With its small alleyways and hidden spots the old Tianzifang district in Shanghai is such a charming place to visit. It was originally built in the 1930s as a residential area but is now comprised by all sorts of craft stores, souvenir vendors, lots of cafes, restaurants and bars. If one is into architecture Tianzifang is known as an example of the famous Shikumen style (stone-framed doorways).
I always take my visitors here as it is a sweet and popular tourist spot. Today I went to buy a wedding gift to take back to Europe for a wedding this summer - Tianzifang is great for getting good quality souvenirs and handy crafts or if you simply can't be bothered fighting with the vendors at Shanghai's fake markets.