If you’re looking for a midweek escape from the bustle of city life, taking a digital detox or perhaps planning a lazy Sunday, Tianjin is filled with places to chill out and catch up on some reading. Whether you want to be sipping coffee, enjoying the outdoors or making the most of a secluded spot, here are the best places in Tianjin to lose yourself in a good book.
Despite being part of a chain, this coffee shop has a cozy cabin feel and serves some of the best cups of coffee in Tianjin. One of the first of 25 new shops in China, Gloria Jeans has two locations in the Waterpark area. This homely international franchise has a tranquil atmosphere for reading books while sipping on a hot beverage.
Coffee Time (Tianjin Coffee ShiGuang Theme Restaurant)
One of the best locally owned coffee shops in Tianjin, Coffee Time is regarded as a great spot to unwind for a few hours, with plenty of books to choose from and armchairs to read in. This venue even has live music at night, if you fancy some culture or socializing. There’s also a menu featuring European food.No. 1, the junction of Shaoxing Dao and Youyi Lu, Hexi District, Tianjin +86 22 2813 4857
Shuishang Park (Tianjin Water Park)
Shuaishang Park is for those who like to enjoy the outdoors and skim through a book at the same time. There is no shortage of benches or spots to sit in Tianjin’s most acclaimed park. Best to go in the Spring or Fall, but worthwhile at any time of year for the scenery in this urban oasis. Between reading breaks, you can take a stroll and see other park goers, who might be doing Tai Chi or enjoying the water rides.
Shuishang Park Road, Tianjin 300000 +86 22 2835 8812
This quiet, airy campus is ideal for those wanting to explore an architectural wonder from the 1980s and then sit down and read in peace. It’s vastly open, spacious and with no shortage of bookshelves to peruse. However, be advised that the selection of books published in foreign languages (not Chinese) is still rather limited. Better to bring your own novel unless you feel like challenging your Mandarin literature reading skills!
No.15 Fukang Road, Nankai District, Tianjin300191 +86 22 2362 0082
Riverside 66 Mall
A modern architectural marvel; oblong shaped with glass walls, sweet fragrances, and lucid light, Riverside 66 is the new shopping mall that is adored by those in the Heping district. Sprawl out on a common area sofa or chair and nose-dive into your book.
No.166 Xing’an Road, Heping District, Tianjin +86 22 2329 6168
Italian Style Street
Regarded by many as a highly touristic destination, forego the regulars and think beyond pricey restaurants and shops. Bring your book and relax in one of its distinguished coffee bars that hearken those found in Italy. Expats heavily recommend Lavazza coffee shop or if have a penchant for snacking, try La Seine. Both are trendy yet tranquil places, well-suited for reading in. Grab a cappuccino, a comfy chair and crack open a novel to spend an alternative afternoon on Italian Style Street.
Marco Polo Square , Hebei District, Tianjin 300010 +86 22 8761 3413
Wok in the Garden Restaurant
This nature-inspired restaurant is a surprisingly pleasant place to read a book. Wok in the Garden boasts an outdoor vibe with shrubbery and greens creating an indoor forest effect. The relaxing atmosphere offers respite from the bustle outside and the restaurant also serves a tasty dish of duck. Bring a book and discover this mini sanctuary tucked inside the Hyatt hotel.