Shanghai’s shopping malls combine practical solutions with a sophisticated lifestyle, bringing the best under one roof.
Shanghai offers a kaleidoscope of shopping experiences, with everything from mammoth-sized malls to intimate luxury boutiques that line bustling streets, crowded with more people and traffic than you can imagine. Shanghai has some of the world’s largest flagship stores, so chances are high that you will find just about every international brand somewhere in this cosmopolitan city.
It’s not just about names though... Location, location, location! The shopping destinations we feature here boast some of the best addresses in Shanghai. Whether you are standing at the intersection of Nanjing West Road and Shanxi North Road, or Huaihai Middle Road and Huangpi South Road, you might get the surreal feeling of being in downtown New York City or London. As China’s National Day and Golden Week approach, it is the perfect time to go do some pre-festival shopping and get to know Shanghai, which today, has become a global luxury hub – like never before.
One of the locals’ firm favourites, Plaza 66 is no newcomer to Shanghai’s shopping scene. This 5-floor mall houses more than 100 luxury fashion and lifestyle brands. What’s fun about coming here is the central atrium, which features a unique, ever-changing installation. Whether it’s a gigantic Tiffany & Co. jewellery box, a larger-than-life Lady Dior bag emerging from the ground, or a Cartier Christmas tree towering over a bed of oversized gift boxes, you will find something new at Plaza 66 every time you visit.
Among the A to Z of the world’s top fashion, watch and jewellery brands is Louis Vuitton, which fêted the grand opening of its Shanghai Maison in Plaza 66 with a major global event this summer. Enjoy a unique shopping experience in this new flagship with a glamorous LED-lit façade, as you browse the latest collections showcased inside amongst custom-made furniture. Its sophisticated setting is dedicated to the art of travel, with an haute maroquinerie salon where you can have your purchases customized, or have a bespoke piece created just for you. Besides shopping, Plaza 66 is also a great dining destination with Asian and international restaurants, as well as sophisticated lifestyle offerings from Clarins Skin Spa, Frette and Saint-Louis, to Bang & Olufsen and Bose.
For those of you looking for a more exclusive and personal experience in Shanghai, The Peninsula Arcade is a great place to spend an afternoon, whether you decide to have lunch first at the hotel, or get your shopping done before tea time served in its lobby. At the Arcade, the Italian masters include Berluti, Brioni, Canali and Giorgio Armani (perfect for the gentleman); top watches and jewellery brands such as Chaumet, Graff and Harry Winston also reside here; and for the ladies: Chanel, Prada, Ralph Lauren, Roberto Botticelli, Shanghai Tang, Sonia Rykiel and Versace boutiques are all here to ensure you dress top to toe in the latest trends.
If you are looking for souvenirs to bring home, The Peninsula Boutique is a great place to get a handsome box of chocolates, Chinese tea or simply something beautiful to remember your visit. Don’t forget that the concierge is at your complete disposal, a perfect complement to The Peninsula’s brand of hospitality for a personalized shopping experience.
Ifc Shanghai is another one-stop destination that will not disappoint if you want to shop with friends, go to the movies and grab some lunch or dinner. Over 180 boutiques are here under one roof, in addition to restaurants, bars, a 6-screen cinema, Shanghai’s first flagship Apple store, a 28,000-square-metre exclusive supermarket and much more. With so much on offer, you might not be able to do it all in one day, so why not go at your own pace and admire the futuristic design and atmosphere while you’re here? The glass and steel exterior is courtesy of Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, and the décor of what looks like gigantic white space cubes is Benoy Architects’ concept of cool, urban sophistication.
Ifc is a shopper’s paradise not only for its perfect blend of shopping and leisure, but above all because it is home to the flagship stores of over 25 major brands, including Chanel, Hermès, Gucci, Prada, Dior, Cartier, Dolce & Gabbana, Giorgio Armani, Ermenegildo Zegna, Salvatore Ferragamo, Tiffany & Co., Dunhill and Burberry.
While you’d only get mediocre mall food at most shopping centres, the culinary lineup at ifc is sure to leave you satisfied. With Morton’s of Chicago Bar & The Steakhouse, Michelin-starred Lee Garden, authentic Italian Bar & Grill Isola and 50 other venues to choose from, you are truly spoilt for choice.
Plaza 66, 1266 Nanjing West Road, Jin’an District, Shanghai
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ifc Shanghai, 8 Century Avenue, Pudong New District, Shanghai
ç”µè¯ï¼š+86 21 2020 7070
The Peninsula Arcade, The Peninsula Shanghai, 32 Zhongshang Dong Yi road, Huangpu District, Shanghai
ç”µè¯ ï¼š+86 21 2327 8888