If you ask people what’s near Qiyan Station in Taipei, the answer will probably be unanimous: nothing. It’s not exactly a tourist destination, especially with the more alluring sights of Beitou right around the corner. However, all places have a hidden treasure or two, and Yummy Vegan House 芽米屋 is one of those. This nice vegan cafe is tucked right next to the busy MRT line and has some tasty eats. Check out more info after the jump.
I don’t know how it happened, but I think I have eaten more vegetarian burgers in Taipei than beef ones. I can’t complain however, as the quality has impressed a red-meat lover like myself. My latest burger escapade was at Miss Green 環保有機飲食概念店 (not exactly a Chinese translation of the name, but I’m not sure it even has one…) in Taipei. The cozy restaurant is completely vegan, for those who went vegetarian but then wanted to go the extra mile. Though the menu is small, there are some good choices that suit the urban nature aesthetic of the interior. And yes, they have brownies. Check out more photos after the jump.
Though Taipei has many interesting places that are open late (including a 24 hour bookstore), stores do indeed close. Stores seem to fade into anonymity when the owners pack up shop and bring down those big metal gates. On Guangming Road in the Beitou District of Taipei, you may find something unexpected on these slabs of steel: art! Several stores on Guangming Road have their metal doors decorated with elaborate drawings from a host of different topics. Check out more photos after the jump.
I think I’ve used the cliche “commanding view” a few times on this blog. This time, I really mean it! It is hard to top the amazing atmosphere and vantage point Mt. Miantian 面天山 offers. Not only is it a prime destination to watch silver grass dancing in the wind, but you can also see some unparalleled views of Taipei, the surrounding mountains, and even the ocean. Did you know you can see the ocean from Yangminshan? Well now you know! Check out more info after the jump.
For me, my go-to activity for when I have no plan is to visit Yangmingshan. I have been up there countless times, and yet I always find something new. One of the first places I visited in the national park was Erziping 二子坪 (also may be spelled as Erzihping). Not only is it one of the easiest places to trot around in on Yangmingshan, it is especially beautiful in the fall when the silver grass grows. Check out more info after the jump.
One of the strangest events actually hosted by the Taipei government is the Dream Parade 夢想嘉年華. It’s a mix of Brazilian Carnival, Mardi Gras, religious processions, modern art, and traditional culture all mashed together. It celebrates the surreal, the quirky, the colorful, and the half-dressed. Everyone from eight to eighty (literally) join in the festivities to make it one of Taipei’s weirdest and enjoyable events. Check out more info after the jump.
Several weeks ago, I visited Japan’s Kansai region for vacation. Kansai is home to the urban centers Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, and more. The area is mostly known for its traditional culture and laid back atmosphere when compared to the megalopolis Tokyo. But how does it compare to Taipei? There are some interesting similarities and surprising differences. Check out my knee jerk analysis after the jump.
Yangmingshan is one of my favorite places to visit in Taipei. It is hard to believe that an expansive national park with mountains, hot springs, volcanoes, and dozens of hiking trails can be so accessible from the city. Even though I have been here several times, there is always something new to see and experience. This time I decided to check out the steaming fumaroles of Xiaoyoukeng 小油坑 and make my way through Seven Star Mountain 七星山, which has Taipei’s tallest peak. Check out more info and pictures after the jump.
I’ve been lacking in updates, so why not more than one in a day! I already discussed the Very Fun Park event for this year and I mentioned how I preferred 2013’s version. Instead of leaving everyone hanging, I’ve decided to expand a bit on Very Fun Park 2013, an artistic adventure in Daan and the surrounding area. Check out more info and pictures after the jump!
Keeping up with every single art show or event is a hard task in Taipei. There are countless galleries and festivals that you can easily miss them if you are not paying attention. One I didn’t want to miss this year is Very Fun Park 粉樂町 in Taipei. Despite its name, it’s not actually a park, but instead a myriad of public art projects scattered around Taipei. I went to it last year and was amazed, so how does this year stack up? Find more info after the jump.