Xintiandi, a modern leisure and entertainment neighborhood in downtown Shanghai, provides an interesting window on the city and the rest of the world, on city’s yesteryears, today and tomorrow. Culturally and historically imbued old homes which are known as Shikunmen and cover an area of nearly 30,000 square meters, have been turned into a hive of activity for diners, shoppers and entertainment and leisure seekers. Beneath the veneer of old bricks and roofs that have been preserved to this day and age are modern amenities. An easy stroll makes you feel you are transported back in time to a Shanghai of the 20’s and 30’s of the last century, but once you step into a door, the ambience of modernity is just overwhelming. Galleries, designer clothing shops, theme eateries, cafés and bars are everywhere. Street shows and trendy activities abound. Xintiandi is Shanghai’s new landmark. It is where tradition and modernity meet, a classy venue for urban slickers.
  • Lane 81, Taicang Road
  • Huangbei South Road Station, Subway Line 1; Xintiandi Station, Subway Line 10; 911/926/42

Godiva (Xintiandi)

It’s been 83 years since the brand’s founder Joseph Draps opened his first GODIVA Chocolatier shop in Brussels, Belgium, Godiva. Today the GODIVA brand is known – and loved – in over 80 countries around the world. Godiva owns and operates more than 450 boutiques and shops worldwide, where you can find a comprehensive selection of Godiva offerings. Godiva products are also available at finer department and specialty stores. Now, the brand has opened the world’s first “GODIVA Chocolate Café” in Shanghai’s Xintiandi. Chocolate lovers, rejoice!


Haagen Dazs (Xintiandi Beili)

This ice cream brand was established by Reuben and Rose Mattus in the Bronx, New York, in 1961. Starting with only three flavors: vanilla, chocolate, and coffee, the company opened its first retail store in Brooklyn, New York, on November 15, 1976. The business now has franchises around the world. Häagen-Dazs ice cream comes in several traditional flavors as well as several esoteric flavors that are specific to the brand, such as Vanilla Swiss Almond and Bananas Foster.



You are requested to take off your shoes in this Japanese restaurant with a pleasant typical Japanese interior décor. Services are excellent, though the prices are high. The menu offers myriad flavorful options. Set menus are available.


Mo Mi Café (Xintiandi)

Of course, the bookstore sells books: travel books, art books and literature books, among others. But it has also something else: It can send postcards or gifts to your friends for you or to yourself. “Sending Something to the Future” is its “patent”.


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