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by SophiesNotinKansas (subscribe)
I'm a London-dwelling northern lass who swapped the East End for Far East on the trip of a lifetime. I blog about food, travel, yoga and spirituality.
Published December 4th 2012
For fans of real ale, fine whiskey and books
The Bookworm Cafe, Chaoyang District
The Beijng Bookworm cafe is even more than its name suggests - it is in fact a restaurant, events space, library and bar all rolled into one. Upon climbing the stairs up Building 4 on Nan Sanlitun Road you step into a peaceful book-lined haven replete with piano, corner bar, library room and art space out the back. It is a great place to escape the madding crowds of the city, stick your nose into a good book and get lost in the art on display.

It boasts book-lined walls and a well stocked bar
China can sometimes be a little exhausting on the Western palate and long term travellers sick of chowing down on rice, pork and dumplings can find solace in the hearty menu featuring fresh salads, delicious smoothies, pasta, sandwiches and excellent European specials. We liked the trout with sautéed potato and parma ham. Each week the Bookworm puts on a special set lunch menu: 2 main dishes and a beer (or soft drink) for 78rmb.

Sampling the Slowboat Ale
Real ale aficionados will be delighted to discover beer on draught (a rare treat in Asia) - we enjoyed a few pints of 'Slow Boat'. There is also a comprehensive wine list and a single malt whiskey selection to be marvelled at. In fact, whiskey is something of an institution in The Bookworm, where the first Wednesday of every month is given over to a tasting of some of the world's finest.
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Why? Great food and drink, art and books, cultural events
Phone: (010) 6586 9507
Where: Building 4, Nan Sanlitun Road
Cost: 78RMB for 2 courses and a drink
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Interesting break from all things Chinese. Does it attract locals as well as expats?
by Oxford Explorer (score: 2|655) 3236 days ago
wow this place looks really interesting!
by Ms. Samantha (score: 2|362) 3214 days ago
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