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
The bar of Bavarian style offers authentic German beers that even those who are averse to beer find it hard to resist. The salted pig feet are worth a try. The shows at night make you want to stay longer.
Occupying two floors in Xintiandi, Pizza Marzano offers the breathtaking views of Xintiandi Park through its floor-to-ceiling windows. When you sit in the spacious open dining area, the aroma of freshly baked cakes from the open kitchen wafts into your nostrils. You will also be amazed by the chefs’ throw-and-catch-dough show. The restaurant’s upper floor is suitable for private parties and families. Customers can DIY while melodious jazz music is played.
Dim lights and Chinese furniture combine to create a soothing ambience. You can watch the process of preparation of French dishes from the windows of the open kitchen. Warm services are always just steps away.
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