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Tianzifang

田子坊

Think of Tianzifang as Xintiandi’s more raucous and bohemian little brother. Like Xintiandi, Tianzifang began as a block of lane house residences falling into disrepair, destined for the bulldozer. But in 2005, it was turned into an arts street. What started as a few artisan shops, studios and galleries is now a bustling hive of trendy cafes, bars and restaurants ensconced among a labyrinth of narrow alleyways. There are storefronts selling chintzy trinkets, pashmina scarves and hats, quirky couture and you can even get a tattoo or piercing (though we don't recommend it). Oddly enough, there are still some steadfast residents holing up in the periphery. You’ll often see them hanging their laundry amid all the foot traffic.

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