832 Julu Lu, near Changshu Lu
Hong Kong star Edison Chen's three-storey menswear store on Julu Lu. The ground floor is stocked with items from CLOT, the label Chen set up with friend Kevin Poon, grandly housed in two ornate wardrobes. T-shirts, such as those bearing the CLOT logo in the style of Rage Against the Machine’s Renegade album cover, or with the slogan 'the polar bear is always cool… ice cold', go for 580RMB. See full address details
11 Shaanxi Lu, near Fuxing Lu
This homegrown chain boasts some gauzy, delicate and surprisingly sizzling smalls that would make perfect date-night attire. Unusually for a Chinese brand, padding is minimal or absent from most of the bras on offer, and we even spied a few ’70s-style, non-underwired ‘cross-your-heart’ numbers that have made a comeback in the West. See full address details
Home & Interiors
176 Taikang Lu, near Sinan Lu
This sunlit glass-fronted space on Taikang Lu is Danish interiors brand Hay's first standalone store in Asia, though they're no strangers to Shanghai, having been carried by Neri & Hu's Design Republic, as well as 10 Corso Como since last year. Several notches above the likes of IKEA, expect a similarly Scandinavian aesthetic, with minimalist beechwood furniture, covetable stationery and cool printed homeware at still-affordable prices. See full address details
Unit B109, Xintiandi Style, 245 Madang Lu, near Fuxing Lu
Bike & Outdoor gears
Basement, Lane 620 Quyang Lu, near Chifeng Lu.
appearance this branch of Phoenix Bicycles (also known as the Phoenix
Graveyard) looks more like a cross between a janitor's office and a dungeon
than it does a legitimate bike shop. The basement is choc-a-bloc with cool
Phoenix bikes, a brand which has been making bikes since 1958. They have plenty
of modern models – basic mountain bikes, Phoenix Beauty bikes, and standard
fold-ups. There are many bike shops in Shanghai, but this one builds in
adventure at every stage. Read more
Bikes & Outdoor gears
393 Yinxiao Lu, near Yinghua Lu.
Decathlon’s eight branches are unbeatable as the city’s one-stop-shops for sports enthusiasts. Pick up a pair of Wed’Ze skis (1,499RMB), a Quechua open-fast camping tent (399RMB) or a city bike (from 599RMB). Their own brand items come with a two year guarantee and hitting, throwing and riding before you buy are actively encouraged. See full address details
Fashion & Groceries
863 Nanjing Xi Lu, near Shimen Yi Lu
Clothes, food, drink - all the essentials, straight from the UK at the flagship store of this famous British brand. In addition to several floors of fashion, there's a reasonable selection of ready meals, breads, cereals, biscuits, teas and some good value wines. See full address details
Eyewear 741 Julu Lu, near Fumin Lu
When you can get a pair of specs knocked up for 200 kuai (and sunglasses for even less), flogging designer eyewear in Shanghai is never going to be easy. For those who've got the cash, though, this minimalist temple to cool (the in-store artwork was shot by none other than Chen Man) stocks some of the hippest international names around, including Dita, Karen Walker, Elizabeth and James, and Thom Browne alongside vintage Dior, Versace and Persol shades. See full address details.
99 Huaihai Zhong Lu,
near Puan Lu
design-focused department store from Hong Kong is a high-end, glossy flagship
offering beauty, meanswear, womenswear and a smattering of home design items. See full address details
274 Wulumuqi Lu, near Wuyuan Lu.
We couldn’t, in all conscience, leave out this beloved Wulumuqi Lu institution. Fresh and rare fruit, vegetables and herbs are the principal draws, all far cheaper than the expat-baiting supermarkets in the area and, given the high turnover, probably fresher, too. There are cured meats (from 30RMB), cheeses, including fresh buffallo mozzarella (18RMB), and a gloriously messy amount of wine (from 45RMB). Amelia’s jams (from 45RMB) and Strictly Cookies are here, too. Stock is seasonal -- American-imported turkeys are currently in (50RMB/kg). See full address details
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