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A Rock Queen's Guide to Hipster Taipei

The founder of White Wabbit, Taipei’s most influential indie record label and shop, KK Yeh finds inspiration in the city’s controversial art galleries, revolutionary teahouses, and red-light district temples.
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No. 10, Lane 104, Section 1, Heping East Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106
“This shop sells calligraphic tools like brushes, pens, and good-quality paper. You can also create your own name stamp using Chinese characters." —KK Yeh

This appeared in the November/December 2017 issue.
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No. 1, Section 2, Roosevelt Rd, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan 100
"When bands are in town, I send them to the instrument shop ST Music, which is a five-minute walk away from the calligraphy tool shop, Geng Yen Jai. They sell an instrument called the pipa, which is like a Chinese guitar, plus Chinese flutes and...
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Alley 6, Lane 136, Section 4, Roosevelt Road & Alley 1, Lane 136, Section 4, Luosifu Road, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan 100
“This experimental gallery hosts multimedia exhibitions, including music installations. One of their recent shows was a complete introduction to drug culture, covering everything from drug use in ancient South American civilizations to the...
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No. 39, Section 2, Chang'an Road, Luzhu District, Taoyuan City, Taiwan 338
“The Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei is a good place to see international modern art. One of my favorite shows was an interactive sound-and-light installation by the Taiwanese artists Yao Chung-Han. As visitors moved through the exhibit,...
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No. 1, Zhongzheng Road, Xinzhuang District, New Taipei City, Taiwan 242
“I love the beautiful old-style architecture of this serene exhibition space, which was built between 1920 and 1940, during the period of Japanese colonization. It’s located near other icons built at that time—including the Taiwanese parliamentary...
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No. 83, Section 1, Kaifeng St, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan 100
“This small mom-and-pop shop is famous for its Taiwanese fruit. The selection is seasonal, of course. In summer, try the mango, pineapple, or bananas. In winter, pears, melons, and grapes are best.” —KK Yeh

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No. 1, Lane 16, Section 3, Xinsheng South Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106
“In the 1980s, this teahouse was a gathering spot for artists, writers, thinkers, activists, advocates, and revolutionaries to talk about political reform and the ideal future. These days, it’s more symbolic—a tourist spot like the Café de Flore...
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No. 26, Lane 64, Section 2, Chongqing North Road, Datong District, Taipei City, Taiwan 103
“Founded in 1890, Wang is the best place to experience tea culture in Taiwan. It’s in an elegant building that has red wallpaper and an old-timey Oriental atmosphere. Order a green tea and enjoy the live performances of nanguan, a type of...
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No. 211, Guangzhou Street, Wanhua District, Taipei City, Taiwan 108
“It’s located in Wanhua, the former red-light district, but Lungshan is one of the city’s most famous temples. The atmosphere inside is solemn and serious. I like that contrast. Lungshan is also two miles from Ningxia Night...
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No. 18號, Alley 2, Lane 410, Minzu East Road, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 10491
“Most seafood restaurants in Taiwan have big fish tanks up front. People choose what they want to eat and the chef catches and cooks it. One minute, you see the fish, lobster, or crab in the tank; one minute later, it’s on your plate. Addiction...
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No. 100, Section 1, Xinhai Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106
“Craft beer has only been popular in Taiwan for the last three to five years. I go to this laid-back bar after work to order the house IPA and chill out. Sometimes I feel like I’m the foreigner here, because it draws so many Americans...
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No. 1, Section 1, Roosevelt Rd, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan 100
“From the outside, this looks like a regular Taiwanese restaurant and bar, with traditional furniture and decoration. But upstairs is a performance area that accommodates around 100 guests. There are at least three or four performances a...