Crane your neck to marvel at the second tallest building in Shanghai, the tallest in Jing An District and a major tourist hotspot. 945 feet tall, the magnificent structure also hosts a massive shopping center, housing some of the biggest brand names in clothing, fashion, electronics, furnishing, gifts and every imaginable household appliance. With prices as high as the structure that houses them, it's no wonder that most tourists stick to window shopping in here!
Grand indeed is The Grand Gateway; as you enter the main entrance of this massive and modern shopping center, you are swallowed up by the atrium that spans seven floors of shops, recreational facilities and restaurants. Shoppers will find entertainment venues ranging from the Bridge Street Dance Club to mini-golf. With its plentiful leisure options, The Grand Gateway appeals to all ages—an ideal outing for the whole family.
The Westgate Mall is among the most popular malls in Shanghai. With big names like Haagen Daaz, Isetan, Giovanni Valentino, Ermenegildo Zegna, and Burberry setting up shop here, who can stay away? The spacious mall is designed in a contemporary style but has borrowed much from the classical. The dominate color is blood orange, and the environment is comfortable. You are bound to find something with your name on it in the ten levels of shops--many of them high-end apparel boutiques. Also, try some of the Chinese and Western restaurants available.
This is the flagship store of the famed Taiwanese fashion designer Shiatzy Chen. Located among Louis Vuitton and Armani on the ZhongShan Road, the store stands out with its classic stone facade. The collection shows a distinctive inclination towards western retro, which comes as a breath of fresh air among the scores of traditional Chinese boutiques in Shanghai. In addition to clothing there is elegant footwear and handbags with pretty floral details.
This is Shanghai's finest and the best. Lifestyle boutiques, good dining options, salons and spas; Three on the Bund is the place to be when you are in a mood to pamper yourself. To top it all, there are innumerable events and festivals that keep you coming back for more. Whether it is the Tiffany jewelery show, a Ferrari car exhibition or an exclusive Vodka bash, something is always happening at Three on the Bund. Places that are a must-check: New Heights, Evian Spa, Whampao Club, Shanghai Gallery of Modern Art and many more!
Located near the Yu Garden, this market is a good place to look out for some rare pieces of art. Drop by to get an insight into the designs and into the lives of the people of the previous era. There are more than 200 stalls selling furniture, procelain, gems, and other household articles. And don't forget to bargain.
Established in 2000, Simply Life now has other outlets in Shanghai. Visit this place if you want to buy bone china cutlery, tableware and other items to decorate your home. A lot of products are on hand—crafted, and therefore, very expensive. So be sure to come loaded with cash. The chain also owns "Simply Thai" restaurant.
This warehouse in Huangpu district is a veritable stop for admirers of Chinese antiques, Tibetan paintings and ornate furniture. Previously operating as a Sunday Market on Fuyou Lu, it is now open every day. Prizes are negotiable, so bring along a knowledgeable local and bargain away.
If you are in China and you don't get hold of those magnificent Chinese silk slippers, your trip is incomplete. Denise of Suzhou Cobblers offers hand-stitched pure silk slippers in patterns and designs that draw on the rich Chinese heritage. Slip into a Mandarin Duck, a Good Morning or maybe a Plum Flower. The store also sells handbags and accessories with traditional designs.
Uptown Records carries an extensive collection of music from independent labels. Genres range from rock to soul and everything in between. The shop only opened in 2011, yet it has made a big splash on the indie music scene in Shanghai. The shop regularly hosts events with complimentary in-store performances and art shows to help promote up and coming artists.