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Hip jewelry, cool bags and tasty food

JINXIAN Road is a small road connecting Shaanxi Road S. and Maoming Road S. But it has become one of the more popular streets for Shanghai's young fashionistas. Fashion boutiques, designer shops, antique dealers, restaurants and cafes are worth a browse. All kinds of fashion gear and accessories can be found on the street. It also boasts several hot hangout spots such as Citizen Caf and Pier 39.

Creative Jewelry

Creative jewelry has been in business for more than seven years and was one of the first boutiques to open on Jinxian Road. The jewelry boutique provides one off pieces from around the world, predominantly South Korea, China and Europe. There is a vast selection of accessories on offer with around 4,000 different styles of necklaces, earrings, bracelets and evening bags. Simple, elegant Korean style jewelry is contrasted to bright, decadent European styles and caters to a variety of tastes. Prices range from 30 yuan (US$4.71) for children抯 hair accessories to more than 2,000 yuan for larger, more detailed necklaces from Europe. Rings are around 100 yuan and clutch bags are priced between 500 yuan and 1,000 yuan. Many designs make use of animal motifs and there is a selection of crystal encrusted spiders, peacocks and elephants in an array of bright colors, providing an interesting shopping experience. Great for party and special occasion buys.

Opening hours: 10am?0pm

Address: 236 Jinxian Rd

Tel: 6218-4290


Entering Yamado is like going on safari. The selection of beautiful, handmade bags are surrounded by foliage and brass antiques, emulating the jungle. The third in a chain of Shanghai designed bag boutiques, Yamado offers handmade quality bags made from a variety of leathers. In keeping with the décor, the bags are made using crocodile, horse and cow leather as well as a variety of other leathers and furs. The bags are simple and Japanese in style and use muted tones such as browns, blacks and creams. Purses and wallets are priced at 1,000 yuan (US$157) and belts are around 800 yuan. There is a selection of bag styles and sizes; large, practical pieces cost around 3,000 yuan and small clutch bags are around 2,000 yuan. Yamado provides investment bags that are stylish and durable.

Opening hours: 10:30am–10pm

Address: 198 Jinxian Rd

Tel: 3372-8258


Bbmilk's is a small boutique which offers vintage-style clothing at affordable prices. The boutique provides one-off pieces, specifically selected to be in keeping with current European trends. Open for around four years, Bbmilk's offers an interesting variation from the simple, Japanese-style boutiques in this area. The majority of the clothing is sourced from around China and several pieces are designed by the Bbmilk label. Clothing is made from a variety of fabrics and colors, including several T-shirts displaying interesting designs. There is a range of good quality winter coats in a selection of colors and materials; prices range from 1,000 yuan (US$157) to 2,000 yuan. Fashionable ankle boots are priced at 500 yuan and leather bags are between 800 yuan and 1,000 yuan.

Opening hours: 11am–10pm

Address: Rm 102, No. 191 Jinxian Rd

Tel: 6253-4643

Pier 39

Pier 39 is an American style diner which has been open for more than two years. Claiming to have Shanghai抯 best clam chowder, Pier 39 has become a very popular lunch spot and certainly does not disappoint. The food is in keeping with the style of the restaurant and the menu offers a wide range of American-style dishes at affordable prices. The portions are easily big enough for two and the majority of customers share a selection of dishes. The clam chowder is served in a tasty bread bowl. Also in keeping with American traditions, the service is excellent. There is a selection of salads and sandwiches priced between 30 yuan (US$4.71) and 50 yuan and pastas are around 45 yuan each. An extensive drink menu provides a wide selection of pure fruit juices at 22 yuan for a small and 28 yuan for a large, as well as delicious smoothies at around 35 yuan. A variety of alcoholic drinks and cocktails cost around 50 yuan and American and Chinese beers cost between 25 yuan and 35 yuan. Pier 39 also offers take away and delivery service. They will self-deliver if the order comes from the local area and use Meal Bay for orders that are further away. Pier 39 provides a comfortable environment in which to relax and enjoy a variety of Western cuisines.

Opening hours: 11am-10pm

Address: 172 Jinxian Rd

Tel: 6258-1939


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