Pho You

Pho You Local cuisine has no shortage of good noodles. Guiyang’s beef noodles and Changwang noodles are some of the area’s most famous dishes. That did not diminish my excitement by even a little bit when a friend introduced me to the first pho restaurant I’ve seen in the city. Pho You has a good variety of Vietnamese dishes that will satisfy your craving for a good feed. The restaurant seems to fill up fairly … Continue reading

Soil Café

Soil Café Guiyang has a lot of cafés. A lot. Really, an unbelievable number of cafés. They’re in shopping malls, along main thoroughfares, tucked into apartment complexes, on rooftops and just anywhere you can imagine. Every café is different. Some, like Starbucks and Createa, are utilitarian caffeine-fueling stations with reliable coffee and long lines. Others, like Rooftop, are gathering places for expats who want to catch some sun, play board games and chill. Soil Café … Continue reading

Pink No Bibi

Pink No Bibi Inside a strangely empty mall in downtown Guiyang is a whimsical, pink ice cream and drink shop. Pink No Bibi serves very cute soft-serve ice cream with sweet toppings like fruit, marshmallows, or cotton candy. The shop itself is a princess-fairy-tale-dream of everything pink you can imagine. There are big, pink feather dusters, a pink skull perched on a table, a pink bust of Michaelango’s David, and even a pink ball pit … Continue reading

Excellent Vegetarian Feast Restaurant (善哉素宴)

A vegetarian meal can be a real treat in Guiyang. Maybe you’re actually a vegetarian and you don’t want to fight with a server over whether chicken is meat. Perhaps you eat only Halal but want to try more local food. Or, your stomach is just not letting you eat some of the local, meat-heavy delicacies. Whatever your reason, this restaurant is an excellent introduction to some of the flavors of Guiyang. It’s also very … Continue reading

World Cup 2018: Where to Watch

World Cup 2018: Where to Watch We’re a bit more than a week into the 2018 FIFA World Cup, and Guiyang is going crazy for it. The last time the World Cup took place, finding a good spot to watch a game was a struggle, and the very late night games were near-impossible. This year, you can see the games on all over the city. I’ve seen games broadcast on the big screen outside Hunter … Continue reading

Everyday Food Guide Part 1: Soup

Everyday Food Guide Part 1: Soup Welcome to Part 1 on a short series of common Chinese dishes. I’m using the menu from a chain restaurant for reference, so you’ll see it in each part of the series. The restaurant is all over Guiyang, and it’s called 身养煨汤. You can spot it by looking for the huge clay soup jars on either side of the doorway. This isn’t exactly an article on this specific restaurant, … Continue reading

Dr. Cocktail

Dr. Cocktail Inside one of Huaguoyuan’s many skyscrapers is Dr. Cocktail, a tiny cocktail bar that will cure what ails you. The ambiance is typical of Guiyang’s cocktail lounges — a few sofas, some seats at a bar, dark leather furniture, and jazz playing in the background. It’s an enjoyable nook, with music just loud enough to give you some privacy. The stars here are really the cocktails. While some cocktails are easy to find … Continue reading

Doggy Spirits House

Band Doggy Spirits House Guiyang Guizhou

Doggy Spirits House Doggy Spirits House is a recently opened whiskey and jazz bar located in the center of Guiyang. They do a lot of things, and they do them well. Alongside an extensive whiskey selection, they brew their own beer on site, make gorgeous cocktails and offer a pool table and live music. The band plays three sets per evening on the weekends, starting at 9. The bar is spacious compared to the other … Continue reading

MIA Flower Café

MIA Flower Café On my continuous hunt for places with patios, I stumbled upon MIA Flower & Tea. The photos I found online intrigued me, and I set out to see what they had to offer. It was a bit difficult to find at first, but completely worth it. Their eclectic decor (think grandma’s shabby chic garden) and private courtyard are a true delight. Every nook in the two-story café has been festooned with knick-knacks, … Continue reading

Latent Lounge

Latent Lounge Latent Lounge is a real treat, hidden underground in Dashizi Park. The friendly staff, central location and upscale decor make for a relaxing evening. This is definitely not the kind of bar with loud music, dice games and shouting. Instead, go here to sip something delicious in a calm, warm environment. Chat with a friend or two while listening to some toned-down jazz and blues, or go solo to wind-down after a stressful … Continue reading