Shanghai is chock-a-block with places to spend money. The markup on luxury goods is extremely high in China, and even clothes at American chains are pricier here than in the States. Malls usually don't open until 10 am; boutiques open at 11 am. The upside is that chain stores tend to stay open later, with many closing at 10 pm. Independent shops close by 7:30 pm. Markets generally start earlier, at around 7:30 or 8 am, and close around 6 pm. Most stores are open seven days a week.

Yu Garden, a major tourist haunt in the Old City area of Shanghai, can be overwhelming, but if you’re looking for tchotchkes, hard bargaining brings rewards. Here is where you’ll find imitation jade, tiny Buddha statues, costume jewelry, scarves, and the like. Also check out these streets that specialize in specific traditional products: Fenyang Lu, in the French Concession, and Jinling Lu, west of the Bund, for musical instruments; Fuzhou Lu, between People’s Square and the Bund, in City Center, for books and art supplies, including calligraphy supplies; Changle Lu and Maoming Lu in the Former French Concession for qipao (Chinese-style dresses).

For a traditional massage, you’ll find hundreds of blind massage parlors, inexpensive no-frills salons whose blind masseurs are closely attuned to the body's soft and sore spots. At the other end of the spectrum lie the hotel spas, luxurious retreats where pampering is at a premium.

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  • 1. Brut Cake

    French Concession | Household Items/Furniture

    Taiwanese designer Nicole Teng's showroom is welcoming, with comfy oversize chairs (for sale), reclaimed wood, and quirky ceramic pieces on...Read More

  • 2. Madame Mao's Dowry

    French Concession | Antiques & Collectibles

    This shop claims its covetable collection of mostly propaganda items from the '50s, '60s, and '70s is sourced from the countryside and areas...Read More

  • 3. Piling Palang

    Jing'an | Ceramics/Glassware

    Designers Judy Kim and Bingbing Deng, who hails from Tianjin, founded their line of cheerful ceramics in Paris in 2010. Their Jing'An boutique...Read More

  • 4. Propaganda Poster Art Centre

    French Concession | Souvenirs

    This small-but-mighty museum, housing a collection of Chinese propaganda posters from 1949 through the 1970s, has an equally impressive pint...Read More

  • 5. Spin

    Zhabei | Ceramics/Glassware

    Halfway between a gallery and a shop, Spin sells reasonably priced contemporary Chinese pottery handmade in Jingdezhen, China's pottery capital...Read More

  • 6. Subconscious Day Spa

    French Concession | Spas

    Give your stressed-out body a bit of TLC at this great value spa. The bright, minimalist decor and soothing staff create a calming environment...Read More

  • 7. Alter

    Xintiandi | Clothing

    Founded by fashionista Sonja Long Xiao in 2010, this multibrand shop was started as a reaction to the Chinese luxury market's focus on huge...Read More

  • 8. Banyan Tree Spa On The Bund

    Hongkou | Spas

    The spa in the Banyan Tree Shanghai On The Bund hotel spans three ultraluxe floors and offers treatments reflecting wu xing, the five elemental...Read More

  • 9. Blue Shanghai White

    The Bund | Ceramics/Glassware

    The eponymous colored ceramics here are designed and hand-painted by the owner and are made in Jingdezhen, once home to China's imperial kilns...Read More

  • 10. Brocade Country

    Jing'an | Souvenirs

    The English-speaking owner, Liu Xiao Lan, has a Miao mother and a broad knowledge of her pieces. The Miao sew their history into the cloth,...Read More

  • 11. Chou Chou Chic

    French Concession | Clothing

    This irresistible French–Chinese children's-wear shop is your go-to when you’re looking to spoil your fashion-focused nieces and nephews. Think...Read More

  • 12. Culture Matters

    French Concession | Shoes/Luggage/Leather Goods

    Shanghai’s iconic sneaker brand, Feiyues, can get comparatively pricey when bought internationally, but in Shanghai, where they’re made, you...Read More

  • 13. Dong Liang

    French Concession | Clothing

    For one-of-a-kind designs from up-and-coming (and a few well known) Chinese designers, carefully curated multibrand store Dong Liang is a stunning...Read More

  • 14. Hu & Hu Antiques

    Hongqiao | Antiques & Collectibles

    Co-owner Marybelle Hu worked at Taipei's National Palace Museum as well as Sotheby's in Los Angeles before opening this shop with her sister...Read More

  • 15. ifc Mall

    Pudong | Shopping Centers/Malls

    Like its Hong Kong sister, this shiny mall is packed with luxury goods stores. The basement food court has everything from octopus balls to...Read More

  • 16. Shanghai Foreign Language Bookstore

    The Bund | Books/Stationery

    You could while away an hour or two in this massive bookstore, which has a huge selection of English-language books for children and adults...Read More

  • 17. Shanghai Museum Shop

    City Center | Souvenirs

    This selection of books on China and Chinese culture is impressive, and there are also some interesting children's books. Expensive reproduction...Read More

  • 18. Shanghai Tang

    French Concession | Clothing

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  • 19. Shanghai Tang

    City Center | Clothing

    This is one of China's leading fashion brands, with distinctive acid-bright silks, soft-as-a-baby's-bottom cashmere, and funky housewares. Sigh...Read More

  • 20. Super Brand Mall

    Pudong | Shopping Centers/Malls

    One of Asia's largest malls, this 10-story behemoth has a mind-boggling array of international shops and food stops, as well as a cineplex....Read More

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