Whenever there’s a major exhibition/show in town, people flood the place. I mean, literally, FLOOD it. A few friends and I embarked on our early morning journey to the National Museum of HIstory in Taipei to see the “Legends of the Silk Road – Treasures from Xinjiang” Exhibition (絲路傳奇- 新疆文物大展) which featured many treasures from the Silk Road and the mummy of a beauty from Loulan that is now about 3,800 years old (there was an infant mummy too). Then we Alice-Wonderlanded ourselves at a cafe hidden in the bushes of a..
Entrance into the special exhibition on the treasures from the Silk Road.
The place opened at 10:00AM and it was already too crowded in there. We had a guided tour at 11:00AM but the guide was speaking too slowly that I was like.. enough..! I almost couldn’t breathe in there. So my friend and I looked through most of the exhibits, out for some fresh air, and then up to the upper floor of the museum to take in some scenery of the nearby plant garden. Then the rest of us came out of the guided tour 30~40 minutes after. That was one long tour in a small and crowded exhibit space. But I was glad that we went! Finally saw what all the fuss around this was about. The treasures on exhibit have really travelled a long way and they are truly extraordinary and very impressive!
Entering the cafe – 有點夢幻的感覺吧? Somehow it reminds me of those classy stores in some residential area of Nottingham. They’re pretty low key but somehow they manage to get a lot of attention.
The entrance and the desert/sweets bar. Above that is a small open “attic” where you can have your own private party of probably 4-6 up there. But you probably can’t wear skirts because when you walk up there, people at the tables below can see you. haha.
The menu of the cafe. There’s quite a few selections of tea and coffee and some are quite interesting to look at. There’s also a light meal consisting of sandwich, bagel, waffles, and various western deserts. You won’t find spaghetti or pasta or pizza here.
Entrance area of the cafe.
German pudding. This was quite rich but not too sweet.
Blueberry waffles. There’s a small glass container with blueberry sauce in there. I think that looks pretty cute. :p
I like this huge window that opens up to the outdoor bistro. The whole cafe is surrounded by greenery outside of the glass walls. When you’re in there, you might feel like you’re in a forest!
The outside of this “secret” garden. You won’t see an obvious shop/restaurant sign.
The Green Steps Cafe [ 永康階 ]
Address: 台北市金華街 243 巷 27 號 (near 永康街/師大）