For gifts and basic homewares, try the markets first. If you don’t feel like elbowing through crowds or haggling down prices, there are some convenient shops and department stores.
Simply Life focuses on expat-pleasing quality gifts from throughout China. Collection includes tableware, crafts, linens and household decorations.
Sun-Thu 10:30am-10:30pm, Fri-Sat 10:30am-11:30pm
Puxi: Unit 101, North Block, Xintiandi, 159 Madang Lu, by Taicang Lu
Clean and practical in design, this Taiwanese brand’s products range from bed linen to gifts and ornaments to bathroom and kitchen items. They have a wide variety of products in stock.
Puxi: B 1/F, 999 Changning Lu, by Kaixuan Lu
Pudong: Shop No.107, 2860 Gaokezhong Lu, Zhangjiang Hi-tech Park
Zendai Art S-Supermarket
Paintings, sculptures, wood carvings and furniture created by young and talented artists – more than 10,000 – are on display at Zendai. It’s unlikely you’ll fail to find something you like.
Pudong: Unit 28, Lane 199 Fangdian Lu, by Yingchun Lu
Orrefors Kosta Boda
This Swedish company offers glass tableware, engravings, desk items, sculptures and other household wares and gifts.
Mon-Thu 10am-9:30pm, Fri-Sat 10am-10pm, Sun 10am-9:30pm
Puxi: 4/F, 8 Caoxi Lu
Pudong: 6/F, 501 Zhangyang Lu
Lee’s sells photo albums, mementoes and a range of gorgeous and interesting lamps.
Hongqiao: 1038 Guyang Lu, by Gubei Lu
Pudong: Shop C3, Green City Sports & Leisure Center, 633 Biyun Lu
Dating back to the 1950s, these state-run stores were initially established to cater to foreign diplomats, tourists and foreigners in general, and were guarded to prevent any local from entering. Today they are a one-stop shop for everything, including jewellery, silk, books and souvenirs. Prices are higher than street markets and there is no bargaining.
Puxi: 1188 Changshou Lu
Hongqiao: 6 Zunyi Nan Lu
Shanghai Harvest Studio
This studio space sells a lively collection of Miao-embroidered home and fashion accessories.
Puxi: Room 118, Building 3, Lane 210 Taikang Lu, by Sinan Lu
Liuligongfang Art Gallery
Hailing from Taiwan, the award-winning Liuligongfang specialises in ancient Chinese Liuli glass art. Their pieces are a favourite gift to heads of state visiting China, as aside from being beautiful, they represent Chinese culture and history. All pieces are part of limited production collections.
Shangri-La Hotel, Shop 2F, Building 2, 33 Fucheng Lu
Spin Ceramics & Art Workshop
Affordable prices and unique designs based on ancient methods from China’s porcelain hotbed, Jingdezhen, are hallmarks of Spin. Everything from teacups to plates and vases, and everything in between, is on offer.
Puxi: 360 Kangding Lu, by Shaanxi Bei Lu