Yangshuo, Eat & Drink in West Street

We have been blessed with some very fine and sunny weather the last two days. A nice change from the endless rain, drizzle etc. We came here to relax a bit but even relaxing has its limits. Sitting in one of the ample available bars we decided to make use of our time by playing Lonely

Planet freak. We surveyed the backpacker bars/restaurants where we had breakfast, lunch, brunch, late afternoon tea, dinner, supper and late snacks. All rinsed down with coffee, wine, tonic, gin & tonic, local beer and more wine from the year 1999.

We compared breakfasts, club sandwiches, wine, coffee and local beer. Sometimes we did not feel like a beer or had an appetite for a “real” pizza so other culinary surprises are included. Lists are in no particular order and all expressed opinions are very subjective..

Last but not least, in good old Lonely Planet Style we like to add that we received word from one of the more active readers that Yangshuo is not as safe anymore as it used to be. 5 Years ago a guy was robbed because he left his wallet in a bar.

Yangshuo - Blue Bird Bar - West Street

  • Breakfast - did not have it there yet… a bad start for survey results:)
  • Wine - Bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon 1999 - 100 Rmb -
  • Coffee - nopes… too late
  • Beer - Local Beer 630 mm - 10 Rmb - yep, it was cold
  • Pizza - Chill Beef - 25 Rmb - Not bad at all
  • Club Sandwich - with fries in the middle - 15 Rmb - Pretty nice, Frank liked the french fries a lot

It has a small terrace and service is friendly. A bit tedious, but that goes for most of these places, is the local karaoke hero who takes the opportunity to extend his 15 minutes of street fame. Then again, with all this rain, the power outages do have an advantage.

Yangshuo - Meiyou Cafe - West Street

  • Breakfast ((juice, coffee, pancake banana, 2 fried eggs, 2 toast) - 20 Rmb - Price/quality good
  • Wine - we still have some nights so maybe this will filled in
  • Beer - Local Beer 630 mm - 7 Rmb - Cold
  • Irish Coffee - small glass but for - 15 Rmb - was an ok drink

Meiyou Cafe prides itself to “have” everything on the menu except bad service, warm beer, etc. This is something.. in China it tends to happen on a frequent basis that you point something on the menu, the waitress nods yes, goes in, comes back and tells you “mei you”. This ritual repeats itself a few times and by the end of the day you have eaten.

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5 Responses to “Yangshuo, Eat & Drink in West Street”

  1. Stephen Lane
    November 18th, 2005 04:53

    Hello, I was in Yangshou about 3 weeks ago. My friends and I drank a beer there that I think was called LIO beer. I would like to contact the company that makes that beer. Could you please send me their details so I can talk to them. Thank you Stephen Lane from New Zealand

  2. Administrator
    November 28th, 2005 23:31


    A bit of a late reply. Sorry for that. I have no clue which beer you mean, I actually did a google search for “liu beer china” and the only thing maybe related to beer is the Sie-Tang Lio Brewery.

    Take a look at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_beer

    Maybe that helps a bit and otherwise just travel back to Yangshuo. It’s nice to hang out there anyway.

  3. Tony Edwards (Australia)
    January 29th, 2006 22:31

    Re Stephens Yangshuo experience.
    I am planning to visit Yangshuo in the later part of April with three freinds.As Stephen comes from NZ and we are Australians and share a similar cultural background I would be very interested to discuss Stephens experiences in this region.I don’t have any details on the beer he mentioned but will certainly be happy to share any info when I am there.

  4. Administrator
    January 30th, 2006 01:44


    It would be great if you can find out what the beer is, Srpehen is looking for. Stephen didn’t leave an email address so I am afraid I can’t help you there. Otherwise just post it here and he might read it.

    Have a good time in Yangshuo.

  5. frank
    December 4th, 2008 23:40

    Frank from California,
    I heard it rains there a lot. When I was there it did not rain. A bird stole my fish off my pole and I caught up with him because he had a wire on his neck. I tried to get it off to help him but I snapped his neck and the poor guy died. Then some other Chinese fishermans started to yell and throw stuff at me, when they saw me defeathering it. I guess they must be like the department of fish and game wardens or something. I just took off on them and ditched my rented boat on the dock of an old suger mill.

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