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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
09:00 - 00:00
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Chengdu, China
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30 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017

There bookworm is a good place to meet and get a bite to eat while staying in Chengdu. Good wholesome food at a reasonable price and a nice coffee to accompany it. Used by many locals and expats as a meeting venue it really is a good place to hang out. Lots of book to browse or even buy while... More 

Thank Malcolm P
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016 via mobile

The Bookworm is a great place to go relax and eat. The first time I went there was a weekday afternoon. I ordered a bottle of wine and the Cheeseboard appetizer. Both were reasonably priced. I enjoyed them while sitting on one of their comfy sofas in a tranquil environment. Getting some work done on my laptop using their wifi.... More 

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Maastricht, The Netherlands
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45 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

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.

Thank GuusjeJ
Long Beach, California
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30 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 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 

Thank PalominoMadera
Zurich, Switzerland
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179 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 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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97 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 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.

Thank jskwhiteh0use
London, England, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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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 

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!!

Thank gabhaillin
north east
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39 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 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.

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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 9 - USD 29
European, Bar, Cafe, International, Pub
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, 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
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly
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: Yujie East Road, 2-7#, Ren Min South Road, 28, Chengdu 600010, China
  • Location: Asia  >  China  >  Sichuan  >  Chengdu
  • Phone Number: +86 28 8552 0177
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?