It’s been a while since I wrote about a place in central Taipei – lately it seems I have to go further and further afield to find new ice cream shops to write about. However, thanks to a tip-off from a reader, I’ve found a hidden gem in the middle of DunNan shopping district that I’m really excited about: Beimen Pineapple Ice! Continue reading
I found the oddly-named Boat Come Taro Ice on a random Google Maps scan of the neighbourhood when I was shopping on Dihua Street the other day. I’d never heard of the place before – the main branch is in Yilan, apparently. The Taipei branch keeps a low profile and doesn’t seem to have developed the cult following it deserves. This is one of those legit “too good to be true” places where you wonder why people aren’t lined up down the block. They have a pretty solid company message: Continue reading
Just when I started to worry I was going to have to go further afield to find local ice cream makers to write about, I stumbled across one in an unexpected place: Tonghua Night Market. (The same thing happened to me a few months ago when I realized LeHua Night Market, next door to my house, had a fabulous handmade soft-serve stand!)
Right Ice Cream is one of those places you will never, ever find if you don’t go looking for it. Tucked away in a back alley just off the Civic Boulevard highway, in a forgotten corner of Songhan district that seems to be mostly junk stores and auto shops, it’s not only nearly invisible – it seems absurdly out of place. One almost wonders if they’re hiding from customers! If it weren’t for their ice cream cart, which they occasionally wheel out to more visible areas, I’d never have heard of it at all. It was only by chance that I spotted the cart near Ningxia Night Market one night, just after they’d sold their last scoop and packed up for the day, and if it weren’t for this blog, I doubt I’d have bothered to follow up and come all the way out here to find the shop. But I’m glad I did. Right Ice Cream turned out to be a real gem – a grassroots, made-in-Taiwan family business. Exactly the kind of place this blog is dedicated to. You don’t just go to Right for an ice cream – you go there for ice cream and a story. Continue reading
Update! Our beloved Snow King has reopened – the location is the same, but the shop now operates out of the second floor. The look is new but the unique and delicious ice cream remains the same!
Operating since 1947, the famous Snow King Ice Cream must be one of Taiwan’s most distinctive ice cream shops. The vintage storefront creates a nostalgic atmosphere, with plain metal tables, old wooden stools, and a hand-painted signboard that make you feel like the place hasn’t changed since the 40’s. It feels like a Taiwanese version of the classic American soda shop.
While walking near my apartment, I stumbled across this really cool old-school Taiwanese “babu”* ice cream shop, He Mei Ice Treat House. He Mei is over 60 years old; originally established in 1948, the shop oozes vintage flavour. Along with ice cream, He Mei also sells house-made biscuits and other traditional Taiwanese snacks. It’s delicious and cheap, and it’s only five minutes from my house – I feel so lucky!