Whether you're looking to commemorate your trip with a standout meal or the perfect souvenir, Shanghai has got you covered. The city is packed with a multitude of options for local items as well as top-tier culinary experiences representing many of China's unique local cuisines.
Shanghai Old Street
A historical rock garden surrounded by shops featuring fans, chopsticks, walking sticks, Chinese tea sets, silk handbags, snacks, Chinese tea and herbal medicine.
137 Anren St. near Fuyou Rd.
Daily, 8:30am to 5pm
Admission: 40 RMB
Dongtai Road Antique Market
Charming outdoor antique market good for a scavenger hunt of Cultural Revolution memorabilia, Buddhist statues, art deco furniture and even opium pipes. Although many of the pieces are reproductions, this is still great souvenir territory and keen eyes will occasionally spot a genuine antique prize. Bargain hard.
Dongtai Rd. near Xizang Rd.
Daily, 9am to 5pm
South Bund Fabric Market
Offers vast reams of fabric and trimmings at bargain prices. Bring your favorite pieces and have the onsite tailors sew made-to-measure replicas. Expect to pay approximately 1,200 RMB for a suit including material and workmanship.
399 Lujiabang Rd. near South Zhongshan Rd.
Daily, 9am to 6pm
Commonly regarded as the go-to destination for no-nonsense Shanghainese food, including staples such as red-braised pork and other delights. Reservations mandatory.
41 Tianping Rd. near West Huaihai Rd.
Daily, 11am to 4pm, 5:30pm to 12am
021 6282 9260
Explore the spicy flavors of Yunnan Province at this small, two-story restaurant, with must-have dishes including fried goat cheese and Yunnan-style mashed potatoes. Brave diners can even order a few insect-based dishes.
85 Yangzhai Rd. near Xinhua Rd.
Daily, 11am to 11pm
021 6282 7756
One need not journey all the way to China's westernmost province for a taste of its uniquely amazing cuisine. Try Yeshari's Xinjiang-style fried rice, lamb skewers, pickled vegetable salad and homemade yogurt for a taste of Xinjiang's incredible culinary offerings.
106 Nandan Rd. near Tianyaoqiao Rd.
Sun to Thurs, 11:30am to 9:30pm. Fri & Sat, 11:30am to 10pm
021 6468 6079
Yuxin Sichuan Cuisine
For the spice warriors amongst you, you'll need to make a stop at one of Shanghai's many Sichuan restaurants. Yuxin's food is top-notch, but only for those who can handle their heat. Order with caution.
Zhaoshangju Square, 3/F, 333 North Chengdu Rd. near Weihai Rd.
Daily, 11am to 2pm, 5pm to 9:30pm
021 5298 0438