回鄉啪啪走 No. 2 / Homecoming Tours No. 2

華山文創, Hua Shan Creative Center

這次年初的台灣行有好多在紐約時我就計劃好要去走走的地方。

Earlier this year while we were still in New York, I had already picked out a number of specific places to visit for our Taiwan tr

華山文創, Hua Shan Creative Center

華山1914文創園區便是其中我最想去走走看看的地方。回台後的第一個沒有下雨的一天我先帶牛奶去看看台灣出名的光華商場後就往華山的方向前進了。

Huashan 1914 Creative Park was on the top of my list of must go. So on the first non-rainy day since we've arrived in Taipei, I brought Milk to the infamous Guang Hua Digital Plaza first then headed towards Huashan.

華山文創, Hua Shan Creative Center

這個座落在城市大樓中位於高架橋旁的舊酒廠, 有著悠久的歷史, 從1914年代代轉變至現在的文創中心。有著販賣台灣獨立設計師作品的店家, 頗具風味的餐廳, 而我最喜歡的就是有著幽幽藤蔓綠葉覆蓋的舊酒廠建築物。

Nestled in central Taipei hidden next to the high rises and under the highway exit, this cultural center/ex sake brewery has had a long history since 1914. Generations of ownership changes as a sake brewery and finally it became the quiet corner in Taipei city today. There are shops that sell creations from local Taiwanese artists, unique restaurants and my favorite, the green vine-covered old architecture throughout the ground.

華山文創, Hua Shan Creative Center
華山文創, Hua Shan Creative Center

不管走到哪一個角落, 都有古舊可人的小細節。

No matter where we walked, there are lovely details from the past.

華山文創, Hua Shan Creative Center
華山文創, Hua Shan Creative Center
華山文創, Hua Shan Creative Center
華山文創, Hua Shan Creative Center
華山文創, Hua Shan Creative Center

在鬧市中能看見這些綠意一下子忘了還在繁華台北市中心。

Seeing the green in the midst of urban settings made me forget that I was still in the busy central Taipei.

華山文創, Hua Shan Creative Center
華山文創, Hua Shan Creative Center
華山文創, Hua Shan Creative Center

展示著台灣磚瓦文化的角落。

A small corner showcasing the Taiwanese brick/tile culture.

華山文創, Hua Shan Creative Center
華山文創, Hua Shan Creative Center
華山文創, Hua Shan Creative Center

而在華山文創, 我不但興奮的看到學妹Mai及她未婚夫Wayne創作的Taiwan Hearts小台灣系列, 還新發現了兩個台灣自創品牌, 三和瓦窯艋舺肥皂。自己買了一些小物後也帶了點伴手禮, 並且非常幸運的和三和瓦窯的設計師連上線, 與瓦窯的跨海採訪我會擇日刊出。

At Huashan, I jump in excitement when I saw the Lil' Taiwan from Taiwan Hearts, an independent label by Mai, my friend from school, and her fiancé Wayne. I also discovered two other very interesting independent labels, San He Tile Kiln and Monga Soap. Not only did I bring some stuff back to New York, I also bought some souvenir for friends and family. What's more, I got in touch with the designer at San He Tile Kiln and did a short interview, this will be a separate post that I'm going to release very soon.

華山文創, Hua Shan Creative Center

接著走下去來到了小小一間, 展著照片書籍並販賣品質高級的冷泡茶坊,一間茶屋。

As we continue our walk, we came across this tiny tea house, which also serves as a bookstore and a photography exhibition venue. The name of the place is simply called "A Tea house."

華山文創, Hua Shan Creative Center
華山文創, Hua Shan Creative Center

走著逛著也不知不覺來到下午茶時間, 華山裡除了有Alley Cat's Pizza, AL CICCHETTO 義麵坊小酒館, 青葉新樂園, TRIO Cafe, 還有我們造訪的家傢酒

As we tour the grounds and snap photos, it was time to make a pit stop in the afternoon. There are many unique restaurants in Huashan, such as Alley Cat's Pizza, AL CICCHETTO, Aoba, TRIO Cafe and the one we picked as an afternoon tea spot, 1914 Furnifood.

華山文創, Hua Shan Creative Center
華山文創, Hua Shan Creative Center
華山文創, Hua Shan Creative Center

因為整個餐廳以非常隨性的感覺呈現, 裡面的椅子桌子每一桌都不同, 加上下午茶是台式風格我們才走進去的。關廟土鳳梨酥果然名不虛傳, 加上溫暖的紅棗茶, 在台北陰冷的冬天裡我倆非常滿足。一邊翻著店家提供的台北藝文活動簡介一邊閒聊, 時間也一下子就過了。這真的是一個園區內安靜又放鬆的角落, 你知道為什麼嗎?來這家店的另外兩桌客人也都是來聊天的, 一桌聊心事, 一桌聊電影製作, 兩桌都是以悠閒沒有趕時間的態度輕聲細談。

We picked this particular spot because the whole place looks casual and comfortable. The interior decoration is unpretentious with mis-matched furniture. Also, they serve a Taiwanese style afternoon tea. The organic pineapple cakes and the warm jujube tea in a chilling winter day made both of us very happy. We sat, ate and chatted while flipping through a store-provide newsletter on all the cultural activities in Taiwan. It was a great place to just relax and hangout, how could we tell? While we were there, there were two other tables of customers. Customers from table one were spilling their hearts out to each other and customers from table two were finessing the details of their film production, but none of them looked like they were in a rush to get anywhere.

華山文創, Hua Shan Creative Center
華山文創, Hua Shan Creative Center

而朋友們, 為什麼我在紐約就這麼想來探勘華山文創呢? 因為一年前在拍婚紗照的時候, 華山是我鎖定的外拍地點。但因為拍照當天是一年來台北最冷的一天(6ºC), 飄著陰雨, 加上我倆重感冒, 攝影小組為了我們的安全勸我們作罷。所以, 我一直對這個場所有點憧憬。

And my friends, why did I insist on visiting Huashan 1914? Because a year ago when we were about to get married, I requested to have our wedding photos taken here. I absolutely fell in love with the backdrop and the architecture. But the day we met with the photographer was also the coldest winter day in Taiwan (42ºF) that winter. Not only that, the both of us were having the worst flu ever, the photography team persuaded us to stay indoors so we wouldn't get more sick from the weather. And this is why this place has always been a little dreamy for me.

華山文創, Hua Shan Creative Center
華山文創, Hua Shan Creative Center

我這天逛的開心, 拍的開心,也吃的開心。這不會是我最後一次來看華山的!

I had a great day shopping, shooting, and eating. I know I'll be back here many more times in the future!