Nobel’s guide to Beijing 潮玩北京-10 個懂享受的你會愛上的地方

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I love Beijing, I’ve been to this city for 5 times now and I still get excited every time I visit. Last October, I was invited to my girlfriend’s wedding in Beijing. Born in Beijing and raised in Germany, Hao and I met in Paris a decade ago and became great friends. She met her British husband in London and they decided to have a Chinese wedding in Beijing, so of course I didn’t hesitate for a second to take up her wedding invitation! Here’s my insider guide to the city, hope you like it!

去年這個時候, 我被邀請到北京參加好友的婚禮。 去過北京很多次, 名勝古蹟早已不在我的行程內, 每次來都想發掘新的地方,這次就跟大家分享一下10個特別的好去處!


 Where to eat

Weekend brunch at Capital M

Located in Qianmen Pedestrian Street, Beijing’s most popular shopping street, Capital M offers modern European dishes with an iconic view of Beijing. Its chic decor and modern dishes reminds me of Sevva in Hong Kong, which also has impeccable interior design as well as a terrace over looking the city. Hao and I met up for weekend brunch here, I loved its relaxing ambiance as well as comprehensive menu. Great place to chill and enjoy a glass of champagne!

位於北京前門的M餐廳, 如果你喜歡香港的Sevva 你一定會愛上這個地方! 擁有很精緻的室內設計和可以一覽北京前門街景的大陽臺,M餐廳食物選擇很多而且很有水準。

Address: 3/F, No.2 Qianmen Pedestrian Street (just south of Tian’anmen Square)/ 北京市前門步行街2号3層

Lunch at King’s Joy

I enjoyed a lunch by myself during my 5-day stay in Beijing one afternoon. Winner of food award 2013 & 2014 by Time Out Beijing, King’s Joy is more than I could ever expect. Traditional architecture in a modern setting, with mist coming out in the courtyard, and musician playing harp in the middle of the restaurant, King’s Joy definitely gives you a magical feeling and unique experience. I didn’t know it was a vegetarian restaurant but I wouldn’t have noticed from the dishes because they were all so delicious! Do book in advance and dress up for this upscale restaurant!

選擇京兆尹,是因為我在網上看到這餐廳騰雲吐霧的相片覺得很神奇,但親身體驗更勝我想像 ! 很優雅的室內設計,餐廳中央有豎琴演奏,戶外亭園有薄霧噴出,營造一種仙境的感覺。 事前並不知道這是吃素的地方, 但餐牌選擇很多而且菜色很精緻。 很特別的一點是用餐之後,服務員會給你一張白紙和一支毛筆,讓你寫下感想。 絕對是一個很特別的用餐經驗!

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 Address: 2 Wudaoying Hutong, Yonghegong, Dongcheng district/ 東城區雍和宫五道營胡同2号

Afternoon tea at Green T. House

Green T. House is more than just a restaurant or a tea room, it is a concept of lifestyle. First time I went to Green tea house was 8 years ago when it was still in downtown Beijing. Now it has moved to the suburb for a much bigger space. Check out their facebook page for updates of their afternoon tea and event promotions.

今次回到北京沒有機會探訪新的紫雲軒。 8年前第一次來,紫雲軒絕對是我去過最特別的地方!新的紫雲軒遷到北京市郊,集藝術館與餐廳於一身,賣的是一種生活態度,有機會一定要再去!

Address: 318 Shunbai Lu, Hegezhuang, Chaoyang /北京市朝陽區崔各庄乡何各庄村318号

Dinner at Noble Club 

The wedding took place in Noble Club (ranked #3 at Top 10 most luxurious clubs in Beijing ). I felt like a VIP from the moment my taxi entered its exclusive entrance in the north of the Temple of Earth. Noble Club serves up an extensive range of delicacies, including Chinese royal dishes, Cantonese food, Sichuan food and Japanese cuisine.

