One of the most atmospheric streets in Shanghai due to the Qing and Ming architecture that lines it, the Yuyuan Market is like an outlet mall found in Old China. While you're attempting to wrap your mind around that, we'll also try to clear up the confusion around the name. The market is not located on Yuyuan Road, as you may assume, but mainly around Fangbang Road, which is located just south of the gorgeous Yuyuan Gardens.
If you're one for souvenirs, then an overwhelming plenty will be found here, but the area is also popular for its Chinese restaurants (although Western fast food and ice cream shops have successfully infiltrated). Nan Xiang is ever-popular for their steamed buns, the interesting twists on tradition at overpriced Lu Bo Lang, and numerous other establishments that we have trouble even translating. Take a walk through the Yuyuan Market for the incredible atmosphere and grab yourself a Chinese lunch or dinner in the meantime; it's a generally safe, highly-frequented tourist area and worth a stop, especially if it's your first time in Shanghai.