Shopping in Wenzhou
There are mainly four shopping malls in the city center of Wenzhou, including Kaitai Department Store, Intime Department Store, Times Square and the high-end Fortune Shopping Mall, where you can find most well-known Chinese brands and some world-famous luxury brands. In addition, in the newly-developed center of Longwan District, close to Longwan International Airport, a grand urban complex called Wanda Plaza has opened to attract more and more Wenzhou shoppers.
@ Wenzhou Intime Dept. Store 银泰百货
@ Wenzhou Times Square 时代广场
@ Wenzhou Fortune Shopping Mall 财富购物中心
@ Wenzhou Kaitai Dept. Store 开太百货
@ Longwan Wanda Plaza 龙湾万达广场
Some world-leading supermarkets have set foot on Wenzhou, including Carrefour (家乐福), Lotus Supermarket (易初莲花) and Wal-Mart (沃尔玛) etc. Wal-Mart has entered the market by acquiring Trust-Mart’s three stores in Wenzhou. On the other hand, some local Chinese supermarkets like Century Mart (世纪联华) and C&U Supermarket (人本超市) are also popular choices of Wenzhou’s local people for shopping daily life necessaries. C&U has also run more than 100 convenience stores around the city.
@ Wal-Mart Sports Center Store (Wenzhou Sports Center 温州体育中心)
@ Wal-Mart Dananmen Store (Hongying Building, Danan Rd. 大南路)
@ Wal-Mart European City Store (European City 欧洲城)
@ Carrefour Tangjiaqiao Store (Wenzhou Avenue 温州大道中环广场)
@ Lotus Center 易初莲花 (Shangjiang Rd. 上江路)
@ Century Mart Nanguo Store (Nanguo Building, Jinxiu Rd. 锦绣路)
@ Century Mart Antai Store (Antai Building, Hualongqiao Rd. 划龙桥路)
@ C&U Supermarket Xueyuan Rd. Store (Middle Xueyuan Rd. 学院中路)
@ C&U Supermarket Bailuzhou Store (Bailuzhou Park 白鹿洲公园)
As a foreigner, if you have a plan to stay in Wenzhou for a long time, maybe you also want to get some authentic Western supplies frequently after you get tired of Chinese cuisine and miss the food from your hometown. In Wenzhou, there are several places for imported food, though the price is comparatively high. Among them, HD City Shop, Fortune Mart and PINOU International Supermarket are mostly for imported food, while many supermarkets in Wenzhou have also set up a separate section specially for Western food.
@ HD City Shop (North Feixiao Rd. 飞霞北路)
@ Fortune Imports Mart (Fortune Shopping Mall 财富购物中心)
@ PINOU International Supermarket (Nanpu Rd. 南浦路)
Next to Wenzhou Train Station (温州火车站), there is a big market for cheap clothes and shoes where you generally need to bargain to get a good price. If you are interested in bringing back some kids’ clothes home for your children, Jiefang Street (解放街) in the city center will be a good choice. In addition, on the Renmin Road (人民路) sits a shoes market (温州鞋城) for wholesaling and also retailing.
Currently, there are mainly two markets for digital devices in the city center of Wenzhou where you can find laptops, digital cameras, computers, printers and other related accessories of different brands. One is called Wenzhou Digital Plaza (温州数码广场) on West Liming Road (黎明西路) and the other is Wenzhou Computer Market (温州电脑市场) on East Renmin Road (人民东路).
As for mobile phones, you can directly go to those franchise stores authorized by different mobile phone makers or those mobile operators like China Mobile and China Unicom on East Renmin Road (人民东路), where generally you cannot bargain over the prices. Also, on the same road is a big mobile phone market called Wenzhou Zhongqiao Communications Market (温州中侨通讯市场) mainly for mobile phones of different brands and quality.
When you visit Wenzhou for the first time, you may want to bring back home some local specialties of Wenzhou as souvenirs or gifts to your friends. Since Wenzhou is a renowned manufacturing center in China for many light industrial products, cigarette lighter, glasses, shaver and shoes etc are considered featured local specialties of Wenzhou. In addition, you can also choose from those local crafts with a long history including wood carvings, stone sculpture, Ou embroidery and hair embroidery etc, or some local food specialties, such as duck tongue, smoked chicken and fish cake. Wenzhou Tourist Shopping Center at Wenzhou Stationery Market (温州文化用品市场) on Wenchang Road (文昌路) offers a fast and convenient shopping experience for tourists who are seeking for local specialties of Wenzhou.