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Although brand names like Gucci, Prada, and Hermes are seldom far from view, you’ll pay a premium for the real thing. Most Shanghainese only window-shop at the authentic boutiques. Your favorite souvenirs will be items that required a long story – and a bit of bargaining – to obtain.

Shopping in Shanghai

Cangbao Antiques Building

This aging structure houses a bewildering warren of stalls piled with jade, porcelain, bronze, pearls, and embroidery. Especially busy on weekend mornings.

459 Fangbang Zhonglu, near the arch at Henan Nanlu,
Tags: shopping | moderate | jewelry | eclectic

Chinese Printed Blue Nankeen Exhibition Hall

Two small rooms at lane’s end function as both shop and museum. You’ll be captivated by the traditional blue-and-white patterns charmingly transferred to tablecloths, jackets, and other articles of cotton.

637 Changle Lu, House 24, 011-86-21-5403-7947
Tags: shopping | moderate | souvenirs | eclectic

Dongtai Lu Antiques Market

A casual stroll east of Xintiandi, this market features several blocks of street vendors, along with two rows of mirror-image shops. Hardly any of the dusty memorabilia is genuinely old, but it’s your best bet for a Laughing Buddha or a Mao wristwatch.

Dongtai Lu, north of Xizang Lu,
Tags: family | shopping | moderate | souvenirs | eclectic

Fabric Market

Relocated from nearby Dongjiadu Lu in 2006, this is a veritable warehouse of both fabric and tailors. If you have a week, go here first – your made-to-order cashmere coat will be ready before you leave.

399 Lujiabang Lu,
Tags: shopping | moderate | great value | designer | clothing

Fenshine Fashion Accessories Plaza

This three-story extravaganza of bootlegs and knock-offs has emerged as a determined successor to Xiangyang Market, the notorious bazaar of counterfeit goods, which closed in 2006.

580 Nanjing Xilu,
Tags: family | budget | shopping | eclectic

Henry's Studio & Antiques

If you’re interested in traditional Chinese furniture, this is a good first stop. The English-speaking staff can describe the history and purpose of each piece on the showroom’s three floors.

796 Suining Lu (near Hongqiao Airport), 011-86-21-5219-4871,
Tags: shopping | expensive | smart splurge | home

Shanghai A.P. Xinyang Fashion and Gifts Market

Located below ground, adjacent to the Shanghai Science and Technology Museum Metro Station, this market strives to summon Xiangyang’s ruthless, capitalist vibe, hawking everything from silk ties to Gore-tex parkas.

2000 Shiji Dadao,
Tags: family | budget | shopping | eclectic

Taikang Lu

If Xintiandi lures the trendy, then Taikang Lu captures the hip. An entire lane devoted to art and style, relieved by a remarkably pleasant courtyard café.

210 Taikang Lu,
Tags: shopping | expensive | trendy | designer

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