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Barbie Store, Shanghai

After the mediocre lunch at the Barbie Cafe, we explored the rest of the store.

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There’s a runway for fashion shows.IMG_9917_barbie_sm

A changing room complete with many dizzying mirrors and benches shaped like poodles.

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A huge circular staircase with hundreds of Barbies in pink dresses.

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Mannequins near the Barbie clothing line (all sizes, not just little girls.  Anna and Bonnie fit right in!)

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Ethnic Barbies from all over the world.  (Does Bonnie look like French Barbie?  French Barbie kinda looks like a Las Vegas showgirl to me.)

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A history of different Barbies thorough the years.  (Bonnie was a flight attendant and her husband is a pilot so Pilot Barbie is appropriate for her.  Also, it may have been the only Barbie with short hair that we saw.)

IMG_9932_barbie_smAnd if all of this pink Barbie madness has worn you out, you can go to the Barbie Spa to relax.

Barbie Cafe

The Barbie Flagship store just happens to be in Shanghai, so last Friday, Bonnie, Anna and I went to the Barbie Cafe.

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We’d agreed to wear pink, blue eyeshadow and pink lipstick in honor of Barbie.  Bonnie went all out with a blond wig and sequined dress!

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The cafe looks like a 50s diner.  It’s pretty cool.  Not totally girly.

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I really wanted a thick milkshake – most of the time here, they consider it a milkshake if a tablespoon of ice cream is added to milk.  I prefer my milkshakes so thick that the sides of the straw collapse when you try to drink it.  They actually added more ice cream so it was more to my liking.  Nice.

IMG_9886_barbie_smAt least five different people asked to have their photo taken with us.  Our waitress asked if we were dressed up because it was someone’s birthday, to which Anna replied YES to right away.  So Bonnie got a cupcake for her “birthday.”  Unfortunately it was probably the worst-tasting cupcake we’d ever had.  The frosting tasted just like margarine – we all tried to eat one bite but couldn’t handle anymore.

The set lunch for 38 RMB didn’t sound too bad – a salad, soup and half a sandwich.  The salad was described as having lots of things like tomatoes and pecans in it, but we could only find half of a cherry tomato.  The rest of the food was very average.

More on the rest of the store to come tomorrow!

Address:  6/F, Barbie Shanghai, 550 Huaihai Zhong Lu,  near Chengdu Nan Lu.
淮海中路550号芭比上海6楼, 近成都南路

Decorating with frosting

Bonnie took a professional cake-decorating course in the US, and Claire and I wanted to learn, so she put on a little class for us. I’ve decorated several things before, but knowing the proper way to do it makes it a lot easier! We only learned a few basic things so I think we’ll have more classes later.


My roses look more like cabbage….

Hotel Equipment Store

I think this is one of Shanghai’s best-kept secrets as to where to find Western kitchen things! If only I’d have known to go here when we first moved to Shanghai, instead of buying everything at IKEA. *sigh*

This store has everything, and you don’t have to buy 20 of everything. Anything you can imagine needing in a hotel, restaurant, or bar – it’s here. Fake fruit, napkins, tablecloths, glasses, silverware, serving utensils, massive refrigerators, sinks, ovens, those big gas outdoor patio heaters, bells to ring for service… it’s all here and inexpensive. Three floors of fun! (The 2nd to 4th floor, in case you notice the 4F sign further down.)

Address: 345 Aomen Lu, near Jiangning Lu
澳门路345号近江宁路

Claire and Bonnie have a custom baking business called “Sweet Bon-O-Mine.” They are expanding and looking for a small, inexpensive kitchen space – let me know if you have any guanxi to find this!

Bakeware… I’m going to have to come back and get some casserole dishes.

The 4th floor is where to find all of those baking supplies you can’t find in Shanghai. Including cookie cutters, icing decorating bags and tips, pans, molds, rolling pins, etc.

I just love Lock’n’Lock containers. I bought this size of container at Tesco and it was about 80 RMB. Here it was 28 RMB!!!

Look, even a wedding gift set. If only I had more cupboard space.

Ever wonder where the bars get hundreds of dice for the dice games? Neither did I. But, apparently they buy them here!

Happy customers!

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