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Escape to Miaoli – Nanzhuang Old Street

If you live in Taipei, Taoyuan, Hsinchu, or Taichung area and happen to be bored hanging around in your city, try to escape to a small county called Miaoli, the home for Hakka culture in Taiwan. There are five major tourist destinations in Miaoli: Sanyi (三義), Dahu (大湖), Taian (泰安), Mingde (明德), and (of course) Nanzhuang (南庄), the one that we will talk about in this post. Miaoli can be reached easily by bus or train from four cities mentioned earlier.


Paddington Garden (柏林頓花園)

Widely known as the “to-go” place for pancakes in Taipei, I have heard the name of Paddington Garden for quite sometimes. However, as other happening places, the hesitance to go and fight (read: queue) in this boiling hot weather is beyond the craving.


FOUND HOUSE (方屋餐廳)

With the crazily mushrooming trend of cafes and restaurants serving all-day brunch, it is a good sign of overall diet and culinary betterment for the city (can I claim this as my quote? 😆 ). Back to serious business. Clearly, this is current observance of Greater Taipei.


1861 Caffe

Anyone starting to wonder if we write the name of the place wrongly? Hahaha nope! It is really caffe with double-F instead of the normal cafe. As my partner mentioned this and thus we were thinking is this a mistake or simply they want to be different?


PP Breakfast (品品早餐)

We have written a lot of brunch places, cafes, and restaurants, but well since we are in Taiwan, of course who has not tried out local Taiwanese breakfast? By this, we mean breakfast that most locals have as they kick off their morning routines, not the overrated ones that are suggested by plenty of travel bloggers (we have been there, but for now we haven’t considered to talk about that yet).


Peace & Love Cafe

What would suit your mood best when it is raining outside? For us, it would be staying indoor and lazing out, enjoying the cool breeze (of aircon :mrgreen:), and yes of course we mean during weekends – how we wish we can do this on weekdays too 😛 . So for this time, we are so much motivated to share with you a place we consider our very own hide-out base.


Sam 咖啡

Anyone an avid fan of LINE characters? Brown? Connie? or..how about “one-eyed” Mike in Monsters, inc.? Would you be keen to have a latte art with their faces? Please, somebody say yes! Else, what would it make me look as I went crazy (literally with some screaming sound effects) upon my partner showing me the pictures of this cafe’s creations.


HANA Cafe

We are again back with tea-time-themed post! This time we would like to review a cafe with a unique concept of Japanese phenomenon termed ‘zakka‘, cute and attractive style. While the term does give out unfamiliar aura, just ease yourself with simply description of a cute and homey feeling designed cafe. I bet local Taipei cafe-spotting regulars would most probably recognize this place as it has been in operation since 2006 to-date.


CHABLIZ (Oyster & Wine)

This post has been postponed and postponed for quite a number of times. Hence I commit to start writing and finish it all at once on this lazy slow Saturday. 😐 CHABLIZ is a not a restaurant, and definitely not a family-friendly eating place. It is meant simply for a hang-out gastropub to laze out, have a light meal and sip a good wine to end the day with a wide smile.  😎


LATTEA (綠蓋茶‧館)

LATTEA is a popular hang-out place for youngsters with a lot of outlets all over Taiwan (not just in Taipei). Basically, it is a simple cafe without any lavish cafe-ish furniture or ambience, but with its straight-forward tables and chairs, collections of magazines, as well as supported with inexpensive menu, it is more than enough for LATTEA to be filled with its loyal patrons everyday.



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