Shanghai is a bargain shopper's paradise, perfect for picking up keepsakes and gifts as well as practical stuff to help you along your way. With markets galore, you'll find just about anything you could possibly imagine—and plenty of things you can't!—so dive in and consume. Feed your shoe fetish, deck yourself out in pearls, release your inner designer, indulge in the—ahem—"designer" handbag you'd never buy otherwise. But always remember the golden rule: bargain, bargain and then bargain some more!
We've put together a rundown of 10 of our favorite markets in town so you can indulge in a budget blowout. You might want to pick up an extra suitcase for all the goodies you'll be hauling back home!
The most convenient of Shanghai's fake markets, there are several floors of stalls crammed into this building. Watches, bags, suitcases, clothing, shoes, jewelry, DVDs, computer software—it's all here.
Located under the Shanghai Science and Technology Museum metro station on line 2, this is an enormous warren of stalls selling all manner of replica designer fashion and accessories as well as the usual China memorabilia.
A mecca for local Chinese shoppers and bargain-hunting expats, Qipu Lu is not for the faint of heart. This is where many of the small boutiques you see elsewhere get their stock and it is chock-full of clothing, bags, shoes, accessories and jewelry, all at rock bottom prices.
The South Bund Fabric Market is the best known of Shanghai's cloth markets. There are three floors full of material to choose from, with most stalls also offering tailoring services. The tailoring can be hit or miss, especially when working from photos or images, so it's best to come armed with something you want copied. They're used to foreigners here and many stallholders speak a smattering of English, though you'll need to bargain hard for good prices.