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“An special find in Lijiang” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Nomad Guesthouse & Cafe

Nomad Guesthouse & Cafe
GuCheng District Shu He Old Town Zhihuibu, Lijiang, China
0888-5136627,0888-6688349
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Ranked #2 of 20 Coffee & Tea in Lijiang
Cuisines: Coffee Shop
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Sentosa Island, Singapore
2 reviews
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“An special find in Lijiang”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2012

The Nomad Cafe & Guesthouse is a special place in Shuhe Old Town in Lijiang. It caters to vegeterians and serves an ecclectic mix of simple nourishing dishes made with Buddhist care. A generous vegeterian noodle soup topped up with Apple Strudel and cream is an example of a simple yet heavenly meal. The ambiance is serene..there is also a courtyard where one may have Breakfast or a meal in al fresco sunshine. And spending lazy afternoons and post-dinner evenings over coffee or a pot of tea in the warm cafe with its comfortable seats is one way to relax after a hectic day of site-seeing.

The most interesting part of the Nomad Cafe is Peter, the owner who runs the place with his partner. He is a wonderful person..polite to the extreme...inforamtive...and knowledable not only about the surrounds but of esoteric aspects of Buddihism. You can be sure that interesting people come through the Nomad Guesthouse and you can have wonderful conversations far into the night. Peter graciously invites you to share a pot of tea.

Though I did not stay in the Guesthouse, it seemed serne and welcoming from outside. A Buddhist retreat of sorts.

hank you, Peter, for making my stay in Shuhe memorable.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Dalian, China
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Vegetarian food @ it's finest”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2012

Loved the food, extensive menu and very reasonably priced. My husband is a meat lover and didn't miss it when we ate @ the Nomad. Try the falafel, it was out favorite.

Visited July 2012
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Newcastle, Australia
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Amazing!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2012

The hostel was actually more like a guest house, and by far the nicest place we’ve ever stayed in China. It was called the Nomad Tibetan Guesthouse and was run almost like a Buddhist retreat. In the bar area, Peter told us that for lunch and dinner, for 25 kuai, we could join them for a vegetarian buffet and that they didn’t serve alcohol or meat here but we were welcome to bring back anything we liked and sit in the café. Over our stay there, he and the rest of the staff proved to be the nicest, most helpful hostel workers we had ever encountered. Even going as far as doing our washing while we were out, providing us with endless aloe vera for our sunburn, making us sandwiches for our travels today and escorting us out to the front gate of the village when we set off this morning. Everything was clean and beautifully rustic – we really couldn’t have asked for more.

As we arrived, Peter told us that they had a very special guest staying with them at the moment and so he apologised in advance for people who might be coming and going to visit this person. As far as we could tell, it was a Buddhist person of some fame and as we walked back and forth to our rooms over the time, a group would be sat out in the courtyard talking intently.

Can't recommend it highly enough :)

  • Visited August 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Sydney, Australia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
“Great small place in Shuhe village”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2012

Nice cookies and very good tea, plus have a conversation with Peter.

Guesthouse behind looks good too.

  • Visited May 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Shanghai
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Worth visiting Shuhe ancient town for.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2012

Had lunch here. Afterwards we asked about renting a bike to cycle to Baisha for the afternoon. The guesthouse bikes weren't available, but Peter walked us down the road and helped us hire bikes from a neighbouring business. We came back for dinner. :).

Visited May 2012
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