Bianca Vasquez’s Taiwan
Collected by Bianca Vasquez
No. 20, Lane 141, Section 2, Jinshan South Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106
T. Loafer is hard to miss thanks to its colorful exterior, patched together from more than 20 salvaged window frames. Order a cup of hibiscus lemongrass tea and a pastry made with locally grown fruit. The shelves are stocked with books, regional...
No. 221, Sec 2, Zhi Shan Rd, Shilin District, Taipei City, Taiwan 111
This is a definite must-see for culture vultures and those with even a mild curiosity about Chinese art and history. The museum owns nearly 700,000 of the most valuable works of Chinese art (General Chiang Kai-shek cherry picked the best of...
106, Taiwan, Taipei City, Da’an District, 台北市大安區忠孝東路三段300號B2
I’m not sure why or how they started, but Taipei has an oddly high number of unusual cafes and restaurants in and around town that are each a lot of fun to visit. One of the most popular of these quirky cafes is the Hello Kitty cafe located on...
Section 1, Jianguo South Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106
Every weekend thousands descend on this normally boring stretch of Taipei for one of the most impressive markets in town: the Jianguo Flower Market. Vendors from around the city and region display amazing examples of flowers and plants, many of...
No. 101, Jihe Road, Shilin District, Taipei City, Taiwan 111
Calling all lovers of food: Shilin Night Market is the largest of many night markets in Taipei. It is easily accessible by MRT and has endless stalls of restaurants/stands as well as shops. Bring a friend so you can share and experience more of...
No. 13號, Alley 40, Lane 181, Section 4, Zhongxiao East Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106
VVG Something is a tiny bookshop hidden in a quiet alley near the bustling Zhongxiao Dunhua shopping area. Do not expect the latest best sellers in this place, but a carefully selected collection of arts and crafts, fashion, photography or cooking...
No. 41, 民權東路三段60巷13弄中山區台北市 Taiwan 10491
It’s not just the delicious sandwiches that make the addiction so hard to break, it is also the restaurant’s artisan lattes, which are likely some of the richest coffees you will ever sip. In the evening, the cafe turns into a quaint bar where you...
No. 1, Alley 4, Lane 36, Section 5, Minsheng East Road, Songshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 105
"Pineapple Squares" is what my siblings and I called these for decades, as my uncle made them from scratch for his bakery in Tainan and they were always square shaped. As American children visiting Taiwan, these pastries were the most friendly and...
No. 32, Lane 160, Section 1, Dunhua South Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106
Taipei is in love with quirky, themed restaurants, but one of the more tasteful of these cafes is Rabbit Rabbit. The constant in the dining room—which looks more like an English cottage than a restaurant—is that all the decorations and artwork...
No. 54號, Songqin Street, Xinyi District, Taipei City, Taiwan 110
Though the bagels here are hands down the best in Taipei, Good Cho’s is so much more than just a bagel joint. Housed in a ramshackle military veterans' housing complex tucked in the shadow of Taipei 101, the shop's quirky, DIY vibe marks a cozy...
No. 1, Lane 16, Section 3, Xinsheng South Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106
Lots of places to drink tea in Taipei, but Wistaria is a staple - in a historic building, a pool of calm in the middle of the bustling city. Better to phone ahead if you prefer one of the seats in the tatami rooms.
A truly amazing space - right under a busy flyover, this weekend market is replete with a full complement of traders of all manner of flowers, plants and gardening accessories. And that's just the 'Flower' part - another section houses all the'...
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