Billed the “Paris of the East,” Shanghai is well known for its upscale shopping. That doesn’t mean the city is unwelcoming to thrifty shoppers though. In Shanghai, there is a market for everything, clothes, plants, hotel supplies, you name it you will find it. Want to go on a shopping spree in Shanghai without blowing your budget? Try one of these markets.
Want a name brand look without the price tag? Head to the South Bund Fabric Market with a picture of your design and be amazed at the three floors of tailors and seamstresses ready to make you look runway ready. Most stalls specialize in suits, coats, or traditional dresses, but there is always someone able to help you create a unique look. As a general rule, avoid the aggressive touts on the first floor. Their work is not as high quality as that of the second and third floor tailors. Depending on demand, a completed outfit should take less than a week to complete, from initial contact to final fitting.