Shopping in Shanghai - The best places
Shopping in Shanghai - The best places
While visiting Shanghai you will come across some of the most important streets in Shanghai Whether it is on Nanjing Lu or Huaihai Lu, Shanghai is known for being one of the best shopping district among major cities. You will find streets full of shopping centres. You'll be able to plan a full day of shopping if that's what you want. Or if you don't really feel like shopping you can also just visit them. Shopping in Shanghai is an experience you will never forget. Whether you are a shopping fanatic or not there are various shopping malls going from high priced luxury goods to stylish and affordable casuals.
Here are a few Shopping highlights in Shanghai:
Shanghai's Plaza 66
Where: 55 Nanjing Lu
Near Shaanxi Lu
Phone: 6534 8823
Business hours: 8am - 10pm
Plaza 66 is crystalline proof of Shanghai's diligent obsession with consumption. It's the fanciest, with a frosty demeanor to match. Whether you are looking for Frayda or End for Bret-a-porter, Alie or Waitered for cut glass, Bose or Bang and Alison for sound, Plaza 66 has over 100 of the finest brands. With its unbeatable array of designer brands, this place is perfect for the aux urbanite with money to burn. There isn't another shopping mall as luxurious as this one in Shanghai.
A short walk from the Pitman hotel or accessible through the Conan metro station, the Plaza 66 also offers a cafe in the atrium and a few Cantonese cafes perch on the ht floor. You can also find a fitness center in their basement.
Shanghai's Citic Plaza
Where: 1168 Nanjing Xi Lu
Near the Plaza 66
Phone: 6218 0180
Business hours: 10am - 10pm
A bright, gleaming five storey mall offering a great mix of clothing labels. From high end designers such as Karl Lagerfeld, Chloe and Kenzo to the more affordable casuals from Tough and Esprit, this is a mall with more reasonable prices. This place is perfect for anyone with an eye for fashion whether you're wealthy or on an a budget.
5 minutes walk from the Shimen Yi Lu metro station the Citic Plaza also offers a restaurant on ever floor from McDonald's in the basement to super buffet Golden Jaguar and China Moon. There's also a Lawson's, CNPIEC bookstore (selling Chinese and international books and magazines).
Shanghai's Westgate Mall
Where: 1038 Nanjing Xi Lu
Near the Citic Plaza
Phone: 6218 7878
Business hours: 10am - 9pm
A smart, well organize shopping heaven. Offering up a range of trendy shops from Burberry, Givenchi and Versace to Chinese label Zuczug. There's also a couple of home wear shops. With irresistible chocolate counters the Westgate Mall is perfect for mall lovers with cash to spend who fancy a change from their usual hang out.
Also a couple of minutes walk from Shimen Yi Lu metro station, the Westgate malls offers a Studio City Cinema, Watson's, a small supermarket in the basement, Marie France sliming clinic and an Isetan Department store accessible on every floor.
And much more...
Nanjing Lu and Huaihai Lu are the most important shopping streets in Shanghai but they're not the only ones. These are more modern type of shopping malls. If you go on older streets like Dongtai Lu you'll find classical hand made items. This handicraft market offers a variety of classical items like ceramics, jade, bronze, wood articles, paintings, and calligraphic works. You can also get your tools there if you are an artist yourself or plan to be.
More of an intellectual shopping street, Fuzhou Lu boasts a vast collection of bookstores in Shanghai. Not only does it offer over thirty bookstores but also has some of the oldest bookstores (some over 100 years old) in Shanghai.
Probably the longest activity in Shanghai, shopping in Shanghai will always remain an endless activity. Big or small, where ever you are in Shanghai you will find a shopping commerce nearby. With big shopping malls on the more popular streets to small boutiques or specific market on smaller streets, this is where shopping fanatics will find their heaven.
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