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Shopping in Shanghai:
Tips and Info for the expatriate community



shopping Shanghai

Ask anybody living in Shanghai what is their favourite hobby and they might tell you that they have joined a book club or that they swim a lot or enjoy discovering new foods.

But, you can pretty much always take this for granted because you can bet the thing that sets their pulse raising the most is shopping.



Everyone has their favourite stores (although they might not wish to share the exact location with you), where they can pick up thousand dollar designer clothes for the cost of a burger. Or, a favourite tailor who will copy any design in any fabric. Yes, indeed, Shanghai expats’ wardrobes must be among the most stylish anywhere in the world.

But it doesn’t stop with clothes, there are amazing places to buy and design your own furniture or shoes or interior fabrics or jewellery or…well, you name it really. Whatever it is that you want, you will be able to find it in this metropolis.

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With Shanghai's huge population, you will be able to find everything you need on your doorstep. plus a hundred more useful services will be at your disposal, like bike repairs, tailors and affordable furniture makers. All of which have gone into serious decline in the west. Here's a list of the essentials to get you started.

Consumer Association Shanghai