During one particularly tedious day at work, a message popped up on my phone saying “Hong Kong, this weekend, yes or no?” After glancing at the teetering stack of papers on my desk, my first impulse was to say no. Just then, my office phone rang, and in the process of picking it up, I (accidentally) knocked the entire stack onto the floor. Right then and there, I took that to be a sign from the universe, and messaged back “YES!” So that’s how this spontaneous trip to Hong Kong came to be.
It’s not really in my personality to take spur of the moment trips. During my previous trips, I would always make meticulous plans about what to do. This time, I just went with the flow, and was pleasantly surprised at how most of the trip unfolded. For this trip, I’ll do a quick series of posts on my favorite eats, and some travel tips I’ve picked up along the way, and what to do if you don’t feel like shopping.
I realized that whenever I go to Hong Kong, I tend to eat a lot of the same things, because I love them, and because they don’t taste the same anywhere else. I’ve included my top 4 food items, and number 5 as a bonus tip.
Number 1: Hong Kong Style Milk Tea
The upcoming holiday season has reminded me of my love of ribbons. Ribbons have always been a weakness of mine. I have a habit of saving every pretty ribbon that comes my way, and I can never resist a pretty ribbon on sale. There are quite a few places to shop for ribbon in Taipei; you can buy them in bookstores, such as Eslite (the Xinyi and Songyan branches both have nicely curated selections) and of course you can buy them at VVG Chiffon. However, ultimately, the place where you will be most spoiled for selection is in the Yong-Le Market area.
For this post, I’m going to introduce three of my favorite shops, where I buy most of my ribbon. They are all located within minutes of the Yong-Le Market building. (It’s hard for me to give directions, but I’ll include either the shop sign, or the business card, which you can use as a point of reference) I’ll also include a “best finds” explanation for each store, so it’s easier to narrow down your shopping choices. (in case want a more focused shopping experience)
Just a quite FYI before I begin: Most of these stores only accept cash, so make sure you have plenty on hand before you arrive. Based on personal experience, I try to have a handful of small bills and change, which makes the buying process a whole lot smoother.