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The Bookworm

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Italian, Chinese, American, Eclectic
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Gunxiufang 77 Shiquan Rd, Suzhou, China
0512 65264720
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9:00 am - 1:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 1:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Description: The Bookworm Suzhou is at once café, bookstore, restaurant, library, bar...
The Bookworm Suzhou is at once café, bookstore, restaurant, library, bar, comedy club, and live music venue; truly a central cultural hub of the great city of Suzhou, and one of the most classic expat-operated venues in town.Located just off the famous ShiQuanJie street downtown (just by the PingQiaoZhiJie intersection), it plays host to delicious foods, drinks, and activities both local and from around the world. Head down anytime, be it for a proper cup of coffee and a sandwich, a cold beer and some laughs, a bit of sun out on the patio, or to check out one of the many cool weekly events that keep this cultural heart beating.
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Good for:
Bar scene
Outdoor seating

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Visitor rating
  • 17
    Excellent
  • 17
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
A Great Meeting Place

The Bookworm is a great place to take a break from the hectic Suzhou life and relax amongst ex-pats. It has decent food, but there are always activities for you to meet other people and quiet places if you just want a solo evening reading and enjoying a beer or coffee.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 17, 2015
romarathon
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new hampshire
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Outdoor seating
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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42 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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new hampshire
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

The Bookworm is a great place to take a break from the hectic Suzhou life and relax amongst ex-pats. It has decent food, but there are always activities for you to meet other people and quiet places if you just want a solo evening reading and enjoying a beer or coffee.

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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 via mobile

The food was delicious! We ordered Western food which was wonderfully prepared, and delivered with excellent friendly service. The wine is delicious and the atmosphere is really lovely

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23 reviews 23 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Lovely staff, great menu full of Western food which was so refreshing after only eating Chinese food for a while. Lots of events going on throughout the week like a pub quiz and an open mic night so there are opportunities to meet people and have a good time!

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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

food and atmosphere excellent, stumbled upon by chance on a weekend visit. very friendly. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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71 reviews 71 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

The Bookworm in Suzhou China is a great place to make your second home. I lived/worked in Suzhou for 18 months and the Bookworm became my living room. It has just the right mix of cafe + bookshop + restaurant + bar. The menu is not fancy but also not expensive. And if you are a foreigner in need of... More 

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Shanghai, China
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85 reviews 85 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

This place is like they call it themselves 'a home away from home'. It is cozy and has good food, although the winner of the restaurant of the year 2013 might be a bit over exacurated (or it means Suzhou doesn't have any other decent places). And to be honest in the 2 days I spent in Suzhou I only... More 

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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

We had lunch at The Bookworm, and it was ok. I wasn't impressed with the food, but the atmosphere was quite enjoyable. There are probably better times to visit where the crowd is better or there is entertainment of the sorts. Hoards and Hoards of books ranging from Idiot's guides to travel guides to classics. There were some children running... More 

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Shanghai, China
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

This is a “must go” place if you love books ,you are in Suzhou and you are looking for some cozy place to sit back and relax. Bookworm is more than a Western restaurant , it is a lending library too. Also we can buy secondhand books from there. I loved their book collection.They hold regular cultural activities too. We... More 

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Suzhou, China
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

The Bookworm has been a favorite of Suzhou expats for quite some time. The environment is quiet and comfy. Food and drinks are reasonably priced and quite tasty. Regular events such as live music and literature gatherings keep it popular.

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

How happy was I when I found this lovely place. Ok, I have to admit, I was very lucky with my timing because two ladies played the piano and made my day that afternoon. But nevertheless: it is such a beautiful place. Unfortunately I was there only once but I wish I could return one day. I liked the atmosphere... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Gunxiufang 77 Shiquan Rd, Suzhou, China
  • Location: Asia  >  China  >  Jiangsu  >  Suzhou
  • Phone Number: 0512 65264720

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 4 - 15
  • Cuisine: Italian, Chinese, American, Eclectic

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene, Outdoor seating

Description

The Bookworm Suzhou is at once café, bookstore, restaurant, library, bar, comedy club, and live music venue; truly a central cultural hub of the great city of Suzhou, and one of the most classic expat-operated venues in town.Located just off the famous ShiQuanJie street downtown (just by the PingQiaoZhiJie intersection), it plays host to delicious foods, drinks, and activities both local and from around the world. Head down anytime, be it for a proper cup of coffee and a sandwich, a cold beer and some laughs, a bit of sun out on the patio, or to check out one of the many cool weekly events that keep this cultural heart beating.
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 1:00 am
Monday
9:00 am - 1:00 am
Tuesday
9:00 am - 1:00 am
Wednesday
9:00 am - 1:00 am
Thursday
9:00 am - 1:00 am
Friday
9:00 am - 1:00 am
Saturday
9:00 am - 1:00 am

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?