors but becomes more and more prosperous.

2. Huaihai Road
No less famous than Nanjing Road, it is celebrated for its elegance. It features top-end designer brands from all over the world. Parkson Shopping Center on the Huaihai Road is worth visiting. Here you will find reasonable prices and many special offers in the form of discounts and other promotions. Even the brand-name clothing is reasonably priced here. Maison Mode, located at No.1312, Huaihai Road, claims to be the aristocrat on this street. What to buy in shanghai? You can find the leading designer brands such as Gucci, Ferragamo, Hugo Boss, Bally, Kenzo, etc. here. It is no exaggeration to say that the reputation of Huaihai Road is enhanced by the presence of Maison Mode.

3. North Sichuan Road
It offers good inexpensive merchandise and is always the first choice of ordinary people. If you want to find cheap shopping in Shanghai, North Sichuan Road will be a good choice.

4. Middle Tibet Road
Food and tourism are well provided for on Middle Tibet Road. Local snacks and special local products are must things to buy in Shanghai.

Four Cities

1. Yuyuan Bazaar
Yuyuan Bazaar ( Video of Yuyuan Bazaar) is the venue for specialist Chinese goods ranging from small articles, local crafts and the like to antiques, jade wares and gold and silver jewelry.

2. Xujiahui Shopping City
The newly-established shopping and entertainment plaza, Xujiahui consists of large stores where you can obtain both costly and middle-range priced goods in abundance.

3. New Shanghai Shopping City
New Shanghai Shopping City is on the grand scale and offers the best facilities and amenities. Located in the middle of Pudong Lujiazui Finance and Trade Zone, it is surrounded by a variety of retail outlets.

4. Jiali Sleepless City
Like a bright pearl on the landscape, Jiali Sleepless City facing Shanghai Railway Station, and on the metro line 1, is a bustling commercial area.


Besides the famous "Four Streets and Four Cities", some other streets and roads are also worthy of a visit. Tourists can find best things to buy in Shanghai.

Shopping mall
Shopping Mall

Clothes & Shoes Shopping Malls

If you just intend to buy small articles and find cheapest shopping in Shanghai, Hong Kong Famous Shops Street and Dimei Shopping Center beneath People's Square and Xiangyang Road will whet your appetite. In Dimei Shopping Center, clothes are competitively priced and fashionable, but you will seldom find the top brands here. With the alternation of four seasons the small shops here, sell clothes in vogue which cater for the needs of young people. You can bargain at ease.

The distinguishing feature in North Shaanxi Road is its shoes. Not only abundant varieties and original styles, the prices are reasonable and moderate. This is a good place to experience bargain shopping in Shanghai. If you admire Chinese-style clothes, some shops selling them are on Maoming Road, Changle Road will meet your requirements. Generally clothes will be tailored to ensure a good fit.

Fabric Markets & Tailor Shops

More and more people realize the joy of having clothes tailor-made. To find the fabric, there is fabric market and tailor shops recommended here. Nan Wai Tan (South Bund) Fabric Market in Lujiabang Road is perhaps the largest fabric market you can find in the city. Take subway to Nanpu Bridge Station and walk along Lujiabang Road for a short while, you can see the market. To have anything tailor-made, get to the shop nearly one month in advance. Several fittings will undergo for it may not fit you very well at the first time. Nearby the fabric market, there are many tailor shops in Duojia Road. You can find various fabric materials to make curtains in the market as well. Maoming Road and Changle Road also have some feature tailor shops. For example, KATANO in Maoming Road is an 82-esr-old tailor shop of a Japanese owner. You can have your suit, shirt, office-look clothes made here. Psyche .Q in Xiangdai Plaza (Huaihai Middle Road, north of Xintiandi) has more fashion customers. Yang Yang is a tailor shop good at making Chinese traditional clothes. Go and explore more by yourself!


Fuzhou Road earned its fame as "Culture Street" a century ago. The outlets here deal mainly in manner of cultural items, ranging from books, music and art... It is now the fashion for local people to wander along Fuzhou Road after work to browse through all sorts of books and magazines in the stores along the road.
Ancient Books Store: 1-2F, No. 401, Fuzhou Road
Foreign Languages Bookstore: No. 390, Fuzhou Road
Books City: No. 465, Fuzhou Road
Fine Arts Articles Shop: 3F, No. 390, Fuzhou Road

Dongtai Road Antique Market
Dongtai Road Antique Market

Antique Markets

Dongtai Road Antique Market is a market mainly dealing with the porcelains, jade wares, bronze wares, wooden wares, calligraphy and paintings and embroidery utensils. Lots of visitors from home and aboard come to this famous market.