朋友的婚宴就是在這裏舉行!乙十六是昔日皇家的行宮,現為私人會所。位於地壇公園內,會所傳統的中式室內設計極盡奢華,感覺好像宮廷一樣!作為北京十佳會所,乙十六集官府菜、粤、川、日餐於一堂。

Address: B16 Hepinglizhong Road, Dongcheng District/ 東城區和平里中街乙十六号(地壇公園北門)


Where to Stay

Siheyuan

As I was staying by myself, I wanted to meet people so I chose to stay at the Happy Dragon Courtyard Hostel . The hostel is a typical siheyuan, a historical type of residence famous in Beijing. I promise, the moment you check in the siheyuan you instantly feel like a local!
北京的四合院很有名, 一直很想有機會試試。因為四合院一般都是位於住宅區 ,所以比較寧靜和少遊客。想感受真正北京人家的風味 ,應該試試四合院!
Address: No. 51, Dongsi Jiutiao, Dongcheng District/北京天海缘青年酒店,北京市東城區東四九條51

Where to chill

A day at 798 Art Zone

798 is a thriving artistic community built around the decommissioned military factory buildings in suburb Beijing. The 798 art zone is dotted with lovely cafes and art galleries. I highly recommend to spend a day in the area and immerse yourself in the modern Chinese art world.

很多人都知道北京的798藝術區,但這個地方或者未必是大家的旅遊首選,但我覺得除了名勝古蹟之外,騰出一天過來這地方逛逛,感受一下當代中國藝術是很值得的。即使你對藝術沒有興趣, 因為798的範圍很大,身處在充滿歷史痕蹟的地方,找家咖啡店坐下來輕鬆一下,可以讓整個人在繁忙的生活靜下來。

Adderss: No.4 Jiuxianqiao Road, Chaoyang District/ 朝陽區酒仙橋路4号

Visit Beijing Farmer’s market

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I ran into the Beijing Farmer’s market in Sanlitun Taikoo Li feeling so surprised! I didn’t expect to see a farmer’s market in such westernized setting in down town Beijing and it was so popular with the local Beijing people! Check out their facebook page for weekly location updates.

很驚喜的發現北京也有有機農夫市集! 一般對北京的感覺都是很傳統的, 即時在香港Farmer’s Market也是比較新鮮的,除了個別新界農場,一般都是中環碼頭、西貢、愉景灣,這些外國人比較多的地方才有 。想不到在北京這樣西化的 Farmer’s Market 也很受歡迎!

Address: Various locations/每週不同地點。詳情看它們的Facebook 專頁。


 What to do

Shopping at Taikoo Li Sanlitun

Well, what more to say about shopping? I really loved this area as it felt like Soho area with cool boutiques, cafes and restaurants.

北京的太古里三里屯感覺像Soho 區,很多餐廳選擇,可以逛上一個下午!

Address: No. 11 and No. 19 Sanlitun Road, Chaoyang District/  北京朝陽區三里屯路11號及19號

Hang out at Bookworm

Named The world’s greatest bookshops by Lonely Planet , Bookworm is a book shop/ restaurant and a place that held a lot of special memories for me. The Bookworm is a go-to hangout place for expats in Beijing as they do a lot of meet up events like whisky Wednesday, film screening night and comedy night etc.

以前的男朋友曾在北京留學,北京老書蟲是我們的老地方。又是書店,又是餐廳,又是一個常搞聚會的地方, 這兒很受在北京工作的外國人歡迎。

Address: Building 4, Nan Sanlitun Road, Chaoyang District/北京朝陽區南三里屯路4號

Clubbing at Mix Club

MIX is one of the most popular clubs in Beijing with a mixed crowd of local and international party goers. It is our go to party place every time we’re in the city!

Clubbing。不用解釋吧。

Address: Inside the north gate of the Workers’ Stadium Chaoyang district / 朝陽區工體北北門西側

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Holland Photo Diary 荷蘭手記

Amsterdam

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九年前在巴黎讀書的時候,我認識了一班對我影響至深的閨蜜。Hao, Marta同 Fiona, 一個來自德國,一個來自波蘭,一個來自愛爾蘭。她們都是因為追隨自己的男朋友而到去荷蘭讀大學,並於其中一年約定去巴黎留學,我們就是當年讀書認識的。他們是學校的風頭躉,我們像聯合國的組合,每次去夜店總會很受法國男生歡迎。二十出頭,那時我們的課外活動是去拍過 Sex and the City 的 Kong 去happy hour,去當時巴黎最當紅的 gay club Queen 去clubbing。由於巴黎一點過後沒有公共交通工具  ,所以每次浦到通宵達旦,我都會去她們家借宿一宵 。大學畢業我為當時的男朋友搬到荷蘭,分手後我一個人流落異鄉,是她們照顧我讓我在她們家。 其實這故事都幾搞笑,我們四個來自不同國家的女生,為了各自的男朋友搬去荷蘭,而大家到最後分手收場而住在一起。

