Shanghai Shopping and Districts

(Shanghai, China)

Photo of shops along central pedestrianised streetOffering some of the best shopping in the whole of China, Shanghai truly is a shopaholics dream. Overflowing with department stores, an alluring selection of markets and fashion boutiques, a day spent shopping in Shanghai is a day to remember.

The Xiangyang Market is a great spot for discount clothing and is located at the corner of Huaihai Lu and Ziangyang Lu, while the Dongjiadu Cloth Market off Dongjiadu Lu has become known throughout Shanghai for its inexpensive silk and cashmere.

Picture of central shops and restaurants

When to Shop and Opening Hours

Shopping is a major pastime in Shanghai and to cope with demand, shops remain open Monday through Sunday, with long hours.

Typical hours fall between 09:00 to 21:00 or 22:00, with the shops often becoming busy during the evenings, as city workers end their day. However, some do operate more Western-style shopping hours, from 09:00 until 17:00 or thereabouts.

Where to Shop

Notable shopping districts around Shanghai are centred around Huaihai Lu, Nanjing Lu, Shanxi Nanlu and through the Bund district. Some superb department stores reside in Shanghai, together with glitzy shopping centres and malls, as shown below.

Address: 268 South Shui Cheng Road, Gubei, Shanghai, 201103, China, CN
Tel: +86 021 6278 1944
A well-known and reliable French supermarket, Carrefour Gubei is easy to reach and features its own parking garage. This is a huge supermarket and offers pretty much everything that you might need and more besides, such as clothing and some electrical goods.

No. 1 Department Store
Address: 830 Nanjing Donglu, Shanghai, 200002, China, CN
Tel: +86 021 6322
A great store truly catering for all tastes, the No. 1 Department Store is a popular chain store in this part of the city and is frequented by both locals and visiting tourists.

Friendship Store
Address: 40 Beijing Donglu, Shanghai, 200001, China, CN
Tel: +86 021 5308 0600
This glamorous department store is impressive and offers the perfect place to pick up a quality gift or souvenir. The Friendship Store also offers a foreign currency exchange service.

Grand Gateway Mall
Address: 2118 Hua Shan Road, Xu Jia Hui, Shanghai, 200030, China, CN
Tel: +86 021 6407 0111
A modern and rather enticing shopping mall in the Xu Jia Hui area, the Grand Gateway Mall features a particularly grand atrium entrance and seven floors of shops offering plenty of retail therapy.

Orient Department Store
Address: 8 Caoxibei Lu, Shanghai, 200030, China, CN
Tel: +86 021 6487 0000
With its very own supermarket area stocking plenty for holiday makers wishing to self-cater or simply have an impromptu picnic, the Orient Department Store can be found in the Xuhui area. On the additional floors, clothes, shoes, homewares and toys all await.

Plaza 66
Address: 1266 Nanjing Xi Lu, Shanghai, 200040, China, CN
Tel: +86 021 5306 8888
Plaza 66 is housed in a dramatic high-rise building, which is amongst the tallest in the city. Dominating the area, you can expect to find virtually everything you could desire here, ranging from designer clothes and jewellery, to electronics and plenty of gift ideas.

Shanghai Westgate Shopping Mall
Address: 1038 Nan Jing West Road, 8F Westgate Tower, Shanghai, 200041, China, CN
Tel: +86 021 6218 7878
The Shanghai Westgate Mall can be found in the Jing An part of the city and should not be missed. Full of high-street brands and favourite designer names, the ten floors are cram packed with shops, while plenty of Chinese-style and more Westernised fast-food restaurants offer the perfect place to sit back and watch the other shoppers spending their money.

Super Brand Mall
Address: 168 Lu Jia Xi Road, Pudong, Shanghai, 200122, China, CN
Tel: +86 021 6887 7888
Located in the city's Pu Dong neighbourhood, the Super Brand Mall offers the ultimate experience and is the city's biggest mall, spread over several floors. Home to much more that just shops, other highlights here include restaurants, movies, a bank complete with cashpoint and various entertainment options.

Westgate Shopping Mall
Address: 1038 Nanjing Xi Lu, Shanghai, 200040, China, CN
Tel: +86 021 6218 7878
Without doubt one of the best malls in the whole of Shanghai, the Westgate Mall lies in the centre of the bustling business district and features ten floors, its own cinema and plenty of high-street fashion.

Yaxin Plaza
Address: 401 Changshou Road, Putuo, Shanghai, China, CN
The Yaxin Plaza suits both shopping and recreational needs, featuring a large entertainment centre, including a number of lively nightspots.