Shanghai Souvenirs Market

Local products like, Gu Embroidery , also called Luxiang Yuan Embroidery, from the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), is now used in producing clothes, ornaments and bedding. Tapestry is divided into two types, for appreciation and daily use. It is popular among visitors because of various colors, vivid figures and visual design. A scroll of tapestry depicting the Great Wall of China is exhibited in the United Nations building. Shanghai souvenirs like Jade sculpture, wood sculpture, and stone sculpture feature Shanghai's tourism industry with its exquisite and delicate carvings. The city was one of the original producers and exporters of Chinese silk and silk produced here remains unique owing to its age old traditions as well as new means of production and design. You can have best souvenirs' ideas and find best souvenirs from Shanghai.
Tourist Souvenirs Shopping Building: No. 558, East Nanjing Road

Home Appliance Markets

As for the purchase of household appliances, big home appliance markets, like Gome, Guotong and Quyang Home Appliance City are highly recommended. Household appliances here have low prices and good quality.
Gome in Changning Shopping Center: No. 986, Changning Road


For everyday requirements, supermarkets offer a wide range of goods. You will find Carrefour, Metro, RT Mart, Hypermarkets & Shopping malls, Lotus and Hualian, etc. Most of them are located near to the transportation hubs and residential areas. Furthermore, up to 100 supermarket chains and 24-hour-open Lawson Convenience Store are established for your convenience.

- Last modified on Dec. 07, 2018 -
Questions & Answers on Shopping in Shanghai
Asked by Tin from SINGAPORE | Dec. 05, 2018 18:19Reply
Hi hi where can i buy xiao mi phone cover in Shanghai other than online?
Answers (1)
Answered by Danica from USA | Dec. 07, 2018 01:12

You can have a try at MI Family, located at No.1368 Shibo Avenue, Pudong New District.
Asked by YULIANTHI LIE from INDONESIA | Oct. 23, 2018 02:43Reply
I need the information how to go to Shanghai Jiali (both by Metro Line & bus).
Also give me the address
Answers (1)
Answered by Lassie from USA | Oct. 23, 2018 20:15

Do you mean the Jiali Sleepless City? Its address is No.218 Tianmu West Road(Near the Minli Road)
You can take the metro line 1 or the buses No.328/ 573/ 955 or airport bus line 5/ Nanxin Special Line, Shenfang Special Line and get off at Shanghai Railway Station. Then walk about 5 minutes to Jiali Sleepless City.
Asked by YULIANTHI LIE from INDONESIA | Oct. 23, 2018 01:25Reply
Where to buy cheap electronic goods & cheap sneaker shoes in Shanghai?
Hi... please kindly inform where to buy cheap electronic goods & sneaker shoes in Shanghai.
My son is also looking for cheap watches
Answers (3)
Answered by Hedru from USA | Oct. 23, 2018 20:57

You can try to buy the electronic goods in the Hongjiang Road, which is the largest electronic goods wholesale market in this city and there are a lot of shop that you can choose. And there is a shoes town Tibet South Road and you can have a try.
Answered by YULIANTHI LIE from INDONESIA | Oct. 24, 2018 02:04

How to go to Hongjiang Road & South Tibet Road? Which Metro Line or Bus should I take?
Answered by Hedru | Oct. 24, 2018 18:32

To Hongjiang Road, you can take the bus No.167 and get off at Sichuan North Road Hongjiang Road, or the metro line 10 and get off at Sichuan North Road.

To Tibet South Road, you can take the bus No.454 and get off at Tibet South Road Lujiabang Road, ot take the metro line 8 and get off at Lujiabang Road.
Asked by Wayne from CANADA | Aug. 26, 2018 16:24Reply
I am staying at the Double Tree on Yanggao Nan, Pudong Shanghai.
Is there a place nearby where I can buy LED Vase Lights except online...?
Answers (1)
Answered by Lisa from GERMANY | Aug. 27, 2018 01:39

I happen to know a Jinxin Lighting City in 1243, Dongfang Rd, Pudong, and it’s about 1km northwest of your hotel. You can take a taxi there and have a look!
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