Information: CHANTEZ Pâtisserie 穿石| Address: No. 31, Section 3, Jinan Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, 106 | MRT:Zhongxiao Xinsheng Station, Exit 6| Phone: 02 2778 6865| Hours: 12:00-9:00 pm| 大安區濟南路三段31號| 忠孝新生捷運站3號/6號出口，步行3-5分鐘
This day had two firsts~ my first visit to Chantez Patisserie, and my first taste of fresh fig. Chantez is located in one of the quieter neighborhoods in Da-An district. It’s an easy 5 minute walk from Zhongxiao Xinsheng Station, Exit 6. Right across, there is an old fashioned restored two story building, that is quite rare to see in Taipei. During my visit there, I stared dreamily at the house, imagining how lovely it would be to live there.
Information: @ 小房子 | Address: No.17, Alley 36, Lane 122, Kaishan Road, West Central District, Tainan City 700, Taiwan| Phone: 06-221-5328| 台南市中西區開山路１２２巷３6弄１７號
As I mentioned last week, we made whirlwind trip to Tainan towards the end of September. Don’t be fooled by the flurry of activities, it was actually a very relaxing mini-break. When we were wandering in the shopping area across from the Confucius temple, we discovered a tiny tea house tucked into one of the alleyways.
I just realized that I haven’t left the country, or even the city, in over a year. To make up for that in a small way, I went on a day trip to Tainan with my aunt and brother. We took the high speed rail from Taipei around 10, and arrived in Tainan in two hours and 20 minutes. Then we took the free shuttle from the high speed rail station into the city. Despite the short amount of time that we were there, it turned out to be the most relaxing day, ever. Probably because all we did was meander down the cozy alleyways and eat delicious food.
Our first stop right off the shuttle was for food. Right near the shuttle stop was a place for ba-wan (meatballs wrapped in a glutinous rice wrapper). These are the steamed version. Make sure to douse liberally with the sweet chili sauce!
Right next door is the Lily’s, which is one of the most well-known places to get fruit over shaved ice.
A lot of restaurants in Tainan offer outdoor seating- usually just tables set up near the sidewalks. My advice is to have someone in your party grab a table first. The menus are attached to clipboards and available at the front counter. Decide what you want, check the boxes next to the item, write down your table number and pay first at the counter.
Information: Moment Cafe and Bakery | Address: Le Qun Road, Section 2, No. 55 (First floor of the Grand Mayfull Hotel) ｜MRT Station: Jiannan Road Station (brown line) Exit 2| Phone: (02)77223397| Hours: Monday-Friday: 10:00-20:00 | 台北市中山區樂群二路55號（台北美福飯店１樓 | 電話：(02)77223397 |營業時間：週一至週日10:00-20:00
I visited Moment Cafe and Bakery in between meetings, and the second I came out of the MRT station, rain poured from the heavens with no sign of stopping. I hopped into a cab to avoid being soaked, and it was only when I made my way back to the MRT station afterwards, that I realized how easy it was to walk to the Cafe. Come out of Exit 2 of Jiannan Station, and you will see the black New Square building. Turn left, and continue walking down the street, and after about 10 minutes or so, you will see the front door of the Grand Mayfull Hotel, where Moment Cafe is located on the first floor.