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The Bookworm

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Yujie East Road, 2-7#, Ren Min South Road, 28, Chengdu 600010, China
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+86 28 8552 0177
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Maastricht, The Netherlands
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25 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very nice place to have some western food, though a bit more pricey. We had the apple salad and a veg curry which were both very nice. Comfortable seating, good wifi and many books.

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Thank GuusjeJ
Long Beach, California
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29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

I love the Bookworm. Great food, western favorites from healthy fare to indulgent cheese plates, burgers and desserts and some dishes with local character ("Asian favorites" I believe their menu says and then also things like Sichuan salad with Sichuan BBQ chicken). Their programming is great, quiz night, live music, a writers group I keep wanting to join. And of... More 

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Zurich, Switzerland
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179 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

Although the staff's English is rather limited, you will find mainly non-asians in the Bookworm. It is a cosy place to hang out, read a book or eat a burger. Recommended if you miss home a bit or if you're looking for a book or someone to speak to.

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Hong Kong, China
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80 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

This is a great place for a quiet lunch or for a coffee . It serves a good selection of food at a reasonable price and is very peaceful . Inside is smoke free, which is nice as many other places are too smoky . A great place to relax.

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London, England, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2016

I visited Chengdu in the summer of 2014, so if anything has changed about this establishment in the meantime, please forgive my inaccuracies. At the time of visiting, this place really felt like the perfect oasis of tranquillity after my first week as a Westerner in China. Besides the fact that it was the first cafe/ restaurant I came across... More 

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Thank Tom M
Dublin, Ireland
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

This place is a must in Chengdu during the day or at night. During the day it has a relaxed ambience with lots of people just hanging out reading. The food here is good. There is music most nights.mark is really good on the piano and the owner Peter from Ireland really gives a Céad Míle Fáilte!!

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Thank gabhaillin
north east
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39 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2016

The Bookworm is an oasis away from the hustle and bustle of Chengdu. A wonderful place to sit and relax and to enjoy the books. Goods books to read from the library and good books to buy which I did. Food was wonderful and a refreshing change. Staff were helpful and friendly.

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Thank esmaralda01
Brisbane, Australia
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6 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016 via mobile

Felt we could stay there and never be moved along. Broad selection of books for sale. Banana pancakes were amazing. Pita and hummus also good & not a dish that's easy to find in China. Service awkward and slow. Waited at counter in bookshop for a long time while staff had a heated conversation. Gave up and approached waiter to... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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99 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2016

We loved the bookworm. After a week in Chengdu, we were looking for something different to eat and found this place. The food and the selection on the menu is amazing, everything from roast chicken, to steak, burgers, salads and thai curry! Something for everyone. We found it so pleasant to be able to sit, relax, read, eat and drink.... More 

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Thank Vix P
Chengdu, China
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35 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2015

The Good: The selection of books, the prices, the salads and sandwiches. The Bad: The place turning really old. Some dishes are pretty horrid. The service.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$9 - US$29
Cuisine
European, Bar, International, Pub
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Television, Highchairs Available, Full Bar, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Wine and Beer, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Delivery, Reservations, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
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Bar Scene
Open Hours
Sunday
09:00 - 00:00
Monday
09:00 - 00:00
Tuesday
09:00 - 00:00
Wednesday
09:00 - 00:00
Thursday
09:00 - 00:00
Friday
09:00 - 00:00
Saturday
09:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Yujie East Road, 2-7#, Ren Min South Road, 28, Chengdu 600010, China
  • Location: Asia  >  China  >  Sichuan  >  Chengdu
  • Phone Number: +86 28 8552 0177
Description
It’s easy to see why The Bookworm is such a hit among both locals and foreigners in Chengdu; where else can you spend savouring fabulous international food, browsing thousands of books, sipping good espresso, being regaled by eminent authors, catching up with friends over your favourite meal, or simply just checking your emails? The spacious, interconnecting rooms with floor-to-ceiling books on every wall are light and airy in summer, yet cosy and snug in winter.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?