Sometimes when you are traveling or living abroad you crave something familiar, especially when you are visiting somewhere with a culture so different from your own. In Kunming there are three main areas where you can find some familiar shops and foods.
At Nanping Street you will find several shopping malls with stores such as H&M, Uniqlo, Zara, and Starbucks. The No. 10 and 84 buses go there from Longchuan Road and 121 Street.
Yunnan UniversityRight around the corner from Yunnan University you will find Wenlin Street and Wenhua Alley (this translates to Culture Alley). On Wenhua Alley you will find Mandarin Books, which is the only bookstore offering a large selection of English, French, and German books in Kunming. Just around the corner from Mandarin Books is Paul's Shop, which has baked goods, imported foods, appliances, and coffee.
The highlight of Wenhua Alley, and of the Western options in all of Yunnan, is Salvador's Coffee House. Salvador's serves excellent food and has drip coffee available with free refills before 2 pm. In addition to their excellent food, the owners work to give back to the community by employing and empowering women from villages. They also have projects in southwestern Yunnan Province that aim to improve education, health care, and income in rural villages. Learn more about Salvador's outreach endeavor's at their website, Village Progress. Seriously, Salvador's is awesome.
Beichen, located in the north of Kunming, is a little oasis for foreigners. There is Metro, which is a large grocery store that sells numerous imported and local foods. In the Beichen walkway there are several cafe's that serve coffee and western-style food. My favorite place to visit in Beichen is O'Reilly's Irish Pub. They serve excellent burgers and Guinness beer and often have free live music.
*Please note that locations on the map may not be perfect.
I'm linking up with the #SundayTraveler!
What things or foods do you miss when traveling or living away from home?