The most beautiful place in Kunming has got to be the Green Lake (Cai Hu) area, and it’s arguably also home to the best array of restaurants, bars, and teahouses in the city – making it a place where visitors come from all over to enjoy the unique venues dotted all over the area. Green Lake’s restaurants offer an eclectic mix of traditional Kunming dishes that provide for an entirely different, and unique, dining experience. No matter if you come to Green Lake on an empty or full stomach, you’re bound to find something you like about this area. Below, we introduce some of the most popular venues around Green Lake; start your culinary journey today!
Moses Club摩西俱乐部 View In Map
Moses Club is definitely a distinctly different bar from others around the Green Lake; for one, you can see it from a mile away. The owner of the place majored in interior design and all the decorations in the bar have been personally designed by him. All of the wood material used was been transported from Shangri-La to Kunming. The tall and wide stone arches definitely give this place an interesting gothic feel and the view over the lake is gorgeous. The owner puts together exciting live performances every night – offering a varied selection from classic Chinese songs to jazz music. Mondays to Fridays are usually quieter, but be sure to call and reserve a seat if you're planning on going during the weekend.
Add: South Cuihu Rd, Cuihu Zuanjie (2nd Floor), Kunming
Tel: 0871 517 1988
Opening hours: 16:30-01:00
Getting there: Take bus routes 100, 133 to South Cuihu Rd station, and walk 42 m to venue
Zongchu Zhizao总厨制造 View In Map
Zongchu Zhizao is a restaurant founded by a Kunming local that has built quite a name for itself in the city. It started out as a teahouse, selling Taiwanese-style black tea, but now several branches have been opened in Kunming. The restaurant is decorated like a fashion show venue, where guests are led to their seats through a large catwalk-like stage and there is even an open kitchen, to see your food made fresh. They offer traditional Kunming dishes as well as western and Thai cuisine – so you’re able to order from a variety of things. The venue is located on the 9th floor giving guests a chance to gaze over the city while they dine.
Add: Baida Xintiandi (9th Floor), Kunming
Tel: 0871 320 3777
Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00
Getting there: Take bus routes 118, 71 to East Nanping
Cuicai Restaurant味彩餐厅 View In Map
Cuicui is a restaurant that allows you to experience closeness with nature while you dine. Having trees, arched bridges over running water, squirrels foraging in the courtyard, and a large birdcage hanging by the old Chinese doors, this place is a refuge from the hustle and bustle of the noisy city outside. The interior decorations are also vey refined and classy. Periodically, Chinese musicians will charm you with their guzheng and pipa playing, definitely unique and entertaining. The menu there is manly Cazhou and Dianwe (Yunnan) cuisine. The baked chicken in ceramic pot, shark’s fin soup with rice and finally a dark chocolate smeared crepe all come highly recommended.
Add: 1 West Cuihu Rd, Wuhua District, Kunming
Tel: 087 1531 8999
Opening hours: 10:00-22:00
Getting there Take bus routes 2, 5, 10, 14, 17, 18, 21, 26, 54, 65, 66, 69, 82 to Xiaoximen station
Wild Bees Bar
Wild Bees Bar野蜂酒吧 View In Map
Wild Bees Bar is a venue that is purely about music and booze. It's got an acoustic guitar and pictures depicting different musicians hanging on the wall – everything about the venue revolves around music. The place is a bit small in size but it's still got a little stage tucked away in the middle. The owner of the place, Mr. Zhou, is a fine guitarist, and he performs every night for the guests; you can even request songs for him to play or jump on stage to show off your music making skills. Occasionally, there are also guest performers invited to put on solos at the venue. With its dimmed lights, intimate atmosphere and soft music, this music bar is definitely a little gem that you wouldn't want to pass up visiting.
Add: 112 West Wacang Rd, Kunming
Tel: 137 6919 6988
Opening hours: 17:00-23:00
Getting there: Take bus routes 120, 66, 73, 95, 98 to Guofang Rd station and walk 200 m to venue
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