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  1. Ellie
    Ellie June 7, 2016 at 8:13 am |

    Such an informative post thank you. Possibly the best I’ve read. Any other advice for families living in SIP?

  2. Marta
    Marta June 8, 2016 at 7:54 am |

    Hahaha, amazing! You are missing one category: best vegetarian restaurant :P (I’m just trolling, I know you are a big fan of bacon). But the one in ex Jinjihu Lu is very nice and cheap. There is also one in Eslite mall that is very fancy, food is delicious but on the expensive side.

    I also hate Blue Marlin. Overpriced and SLOW. I haven’t been to Summit in a loooong time but every time I’ve been there it was completely empty. I wonder how they did not go out of business yet.

    The Suzhou Expats group also raves about Kamal. I haven’t been there yet. Ooops! I also need to try Baker and Spice (too far to buy bread) and Per Baco. Agree on Secret Recipe. I’m glad I don’t go often because I would get so FAT.
    Best bar for me would be Wave, but basically because of the concerts.

    Is The Pinnacle the place with the glass ceiling in one of the towers? I have never been there. I have always wondered if there was a swimming pool up there.

  3. Dash
    Dash September 7, 2016 at 3:38 am |

    Under the heading of Best Western Grocery Stores, I think Food Mart on B1 of the Jiuguang Store (http://www.jiu-guang.com/suzhou/home/index.php, look out for 久光) in Times Square should get a mention. They have a great selection of Japanese foods including fresh sushi and sashimi with a good selection of sake and a very good range of Western food too. Some of it is pricey but it’s worth a look if you’ve had no luck finding what you are after elsewhere.

  4. Dash
    Dash September 11, 2016 at 2:05 am |

    In my aimless wanderings around SIP I’ve come across a few brew pubs or microbreweries. I’m intrigued to know if you or any of your readers have tried them and can you recommend any brews?

    1. Dash
      Dash September 13, 2016 at 2:15 am |

      Okay. I’ll start the ball rolling on this one. Not too far from Times Square and next to Howard Johnson’s serviced apartments just off Xinghu Jie is a shopping complex. Many of the premises appear empty but on the side of the complex facing the Ferris wheel on street level in the 798 brewpub. The owner and brewer, Jack, brews about 5 craft beers including lager, stout, and IPA. I’ve tried a few and I must say they are very good. I particularly like the IPA. They also have European and American bottled beers too. I have not tried the food here. The bar has a pleasant atmosphere and the staff are friendly. If you are in the area, it’s well worth a visit but, being craft beer, expect to pay 50-60RMB a pint (which is a lot more than I would pay back home in the UK). The 798 bar opens from about 5pm to midnight every day.


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