AP Plaza is Pudong's biggest "fake market", located underground in Metro Line 2's Science & Technology Museum station. The northern half of AP Plaza, called Xinyang, is a collection of stalls, touts, and greedy salespeople out to rip-off unsuspecting tourists with... Read more
Xiaomi's only official physical retail location in Shanghai is located in the Joy City mall. Just about every Xiaomi gadget is available for purchase on the spot -- TVs, phones, laptops, household appliances, and accessories -- although new releases may be in short... Read more
Wild Rampage is an outdoor sports equipment and apparel retailer. They specialise in action clothing and goods for a range of action sports including: skateboarding, snowboarding, surfing, mountain biking, camping and hiking. They have recently opened up their... Read more
The famous Shanghai "Fabric Market" is home to hundereds of tailors and seamstresses, and is the city's prime destination for bespoke clothing garments. If it can be stitched and sewn, they can do it for you at the South Bund Fabric Market. Payment is mostly in... Read more
The American supermarket chain opens in Minhang. Before making your purchases, make sure to stop by the service center and get your membership card for enjoying their deals. Read more
Qipu Lu -- "cheap" street -- is a series of malls crammed, jammed, and stuffed full of cheap, cheap, cheap clothes, with some fakes for good measure. It's ground zero for young local shoppers, and pretty much hell for everyone else. Aggressive touts, swarms of... Read more
This butcher shop has been on Xiangyang Lu for years, and in Spring 2016, they did some major renovations, doubling the size and adding a full-on restaurant and bar with a patio overlooking the street. So you can grab steaks to cook at home, or eat them in the... Read more
Part museum, part shop, part lab, part preview-of-the-Matrix 12, the futuristic Nike House of Innovation aka Nike 001 is perhaps the most impressive Nike store in the world. The 40,000+ square foot space on Nanjing Dong Lu is a wonderland where shoes move around on... Read more
Beautiful lounge with great food at good prices. This one is by the same team as popular Rockbund venue The Nest, but located far west of there on mellow and historic Yuyuan Lu. One of the main themes here is the sea, so fresh seafood is all over the menu. Go for the... Read more
Green & Safe is a chain of specialty grocers and restaurants by the same folks who own organic hotpot chain Qimin. The retail side of the operation sells produce and meats grown and raised at the company's organic farm in nearby Kunshan as well as specialty items... Read more
The no-nonsense Foreign Language Book Store is the closest thing you'll find to whatever mega bookstore you know from your home country. The entire building is dedicated to English-language books, so they've got everything from business texts, classics, romance... Read more
The six-story market is the place in Shanghai for all your photography needs, whether you're a novice or a pro. The first two floors are packed with shops selling big brand names, the other floors are good for second hand cameras, specialist equipment, accessories,... Read more
If Nike 001 is the massive flagship, Nike Lab X158 is the low-key boutique. This space used to be a real OG Shanghai streetwear and sneaker shop called The Source, then became one of six Nike Labs in the world in 2014. Basically, the first floor is for exclusive Nike... Read more
Tourist destination with markets selling everything from tea, antiques, Chinese seals, souvenirs and toys to everyday items and clothing. Toys, Christmas decorations and random weirdness can be found in two of the buidlings surrounding the main Yu Garden. Read more
The Avocado Lady is not an urban myth, but to many expats is one of Shanghai's urban legends. Her store is ever gaining in size and produce, what she doesn't have she can order. Her store is regularly stocked with fresh mints, herbs, tropical fruits, cheese, olive... Read more
Find jewelry including pearls and other precious stones and costume jewelry for sale on the 2-3/F. 1/F has all the amenities of a typical fake market including bags, scarves, and souvenirs. Read more
Alter, short for "alternative," aims to bring high-end brands that are typically overlooked in the Chinese luxury market. Instead of Chanel or Fendi, the shop carries the likes of Robert Rodriguez, Helmut Lang, House of Harlow, Superfine and Victoria Beckham.... Read more
Hema Market is a 10,000sqm food market/food court, backed by Alibaba, that focuses on fresh food. It contains a seafood market and half of the space is dedicated to food services. Customers can place their orders both offline and online, and for places that are in... Read more
Located 239 meters in the air in the Shanghai Tower, with over 2,200 sqm of book heaven space, Duoyun Bookstore is the tallest bookstore in Shanghai. Read more
The store is stacked with shelves and glass counters of e-liquids and e-cigs. The liquids are all imports from the US, New Zealand, and the UK. You can walk in and try just about any flavor they have on offer. The owner, Sean, speaks English and Chinese, knows his... Read more
Bakery, cafe and quasi-restaurant using quality ingredients. The sour dough olive bread comes highly recommended. It gets absolutely packed during lunch time, and they don't take reservations. Try towards the evening instead. Read more
Spin is an industrial chic shop selling contemporary ceramics of their own design. The aesthetic is often Japanese -- fitting, as Spin was spun off of the Shintori restaurant group. The modern designs, made in China's ancient ceramics capital, Jingdezhen, make great... Read more
