If you visit Shanghai, you must go to Tianzifang. It cited as favorite Shanghai attraction by the New York Times.There are many arts and crafts shops, design studios, art galleries and boutiques, Cafes, bars and a lot international shops and restaurants. Any day you visit there, you might find crowds of people from everywhere of the world.
It may unlike the better known Xintiandi area nearby, but you can find the Chinese residential atmosphere and the old-style buildings, narrow alleys. Many original residents still live in the narrow lanes.
A lot of talented craftsmen, designers, and artists live and work in Tianzifang and sell their artworks. Chen Yifei, one of China’s most renowned contemporary artists, took over two abandoned factory buildings in Lane 210, Taikang Road, and converted them into his oil painting, sculpture, fashion and photograph studios. Other well known Chinese and foreign artists have set up studios on Lane 40 or some other lanes.
Architecture: You’ll see Chinese-style Shikumen (stone-framed-door houses) which reflects a confluence of architectural tastes, over 20 varieties of well-preserved shikumen buildings in Tianzifang, whose types and completeness rank with the best in the city. The Shikumen buildings along with French colonial buildings in Tianzifang.You’ll also find converted Chinese factory buildings from later times.
Food: Restaurants here are small but offer various delicious foods from many countries, such as Thai food, New York steak and burger, grill, Japanese sushi, French goose liver, cheese hot pot…so you can walk around the lanes and choose what you like.
If you visit Tianzifang, Please be mindful and respect the local residents’ privacy. Both visitors and local residents deserve a respite in these acres. Thank you.
Subway: Take subway Line 9 to Dapuqiao station and take Exit 1.