Favorite Products Found in Shanghai

December 5, 2016
I've been in Shanghai for over a year now, and it has been fun discovering new products to try...and, in some cases, taste! Below I've listed out a few of my top picks, so if you're ever in Shanghai...

Dutch Pies- I was able to sample three different kinds of pies from Dutch Pies this Thanksgiving, and boy were they all delicious! Dutch Pies uses only fresh ingredients and does not add those icky preservatives.  Now that I know about this company, I will be placing orders with them. It's the perfect dessert to bring to a get together, and the best part is that it saves me from having to cook, yet others will still enjoy it. Dutch Pies can ship the pies right to you, which is dangerously convenient. Some of the mouth-watering flavors to choose from are: cherry crumble, apple, pumpkin, banana toffee, and pecan. They also make rice pudding and cakes!

Lizzy's All-Natural- I absolutely love the smoothies from Lizzy's. Here in Shanghai, sometimes I feel like I don't get enough vitamins from fruits and vegetables. The smoothies from Lizzy's are a great way to incorporate those. There are several stores located in Shanghai, but I order the smoothies from Kate and Kimi, a grocery delivery service. Typically, I'll have one as a meal replacement, but just for breakfast. A few of my friends have done the detoxifying cleanses, too. Besides smoothies, there are different types of teas, coffees, and milks.

Little Ondine- These nail polishes are the bomb. There is very little drying time, and my nails have dried very quickly in comparison to when I use traditional polish. This nail polish is water-based, so it's not harmful to your nails. The best part is that you don't even need to use nail polish remover to take the polish off! You can just peel it, and it comes right off! I've found Little Ondine nail polish at Sephora here in Shanghai, but the company is really growing and now has a U.S. site.

Suzhou Cobblers- I've been admiring these shoes for awhile now, and think I'm going to finally shell out the cash to get a pair of custom made shoes. The designs scream China, and many types have hand embroidered patterns on them; think birds, flowers, bamboo, pandas, and peacocks. A shop in Xintiandi sells these shoes, but there are some available to buy on their website as well.  If I could fit into any of them, I would've totally bought some already, so thank goodness they have the custom made option for women who need sizes in the 40's.

Strictly Cookies- These homemade cookies remind me of some gourmet cookies I'd get back home in the States. If cookies are your thing, I highly recommend trying these, as I was hooked from the first bite. (If I just made them sound addicting, they are!!) The cookies can be found in restaurants, shops, and cafes all over Shanghai. My favorite one is called Snack Pack, and it's made with chips, Oreos, caramel, and pretzels!

This weekend I'll be heading to a Christmas market, where I'm sure to come across even more top-notch items! What local products do you love?

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