Deke Erh Art Centre
Wǔyì Chinese Kungfu Centre
English-language taichi classes on Thursdays and Sundays and wǔshù (martial arts) classes on Wednesdays and Sundays for adults and...
One of Shànghǎi's top galleries, this small space is concealed high above the street-level crowds. Curator Jean Loh captures humanistic...
This eccentric, unconventional boho haven is a delightful Tiánzǐfáng hideaway, with creaking, narrow wooden stairs leading to a...
The original Tiánzǐfáng cafe, Kommune is a consistently bustling hang-out with outdoor seating, all-day big breakfasts (¥88), sandwiches...
Taikang Rd; 泰康路 · interesting places nearby
Xīntiāndì and Tiánzǐfáng are based on a similar idea – an entertainment complex housed within a warren of traditional lòngtáng (弄堂; alleyways) – but when it comes to genuine charm and vibrancy, Tiánzǐfáng is the one that delivers. This community of design studios, wi-fi cafes and boutiques is the perfect antidote to Shànghǎi's oversized malls and intimidating skyscrapers. With some families still residing in neighbouring buildings, a community mood survives.
There are three main north–south lanes (Nos 210, 248, 274) criss-crossed by irregular east–west alleyways, which makes exploration slightly disorienting and fun. Among the art galleries is Beaugeste, a forward-thinking photography gallery (only open at the weekends, by appointment at other times).The real activity is shopping, and the recent explosion of creative start-ups makes for some interesting finds, from ethnic embroidery and hand-wrapped pu-erh teas to retro communist dinnerware. Elsewhere, a growing band of cool cafes, restaurants and bars, such as Bell Bar, can sort out meals and drinks and take the weight off your feet.