[This post will be updated if new information about places around the station comes available. 🙂 ]

Taipei City Hakka Cultural Park

On Gongguan’s north side, near MRT Guting Station, this attraction has two main buildings, the Taipei City Hakka Cultural Center and the Hakka Music and Theater Center. Their exteriors are simple, red brick matched with white walls, symbolizing the Taiwan Hakka people’s thrifty spirit. Inside the Hakka Cultural Center are permanent and special exhibits on Hakka culture, introducing Hakka architecture and traditional customs. A small city farm has been recreated in the Rural Experience Zone, with representative fruits, vegetables, and other plant crops grown. After taking in the park, bike the Cross-Dike Platform to take in Guting Riverside Park.

Taipei City Hakka Cultural Center
Sculpture in the park

Add: 2, Sec. 3, Tingzhou Rd., Taipei City
Tel: (02) 2369-1198
Website: ssl.thcp.org.tw

Taipei’s Wen-Luo-Ting Community

“Wen-Luo-Ting” refers to the community around Wenzhou Street, Roosevelt Road (“Roo” is pronounced “Luo” in Chinese), and Tingzhou Road, a place of university campuses, heritage architecture, indie bookstores, and characterful lane/alley grids. Its rich cultural atmosphere, deepened further with myriad sellers of inexpensive cuisine loved by students, live houses and music shops, specialty cafes along lanes/alleys, teahouses, and eclectic boutiques have made this one of the city’s most distinctive enclaves.

Light Café

The main theme here is light meals – salads, sandwiches, pizzas, waffles, etc. The great prices and flavors offered attract students in droves. The hearty signature “Streetlight 38 Hotdog Fort” has a 38cm German-style sausage in a bun accompanied by a house-made meat sauce, cheese sauce, crisp pickles, and fresh onion.

Light Café sign
Extra-large sandwich

Add: No. 19, Aly. 10, Ln. 244, Sec. 3, Roosevelt Rd., Taipei City
Tel: (02) 2367-7272

HEE Porcelain
( 二喜 )

A brand established by two porcelain-passionate ladies, the goods here – table utensils of concise, stylish design — capture intrinsic elements of Taiwan culture. The Wenzhou Street shop uses an art gallery style to promote creations by Taiwan craftsmen and designers, and hand-making DIY plus other related courses are occasionally offered.

Two porcelain-passionate ladies
Porcelain items

Add: 1F, No. 4, Ln. 48, Wenzhou St., Taipei City
Tel: (02) 2368-3120

Sense 30

This premium-merchandise shop, opened by three like-minded friends, targets 30-something consumers with a refined collection of fine domestic and foreign brands, with everything from life sundries to clothing to stationery.

Sense 30
Inside the shop

Add: No. 10, Ln. 210, Sec. 3, Roosevelt Rd., Taipei City
Tel: (02) 2367-3398 (closed on Tuesday)

Plain Stationery & Homeware

After collecting stationery and homeware for 20-plus years, this shop’s founder decided to create a bricks-and-mortar space. Selected items are primarily practical, without flamboyant design, returning to stationery “essence.” Buyers take home items both practical and rich in design ingenuity.

Add: No. 10, Aly. 8, Ln. 210, Sec. 3, Roosevelt Rd., Taipei City
Tel: 0975-875-120