As a part of the Xintiandi Corp, The Hub is a 62,000 sqm shopping complex located in Minhang. About a five-minute walk from Hongqiao railway station. It's comprised of two major parts: the South and North mall. The South mall consists of a six-story shopping center... Read more
ALDI is an international retailer with German roots, 100 year history and more than 10,000 stores around the world. In China, they carry a range of products spanning across 15 categories, including both locally sourced and imported products. Categories include Wine &... Read more
This vast supermarket stocks pricey reminders of home. Stock up here on good-quality meat and bread, plus imported goods from cereal to sweats and candy. Some of the stuff takes a 400% markup -- cereal is particularly killing -- but the vegetables (grown on the... Read more
Described as a sex-positive adult toy store, it's also a wine bar, a dance studio and an art gallery. Read more
The third venue from the people behind Cannery and Nest, downstairs it's a bakery and/or bistro decked out in browns and golds. It's got an all-day menu, baked goods, and a section dedicated to smørrebrød, a kind of open-faced Danish sandwiches on rye bread. Some... Read more
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A massive new mall has opened right in the center of Huaihai Lu, and man, what a story. The 27,000 square meter first phase of Theatre X has tentatively launched, dubbed itself a “Youth Energy Center” and is "privately working on a two-story
That’s crazy. Crazy like a fox! We got a Maison Kitsuné store. The French-meets-Japanese brand is best recognized by its logo — a cute, clever looking fox — and for projects such as music mixes released under its own music label Kitsuné. The Shanghai flagship is a two-story building in
Japanese lifestyle and retail brand niko and just opened a flagship store right opposite the Muji megastore . Nicely-designed-but-kind-of-bland war! Last Saturday, the line to get in had not yet died down, but I went anyway. Read more...
A new little bookstore has opened on Gaolan Lu — inside a Russian Orthodox church. Sinan Books , in the 85-year-old St. Nicolas Orthodox Church, is only a stone’s throw away from its sister Sinan Books on Fuxing Zhong Lu. It was... Read more...
Harrods, the largest department store in the UK, is setting up its first overseas store — in Pudong . But it won't exactly be open to everyone. The new store, called The Residence , will be limited to private shoppers, who get access to a bar and a tea room in exchange for their financial... Read more...
The world-famous lollipop brand has brought a lollipop-themed installation to Minhang's Qibao Vanke Square . It's called Funky Up! You can technically buy a ticket, but everything of value is open to the public. Plus, limited edition lollipops! For as... Read more...
The air's getting nippy, wool caps are starting to come out of the wardrobe and I'm starting to be able to see my own breath. That means just one thing. Hot. Chocolate. Delivery. Mother hubarrrrrrrrrrrrrrd. I drank enough of it last year to... Read more...
Hey, here’s a cool off-the-beaten path shop. Zzcetistar Bookstore first opened in 2016 in a traditional shikumen house and made a name for its collection of illustrated books by emerging Chinese... Read more...
Nature-themed night market Green Escape is back, starting this Saturday. It will take up the entire 300-meter stretch of Anyi Lu, which runs east-west between Jing’an Kerry Center, with 50+ stalls selling food and drinks, crafts, fresh flowers, jewelry, and other knick-knacks. A few of the names you can expect:
Wanghong comes in many guises. It isn't limited to artsy cafes with unfathomable modern art and overpriced flat whites. Its insidious feelers have spread into every industry. Here's another one: three-year-old cosmetics brand Perfect Diary , with... Read more...
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After a slight delay, the Germans finally noticed China likes to grocery shop, something the British and French picked up on rather early. That is to say, ALDI , the German discount supermarket chain with more than 4,000 stores in Germany and 10k worldwide, now has the tiniest of presences in China:
A new two-story fake Supreme store recently opened in Minhang. It's the biggest fake Supreme store in the world, so, of course, we went to see how genuine their fakes are. The first thing you notice is that it’s substantially bigger than the first one that popped up on Huaihai Lu a while back, but still... Read more...
Silicon Valley darling JUST, Inc . has launched its plant-based liquid egg in Shanghai. We tried some of the plant egg dishes this week at the Hunter Gatherer at Hubindao —— one of JUST's official retailers. Read more...
High-concept and high-ambition fashion box run wild, 10 Corso Como is going to shut all four floors next month, according to restaurant operators who have been offered the lease. Baker & Spice has allegedly taken a portion of the... Read more...
Sudden news from the virtual grocery aisle: FIELDS Delivery has gone out of business, according to an announcement on their website . The short, five paragraph note says they are ceasing business operations due to "consideration for the overall development... Read more...
Mr. Yan was playing a 1973 Bally Hi-Lo ACE pinball machine when we arrived. "Nothing here is from China", he told us, referring to the rest of Fontaine Antique Shop , a serious collection of valuable... stuff... from the past. The pinball machine, like everything in the store is for sale. Play it... Read more...