A Happy Day in Shanghai's Tianzifang

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.

A Chinese popsicles vendor inside Tianzifang. Traditional Shanghai popsicles comes in saltwater, red bean, green bean, pineapple & sticky rice flavor. Next time I will try to be more adventurous 

A Chinese popsicles vendor inside Tianzifang. Traditional Shanghai popsicles comes in saltwater, red bean, green bean, pineapple & sticky rice flavor. Next time I will try to be more adventurous 

Shopping, strolling, eating, chilling, repeat. 

Shopping, strolling, eating, chilling, repeat. 

Tianzifang has lots of good eateries as well as lots funny and cute things to look at

Tianzifang has lots of good eateries as well as lots funny and cute things to look at

Last month I took my grandmother to Tianzifang when she was visiting Shanghai, it was a rainy day so she really enjoyed exploring both the area and the small shops and galleries the area holds

Last month I took my grandmother to Tianzifang when she was visiting Shanghai, it was a rainy day so she really enjoyed exploring both the area and the small shops and galleries the area holds

Me and my grandmother in one of the galleries where you can buy photos and paintings with the original Shanghai motives in all sizes and colors 

Me and my grandmother in one of the galleries where you can buy photos and paintings with the original Shanghai motives in all sizes and colors