A swanky, new indoor food street built in an old-style architectural style and that occupies an expanse of 8000 square metres will soon make Beijing’s thriving food scene all the more vibrant. The food street, officially called “No.5 Guanghua Lu Bang Street” (光华路五号邦街) will be located in the basement level of the Fortune Plaza and will be open to business from October 25 onwards. The street’s atmosphere has been built to resemble the 1930’s and 40’s and the little laneways are decorated with beautiful water screens along a small winding stream. It’s hard to believe that such a landscape can actually exist indoors, but with an investment of over 100 million yuan pumped into its construction, anything is possible in the wonderful and sometimes strange world of China. Moreover, this food street is the first in the downtown Guomao area to build a space entirely according to international standards for green architecture.
Bang street will offer mouth-watering delicacies from around the world and every booth will have its own delicious house specials waiting to be savoured. Bang Street was built with China’s long tradition of food culture in mind whilst simultaneously aiming to embody a multi-cultural food culture. Certainly a culinary sanctuary for the upper-classes, Bang Street advocates a strong sense of etiquette and courteousness. Among some of the regional cuisines represented are foods from Hong Kong, Maucau and Beijing. What’s more, Bang Street does not neglect the discerning tastes of foreigners, with a pizzeria from Naples baking authentic Italian pizzas just one of the many highlights of Bang Street. Apparently, the capital’s only Napoleon pizza oven was especially imported from Italy to give the pizzas a truly authentic taste. Another eye-catching part of Bang Street are the five wooden Japanese streets that embody the traditional housing style of Tokyo’s surrounding area.
Besides the almost never-ending culinary options on offer, Bang Street also provides free wireless internet, free parking, free mobile phone charging outlets, free crèche services and a children’s playground and television. The weekends at Bang Street will have special family discounts, such as special family menus and 50% discounts for the elderly and young. Elderly people may also avail of on-site wheelchair services if required. It seems like Bang Street has it all; a wide array of regional and international cuisines and a family friendly atmosphere. Therefore, one can safely say that the arrival of this exquisite food emporium has enriched Beijing’s spectacular culinary scene all the more.
5 Guanghua Lu Bang Street 光华路五号邦街 View In Map
Opening date: October 25 2009
Add: Basement Floor, Fortune Plaza, 5 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District, Beijing
Tel: 010 6562 8595
Getting There: Take the subway line 1 or 10 to Guomao Station or take bus no. 730, 801 or 707.
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