Where to Shop

Cheers-In offers an amazing selection of beers from Australia, Belgium, China, France, Uk, US, Italy, China and many more countries. You can conveniently order from their website or visit one of their stores on Yongkang rd, West Beijing Road or Daxue Road. Their prices are extremely convenient! Don’t forget to check their weekly deal page for some extra discounts!




CityShop is the largest chain store catering for Expats needs.  It has 9 retail branches located in different areas in Shanghai and Beijing.

Personally I think that the store with more variety of products, better service and better storing is the Gubei branch on the Puxi side, and the Yanlord Reverside City branch on the Pudong side.

You can also conveniently shop online through their website.


DDLogoExpatSupermarketEpermarket is a new online supermarket that specializes in imported groceries for the expats in Shanghai. It offers a wide online selection with currently more than 2,000 products from all over the world and some items are usually cheaper than in other shops for imported food. You can choose one of three time slots for delivery every day and orders over 200 RMB come without added fee.


Check out their website www.epermarket.com. ”


image001Servimex Home ( www.servimexhome.com) is a Swiss home furnishing store that specializes in quality European-style home ware at affordable prices.  Their kitchen range features a selection of cookware and baking utensils as well as many styles of dining ware, including  eco-friendly bamboo products. In addition to kitchen products, Servimex also offers a broad range of furniture, home textiles and home decoration products for every room.

Servimex currently has two stores in Shanghai, one in Pudong and one in Puxi.

- Laya store (Pudong): B1, 300 Fang Dian Road, Pudong, opposite Thumb Plaza

- Parkside store (Puxi): 2F, 196 Da Du He Road, Putuo, opposite Changfeng Park


Carrefour is the French grocery chain located everywhere in China. Every branch has a little section for imported products with prices slightly cheaper than CityShop, Pines or Smartdirect.cn. However it is messy, disorganized, crowded and noisy and most likely you won’t be able to find what you are looking for. I would recommend Carrefour only for non imported items.



If you can speak and read Chinese, Taobao is a convenient website where you will be able to buy what you can’t find at the expat grocery stores in town.

All you have to do is open an account connected to your bank account, type in Chinese the item/s you want to buy, contact the seller and just wait home for him to deliver. Delivery fees are generally low, depending from the city the product is being delivered.

If you cannot speak/read Chinese I will be more than happy to help you placing your order, just write me to: [email protected]

FeiDan is a chain of food stores offering imported Western foods supported by an online store (www.feidan.cn ). Their motto, “Your one-stop neighborhood grocery store”, showing their commitment to provide customers with a convenient shopping experience by eliminating the inconveniences of shopping at large and crowded supermarkets. Their stores are located at the doorstep of city center residential areas, thereby offering a unique personal touch for every day shopping.



Need good coffee and Tea? Well give a look at Castellari Caffe. Free espresso machine and delightful Italian strong coffee, American long coffee or a wide variety of teas.





If you are tired of stiff, Chinese meat and you are looking for tender, premium cuts, go check Baodefood.com. They offer a wide variety of imported meat at very reasonable prices. Delivery is free. Among their products you can also find high quality extra virgin olive oil, sea salt and gourmet prepared food!




FancyCellar_Logo_Red_TransparentFancy Cellar is an online store where you can conveniently shop for boutique French wines at very reasonable prices. The founders, a young French lady and her bf, have a strong passion for wine, that you can see in the commitment and enthusiasm they put into their business. To obtain an additional 8% discount enter the expatcucina promo code: FANCYCUCINA




AVOCADO LADY -  It’s the best kept secret in town. You can find her shop on wulumuqi – wuyuan rd. She has got pretty much everything you might be looking for at very competitive prices. Avocados (10 rmb), coconut flour, nuts, oats, beans, imported fruits and veggies, cheese, butter (15 rmb/250 g), mozzarella, ham, tortillas, juices, coffee, tuna (10 rmb/can), jam, and lots more. She is my best friend in this city!


If you need to buy cooking accessories there are a bunch of places you can visit.

I personally like the little stores at the Hongqiao flour market, they sell a lot of useful items like measuring cups, waffles pan, blenders, cookie cutters, ext.

Here is a list:

  • IKEA in Caoxi rd (漕溪路)
  • CityShop has a small section dedicated to Kitchen utensils.
  • Hongqiao Flours Market, in Hongjing rd (红井路) has several little stores selling kitchen accessories.
  • Hola, an home furnishing store with several locations.
  • H.E.C. the biggest hotel kitchen supplier in Shanghai!
  • http://www.baodefood.com Adam

    You should include http://www.baodefood.com in your list. It’s the retail division of an importer of food and wine to China. The company primarily supplies 5 star hotels and restaurants throughout China and the quality can’t be matched in China, especially when it comes to steak – choose between grain or grass fed and a number of different cuts.

    They offer home delivery to customers in Beijing and Shanghai.

    • http://expatcucina.com Daniela

      Before listing it I’ll have to try some of its products in order to suggest or not my readers to shop there. But thanks for pointing it out :)

  • http://twitter.com/ellenluck Elena

    This list is not complete without Avocado (Arugula) Lady on Wulumuqi Lu

  • Anna

    As a wine lover I would recommend to include http://www.m1ntcellars.com in your listing.
    It was quite difficult for me to find resonable prices for a good bottle of wine so maybe my advice could save someone’s time.=)

    Of course there are a lot of websites offering imported wines but pity enough- those are very english-user unfriendly xD

  • Maxou

    Don’t forget a newcomer!

    I discovered and tried this online retailer this weekend and was amazed!

    They sell all-imported high quality french frozen products and deliver to your door.
    I was amazed to find all those great dishes such as choucroute garnie, flammekueche, rillettes, boudin noir and others

    They seem to follow the same model of the frozen retailer Picard and based on the way they deliver their products, the respect of the cold chain is one of their main priority!

    I will definitely order again!

    • http://www.expatcucina.com Dani

      I just checked the website. It’s only frozen, ready to use food. I’d rather recommend my readers fresh ingredients that they can use to prepare healthy home meals.