Arts + Culture

24 Hours in Shanghai

by staff

11 AM: Shop in the Xintiandi neighborhood

The cobblestone streets of Xintiandi, a neighborhood of old stone shikumen town houses turned outdoor mall, are lined with upscale restaurants, bars, and, above all, chic stores. If the abundance of expats and Western-style eateries reminds you of suburban California, ground yourself with a stop at the on-site minimuseum, which portrays life in a typical shikumen house during the early 20th century. After selecting a souvenir or two from the gift store, head to Shanghai Tang for a wide assortment of China chic, including qipao dresses in bright modern palettes and melamine plates with Pop art renderings of iconic Chinese images. You'll find chinoiserie and unique porcelain sets at Simply Life, which does dishes in swirls of imperial yellow or with painted peonies. For dainty silk accessories and slick pajamas, try Annabel Lee.

Shanghai Tang
15 North Block
Tel: 86 21 6384 1601

Simply Life
5 South Block
Tel: 86 21 6387 5100

Annabel Lee
3 North Block
Tel: 86 21 6320 0045

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