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

Schooldays Restaurant (校园·你)

Guiyang Guizhou Schooldays Restaurant Food

Schooldays Restaurant (校园·你) While searching for good food in Guiyang, I spend a lot of time wandering alleyways, going into places with good smells emanating from their doors. Other times, I recognize a name or a dish I’ve heard of and pop in to try it. The absolute best restaurants, however, are usually found by word of mouth. Sometimes, like with this restaurant, it’s off my usual path, and I would never find it without … 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

Sour Soup Siwawa (丝恋)

Huaguoyuan Mall Siwawa Guiyang Guizhou

Living in Guiyang, many foreigners go out of their way to find and cook foods from home. While comfort food is all well and good, you’ve got to be careful not to miss some of the city’s specialties, and sīwáwá is a fantastic introduction to Guiyang food. Sīwáwá (丝娃娃), or silk babies, are like little vegetarian tacos. Every sīwáwá restaurant provides diners with a stack of soft rice flour wrappers, trays of vegetables and tofu, and … 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

Buddhist Vegetarian Restaurant (禅悦酥陀)

buddhist restaurant interior guiyang guizhou

On Fushui Lu, near Flora Plaza, there’s a wonderful little restaurant that offers an excellent selection of vegetarian dishes. Absolutely every dish on the menu is vegetarian, a real treat in Guiyang. Attached to a Buddhist temple, 禅悦酥陀 (chányuè sūtuó) has a beautifully decorated interior to enjoy while you eat.  The menu is extensive, with dishes to suit any palate. A good number of their dishes are made to emulate meat dishes, so you can see … Continue reading

Vegetarian Food

buddhist restaurant eggplant dish guiyang guizhou

You’ve made the move to Guiyang, possibly from the other side of the world. Before you moved, you’d heard that China has many different kinds of tofu, plenty of egg dishes, and lots of fresh veggies sold on every street corner. Your information wasn’t wrong, just incomplete. In China, pork is life. It’s so important that it doesn’t even need a special word; it’s simply referred to as meat. As a result, local cooks sneak … 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