Spicy Beef Hotpot

Spicy Beef Hotpot It’s hard to get good beef in Guiyang. For one, it’s expensive and cooks hesitate to throw away the fatty, tendon-y, gristly chunks you’d toss to your dog at home. Also, local taste actually leans toward eating these bits, as they are considered more flavorful than lean muscle meat. Either way, if you’re looking for a good meal, head to this place. The restaurant’s name translates to something like “Secret Recipe Claypot Beef,” and … Continue reading

Under the Tea Tree (花楸树下)

Under the Tea Tree (花楸树下) You may have noticed Under the Tea Tree while walking down Wenchang Bei Lu toward Hunter Mall. Its second-story terrace has wooden tables with wide umbrellas for shade. It’s a great place where the food comes out fast, hot and full of flavor. As an added bonus, one of the staff members speaks great English, so calling to reserve a table or ask a question is a breeze. If you’ve … 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

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

Paulaner Brauhaus (Kempinski Hotel)

Paulaner Guiyang Sausages

Paulaner Brauhaus (Kempinski Hotel) There are a handful of brewery/restaurant combos in Guiyang. Some have great beer and alright food, others have really good food and crappy beer. Paulaner’s brews shine and their food is lovely. It comes at a premium, as both are priced higher than the other options around the city. However, they have a great happy hour special on the beers, so you can buy one and get a second free before … Continue reading

Xishui Tofu Skin Hotpot (习水豆腐皮火锅)

Guiyang Guizhou Tofu Skin Hotpot Ingredients

Xishui Tofu Skin Hotpot (习水豆腐皮火锅) This restaurant is an old favorite. The basic broth is garlicky and full of lard, leading to a flavor that caused us to nickname the place “Garlic Butter Hotpot.” Every hotpot comes with an order of tofu skin already in it, and white rice, dipping sauce, and leafy greens on the side. For this each customer is charged 10 RMB , adding ingredients from the menu (and paying the corresponding prices … Continue reading

Kempi Coffee

Kempi Coffee Guiyang panini

One of the first things foreigners realize upon arriving in Guiyang is that the city has a pretty weak sandwich scene. Bread in the city is generally sweet and not particularly good to make a sandwich with, and meat for sandwiches can also be pretty pricey at the supermarkets.  Enter Kempi Coffee, a great café below the Kempinski Hotel. The interior is non-smoking, a real rarity in Guiyang, and they have a great patio with … Continue reading

Imperial Beijing Duck Restaurant

beijing imperial duck restaurant duck carving Guiyang Guizhou

Guiyang food is a lively cuisine, made up of strong sour and spicy flavors, colorful vegetables and lots of pork. Every once in a while, it’s nice to give your mouth (and stomach) a rest from Guiyang’s cuisine, and eat something with a different flavor profile. Imperial Beijing Duck Restaurant offers up a completely different menu from the local Guiyang fare. Peking Duck is the main dish, but there are also plenty of other northern … Continue reading

Sour Soup Hotpot (酸汤火锅)

Cooking Sour Soup Hotpot Guiyang Guizhou

This sour soup hotpot place is a favorite for a few reasons. First, it’s delicious. A perfect Guiyang sour soup, fresh veggies and a nice lajiao setup. Second, it’s convenient. Between Hunter Mall and the famous Old Kaili Sour Fish Hotpot restaurant, we end up there anytime we just want something fast and good. Finally, it’s cheap as all get-out! Every time we go here, we all stuff ourselves, making trip after trip to grab … Continue reading

Obsession Bar

Obsession Bar Guiyang Guizhou

Obsession is a popular hangout on Wenchang Bei Lu. With good cocktails and a nice Chinese/Western menu, it’s no surprise that the bar fills up several nights per week. It’s undergone a recent redesign and added more seating, but even so the seating areas retain a sense of privacy. An assortment of sofas and tables makes up the greater part of the bar. The larger areas like the one pictured here can accommodate larger groups. … Continue reading