ARCHIVED: Xiang Yang Lu Flea Market
LATEST: This flea market has CLOSED PERMANENTLY as part of China's effort to stem out copyright infringements. It's now HISTORY.
This is a very popular flea market that is open both day and night. Popular with locals and tourists. This is the place to be to hunt for fake goods (especially fake Mont Blanc pens) and pirated CDs, VCDs and DVDs. If you like fake couture, this is one place to be. It is open air though many stalls have canopies to shield shoppers from sun and rain and the flea market is like a maze with its labyrinth of stalls among many alley ways. There are also food stalls interspaced between stalls selling all kind of goods from arts and crafts, souvenirs, antiques etc etc. BARGAIN IS THE ORDER OF THE DAY.
Indication: You can get about 20 fake Mont Blanc pens for about US$7.
A cozy and colorful cafe with locals and expats and tourists, the feeling is relaxed and there is that ineffable sophisticated feel here...just what a cafe should be! The food is good too: the sandwiches are delicious as is the unique "pancake" with bananas and the brownies are wonderful too....the staff is good...it is, in short, a quintessential cafe with a Shanghai touch. They do not rush you out and are very relaxed about giving you your bill; at night people hang-out and some play Go. Also,they have a bookshelf with some interesting books. It is rare to find a cafe like this anywhere in the world...that kind of sweet feeling place like Berkeley had at one time, or New York or Montreal...alive and well in Shanghai. Love the homemade brownies and the tea is excellent. Great coffee too: they will make it as strong or weak as you prefer.
Museum of Contemporary Art
Visit the newly opened MoCA Shanghai. Check out their website for current exhibition. Cameras allowed (as long as you don't bring in your tripod and start shooting like a pro).
Student discounts available.
Do skip the MoCA Cafe on the top floor, unless you're in the mood to indulge. Food is ridiculously expensive.
I would visit this place over and over again and still find new places to hangout and chill.
Its the perfect place to settle down if you have that in mind.
language is a barrier but that will not come between you having the time of your life. All the places are well connected by the subway and public transport is a blessing.
I dream of going there again. two weeks in Shanghai was just too short.
There is soo much to do from great massages, shopping in the fake market, and also the U garden, The walk on pedestrian street and for brand lovers Shanghai is a pilgrimage. Go- karting , skiing for the fun lovers. Night life is superb(though I dint like the music playd in the discs much. India rocks when it comes to nightlife). Restaurants, u name the cuisine and you have it. From continental to Indian to Italian to Tepanyaki to mexican. Oof....its a foodies paradise too.
"Shopping in Shanghai"
For those who would'nt mind buying fakes of Louis Vitton, Gucci, Armani, Chanel, Prada.......you got it all at the fake markets. And there are more than one fake markets located in different corners of the city.
One of the huge ones are at the science and tech museum subway station. You get everything under the sun that is branded. But also keep in mind to bargain almost to more than half the price.
The pedestrian street in Nanjing East or is it the west not sure but this is for those who wouldnt sacrifice the label for anything cheaper. This street is lined with all the big brands. There are few malls too but I dint spend much time in them to comment.
The U Garden is another awesome place to shop for chinese keepsakes and artifacts, also for other stuff like pearls which are dirt cheap again bargain is a must at these places. And U garnde needs an entire day to explore. Sometimes more than a day too :-)
No traveller will go dishartened from Shanghai when it comes to shopping. Infact you tend to get a little more greedy if not for the baggage limit at the airport.
"Retaurants at Shanghai"
Shanghai is a carnival for a food lover.
You have all kinds of cuisine. You name it and they have it.
We started with brunch at the Shangrilla.....one of the best brunch I have ever had.They have a spread of diff cusince from Indian , mexican, italian, japanese, moroccan and ofcourse Chinese.
Tepanyaki was a great experience( eating while your food is cooked in front of you).
Dinning at the jin mao tower was a woww dinning.....you have the breathtaking view of the entire bund area and the most awesome italian food too.
Xintiandi was one of my favourite places......strewn with cafes and restaurants along the lanes which has that french look. Such a pretty place where you can just chill out and enjoy your food or a drink. I would suggest a must visit to Xintiandi.