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Beijing8 Comes to Florence

 

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Via dei Neri is becoming known as the ‘Strada del Cibo’ / or Eat Street and it’s easy to see why.  This last Saturday a new restaurant opened up and is already creating quite the buzz.  Beijing8 is actually a Swedish chain of Chinese restaurants with a focus on dumplings and tea.  With over 15 restaurants already located in Europe, Florence is the first Italian opening for the brand!  I personally am very happy to see more Asian choices in this city as it is the one thing that I miss from Australia.  Beijing8 is located about halfway along Via dei Neri, and you can’t miss the hot pink neon banner and simplistic, minimal interior – clean lines to accompany this clean, light and healthy cuisine.

You can eat in or take-away in the iconic noodle-boxes.  So nice to have a taste of Beijing in Florence!!!

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“We are a restaurant chain for slow fast food. We are serving traditional dumplings and tea in an urban setting with a contemporary ambience. We are combining ancient Chinese food culture with young values of ecology and long term sustainability.

We offer what many have been long lacking; fast service and relaxed meals, a better tasting experience at a lower price, simple food in a carefully designed package, to eat here or to take away.

We believe in natural ingredients and honest contents and we are offering something that is just as easy and accessible – but better for the body, tastier for the palate and more dignified for the restaurant guest.”

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THE LUNCH BOX with Rice

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Teaching Thomas how to use Chopsticks!

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Big fan of the Endamame. 

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FOOD OBSESSED, FASHION LOVER, BUSY MAMMA, MAGAZINE CREATOR & WATERCOLOUR ARTISt.

Ciao, I'm Lisa B,
I’m a magazine founder & editor, a private food & shopping guide and watercolour artist who wants to share everything I know about the best-kept secrets in Tuscany with you.

I created This Tuscan Life blog, magazine and experiences to share everything I love about Florence & Tuscany, one of the most popular and visited regions in Italy.   Add a splash of watercolour & you've got a creative mamma of two who wants to show you the true & authentic side of Tuscany.

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