Shanghai, China is my favorite city in the entire world (I know – big statement). The reasons why I love Shanghai are: fashion, historic/international architecture, multinational cultures, world renown restaurants and Shanghai’s culture itself. My favorite spot in Shanghai is Tian Zi Fang 田子坊. Tain zi fang consists of old alleyways and houses that have been converted into cute boutique shops, art galleries, cafes, and bars – the past four times I have been to Shanghai, I have visited this adorable space. Tian Zi Fang is always my number one place to go when I visit this city. I apologize for my stack of photos for this post, but I am seriously in love with this little spot. You can find souvenirs, expensive lattes, and perfect photo opportunities in this cute, cramped space. I recommend coming to this tourist destination on a week day, and not on a crowded weekend. I had the opportunity to come here on a Wednesday afternoon, and it was pretty much empty. If you get the chance to visit Shanghai – Tian Zi Fang must be on your places to visit! x
Are you in Portland and want to feel like you’re in Paris? Head to NW and find yourself at the Patisserie Cafe, Nuvrei in the heart of the Pearl District in Portland OR. This little cafe is lovely and filled with delicious coffee, salads+sandwiches and yummy treats. They are well known for their decadent and beautifully crafted 12 flavored Parisian macarons.
French macarons are decorated throughout Nuvrei. They are featured in the flower boxes, wreaths, and dangling from the ceiling. Overall the atmosphere is very inviting and fresh. Seating and space is limited, but it gives this cafe a cozy feeling.
Before you order, you get to see all the lovely baked goods Nuvrei has to offer. The macarons are placed convenient and dangerously to the right of the register. Take a look.
Once my friend, Dinesh and I ordered we sat at two bar seats by the window. It was nice being able to look out onto the street on a rare sunny day in Portland during the winter. We ordered four Parisian macarons, one chocolate croissant and two lattes. It was a perfect afternoon “pick me up.”
Overall I liked Nuvrei and its cute and delicious treats. The staff was a little unfriendly and were not so keen when I asked them if I could take pictures for a “Restaurant Review.” But overall it is a great place to come and treat yourself for some Parisian snacks and coffee. Let me know if you get the chance to visit Nuvrei. Click on the image below for Nuvrei’s website. Click here for their Facebook and Twitter page.