Stone door houses, or shikumen, line long and narrow alleyways as if trying to contain some secret. Locals hang their laundry out of windows above the various cafes, art studios, and craft stores held inside the shikumen, as mesmerized shoppers shuffle between shops. The aromas of Indian food, Moroccan food, and Chinese food all fuse with the bohemian atmosphere that permeates this little slice of city life.
This place is Taikang Lu. Originally providing inexpensive space for art galleries and media companies, it has grown into a shopping area with more than 200 stores all housed in the historic alleyways of Shanghai. Although known for its vitality, this labyrinth of shops can easily become overwhelming. Let Imperial Tours' China Hosts ease your experience with their in-depth knowledge of China and our personal connections to the best designers, artists, and crafts people. We never take commissions in exchange for your purchases, so what we recommend is tailored to exactly what you want.
Below are some of the places to shop in Taikang Lu, but having a China Host on hand will ensure you get the most of your shopping experience by visiting the best boutiques based on your preferences.
When shopping in foreign lands it's all too easy to fall into overly expensive tourist traps. China is no exception. Let our China Host be your personal shopper, expertly navigating you to the best of Chinese shopping in Tianzifang and beyond with inside knowledge, finesse, and – when necessary – bargaining guidance.