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

Dahu Chongqing Hotpot (大虎老火锅)

Dahu Chongqing Hotpot (大虎老火锅) Chongqing hotpot is not for the faint of heart. Numbing Sichuan peppercorns and dried chilis swim in chili oil and beef tallow, coming together as a seriously spicy brew to cook your food in. It’s served hot — so hot that many places refuse to deliver because the oil will melt plastic.  If you’re going here, do yourself a favor: get at least medium-spicy. Having ordered the lower level of spice … Continue reading

001# Space

001# Space 001# Space is a milk tea and cocktail bar that can be found in Guiyang’s downtown. The bar itself is beautifully set in a glass atrium with lots of polished concrete. It has several smaller spaces within, giving you privacy to enjoy your drink. Unlike most bars around Guiyang, the music here doesn’t get cranked to ear-splitting levels after 9 PM. Instead, it remains low all evening, so it’s an excellent place to … Continue reading

Feel in Riverside 18

Feel in Riverside 18 I love to eat good healthy food, something which Guizhou has in abundance. So I was naturally curious when I noticed a new restaurant had opened on the mini strip of eateries on Nanpu Lu, especially after a friend had also recommended it to me. I was also curious in that Feel in Riverside 18 is a western style restaurant. In my 6 years in this fair city I’ve never really known a restaurant to carry … Continue reading

Cloud Bar (Novotel Hotel)

Large Booth Seating Cloud Bar Novotel Guiyang Guizhou

Cloud Bar (Novotel Hotel) Located on the 29th floor of the Novotel hotel, Cloud Bar is a brand new beer and cocktail bar with a fantastic view of the city. Even more exciting, the entire bar rotates, so your view changes as you enjoy your drinks. Note that while the bar is open from 11 AM to 1 AM, it only rotates between 6 and 10 PM.  The bar has warm, classic decor (aside from … Continue reading

The New Old Fashion Bar

Singapore sling new old fashion guiyang guizhou

The New Old Fashion Bar The Old Fashion is actually one of the first bars I went to when I first moved to Guiyang. I loved the cocktails and decor, and would pop in from time to time for a drink before dinner. When I heard they had opened a new location, I was a bit worried they’d lose their charm in attempting to modernize. However, they’ve managed to translate a small, single floor knick-knack-filled … Continue reading

Living in Guiyang Guide: Cough and Cold Medicine

Stop Coughing Medicine Guiyang Medicine Guide Guizhou

Living in Guiyang Guide: Cough and Cold Medicine Coming down with a cold is never fun. When you’re in a strange country and can’t find familiar medicines to treat what ails you, getting sick can be more than a little inconvenient. It’s no secret that there’s no cure for the common cold. China, however, has some great cold medicine that can get you back on your feet in record time. Keep in mind that I’m … Continue reading

Elements Buffet (Kempinski Hotel)

Seating Area Elements Buffet Kempinski Hotel Guiyang Guizhou

Elements Buffet (Kempinski Hotel) The Elements Buffet at the Kempinski Hotel is a smorgasbord that offers both western favorites and Chinese comfort food. With a price tag of 238 RMB (258 on weekends) for all-you-can-eat and drink, it’s one of the pricier options in the city. However, the regularly changing dishes and the free-flowing wine or Moutai beer make it a worthwhile place to treat yourself.  Elements has multiple sections, each specializing in a different … Continue reading

1919 Booze Delivery App

Beer 1919 Beer and Alcohol Delivery App Guiyang Guizhou

1919 Booze Delivery App In general, if I want a drink I’ll head to one of Guiyang’s many bars to satisfy my craving and socialize a bit. However, on the advice of a friend, I decided to check out 1919. It’s an alcohol delivery app with a slogan that translates to “Quickly Drink.” They’re not exaggerating, either. I’ve had a delivery come in 22 minutes, and another come in an unbelievable 17 minutes. You do … Continue reading

Guiyang Snack Guide: Fried Rice

Guiyang Bites Guizhou Guide to Chaofan Stand

Guiyang Snack Guide: Fried Rice Fried rice, or chǎofàn (炒饭), stands line the streets of Guiyang from early evening on through the night. Their colorful arrays of sliced veggies are eye-catching and easy to order. To identify whether a street vendor sells fried rice, look for a wok. If they have a wok, chances are they do fried rice. Many places also have a grid of boxes or baskets filled with finely sliced vegetables. These ones … Continue reading