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The Best Shopping Experiences in Shanghai - Shanghai: Where Shopping Dreams Come True!

Shanghai is known to be a shoppers’ dream and is sometimes referred to as  "the Paris of the Orient” by avid shoppers. The shopping scene can be overwhelming in the city, with so many exciting malls and markets to tickle your fancy. Here are some of the best in Shanghai worth checking out. 


Yuyuan Bazaar 

For a traditional Chinese market experience, head to Yuyuan Bazaar. The bazaar is located in an old part of Shanghai filled with ancient architecture. A packed and bustling marketplace, it sells everything from foodstuffs to souvenirs. This area is a great place to discover parts of new and old Shanghai while shopping for various goods. 


Shanghai IFC Mall

To find all your everyday shopping essentials and special luxury items, head to Shanghai IFC Mall. This mall is located on the Bund, with raised walkways allowing you to catch a glimpse of the Pearl and the evening Shanghai skyline. There are top-designer brands and high-street Cantonese, Chinese and Western restaurants in its sprawling food court. In the basement, there is an international supermarket with a selection of products from around the world.


Shanghai No. 1 Department Store 

Directly off Nanjing Road, Pedestrian Street is the massive government-owned Department store constructed after the founding of The People’s Republic of China. With over 70,000 square metres and hundreds of shops, Number 1 will have everything you could think of, including luxury labels, popular retail brands, fitness supplies, electronics, cosmetics, jewellery, foodstuffs, infant and children’s items, furniture and so much more. If you're looking for hotel apartments in Shanghai, the likes of Citadines Jinxiu Shanghai are among the top options available.


Shanghai Huanmao IAPM Mall 

Shanghai Huanmao IAPM Mall is renowned for its nighttime shopping, and at this mall, you can literally shop till you drop all night and all morning too. The mall offers designer labels like Gucci, and Prada, a Michelin-starred restaurant and a unique nightlife experience for all you night owls. Not only is the mall home to luxury brands and a Michelin-starred restaurant, but it also features a wide range of shops and dining options to suit all budgets and tastes. Whether you're in the mood for high-end fashion or streetwear, fine dining or casual eats, Shanghai Huanmao IAPM Mall has something for everyone.


Shanghai Times Square 

A glorious shopping trip awaits you at Shanghai Times Square, plus a fantastic New Year's Eve show. With 7 levels of retail stores, you will have plenty of options to choose from. The mall typically offers high-end labels and luxury brands like Coach, Gucci and Versace. You can find a range of products including jewellery, cosmetics, perfumeries, electronics, beauty products, and of course, the best of fine dining and entertainment options. 


Shanghai Joy City

A cross between a carnival and a shopping mall, Joy City is just the place to visit, if you have a bunch of kids or adults who find shopping boring. Joy City veers more towards recreation than retail. At this place, you can find a VR arcade, a rooftop Ferris wheel, and DIY stores. To add more variety and joy to your shopping trip, head down to this place, you won't regret it.