Five Shopping Areas in Changsha Recommended by Foreign Community
Here we have listed 5 shopping areas recommended by What’s New in Changsha (WNIC), Changsha’s biggest foreign run group and most loved local events and news provider.
La Nova Shopping Mall is located close to the centre of town, just a couple of blocks north of the Wuyi Square subway station (Line 2), which is also a popular meeting point. La Nova is a very popular mall due to its impressive collection of foreign brands, such as H&M, Zara and C&A. It also has a great Thai restaurant (Papaya) on its upper floors and a small cinema complex. The basement level has a good range of eateries, including pizza, cakes and burgers. Around La Nova you can also find side streets offering local snacks and cuisine making this an fascinating area. It is also around the corner from the popular live music venue Redlive Club (Zhongshan Lu) and some other small bars and restaurants.
No.188 Huang Xing Road Middle, Furong District, Changsha
Operation Hour: Monday to Sunday 10:00-22:00
Nearest subway: Wuyi Square (L1 + L2)
ID Mall is the most central, on PoZiJie, just off Walking Street (through an archway). ID Mall sits just south of Walmart on Jiefang Xilu. The Mall has a good feel to it, with a basement level square where events and activities are often held. The 4th floor has an ice rink, numerous food places (including a popular Teppenyaki restaurant) and a large, modern cinema complex. ID Mall also has the usual major brands and a computer game arcade. There is also a good children's play area. The streets around ID Mall are still being developed and PoZiJie has an array of local noodles restaurants, bars, KTV compounds and coffee shops. Although it can be a little tricky to reach directly by public transport, it is certainly a nice, relaxing mall to unwind, get a bite or watch a movie at.
Nearest subway: HuangXing Square (L1)
Not to be confused with the ‘Wanda’ shopping centre close to Walking Street on Jiefang Xilu, this modern, skyscraper-clad development dominates the riverside skyline. It houses a new, plush hotel (where good buffets can be had) and has a variety of well known stores and an imported food supermarket (Vanguard). Around the back, outside, you can find smaller stores and wine bars that operate until late in the night. At night, the Wanda towers project impressive images and graphics that light up Changsha. Probably the best feature of the mall, apart from the IMAX cinema, are the 4th Floor restaurants. There are often queues to get tables at peak times and much of it is by high quality, nationally recognized chain restaurants which are still, usually, quite affordable. Wanda Plaza is also an important business hub housing many city offices.
Nearest subway: Middle XiangJiang Rd (L2)
This brand new, European style outdoor shopping precinct overlooks the Xiangjiang river in Hexi area and has a swathe of Western restaurants, cool bars and even some foreign owned businesses. It is worth the trip to absorb the views and relax. While it lacks the many clothing stores that other malls enjoy, this is a shopping area for wining and dining rather than getting the latest fashion accessories. In fact, it probably comes in at Number One for romantic spots. A large club and more facilities are being planned so expect greater things from, without a doubt, the most architecturally beautiful shopping area in Changsha.
Nearest subway: under construction (best to take a taxi from Kaifu Temple over the river)
DinDin Mall is located at the southern end of Helong Stadium. It is, essentially, a small, cute mall made from shipping containers and features a combination of funky shops and lively bars. From pizza shops to late night bar shops, from fashion brands to eco-friendly vegetarian outlets, this is a nice place to relax while passing through the area. In particular, Cuper Bar offers a good view of the Ferris Wheel in the evenings with a small terrace zone. The mall also makes great use of neon lighting. Within sight of the mall is Sally’s Cafe which has some of the best cakes in town. There is also a garden area for tea and relaxing. It provides a nice area to relax at, whether after a sports outing at the stadium or after a day with kids at nearby Kubeiland (an indoor children’s adventure resort).
Nearest subway: Houjiatang (L1)