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Lao ShuChong

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Beijing Workers' Sports Complex
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ChaoYang District South SanLiTun Road 4 Building, Beijing, China
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+86 10 6586 9507
09:00 - 00:00
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62 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 October 2015

When I first went in, the cafe looks promising with all the books and decors. Just the kind of cafe where I will be spending my time reading. But when I asked for a menu, I got a feeling that the waiter was less interested in serving me. Anyway, I brushed that aside and had a seat and relax with... More 

Thank SingC
Harare, Zimbabwe
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17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 August 2015 via mobile

This place (a Classic bookplace people say ??) has a lot of potential ! Great atmosphere , Independent film screening and literature evenings - all set in what has clearly been a first-mover bookie place some years ago ... Sadly - terrible food(worst i had In Beijing for the past 5 years) ruined the visit! Getting this place back to... More 

Thank Martin L
Hangzhou, China
1 review
Reviewed 17 July 2015

Initially the place looked promising at first glance however the service was shocking and I can truely say that from living here for the past year. My friend was greated with a grunt when she asked politely if they offered food and was pointed to the menus over on the bar (meanwhile group of staff resume talking). We ordered 2... More 

Thank Tash T
Wollongong, Australia
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34 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 July 2015

I found The Bookworm to be a great place to hangout and eat good western food. The new chef in the kitchen is doing wonders and has made the Bookworm the place to be on this side of Beijing. I frequented The Bookworm while I was in Beijing and found it to be a good place to get away from... More 

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Dovje, Slovenia
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124 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 March 2015

Bookworm is the place in Beijing if you want to have a different, non-Beijing experience. Its great place to chill out around books or just to meet friends for coffee. They also serve food in the library and i was looking forward to it. I ordered Burger, and it was decent. Nothing special and there could be more meat. Actually,... More 

Thank matevzh
London, United Kingdom
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51 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 March 2015

Ok ok, Beijing has amazing places all around, but sometimes you need the comfy feeling of a coffee place that is REAL and not just another Starbucks etc... Bookwoorm has survived long enough in Beijing to be considered a classic, good coffee, lots of books, nice people, internet connection, if you need to hide for a while of the pollution... More 

Thank Donassio
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35 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 November 2014

My husband and I visited the Bookworm bookshop and cafe a couple of years ago . We really liked it then, there were interesting books on the shelves and it had a lively atmosphere. We returned a couple of days ago and did not have the same experience. Bookworm seems to have hit 'hard times'. My husband and I ordered... More 

Thank Joan H
Zurich, Switzerland
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44 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 November 2014

We stopped in Bookworm for quick lunch. The food was not really good, but we liked the place itself: it just felt so peaceful and relaxing. The shelves were full of books to read and there were a couple of activities organised in two other rooms: some kind of game for kids and musical instrument playing lesson for adults.

Thank madalison
Shanghai, China
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32 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 October 2014

I used to only buy my books here, but recently tried the food a couple of times. The burger and beef pie were good choices - good quality beef used. The hummus starter includes a large plate of vegetables to dip into the hummus. As a standard, there was always a soup included which will surely warm you on those... More 

Thank 27Andre27
Montreal, Canada
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70 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 October 2014 via mobile

Great place for relaxing and reading English classics and new literature. Great selection of travel books (lonely planet, rough guides). Also frequented only by expats or tourists. You can find pretty much everything, but keep in mind that you are in China and that every English book is sold to foreigner, so the price is often higher than what you... More 

Thank Mathieu L

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Chinese, Cafe
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Good for
Open Hours
09:00 - 00:00
09:00 - 00:00
09:00 - 00:00
09:00 - 00:00
09:00 - 00:00
09:00 - 00:00
09:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: ChaoYang District South SanLiTun Road 4 Building, Beijing, China
  • Location: Asia  >  China  >  Beijing>  > Beijing Workers' Sports Complex
  • Neighbourhood: Beijing Workers' Sports Complex
  • Phone Number: +86 10 6586 9507

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