After a relatively disappointing breakfast, we decided to go for coffee to soothe our souls.
米朗琪咖啡館 Melange Cafe was one of the cafes that we did not manage to check out during our previous trip, and it appeared that they actually have 2 cafes in the same lane. We went to the main outlet, but were led to the second one instead, as the main outlet was full.
We were led to the basement, where we were the only customers at this early hour.
- Black Coffee (NT$130): Normal coffee according to hubby.
- 馬可波羅 Marco Polo-Boite (NT$170+): I almost choked at the price, but I guess Mariage Frères must be a very famous premium brand of tea to cost so much. This was a black flavoured tea that had a very lovely fragrance.
- 馬丘比丘 Machu Picchu (NT$110): A lemon-ey cake, we liked the refreshing citrus flavour
Note: There is an additional 10% service charge for dine-in.
- Location: 台北市中山區中山北路二段16巷23號, No. 23, Lane 16, Section 2, Zhongshan North Rd, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 104 (Google Maps)
- Nearest MRT: Zhongshan Station 捷運中山站 (Exit 4)
- Website: www.facebook.com/MelangeCafe
- Hrs: 7:30am – 10pm (Mon-Thu), 9:30am – 11pm (Fri-Sun)
After a good rest at the hotel, we were off to 國立國父紀念館 National Dr Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall.
Dad was very interested in the galleries and we spent about 3 hours here, catching both the hourly 儀隊交接 exchanging of guards ceremony, as well as the 降旗儀式 flag lowering ceremony at around 5.30pm.
It was our first time catching the flag lowering ceremony, thanks to a local who advised us to stay on, during our chat in the gardens. It was certainly worth staying on for it!
From the gardens, we also had a good view of Taipei 101, as we watched it being lit up as night fell.
By the time we left National Dr Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall, it was almost 7pm. Hence, we just went to 北平都一處 Beijing Do It True restaurant directly opposite the memorial hall.
Today is 初一 (First day of the Lunar month), and our parents wanted to have vegetarian food and visit a temple in the morning.
The famous 龍山寺 Longshan Temple is one of largest and oldest temples in Taiwan, and quite near our hotel, so this was our top choice. Also, there were other places of interests in this Mengjia (Monga) 艋舺 area, so we figured that we would spend the morning here.
We reached 龍山寺 Longshan Temple around 8.30am, and it was already pretty crowded, with prayers on-going, and the whole temple engulfing in incense smell and chantings of prayers.
Once our parents were done, we went to the 祥光健康美食 Xiang Guang Health Delicious Food across the street, which was highly recommended by the hotel staff when we researched for vegetarian food.
While our parents were resting in the hotel after our 淡水 Tamsui trip, we went for a quick date at a nearby cafe.
南美咖啡 Nanmay Coffee is a 2-storey cafe started in 1956 and was the first to import raw coffee beans to roast them in-house to sell to customers. There were many nostalgic items in the cafe and the whole atmosphere seemed to transport us back to the 60s. Many of the customers were old folks and we seemed to be one of the youngest customers here, haha!
Perhaps their customers came here after visiting the 天后宫媽祖图書舘 Tin Hau Temple opposite.
Anyway, we were seated comfortably on the second floor with a nice view of the temple, and had the following:
Since we were staying along the 淡水信義線 MRT Red Line this time, it was a pretty easy ride all the way to the end of the line to 捷運淡水站 Tamsui Station. Note that not all trains will reach the very last station, so take a look at the signboard before boarding 🙂
We arrived just after 11am, and were surprised it was not too crowded despite being a Sunday.
As we exited the station and walked towards 淡水老街 Danshui (Tamsui) Old Street, the first thing that caught our attention was the street performance by an artist painted in gold (蚊”風不動 – 街頭藝人). He seemed to be sitting on thin air without any support and was completely still which got the audiences impressed. He moved in a very slow manner when some audience went up to him to take a picture with him and got everyone laughing. He was really good!
We met up with Mr J after coercing him to come 西門町 Ximending to find us, haha!
We were strolling along the streets looking for a cafe when we chanced upon A-One 咖啡美食館 A-One Cafe.
It is a narrow shop with seats at all half floors. We made our way to the top floor via some steep flight of stairs and got ourselves some hot 拿鐵咖啡 Latte (NT$120) and cold 招牌桔茶 Citron Tea (NT$120).
Drinks were pretty alright, and it was slightly breezy at the rooftop. There were customers smoking at all floors, but luckily it was not too smokey. We liked the cozy atmosphere and had a rather nice time catching up here!
