fOur Taipei trip with the Brew&Post team was extra meaningful because on top of celebrating the formation and launch of Asia’s first Style Blog Network, we were also having one last gathering before the kids of ZTYLISTAS, Derek and Melinda, were about to depart for London to finish off their last year at Central St. Martins.
Goodbye Melinda! Seen below at Park Hotel with Carmen.
The second day of the trip was marked with a last epic meal with the stylish duo of ZTYLISTAS at Ban Mu Yuan 半畝園 (as per Derek’s request), an amazing and popular Taiwanese Beef Noodles shop and then some a few doors down from the Park Hotel where we were staying. For the rest of the day the crew checked out the exciting new CBD (Central Business District) surrounding Taipei 101 as we went to visit Eslite, Taipei’s epic giant bookstore and gifts mall. Carmen and I then took a short cab ride to Simple Market, Taipei’s own version of the Weekend Market in the vicinity. That night we chilled out at one of Taipei’s most popular Food Markets, the Shida Night Market 師大路夜市, for some fresh bao and street food!
But first we spent the morning exploring the quaint low rise residential neighborhood around the hotel. Taipei’s streets are defined by lush trees, open sitting spaces, parks, and small scale road networks.
I was envious of its quiet urbanism. So many places here I can take my bicycle for a spin, whereas in HK you’ll die riding a bike because everyone will be honking a horn at you, which never happens in Taipei.
It was a great time to take my new light-weight Palladium shoes out for a spin. Also, I was wearing my new comfy shirt from UNIQLO x Jun Takahashi/UNDERCOVER Collection.
Taipei’s buildings make heavy use of red bricks and if not bricks, clay colored ceramics which blend easily with buildings which use traditional bricks to clad their facade. This is also a nice change from the crazy use of “bathroom tile” aesthetics that HK buildings rely so much on.
My stomach was feeling weird from the previous night’s hotpot… thank goodness for Yakult… the traveller’s best friend. Thanks Denise for the snapshots.
But soldiering on, if you only have to eat at one place in Taipei, it would definitely have to be Ban Mu Yuan 半畝園. The ZTYLISTAS kids are in heaven. We were full on all the appetizers before we even got to the main course! Additionally you can get noodles in soup or dry without soup. It was heaven.
At foodie blogger, Charmaine Mok’s recommendation, Carmen and I went to check out the historical buildings of the Xinyi Assembly Hall House near Taipei 101 for some coffee at Good Cho’s and crafts market shopping at Simple Market. Needless to say, we were impressed by the variety of goods and foods sold at the market, as well as the great live music by local singer-songwriters entertaining the crowd that day.
Here you can enjoy the contrast of old and new since the Taipei 101 tower cant be missed from the market’s grounds.
Good Cho’s sold tons of amazing muffins, cookies, cupcakes, and great coffee to help people relax after a busy day of market shopping. I really appreciate the natural design sensibilities of the Taiwanese. It’s evident in how everything was laid out and presented here.
Be sure to stop by midori homecrafted ice cream before you leave!
The rest of the evening we explored the Shida Night Market 師大路夜市 to get our dinner, food stall by food stall!
We all began with fresh Bao Burgers! I had Ham and Egg. Soooo Delicious!
Mr. TOUGHLOVE had this really awesome grilled corn next!
While I had garlic sauce hot dog on a stick…
This lady made me a freshly baked potato with all the fixins.
Carb fest anyone?
Thank you Taipei!
Check out these great shoes I got from Taiwanese bespoke cobblers, Vanger at Eslite. #ONLYINTAIPEI
Can you tell i’m happy with my purchase?
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