Hangzhou is the the capital of Zhejiang Province, and it’s known as the local economic, political, and cultural center. This beautiful city also has many exciting places to go shopping, and these inside tips help you find the best buys at shops and stores across Hangzhou.
Hefang Street is a nice place to buy souvenirs. Go toward the middle area of the street, between Zhongshan Road and Wu Hill to find the shopping section. Wang Xing Ji is famous for its fans, and Longjing is well-known for tea and silk products.
Fang Gu Jie, located near the Wushan Square, contains many famous shops that sell everything from souvenirs, toys, handicrafts, and local food. Not only is this a great place to find souvenirs, it’s also an excellent place to visit to see traditional and ancient Chinese culture. You’ll even see street performances from local craftsmen and artists while you’re shopping.
Travel to Hubin Road, which hugs the northeastern corner of West Lake to find high-end, authentic designer clothing, restaurants, and cafes. You’ll find a wide range of designer brands here, and as you may expect, the prices are high, as well. When you’re looking for name brand clothing and don’t want to worry about buying fake items, this is the place to visit.
Finding Miscellaneous Items
There are mini marts located all across town. Stop by one if you’re looking to buy a drink, snack, or a small item you forgot to pack. These stores offer fair prices, however, they’re not open to negotiating on prices like many other vendors are.
Tips for a Better Shopping Experience
Prices are often open to negotiation. This even holds true when you see an item with a price tag. Don’t feel uncomfortable haggling with vendors, as you’ll often be able to walk away paying less than the listed price.
Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about shopping in Hangzhou