The Huaihai road retail scene in Shanghai is really heating up with the recent openings of K11 and Lane Crawford / Times Square as well as Parkson’s recent makeover as well as International apm (iapm) which is officially my new favourite mall in Shanghai, toppling K11 from the top spot. The name apparently reflects the idea that the mall will be open round the clock, so from AM to PM, hence APM. Covering 1.3 million square feet of retail space close to Parkson on Huaihau Road. The mall includes high end retail stores such as Prada, TODS, Gucci and Alexander McQueen, along with an Apple Store and iMax movie theatre and enough dining establishments (I think around 30 in total) to keep this blogger busy till well beyond the new year!
Basically, anyone who’s anyone in the Shanghai dining scene has taken up space at iapm, including Awfully Chocolate, Ginza Bairin, Ippudo, Paradise Dynasty, Lei Garden, Morton’s, Ding Tai Fung, Bang (by Mr Willis) and one of Xintiandi’s longest running establishments, Kabb is also represented here. Oh and there’s also going to be a branch of City’Super which will give Parkson’s a bit of competition in the supermarket category.
It is incredible to think that just a few years ago, this was the site of the famous Xiangyang fake market, where tourists would go to look for cheap knock offs and now all that’s on offer is genuine luxury labels with prices to match.
Offices and residences will follow very soon, branded Shanghai ICC (International Commerce Centre) although I certainly won’t be able to afford to live there!