A chain with eight locations around Shanghai. The outlets are very small and stock only imported goods. Items come mainly from Japan, Australia and Europe. City Shop also offers an extensive range of wines and home delivery services. The Shanghai Centre store is one of their best: Shanghai Centre, 1376 NanJing Road (W). Phone: 6215 0418
FreshMart Supermarket – SOGO Jiu Guang
The single FreshMart outlet can be found inside Jing’An Temple Subway Station: B1 City Plaza, 1618 Nanjing Xi Lu (at basement level 1, under Jing’an Temple). This little supermarket is well stocked with Western, Chinese and Japanese foods. On top of that, the store offers a wide range of fresh food, fruits and also a wine cellar. Spend over RMB200 and you can get a store assistant to hail a taxi for you so that you do not have to brave the Shanghai crowds with shopping in hand. Phone: 3217-4838
Carrefour (about 20 locations around Shanghai)
This popular French store offers a wide range of imported Western groceries as well as fresh fruits and vegetables. In some of the large, warehouse-like branches, you can also buy electronic items, books, sporting goods, clothing, shoes, music, bicycles, and get film developed. They will even home-deliver large orders for you.
The Gubei store is probably their best for selection of food: No. 268 North Shuicheng Road, (021) 62781944.
Pines, The Market Place
Pines has six branches scattered across Shanghai. The supermarket stocks European foods (predominantly Italian) and has an unbeatable selection of wines, cheeses and cold meats. Delivery service available. Their Pudong Store at 633 BiYun Road, Jinqiao (Phone: 50306971) is their flagship.
Feidan is new on the grocery store and deli scene and to date, only has five very small outlets around Shanghai. As the stores are so small, so is the selection of goods on offer. Not worth a cross-city trip like some of the other stores in this list but if there is one near you, this is the place to grab pasta or cheese. Home delivery offered.
This warehouse type cash-and-carry store requires membership before you can shop, but it is easy to obtain on the spot. Western and Chinese groceries are sold in bulk. There are four branches across Shanghai. Their newest location is at 383 Baiyang road, Huamu Town, Pudong New Area, Shanghai 201204. Phone: 021-68928888
There are branches of the famous British supermarket now within Shanghai and also Tesco Express. Inside you will find predominantly Chinese food, but there is a single aisle dedicated to imported foods. http://www.cn.tesco.com
These large supermarkets stock a wide range of Chinese and international foods. There are eight branches around Shanghai. In some of the large, warehouse-like branches, you can also buy electronic items, sporting goods, clothing, shoes, DVDs, music and bicycles. Their Super Brand Mall Branch is their largest: B1-2, 168 Lujiazui Xi Lu. Phone: 5047 0648.
The basement of one of Shanghai’s most popular department stores contains a huge grocery store which surprisingly stocks most of the imported items featured at more expensive shops such as City Supermarket, but at generally lower prices. The store’s size can make specialty items a little hard to find among the packets of freeze-dried chicken feet, but don’t let that faze you. Two branches are: Parkson Shopping Center, Basement, 918 Huaihai Zhong Lu, Tel: 6415 6384; and Parkson Shopping Center (Gubei Branch), 100 Zunyi Lu, Tel: 6257 4518. Website: http://www.parkson.com.cn/