Restaurants in Suzhou

De Yue Lou Restaurant
De Yue Lou Restaurant, Suzhou Suzhou’s most famous restaurant, with a history dating from the Ming Dynasty, De Yue Lou is the place to sample local cuisine.
Specialties of the restaurant include De Yue spring chicken, squirrel-shaped mandarin fish and ham sliced in honey sauce. Prices are very reasonable at about ¥40 per dish (though there are extremely expensive meals on offer as well). The waiters speak limited English but the English-language menu does the job and the interior is classier than at most Chinese restaurants.
Address: 43 Taijian Lane Ph. (0512) 6523 8940
Directions: Taijian Lane lies one street south of, and parallel to, Guangqian Jie.
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Indian at the Cross
Indian at the Cross, Suzhou Indian at the Cross is a decent, centrally-located restaurant that appears popular with students from the sub-continent.
There’s not much to the interior – it’s just a narrow strip on the second floor, though it is tastefully decorated. At any rate, the food is what is most important and the extensive menu has many tasty options to choose from. Main courses are mainly priced at ¥45-55, naan bread is ¥15, Carslberg draught is ¥28 and there are a range of bottled beers from ¥18. The staff are friendly, service is decent and the Bollywood videos on the telvision provide a nice diversion.
Address: 75 Luogua Qiao Xia Tang Ph. (0512) 6519 0912
Directions: On Lindun Lu just south of Guangqian Jie.
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The Bookworm, Suzhou
Bookworm, Suzhou The third Bookworm in China after Beijing and Chengdu, Suzhou’s incarnation is a wonderful addition to the city.
In addition to serving as a lending library (for members), bookshop, cafe and restaurant, the Bookworm also hosts events including live music, author talks and other cultural events. Coffee is priced around ¥25, snacks start at the same price, while main courses (generally European) average around ¥50. The best place in Suzhou to buy English-langage reading material and also a cozy, relaxed place to grab coffee and while away a few hours. Library membership costs ¥200 for 6 months or ¥300 for a year.
Ph. (0512) 6526 4720 Web: www.suzhoubookworm.com
Address: 77 Gun Xiu Fang, Shiquan Jie (on the corner with Pingqiaozhi Jie)
Directions: The Bookworm is across the street from, and a little west of, The Shamrock. If the taxi driver doesn’t know the address below, show them the Shamrock’s address.
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Provence Cafe
Provence Cafe, Suzhou Provence is a peaceful, agreeably decorated and comfortably furnished cafe, with an outlook onto a canal.
The clientele are mainly Chinese but it also attracts a number of tourists due to its proximity to the Suzhou International Youth Hostel. There are even a couple of computers with internet access for the benefit of travelers. Provence serves tasty, hearty, western-style breakfasts for ¥30, while their range of espresso and filter coffees start at ¥25. There are also some set luches on the menu as well as good milkshakes (¥20) and desserts (¥12-20). Provence occassionally has live music as well.
Address: 24 Wuyachang, Shiquan Jie Ph. (0512) 6519 2912
Directions: Located about 7 mins walk east of the intersection between Shiquan Jie and Fenghuang Jie.
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