Your airplane just landed in Shanghai. You hop off and hail a cab to the house you have been planning so long settling in. Once you turn the key and enter the open door, you hear your stomach growl. You see that you need some new microwaves and couches. What now?!
Do not fret. Here we have listed some of the best places to buy all the lifestyle essentials, including food, electronics, and furniture.
There are always times when you might be slightly homesick and what better way to deal with homesickness than to taste a piece of home, literally? A top choice many expats suggest is City Shop, the largest chain store in Shanghai targeting primarily high-end customers. With 10 branches in Shanghai located in high-end districts, City Shop sells quality food from all over the world so you are guaranteed to find something you crave. Other similar imported food markets include Pines the Market Place, FeiDan, and Freshmart.
Some expacts also prefer international supermarkets such as Carrefour, Metro, and Walmart where you can find local delicacies in addition to imported goods. Here, choices of imported foods are much more limited than that of City Shop but prices are lower and everyday food essentials are available at a much cheaper price.
Occasionally you will find local supermarkets such as Lianhua (联华), Hualian (华联), and Jiadele (家得利)— small supermarkets concentrated more on locally-produced food as opposed to imported food from outside of China.The difference between these local supermarkets and international supermarkets is not just the narrow range of imported goods, but also the lower standards for quality of the food and the service.
24-Hour Convenience Stores
Thousands of 24-Hour convenience stores are located in just a single country and China, especially Shanghai, is no exception. Much like the United States, there is a pool of convenience stores to choose from, most commonly FamilyMart, Lawson, 7-Eleven, and Kuaike. These 24-Hour Convenience Stores can be seen on almost every other block and can be your best solution to satisfy your growling stomach.
Check (this link) for more listings on grocery stores in Shanghai