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TAIPEI: PLACES AND SPACES

While Taipei may not boast the instantly recognisable cityscape of Hong Kong or Tokyo, we found its quiet streets to be lined with interesting and unique spaces to see, shop, eat, and work (it's not the 2016 World Design Capital for nothing). Here are a few of the places I visited and liked best.

1. GOOD DESIGN INSTITUTE CAFE

WHAT

A cafe-slash-boutique-slash exhibition space, run by a Taipei and Beijing-based design firm in the hip Yongkang district of Taipei.

WHERE

Address: 1F No. 22 Lane 48 Wenzhou St. (台北市大安區溫州街48巷22號1樓)
Hours: 1:30pm-9:30 (call for confirmation)
Phone: (02) 2362-0723
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WHY YOU SHOULD GO

The elegant aesthetics of this tranquil space make for soothing respite from Taipei's hot and humid streets. Mix yourself a Hong Kong tea from a trayful of Instagram-friendly beakers and make use of the free wifi and relaxed vibe to catch up on emails. You can also pick up chic homewares and miscellanea from a regularly-changing curation of local and international designers. 

2. FUJINTREE 353 BY SIMPLE KAFFA

WHAT

A relaxed coffee shop in the leafy MinSheng district, that makes up one of local entrepreneur Jay Wu's flourishing Fujin Tree empire of restaurants, stores, and cafes.

WHERE

Address: No. 353 Fujin Street, Taipei Songshan
Hours: Fri-mon:. 9: 00 - 18:30. Sat-Sun:. 9: 00 - 19:30
Phone: +886 (2) 2749-5225
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WHY YOU SHOULD GO

With its charming sidestreets and array of classy boutiques and restaurants (most of which are also run by this cafe's owner, Jay Wu), the elegant MinSheng area is definitely worth a visit in its own right. Fujintree 353 offers the best coffee I tried in Taipei, and its open front design makes it perfect for people-watching, Paris style.

3. Sunset Store

WHAT

Taipei's first design concept store, opened by the super-cool Leslie Sun (who also happened to be one of our panellists for The Taipei Exchange!)

WHERE

Address: No. 157, Lane 417, Guangfu S Rd, Xinyi District, Taipei City, Taiwan 110
Hours: Tue-Sun 1PM - 9PM
Phone: +886 2 8780 1710
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WHY YOU SHOULD GO

Having lived in LA for many years, Leslie is now back in her hometown and spearheading a more design-centric approach to Taipei living. Located on a quiet backstreet, Sunset offers a beautiful curation of goods from around the world, as well as high-quality coffee, beer, and chocolate i.e. all the essential things in life. Go to browse and sit in the garden out back - if you're lucky you might just run into Leslie herself (tell her we said hi!)

4. Taipei Fine Arts Museum

 WHAT

Taiwan's first dedicated modern art museum, which shows a range of domestic and international works in a futuristic cubist structure.

WHERE

Address: No. 181, Section 3, Zhongshan N Rd, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 10461
Hours: Tue-Sun 9.30AM - 5.30PM / Until 8.30PM on Saturdays
Phone: +886 2 2595 7656
WEBSITE

WHY YOU SHOULD GO

It's always interesting to take in the modern art spectrum of a new city, and the building that TFAM is housed in is worth a visit in its own right. Admission is super-cheap and the exhibition curation is interesting - when we went, there was a floor dedicated to the London-based architect Patrick Heatherwick as well as an expansive selection of Taiwanese photography and art. 

5. MANO SELECT

WHAT

A studio and retail space dedicated to showcasing the handmade work of craftspeople from around the world, run by Taiwanese jewellery-makers Min-Ling Hsieh and Yu-Chun Chen.

WHERE

Address: No.18 Shaoxing S. St., ZhongZheng Dist., Taipei City 10052, Taiwan
Hours: Wed-Sat, 1PM -8PM
Phone: (02) 2322-5601
WEBSITE

WHY YOU SHOULD GO

Merging the Taiwanese word 'man' (meaning slow) with the Spanish word 'mano' (meaning hand), Mano Select exemplifies the 'slow living' culture of Taipei. In recent years, the city has really embraced its simple and refined way of life - a huge contrast to the intense metropolises of Hong Kong and Seoul - and spaces like Mano Select celebrate the shift.