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“Ex-pat Paradise”
Review of The Bookworm

The Bookworm
Ranked #44 of 773 Restaurants in Suzhou
Price range: $4 - $15
Cuisines: American, Chinese, Italian
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
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.
Reviewed December 19, 2012

The Bookworm is a welcoming place for ex-pats living in Suzhou. The food is fair, the beer flows well and the staff all speak fairly good English. Thursday nights are quiz nights, so be prepared to stay a while and have fun. There are much better restaurants in Suzhou, but none matches the "Western" nature of the Bookworm.

Thank MichaelinZwolle
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Reviewed December 13, 2012

I have visit this place 3 times, 2 times when they have music event, the place is so small with books on all the walls, not easy to find a seat. They do have rooms on 2nd floor, but if you don't have big group, you wouldn't want to go upstairs.

The food is quite good with average price of the same kind bar or cafe.

A lot of foreigner hang out here, they have some table outside which is nice on summer, but not on winter. The manager and the staffs are nice

Thank kripiksingkong
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Reviewed November 11, 2012

Need an English fix? Cozy English bookstore offers up casual fare, coffee and drinks. Staff is super helpful and very accomodating, one fellow even walked us out to point us in the right direction to find one of the Master of the Nets Garden

Thank Michelle M
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

The bookworm has free delivery of it's food, so I have had them deliver food to my home several times.
It is about 50/50 as to whether or not the food will be edible. The first time I ordered food to be delivered it was ok, but when I ordered the same foods the next time it was terrible.
The bookworm is very close to my home, and I would like to eat there often, but I can't, the food is just not good. The pizza tastes like ketchup on crackers.
The kung pao chicken was made with breaded and fried chicken- very strange.

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Thank fredf22
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Reviewed August 27, 2012

I have been to the Bookworm about a dozen times and am always satisfied. Sometimes I eat dinner and sometimes I go to special events.

Food is good, service is good, and atmosphere is awesome!

If you want to socialize with friends or just be alone you can enjoy yourself. On some friday nights groups of expats and Chinese come together to meet and talk.

other nights they have some live music.

location is great but slightly hard to find sometimes if you are new to Suzhou.

bad thing is they allow smoking and it puts a damper on the eating experience when people are blowing smoke on your food.

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2  Thank MonteBurns
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