Butter Cafe & Creperie
Butter Cafe & Creperie

When it comes to Taipei, we can not miss Zhongxiao Dunhua area (Taipei Zhongxiao Dunhua area). Why? Please continue viewing our article below. Let’s discover this vibrant neighborhood of Taipei through our Zhongxiao Dunhua blog — Top 5 best places to visit in Zhongxiao Dunhua area and top things to do Zhongxiao Dunhua from eating to shopping below.

Zhongxiao Dunhua area map
Zhongxiao Dunhua area map

Zhongxiao Dunhua restaurant

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Zhongxiao Dunhua street
Zhongxiao_Dunhua at night
Zhongxiao_Dunhua at night
Butter Cafe & Creperie
Butter Cafe & Creperie

This is an area near the center of Taipei and spreading from Zhongxiao Fuxing MRT to Zhongxiao Dunhua MRT (just take the blue MRT line to Zhongxiao Dunhua MRT Station). If you walk, it takes about 15 minutes. While you go around the area, it may take a whole day because if you come here, you will be attracted by the rows of clothes shop together, and even the small eateries with a variety of food from the West , Japanese, Korean, Taiwanese to Thai, Malay … to small beer shops, wine. Whether the customers are familiar or not, they also sit together and enjoy a warm soup and wine. It is not difficult to get the virtual picture because many cute cafe shops are everywhere. The price in this area is also quite cheap. Even the ordinary people like us often come here. The fan of brand stuff such as Zara or Uniqlo who are attracted by the strength of shopping even if they have a strong will of not buying anything.

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The cute coffee shop in Zhongxiao Dunhua. Image by: Taipei Zhongxiao Dunhua blog.

The best way to explore Zhongxiao Dunhua is to board on the MRT right now and get to Taipei. Or the second best way is to follow our article. Living Nomads will introduce the impressive places and things to do in Zhongxiao Dunhua, Taipei you must find to visit.

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Top 5 must-visit places in Zhongxiao Dunhua

Glasense handmade eyeglasses studio

Glasense Studio
Glasense Studio at night
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Glasense Studio. Image by: Taipei Zhongxiao Dunhua blog.

Glasense studio

This is a fairly unique eyeglasses shop in Taipei. The glasses are made by hand and only by the owner of the store. Thus, there are only one of a sample, or only have one period of the goods. So the price of glasses here is not cheap about 2500 TWD (~ 85 USD). Just because only the owner makes glasses he is very busy. When you need to measure the level of glasses or repair something or need to see him, you usually have to book a schedule in advance at least a week. Moreover, the boss is so handsome but it is also difficult to see him here.

Glasense Studio Director

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Glasense Studio Director. Photo by: Zhongxiao Dunhua blog.
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Dickies Daily Visions from Sa Lon Eyewear, Glasense Studio Director

In addition, the shop is so small and lovely in the morning, luxurious and noble at night when the shop is full of warm yellow lights. Furthermore, every time you open the door to the shop, you will always have a feeling like at spa because of a fragrant aroma and melodious music. There are all kinds of glasses, sunglasses to the glasses with the elegant style as the ladies from London.

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Eyeglasses models at Glasense Studio. Image credit: Zhongxiao east road shopping blog.

To get there, you need to go to MRT Zhongxiao Dunhua, then search on Google map, walk about 5 minutes to reach.
Address: No. 245, Section 1, Dunhua South Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106

Eslite bookstore Zhongxiao Dunhua

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Eslite bookstore Zhongxiao Dunhua

This is the only 24-hour bookstore in Taipei. The Eslite Bookstore Dunhua is also the hottest branch since it was the first bookstore opening in 1989. Taiwan authorities strongly encourage people to read books to raise their intellectual standards (the result is that Taiwanese are praised by the mild manner of speaking quietly). Therefore, to “pull” the night owl reading books, Eslite lights up both day and night. This is also the largest English language book publishing system in Taiwan. Books in this store mainly focus on literature, creative arts which is very humane and profound.

Reading room at Eslite bookstore
The reading room at Eslite bookstore. Image credit: Zhongxiao east road shopping blog.

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In addition, Eslite also has a very good music store. You can find all kinds of discs from ancient ages, from West to China. Last time we found an X-Japan disc here. We can not stop our happiness and shout so loudly that we forget the regulation of not laughing and keeping silent.

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Cafe shop at Eslite bookstore Zhongxiao. Image by: Taipei Zhongxiao Dunhua blog.

Finally, if you buy with a bill of 1000 TWD (~ 34 USD), Eslite will reduce 5% for foreigners. Or spending over 3000 TWD to buy, the store will refund the tax for you. Therefore, remember to bring your passport to show off when paying.