多年來我們友誼沒變, 數年前 Marta 飛來香港探望我 ,去年我也飛到北京去參加Hao舉辦的中國式婚禮。 所以今次假期我一定要去荷蘭探望她們!

My surprise b-day party! 

I was totally overwhelmed when I arrived at Fiona’s place and found out a surprise birthday party was waiting for me, I couldn’t help bursting into tears! I used to stay with the girls all the time, from the time I got kicked out of my own apartment in Paris due to a big fight with my roommate, to moving out of my ex’s apartment in Utrecht. They were always there for me and took care of me like sisters I never had, it was so emotional for me having their warm welcome after so many years apart! (Thanks chef Sherif for your delicious food!!)

今次Fiona 邀請我住在她位於市中心的 apartment,原來Marta一早來火車站接我是要給Fi 和他男友更多時間準備給我的驚喜生日派對!我是真的超感動忍不住哭了~

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A day in Utrecht 

The second day, I spent an afternoon by myself wandering Utrecht, the city where I used to live, along with over 60.000 students who make the city of Utrecht their home. 45 mins away by train from Amsterdam, Utrecht is a lively student city in the heart of the Netherlands. Ranked in Lonely Planet‘s top-10 of the world’s unsung places, you can easily fall in love with the canals, docks, and little bars and restaurants in this city and it is still my favorite place in Holland.

第二天我自己一個回到烏德勒支這個對我有很多回憶的地方。大部分人認識荷蘭就是阿姆斯特丹 ,但其實這個遠離遊客區的小鎮更有意思! 這個有"學生之鎮"之稱的地方,我曾在這兒生活過,所以這裏的一樓一房,我記憶猶新。距離阿姆斯特丹少於一小時火車程,有機會絕對值得來這小鎮感受一下地到荷蘭風情。Paris 2015 1001

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A highlight of our trip is Rollende Keukens (Rolling Kitchens) in Amsterdam. Food truck is such a big global trend right now, and this 5-day event is basically a food truck festival where mobile food stands and indie bands from all over the country come together to serve all the music loving and food craving people in Amsterdam. We practically just spent the entire evening eating none stop!

回到阿姆斯特丹我們參加了一年一度,為期五日的美食音樂節 。有來自荷蘭不同地區超過十架food truck和不同小型獨立樂隊現場表演,氣氛超正,有機會來荷蘭一定不要錯過!

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Lunch at Ton & Marta’s 

Saturday, Marta invited us over for lunch at her place after our big night out the night before. Beside her successful career as a communication director at a PR company, she’s also a great home chef! We enjoyed a yummy meal at her beautifully decorated apartment in downtown Amsterdam before we head out for the day.

第三天,Marta邀請我們到她家午餐,我從來沒想過家中也能安排如此精緻的table setting! 作為公關公司的傳訊總監和一位跟得女朋友,這就是入得廚房出得廳堂的典範! Paris 2015 1119

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I Amsterdam 

Before we left Amsterdam we spent our Saturday afternoon strolling around the city. Most people go for the iconic I amsterdam letters in the back of the Rijksmuseum on Museumplein for photo op, but to avoid the crowd, we went to the less busy Vondelpark, the largest city park in Amsterdam, which also host this same signature letters for a perfect photo to end our trip.