- Location: 台北市萬華區西寧南路50巷1號, No. 1, Lane 50, Xining South Road, Wanhua District, Taipei City, Taiwan 108 (Google Maps)
- Nearest MRT: Ximen Station 捷運西門站 (Exit 6)
- Hrs: 11am – 12am
We had our super late dinner at 鸭肉扁 Ya Rou Bian, a rather established restaurant commonly featured in guide books. Despite having “duck” as the restaurant name, this place actually specializes in goose meat.
The restaurant underwent a facelift and definitely looked much more modern than when we first tried it in 2009.
The prices also unfortunately went for a lift, with noodles or beehoon going for NT$60 per bowl, NT$300 for a goose leg, and NT$1200~1400 (S$54~63) for half a goose.
The beehoon was the 新竹 style finely thin strands which we like, and the soup was quite flavourful. However, the goose meat was quite tough. Kind of sad that prices went up but standards went down…
- Location: 台北市萬華區中華路一段98之2號, No. 98-2, Section 1, Zhonghua Rd, Wanhua District, Taipei City, Taiwan 108 (Google Maps)
- Nearest MRT: Ximen Station 捷運西門站 (Take Exit 6)
- Hrs: 10am – 10pm
Hot on the heels of our return from Beijing, hubby went for work on Friday, and we were on our way to Taipei on Saturday with my parents!
Our first snack in Taipei was the ever-popular 阿宗麵線 Ay-Chung Flour Rice Noodle in 西門町 Ximending!
With fast-moving snaking queues and only standing room, it meant that there were more people who were just standing around to slurp the piping hot rice noodle right out of the bowl from this little stall which started since 1975.
We got a small bowl (NT$50) to share and enjoyed the noodles with the very chewy intestines. Not a bad way to start out Taipei #EatEatWalkWalk!
- Location: 台北市萬華區峨嵋街8之1號, No. 8-1, Emei St, Wanhua District, Taipei City, Taiwan 108 (Google Maps)
- Nearest MRT: Ximen Station 捷運西門站 (Exit 6)
- Hrs: 9am – 10:30pm (Mon-Thu), 9am – 11pm (Fri-Sun)
Yes we were in Taiwan again! Haha… This trip was the last of the 7 whirlwind trips that we had planned for last year, haha…
This was also our first time arriving at 桃園國際機場 Taoyuan International Airport where all the shops are opened. Before we even reached immigration, we were greeted by 3 Telco shops lined up side by side, so we got our 7 day unlimited data with NT150 worth of airtime, for NT500, at 中華電信 Chunghwa Telecom.
We took about 25 minutes to clear customs, but the luggage was already out by the time we were done, so we were out of the airport by 12.30pm to hunt for the bus.
We bought tickets for 國光客運 Guoguang Bus 1819 to 台北車站 Taipei Train Station (NT125 per person, buy tickets at the first counter, then queue for bus at Berth 5), but were unable to get up the bus as there were too many people in the queue. Nothing to worry about though, since there is a bus departing every 10 to 15 minutes during peak hours, and 10 to 20 minutes during off peak hours, and almost 24 hours a day 🙂
While waiting for the next bus to arrive, the staff would come by to paste the luggage sticker first, very efficient 🙂 The bus left on the dot at 12.50pm, and we were ready for our first trip in 2016! Did we mention our New Year resolution to continue to eat eat walk walk? 😛
Categories: Taiwan, Travel
I wanted to try out this cafe as there was this supposedly very yummy blueberry tart (limited to 6 per day).
When we arrived here after lunch, the tart was sold out already. 😦
Nonetheless, the cafe indicated that their cakes were all handmade, so we got ourselves a slice of 提拉米蘇 Tiramisu (NT90) to share.
It was light and not overly intense, and we rather enjoyed it with our 拿鐵 Latte (NT110) and 唐寧伯爵鮮奶茶 Earl Grey Milk Tea (NT110, additional NT10 for hot version).
The food and drinks presentation were really pretty! Coffee was pretty good (hubby said all the coffee he has tried during this trip were similarly good), but I thought that the tea was a bit too mild.
We loved the ambience here, and were most impressed that it was a single staff who was managing the entire place. Next time, I will call in advance to reserve the blueberry tart!
- Location: 台北市中山區南京東路1段13巷7弄6號, No. 6, Alley 7, Lane 13, Section 1, Nanjing East Rd, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 104
- Nearest MRT: Zhongshang Station 捷運中山站 (Take Exit 2 and walk 8mins, its between Okura Prestige Hotel and Regent Hotel )
- Website: www.facebook.com/Hoto-Cafe-874776065900123
- Hrs: 12pm – 9pm (Mon-Fri), 10am – 7pm (Sat)