Address: No. 245, Section 1, Dunhua South Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106

Zhongxiao Dunhua shopping area

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Surrounding Zhongxiao Dunhua shopping area

Zhongxiao Dunhua shopping area is actually small alleys between blocks of townhouses or old apartments. The lower floor of the front buildings was modified into small clothing shops. Fashion is always updated depending on the fashion model and seasons. There are also many clothing shops designed to be suitable to the favorable opinion of the youths. Of course, prices will be higher than the night markets because of the better quality. If you compare to Korea, this shopping area will be like Insadong or Hongdae but the version is smaller and less busy.

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Zhongxiao Dunhua shopping area. Image by: Taipei Zhongxiao Dunhua blog.
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Zhongxiao Dunhua shopping area
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Zhongxiao Dunhua Shopping Area_Boutique Shopping. Photo by: Zhongxiao dunhua blog.
GU brand showroom
GU brand showroom

Brand names such as Zara, H & M, Gu, Uniqlo, F21 … or other popular brands in Korea such as Mixxo or H-connect are not lacking. You just get off the train station, you will see these shops. Be careful otherwise you may officially fall into bankruptcy situation here.

Zhongxiao Dunhua food: The coffee – food and drink shop in Zhongxiao Dunhua

A cute cafe shop in Zhongxiao Dunhua
A cute cafe shop in Zhongxiao Dunhua. Picture: zhongxiao dunhua food blog.

When you are tired after shopping, please stop at the side of the road because there are many cafe shops and restaurants. There is all kind of food, all styles of design, from cute to fancy or cozy, and all kind of food to eat and to “play”. Both normal and luxury restaurants are available depending on your desire and budget, you can choose the most favorite restaurant.

Tuga coffee shop
Tuga coffee shop

Zhongxiao Dunhua restaurant

Cafe shop

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Japanese restaurant in Zhongxiao Dunhua
Street food in Zhongxiao Dunhua Picture: zhongxiao dunhua food blog.
Picture: zhongxiao dunhua food blog.

Moreover, the price of the coffee is about 150 TWD / cup (~ 5 USD), the western food is about 200 TWD up / section (~ 7 USD). The quality and taste of food in the restaurant is not much difference, but the thing like the western food is that the cream sauce is often quite fat to eat more.

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Picture: zhongxiao dunhua food blog.
San Ma hot pot
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In addition, if you go to Exit # 2, go to the corner of Lugo Coffee (Zhongxiao West Road) then turn left and walk along that road. There will be many Japanese restaurants both restaurants and small booths. The dishes are usually grilled meat skewers enjoying with sake. On this road, there is a popular hot pot restaurant called San ma 三 嗎 臭臭 鍋, a kind of one-person hot pot. This is a chain of hot pot restaurants, so you can find other branches in some other places. However, this branch is the best option. The price is only about 120 TWD / hot pot (~ 4 USD). The food and taste are also very delicious.

Address of San Ma: No. 57, Lane 223, Section 4, Zhongxiao E Rd, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106

Zhongxiao Dunhua bubble milk tea

The area is also home to many bubble milk tea shops in Taipei including Lattea, Soma, and 丸 作 食 茶.

Lattea

Lattea
Lattea shop
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Enjoy tea inside VVG Bistro
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Combo Lattea and potatoes

The most famous tea is Green tea Milk Foam. This is the most special tea of the shop and different from other stores. Milk cream the shop makes is thick, soft and salty fat. Completely different in taste. You can enjoy tea with fried potatoes. A combo costs about 120 TWD (~ 4 USD).

Address: No. 16, Alley 11, Lane 216, Section 4, Zhongxiao E Rd | Da’an District, Taipei 106, Taiwan

Soma tea (特調飲品)

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Picture: zhongxiao dunhua food blog.
Enjoy Soma tea at a cute toy stores cafes
Enjoy Soma tea at a cute toy stores cafes
Soma tea shop
Soma tea shop

The menu is quite creative. The tea combined with fresh fruit makes you more healthy when drinking tea in Soma. If you want to be safe, traditional dishes are still milk tea, which is not mixed with fresh milk but the taste of tea is very different. The tea is fat but light, very natural and harmony. This material looks high-quality so the price is more expensive than other places. The price is approximately 100 TWD / large cup (~ 4 – 5 USD) but quite worth to drink.

Address: 106, Taiwan, Taipei City, Da’an District, Lane 187, Section 1, Dunhua South Road, 23

Wan Zuo Shi Cha (丸作食茶)

Wan Zuo Shi Cha

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Enjoy the cool bubble milk tea in Taiwan
Bubble tea shop in Taiwan
Bubble tea shop in Taiwan

Bubble tea shop

The Wan Zuo Shi Cha doesn’t have many branches in Taipei but the tea is unique. The first impression is that the tea is extremely eye-catching, the color looks very good. The drink preparation looks very clean and the bubble is particularly delicious, plastic – crunchy – elastic. Therefore, the slogan of the shop is always “the perfect bubble”.

Address: No. 45, Lane 181, Section 4, Zhongxiao E Rd, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106.

Raohe St. Night Market, Taipei
Raohe St. Night Market, Taipei

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