Shanghai Favourites

Highlighting a few places which I particularly liked:

Shanghai South Bund Soft-Spinning Material Market

I got four qipaos tailor-made at this fabric market. I tried two different mid-range tailors and much preferred the second one which I found on the 2nd Floor, Unit #281. I appreciate that the tailor scheduled a fitting session before he actually put the garment together, just to make sure the design and cut is of my liking.

Apart from qipaos, you can tailor practically everything you want in this three-storey market – from winter coats, to lyra tops, to mens’ shirts and suits, to dramatic costumes. You don’t need a lot of money, but you do need lots of patience and time to explain what EXACTLY you want, and to come back for several fittings and alterations.

Changle Road

We came here to look for a shop recommended by our professor, but chanced upon many interesting little boutiques instead. I preferred to just wander along the plane tree-lined roads to check out cute shops rather than going to the busy malls in the city centre.


This is a car-free shopping, eating and entertainment area of Shanghai, China. It is composed of an area of restored traditional shikumen (“stone gate”) houses on narrow alleys, now serve as book stores, cafes and restaurants.

The marketing of xintiandi is mainly targeted towards overseas visitors, who seek to experience the romanticised atmosphere of old Shanghai. As a result, prices in this area are high. Still, I loved the old world European charm.

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One Comment on “Shanghai Favourites”

  1. melissa Says:

    I must get details of all these places from you!!!!

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