8 Options for Import Food Shopping in Shanghai

8 Options for Import Food Shopping in Shanghai
By Susie Gordon , eChinacities.com

One of the great things about living in Shanghai is the variety of food and drink. There’s no shortage of restaurants and bars where you can find the sort of stuff you like to eat and drink. But what if you want to cook at home or fill your cupboards with familiar snacks? That’s where imported goods come in. They cost a bit more than local produce, but many expats feel that the few extra Yuan is well worth it for a taste of home. Here, we take a look at some of the best options for stocking up on imported food and drinks.


1)City ShopView In Map
The City Shop chain is one of the most recognisable and well-established in Shanghai. There are seven branches across town, all offering a massive range of imported food like cereal, pasta, sauce, wine, biscuits, fresh fruit, vegetables and dairy products. They also stock English books and international magazines. You can order online through their website and even receive free delivery for orders over 200 RMB; however, there is a service charge of 20 RMB. The main branches are listed below and the others can be found on CityShop’s website.

Add: 1/F, Shanghai Centre, 1376 Nanjing Xilu, Shanghai
地址: 上海市南京西路1376号,上海商城1楼,近西康路
Tel: 021 6215 0418
Opening hours: Daily, 08:00-22:30

Add: 131 Tianyaoqiao Lu, near Xingeng Lu, Shanghai
地址: 上海市天钥桥路131号, 近辛耕路   
Tel: 021 6215 0418
Opening hours: Daily, 08:00-22:00
Website: www.cityshop.com.cn

2) FeiDan View In Map
Somewhat bizarrely, this chain’s name means “flying egg” and their whimsical cartoon logo attests to this. All five branches are well-stocked with goods imported mainly from Europe and the United States. They accept online orders via their website and they will deliver your ordered goods for free, within three hours; there is a minimum delivery amount of 100 RMB. Another good reason to shop at FeiDan is the free fabric shopping bag they’ll give you, which is perfect for re-using or doubling up as a laundry bag. The gelato bar at the Anfu Lu branch is also worth a visit.

Add: 158 Anfu Lu, near Wulumuqi Lu, Shanghai
地址: 上海市安福路158号, 近乌鲁木齐中路
Tel: 021 5403 6991
Opening hours: Daily, 08:00-22:00

Add: 382-1 Dagu Lu, near Shimen Yi Lu, Shanghai
地址: 上海市大沽路382-1号, 近石门一路
Tel: 021 6340 0547
Opening hours: Daily, 09.30-22:00

Add: The Loft, 283 Jianguo Xi Lu, near Jiashan Lu, Shanghai
地址: 上海市建国西路283号 尚街, 近嘉善路
Tel: 021 6473 3194
Opening hours: Daily, 09.00-22:00

Add: Lujiazui Centre Palace, 332 Jin Yan Lu, Shanghai
地址: 上海市陆家嘴公寓, 锦延路332号
Tel: 021 5059 3723
Opening hours: Daily, 09.30-22:00

Add: Hongqiao, 1896 Hami Lu, near Qingxi Lu, Shanghai
地址: 上海市哈密路1896号,近青溪路
Tel: 021 6242 7181
Opening hours: Daily, 07:00-20:00
Website: http://www.feidan.cn/

3) Fine FoodsView In Map
A relative newcomer on the expat shopping scene, Fine Foods opened at the end of 2009 and provides the north Jing’an/south Putuo foreign contingent with food and wine. Their wine room is especially impressive and they have a fresh meat counter as well as English books. The adjoining bakery provides bread and cake products.

Add: 1582 Kangding Lu, near Wanhangdu Lu, Shanghai
地址: 上海市康定路1582号,近万航渡路

4) FreshMart View In Map
Accessible either from Jing’an Temple metro station or the Jiu Guang shopping mall, FreshMart is a Japanese brand which offers a wide range of imported goods. The Japanese element can be seen in the long sushi counter and in the selection of plum wines. FreshMart is also great for imported coffee and tea, as well as wine but beware of the commissioned staff that tend to pester you as you browse selection.

Add: B/F, Jiu Guang, 1618 Nanjing Xi Lu, near Huashan Lu, Shanghai
Tel: 021 3217 4838
Opening hours: Daily, 10:00-22:00

5) MyLocalStore
This online shop allows you to create an account on their website, where you can place orders of imported groceries and organic produce. They offer regular discounts and special offers and cover Shanghai, Hangzhou, Suzhou, Kunshan and Wuxi. Delivery is free for and a 10 RMB service charge is applied for delivery orders under 100 RMB. If you place your order before 16:30, you will receive it before noon the next day.
Website: www.mylocalstore.cn

6) SmartDirect
SmartDirect.cn is similar to MyLocalStore, in that they take online grocery orders and ship them to your door. They have an agreement with Marks and Spencer to deliver on their behalf, which is great if you don’t live close to the Nanjing Lu flagship store.
Website: SmartDirect.cn

7) Pines the Market Place  View In Map
Residents of Pudong’s villa complexes can find a huge range of imported goods at branches of Pines. There are also two branches in Puxi. With 1200 wine labels and meat specialists on site, Pines has become a firm favourite among expats. Home delivery is also available.

Add: Season Villas, 1983 Huamu Lu, near Century Park, Shanghai
地址: 上海市花木路1983号近世纪公园
Tel: 021 6262 9055 (delivery)
Opening hours: Daily, 08:00-21:00

Add: French Concession, 322 Anfu Lu, near Wukang Lu, Shanghai   
地址: 上海市安福路322号近武康路
Tel: 6262 9055 (delivery)
Open: Daily 08:30-21:30

(Jinqiao) Add: Green Sports & Leisure Center, 633 Biyun Lu, near Lan'an Lu

地址: 上海市 碧云路633号碧云体育休闲中心近蓝桉路
Tel: 021 6262 9055 (delivery)
Opening hours: Daily, 08:00-21:30

Add: Minhang, 427 Jinfeng Lu, near Baole Lu, Shanghai
地址: 上海市金丰路427号近宝乐路
Tel: 021 6262 9055 (delivery)
Opening hours: Daily, 08:30-21:30

8) CarrefourView In Map
Most branches of the French superstore have imported goods aisles, but the best branches are in Gubei and Zhongshan Park. At Zhongshan, the wine section itself takes up a whole room and there are several well-stocked aisles of dry goods including cereals, potato chips and chocolate. The origin of each product is conveniently listed on the price tag. The Gubei branch has a selection of foreign magazines

Add: Zhongshan Par, B1-2/F, Cloud Nine Shopping Mall, 1018 Changning Lu, near Kaixuan Lu, Shanghai
地址: 水城南路268号,近延安西路
Tel: 021 6226 1364
Opening hours: Daily, 08:00-22:30

Add: Gubei, 268 Shuicheng Nan Lu, near Yan'an Xi Lu, Shanghai
地址: 水城南路268号,近延安西路
Tel: 021 6278 1944
Opening hours: Daily, 08:30-23:00

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And don't forget the newcomer Gautiergourmet with their selection of French imported products! From appetizers to desserts they sell and deliver to your home delicious ready-to-eat frozen products! Considering their range of French regional products, which that are so hard to find in China: canapés, andouillettes, flammekueche, coq au vin, clafoutis and even rillettes!! I was delighted to discover this new website!

Jul 22, 2013 17:34 Report Abuse