, shopping is a definite past time….and a joyful one too!! I admit I love going for the bargains! After all, this is the city where you can find a ton of them and some really good deals…you name it…at the antique markets, fabric markets, and underground shopping plazas and in many of the big retail shopping malls. Shopping opportunities here are endless. Shanghai
But once in a blue moon, I love walking down two of the city’s famous streets that are known to be paradise for the ultimate luxury shopper. Here, the shops cater to the high-end market, but there’s no rule you can’t enjoy them no matter what your shopping budget is. The best thing about these streets is that you don’t even have to be a big-spender. It is also the perfect place to go for a nice walk amongst the tree-lined roads as you take in the view of some unique architectural sights, do some window-shopping (nothing wrong with that!), and stare at the amazing designs of all the flagship stores.
is a city of excess; modernity and supreme luxury…so why not have fun and just let it take you in? J Shanghai
|Huaihai Road's Cartier shop|
|Apple Store Shanghai - a huge 2-story haven for techies|
|Some nice old French style houses also line the street. Most have become new shops.|
|A Christmas tree decorates the entrance to a mall|
Certain shops have made their statement along
Huaihai Road because of their unique design. Luxury brands Dunhill and Vacheron Constantin are located in two floors of the two newly-renovated French-style villas (known as the twin villas) on 796 Huaihai Road. The upper floor is home to the members only Kee Club, a high-society hangout with beautiful dining rooms, bars and restaurants serving French and Chinese cuisine.
Other must-see stores on
Huaihai Road are the Barbie Flagship store and the Apple Store. The Barbie store is the first flagship store set up by Mattel to sell exclusive Barbie products. This store is not just a toy boutique but a clothing store as well, filled with bags, shoes and retail on all things Barbie. At the top floor, there is also a café developed by chef David Laris. Even if you’re not a kid anymore, it is an experience not to be missed. The Apple Store is two gigantic floors of heaven for all Mac fans and techies out there. You can just browse for hours in here but watch out..it is always packed with people!
WEST NANJING ROAD
|West Nanjing Road's many boutique shops along the street|
|West Nanjing Road's many office buildings|
|This guy in shorts really amused me. |
It was 8 degrees Celsius but he seemed to think it was summer!
|Jing'An Temple, built in 1216 is a great landmark at the beginning of West Nanjing Road.|