Tian Zi Fang
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Darren M
Perth, Australia149 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
We visited at night time to fill in a few hours and have some dinner. It was nice just top wander around the alley ways, not knowing what was around the next corner. We ate at Bohemia Cafe and Bar and were very disappointed with both service and the food. Was a little difficult getting a cab at the end of the night, but still a nice spot to visit
Written 30 June 2020
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SLE811
118 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
Most people recommend Xintiandi and Tianzifang as Shanghai attractions. If time only permit you to go one place only, I would prefer Tianzifang. It is narrow, crowded and more lively. Lots of street food and nice souvenirs.
Written 25 January 2020
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Joanne H
London, UK946 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
I enjoyed doing some last-minute souvenir shopping in Tianzifang. It's a nice little area with all the usual Chinese souvenirs on offer (tea, silk, jade, pottery, etc). Worth popping by. Go early, it'll be quieter.
Written 25 October 2023
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Jo-Ann
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia17,214 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Couples
I LOVED this area of Shanghai. Full of excitement. I get to make my own lipstick. You can have your cheongsam/qipao custom made here. Plenty of interesting shops and cafes. The little lanes all over are interesting enough to explore. Ohh and food are in abundance here too. We tried homemade potato noodles. Yum!
Written 23 October 2019
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Christian M
Copenhagen, Denmark5,486 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Tianzifang is a small area in the Former French Concession (FFC) that might have once been charming, but now primarily consists of shops selling tourist trinkets and pushy vendors.

However, you can still grab a snack at one of the Chinese food stalls, like a freshly made rice pancake with egg, leek, and shrimp. Delicious.
Written 7 June 2024
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Leesah65
Singapore, Singapore135 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Friends
I had been to Tian Zi Fang a few times but not in the past few years.
I was glad to find the place retaining its charm.
Other than the bustling atmosphere of old lanes, this is also a good shopping place. The variety of boutiques, art and craft shops, local food stores and restaurants is quite dazzling.
I think everyone can find something here to remind one of old Shanghai. For the not so romantic, there is enough modern ware to keep one interested.
To really appreciate Tian Zi Fang, one should allow at least 4-5 hours, with time for a meal.

Written 14 November 2018
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Brett
Papamoa, New Zealand2,042 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2014 • Friends
Tianzifang is a very hip little ghetto/enclave of extremely narrow and overbuilt alleys and and 19th century houses that has been gentrified into a small maze of curio, collectible and art/designer boutiques, hole-in-the-wall bars, and ethnic restaurants and cafes. It makes a very relaxed evening browsing, drinking and eating. The great thing about Tianzifang is that people still live here, and the majority of traditional shikumen style buildings have been renovated and rejunvenated, rather than flattened and completely rebuilt like so many other newly traditional tourist areas in urban China. It currently comprises of about 4 main cross lanes, but is obviously being expanded dramatically so will only get bigger and better. Many of the small bars have narrow wooden stairways in their rear, that lead up to delightful restaurants and dining spaces on multiple upper levels. There are Chinese restaurants in Tianzifang, but there are also India, Thai, and other ethnic eateries, and plenty of very hip wine bars and lounges. Look for the opium den styled Tai Thai restaurant, the extremely quirky and much larger than expected Teddy Bear Family Restaurant. Tianzifang is very easy to access, with its main entrance directly across the road from Exit 1 of Dapuqiao Metro station (Line 9) in the French Concession.
Written 19 March 2014
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ctm7944
Phoenix, AZ18,101 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2013 • Couples
Take Metro line 9 get off at Dapuqiao (Exit 1). Tian Zi Fang entrance is directly across the street. We went on a weekday morning, so it was not crowded.
This part of old Shanghai is similiar to Beijing "hutongs". The alleyways are narrow & the residents live on top of the establishments (shops, restaurants etc.), so you will see the laundry hanging out the window. There are also local produce & meat markets to check out.
Written 29 November 2013
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Irina K
Blagoveschensk791 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2012 • Friends
Nice place for shopping and leisure, lots of boutiques, souvenirs, great tea stores. There’re amazing pieces, like double scarves – silk on one side, cashmere on the second, handmade embroidery, different patterns on both sides, and trimmed with fur! Each pattern is unique. It looks like a piece of art and the price is corresponding, more than four thousand Chinese Yuan.
Written 29 March 2012
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disgrun
London, UK156 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2011 • Friends
If you've been in China for a while, this is the kind of place you'll probably be avoiding. If you haven't been to China before, or are just passing through, then this place is worth it.

Tian Zi Fang is cute, and some of the buildings are actually old as well as looking old. It has a good atmosphere because of all the little lanes, shops, restaurants and teahouses. And it has some interesting arty-type shops and souvenir places. So, great for a tourist.

What's the downside? Well, consider the following:

- Authenticity: this place is a market, pure and simple. It's cuter and more sanitised than most Chinese markets, but it's essentially just a market for tourists.
- Prices: geared towards foreign tourists. Want to pay 65 RMB for a bowl of cheapo beef noodles which would cost you 12 RMB in a normal noodle shop? Come here. Want to pay 60 RMB for a drink? Come here.
- Food: this ain't the place to come if you're after great food. However, there is variety, with Thai, Italian and Japanese places as well as Chinese. Expect high prices and middling quality, however.
- Art: a lot of it is just stuff you can buy everywhere else in China, so why bother paying inflated prices here? Admittedly there are some original, e.g. photographers' shops, however.
Written 18 September 2011
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