Blog: Love, Dadaocheng

Rot Vintage 破朽

In a century-old building in a small alley off Dihua Street (迪化街), not far from the noise of the City God Temple (台北霞海城隍廟), a treasure trove awaits. This is Rot Vintage (破朽), a small shop crammed full with rare finds that span the decades of Taiwan’s history.

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Fleisch 福來許

When the landlord of #76 Dihua Street (迪化街一段76號) completed a three-year renovation project on the building, he found himself with a bit of a dilemma. Throughout its history, the location had always housed businesses selling herbs and Chinese medicine, and the building’s owner hoped to once again find a family-run medicine shop to rent to. Therefore, when he was approached in 2012 by entrepreneurs Claire Juan and Sean Lin with the idea of opening a restaurant, the landlord was wary. Who were these young outsiders, and would their plan succeed? Should he rent to them, or wait for another tenant that might potentially make a better fit for the neighborhood?

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Doorway 兜味

Tucked into an unassuming street just east of the intersection of Dihua (迪化街) and Guisui (歸綏街), an area where visitors rarely venture, an inviting patio flanks the entrance of Doorway (兜味) a vintage cafe with surprises in every nook and cranny. Though the cafe only opened in September 2013, its quirky decor of mismatched antique chairs, bookshelves, and toys give it the appearance of having been part of Dadaocheng for many decades. This is no coincidence, as the owners have strived from the shop's beginning to infuse it with a vintage feel, from its decor to its glassware to the music playing over the loudspeakers.

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Taipei Xia-Hai City God Temple 台北霞海城隍廟

Like many temples in Taiwan, the Taipei Xia-Hai City God Temple (台北霞海城隍廟) has a fascinating history. Though the 1859 temple is considered “new" compared to its more famous Wanhua District counterpart, Longshan Temple, it is unique in part because its original structure has not changed since it was built to house the Xia-Hai City God (霞海城隍爺). But it’s not just the structure that has a story to tell. The City God himself has his own complicated tale.

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