Original plan of Day 2…
Day 2 of our trip was the day the typhoon was expected to hit Taiwan. The news mentioned that the typhoon will hit the coastal areas of Taiwan, and staying within the city/town area of Taipei is safe, hence we had to change of plans of heading to the habour at Danshui 淡水渔人码头 & the lovers’ bridge 情人桥.
We swopped the itinerary of Day 2 with another day’s itinerary and this was the revised plan…
Yup, we couldn’t resist and went back to Wang Ji Rice Dumpling 王记府城肉粽, the place we found the day before, and we ordered the same food again.
After breakfast, we went to Yofryo at Ximending (西门町) to get yogurt for morning desserts! My travel buddy had been eying it the day before, so we decided to try it. She ordered the Lychee flavour while I went for the Chocolate one since I like chocolate very much. But…..she’s right that yogurts taste nicer in fruity flavours.
After breakfast and yogurts, it was back to more shopping in the downtown area (an excuse to shop since we can’t get to the coastal areas like Danshui 淡水, hehe). We knew about this place called Dong Qu 东区 but we were not too sure where it was exactly located at, so we asked the friendly staff at the Metro stations and got our directions sorted out.
Upon arriving at Zhongxiao Fuxing Station, we saw beautiful decorations of some of Taipei’s landmarks at the station!
Other than Dong Qu 东区, located between Zhongxiao Fuxing station and Zhongxiao Dunhua station is the East Metro Underground Mall. There are many shops located within this stretch of underground mall. If you need more information about Taiwan, there is also a Tourist Visitor Information Centre located right within the mall (near to Zhongxiao Fuxing station).
Well, our main aim was to visit and explore Dong Qu 东区, so we exited at one of the exits in the underground mall.
On a (not so) side note, my travel buddy had been raving to me about this bakery called Shun Chen Bakery 順成蛋糕 cos she tried their almond biscuit during her previous trip. She kept saying that she wants to find the bakery so that I can try it too. They have a total of 22 outlets to date. We spotted one on our way to Ningxia Night market (walking from Zhongshan Station) but we were too focused to get to the night market so we skipped it that night LOL.
And…… while exploring Dong Qu 东区, we found it! But sadly, I forgot to take a picture of its shop front and I can’t find it online either :(
In the outlet that we found, other than the breads, cakes and pastries commonly found in bakeries, they actually have a braised finger food (卤味) station within the bakery! How interesting is that!?
After making our purchases, we actually shamelessly stood outside the bakery and consumed all the food before moving on, hehe.
So, off we go, shopping and exploring Dong Qu 东区 at the same time. During our trip’s planning stage, we actually agreed that this trip will be more focused on sightseeing, living like a Taiwanese, not so much shopping, BUT, we hit our weakest spot, we shopped till we dropped (nonetheless, hehe).
We literally were going to drop cos we shopped till we forgot the time :/
By 5pm++, we started to feel hungry (again) and realised, we ‘overshot’ the timing planned for Lunch / Tea @ A380 cafe & Dazzling Cafe! Wrapping up our shopping spree, we made our way over to Taipei City Hall station to get to Xinyi Mitsukoshi (星光三越).
When we reached Taipei City Hall station, it was slightly after 6pm. The wind and rain was getting stronger and heavier as each minute passed. Immediately, we recalled watching the news the night before, and it was mentioned that the typhoon would hit Taiwan between 6pm – 8pm! So we were actually caught in a typhoon while making our way from the station to Xinyi Mitsukoshi (星光三越)!
Hehe, it was our first time and one of a kind experience cos we’ll never get to experience this in Singapore (thank God)! The wind was so strong, we had a hard time holding onto our umbrellas and it almost felt like we could get blown away any time! Our hairs were blown over many times and we looked like crazy women. Relief swept through us when we finally reached Xinyi Mitsukoshi (星光三越), haha.
After fighting through the wind and rain, we were famished. As Xinyi Mitsukoshi (星光三越) consists of a few buildings at each of their location, we had to search around for the right building which houses the 2 cafes that we wanted to try.
As Dazzling Cafe is famous mainly for their sweets, we wanted to try A380 cafe first to fill our stomachs with proper food. When we finally reached the building which housed A380 cafe, it was nowhere to be seen :(
Upon checking with the retail staff working there, we found out that A380 cafe has closed down :(
Imagine our disappointment :(
With our famished stomachs and no other choice, we headed straight for Dazzling Cafe for fooooooooooood.. (Click here and scroll down for information about Dazzling Cafe’s location)
Extremely popular for their truffle fries, coffee, and toast, they also have other hot food stuff. But our main motive there was to try their sweets, so we skipped the hot food, hehe.
As we did not make a reservation, we were told that we had to wait for about 30mins. Lucky us actually managed to get in after only about 15mins! It’s highly recommended to call and make a reservation if you plan to try the Dazzling Cafe, cos it’s always very packed, unless of cos if you don’t mind waiting. In addition, each guest who enter the cafe is only entitled to about 1.5 hrs dining time and it is a must to order a drink each (which means no sharing of drinks, at all).
Yup, in the above picture are the drinks and sweets we ordered. After serving the food, the service staff said to call for her when we want to start eating. But actually, we were playing a multi-player game on our hp, we didn’t hear her clearly. So after taking photos of the drinks and food, when we wanted to start eating, we started asking ourselves, how? haha
Next thing we knew, a service staff came to us and asked if we were about to start eating. Moving on, she started to cut up the toast for us! It’s like, they automatically gave customers time to camwhore with the food before helping them to ‘dissect’ the food.
Inside the BIG toast was actually 6 toasted bread sticks! Cool rightttt! The right way of ‘devouring’ it is to spread the chocolate ice cream and the sauces and what-not from the top of the big toast onto the individual toast stick. My travel buddy was too eager to dig in, hence her face is, hehe, covered due to un-glamness :P
YUMS! Although the sweets ain’t that cheap in here (we spent about SGD$32 for 2 drinks and the 2 sweets), it’s definitely worth a try. For us, once is enough, cos we were on a tight budget, haha.
Next up, Shilin Night Market (士林夜市)! Again, it’s back to shopping and more shopping, food and more food! We bought the usual must-eat chicken (鸡排), tempura (甜不辣), braised meat noodle and rice (卤肉面/饭) and the worth-mentioning coffin food item (值得一提的棺材板!!)!!!
The coffin food item (棺材板) is actually fried bread with savoury ingredients filled up in its heart, super yummilicious!
That’s all for Day 2 of our adventure in Taipei 台北!
Look out for my Day 3 post!
I want to make memories all over the world,