旅程完結前的最後一站是Vondelpark,阿姆斯特丹市內最大的公園,在陽光和大樹下結束這次3天荷蘭精華遊。

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Nobel’s guide to Paris 遊走巴黎 – 10 個你未必到過的好地方 ( Part I)

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It was almost a decade ago when I moved to Paris for a year to study French in school. Paris was such a magical place for me it made me dreamt about all the things I want to do when I grow up. As I was turning 30 this May, I realized I’m not where I thought I’d be at this point of my life, I decided to take a trip back to where all my dreams began, to spark my passion again and search for new directions in life. I therefore set a mission to explore a different side of the city I’ve never been to before and I was so inspired by all my new explorations! So here I want to share my special guide to Paris with you:

真不敢相信在巴黎讀書已經是9年前的事。當年還是個大學生,巴黎給我帶來夢想和對將來充滿期盼。現在回想起當時對未來生活的憧憬實在有很大的距離,很多想做的事情但沒有達到,所以今年生日我很想回到巴黎去重捨當日的夢。因為在巴黎生活過一年,對這個城市已很熟悉,所以今之特意尋找一些未去過的地方,希望可從而有新的靈感和啟發! 以下就來分享一下今次旅程幾個很特別的地方:

1) Staying at a Parisian home// 巴黎民宿

I was so excited to arrive my first ever airbnb home! I always love to stay with a local friend when I’m travelling because you get a taste of how the local people live. As my dear friend Tanja from Vienna flew in for a long weekend to celebrate my birthday together, I had chosen this cool and spacious apartment in Montmartre which has two nice bedrooms.

想當年與同學合租apartment, 今次回去當然也要感受一下! 因為我的好友Tanja 從維也納飛過來巴黎一個長週末陪我慶祝生日, 所以我特意挑選了這家位於蒙馬特並很有特色設計的兩房一廳airbnb. Tanja比我先到, 我一到埗已有一個mini 生日蛋糕在等待我, 真的很感動!
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Few days later we moved to another apartment in the left bank after Tanja left. I knew I had to rent this place the second I spotted it on airbnb because it is so unique and one of a kind! The apartment is located inside the courtyard of a residential building surrounded by a lovely garden. It used to be a printing factory and the owner has revamped it into a two-storey house. I just love the ambiance and interior design of this place!

幾天後Tanja 要回去維也納所以我們搬到另一間位於巴黎左岸的住所。 我挑選住所除了考慮位置和租金以外,最重要的就是室內設計。 這間住所是小巴黎很少有的特色房子。 以前本來是印刷廠 ,屋主將它改建為兩個獨立房子。因為樓底高,所以房子內還多建一層。 外面被一個小花園包圍著,很有特色!

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2) Visit Shakespeare and Company // 拍攝日落巴黎的古老書店

One of must see places this trip is Shakespeare and Company in the 5th arrondissement . As a fan of Before Sunrise trilogy, I’ve wanted to visit this book store for so long! This is the book shop where Jesse did his book readings and met Celine again at the sequel Before Sunset. Inside the 2-storey book shop, there’s a lounge for people to read and a small corner that allows people to sleepover. When we were there someone was playing piano it felt so romantic like being in the movie!

如果你是電影日落巴黎的戲迷,這地方你一定不會陌生! 這間在1951年開的二手書店是巴黎很受歡迎的景點。

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3) Spend a day at Fontainebleau // 到巴黎南部的楓丹白露一天遊

I’ve wanted to visit Fontainebleau ever since I fall in love with impressionist painting when I was a student. This was the place where my favorite painters Auguste Renoir and Claude Monet used to come and do their paintings.  Just an hour away from Paris, I felt like I went to a different era stepping into Fontainebleau.  We spent our Sunday morning walking around Château de Fontainebleau and afternoon picnicking and napping under the trees in the forest nearby. It was the most relaxing and laid back Sunday I’ve had in a very long time.

大部分人去巴黎都會去凡爾賽宮一日遊 ,今次我們則選擇了距離巴黎一小時以外的楓丹白露 。如果喜愛印象派畫的人應該聽過這名字,因為很多19世界印象派畫家都來楓丹白露的森林練習油畫。 楓丹白鷺位於巴黎南部市郊 ,由巴黎坐火車出發加一程接駁巴士到楓丹白鷺堡壘大約個半小時。這裏風景比我想像中更為嘆為觀止! 堡壘當然不能與凡爾賽宮媲美,但其大自然景色實絕不比下去! 星期日的下午當大部分的香港人在巴黎名店血拼的時候 ,我們花整個下午遊閒的在草地上野餐和午睡,真正體驗法國人的生活態度!

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