Taipei: Shida

Translated to Chinese by Teresa Lee.

Enter the Shida neighborhood, and you’ll find a labyrinth of well-organized alleys of white brick residential buildings overgrown with verdant vines and shrubs. Carefully tucked in between the lightly-stained age-old white walls are eclectic sun-lit vintage boutiques and cafes, at once urban and artistic. The vibe is distinctive hipster; these streets belong to the college students dressed in their homey cardigans and converse high tops hoping to curate a lifestyle that is at once aesthetic and meaningful.

走進師大區域,你會發現整齊的小巷內藤蔓與灌木過度蓊鬱地攀附著白磚的住宅,猶如迷宮。輕輕擠身進入歲月輕撫過的白牆間,裡面陽光灑落在無數復古精品小店及咖啡館,藝術而充滿都市風情。這裏有著特殊的文藝風格,屬於大學生的街道上,學生們身著居家悠閒的罩衫、高筒帆布鞋,希望創造出富有美學及意義的生活型態。

WHERE TO GO

Shida Night Market (師大夜市)

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Centered on Longquan Street, the compact night market has no rides or games but is instead filled with the hippest of shops, cafes and restaurants that appeal to the college and young adult population living within close proximity of the night market’s namesake National Taiwan Normal University and the nearby National Taiwan University. Although many have said that the night market is only a shadow of its former self—it was downsized a few years back due to noise complaints from residents—what Shida Night Market lacks in size, it makes up for with quality. Clothing boutiques are trendy but affordable, along with plenty of delicious street food stands, restaurants and cozy cafes, making for a nice alternative from the other tourist-filled night markets in the city.

師大夜市以龍泉街為中心,她沒有花俏的娛樂、而是充滿了許多文藝的店家、咖啡館、及餐廳,吸引著住在師大及台大地區的學生及年輕族群。雖然許多人說,現在的師大夜市只剩下過去的殘影(師大夜市幾年前因居民的抱怨而遭到規模縮減),然而,師大夜市少了規模,卻以品質取勝。這裏的服飾精品流行卻價格親民,加上不少美味的小攤販、餐廳、和咖啡館,在無數充滿觀光客的夜市中,提供不同的選擇。

White Wabbit Records (小白兔唱片)

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Since its founding by KK, the bassist of post-rock band Aphasia, White Wabbit Records has become a—if not the—key player in the island’s independent music scene as not only a huge supporter of local indie and alternative talent but also an importer of lesser mainstream international music that may appeal to niche audiences. Doubling as a record label and vendor with a sole store tucked in an alley near Shida Night Market, White Wabbit Records also organizes concerts and performances usually in collaboration with The Wall Live House. If you can’t seem to find a record or vinyl anywhere, chances are it’ll be in White Wabbit’s extensive collection.

自從後搖滾樂團阿飛西雅的貝斯手KK創立了小白兔唱片後,它已經成為台灣獨立音樂的重要角色——不只是本地獨立音樂和另類音樂才子才女們的推手,更是國際較非主流音樂的輸入口。小白兔唱片同時是一個唱片公司及店家,在師大夜市附近擁有自己的店面,並經常和The Wall合作舉辦演唱會及表演。如果你在其他地方一直找不到某張專輯或唱片,或許它正是小白兔唱片廣大收藏的其中之一呢。

image via White Wabbit Records

Boutique Stores on Yongkang Street (永康街)

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Stroll past the Shida Night Market and into its back alleys, and you will find yourself in a tree-lined block of narrow streets with a similar distinctive retro vibe. Warmly-lit boutiques with creaky wooden floorboards and large windowpanes stand in the century-old brick buildings on Yongkang Street and its surrounding area. With the indie music coming from the urban contemporary designer stores and the secondhand bookstores, art galleries and antique street, Yongkang—complete with a selection of delectable local cuisine—is a haven for anyone seeking an alternative shopping experience.

走過師大夜市,進入較昏暗的小巷,你會發現自己身處綠樹夾伴的窄巷間,充滿復刻感。暖光微暈的精品店,有著吱嘎作響的木地板和寬展的窗框,立於永康街和其周邊歷經世紀的老舊磚造建築之中。自現代都市感的設計師店面、二手書店、藝廊、和舊街流洩出的獨立音樂旋律中,永康街(加上一系列令人愉悅的道地美食)是想要體驗另類逛街體驗人的天堂。

image via Henry PAI


WHAT TO EAT

Yu Japanese Food (魚日式料理)

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This small, not particularly eye-catching of a Japanese restaurant boasts a sashimi selection that is unparalleled in its freshness. This is because its owner, who is particularly fond of fishing and seafood, wanted to impart his philosophy for how to eat seafood—fresh—with customers. The portions of sashimi at Yu are incredibly generous to say the least; the pieces are thick, and we mean really thick, and literally melts in the mouth.

這間迷你而不特別起眼的日式料理店以極其新鮮的生魚片料理為傲。主要因為店家的老闆非常喜歡捕魚及海鮮,他希望能將如何與顧客享用鮮美海產的哲學傳承下去。最基本來說,魚日式料理的生魚片提供非常大方,切片得相當厚實(我們的意思是真的非常厚),並且入口即化。

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Hsu-ji Shengjianbao (許記生煎包)

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If you can only line up for one dish at Shida Night Market, make it Hsu-ji’s shengjianbao, small, pan-fried baozi (steam buns) that are filled with pork and gelatin that melts into soup when cooked. Diced cabbage is mixed in with finely-minced pork inside the thin outer layer of these bite-sized steamed buns, making for an easy-to-carry snack while shopping. The shengjianbao are best enjoyed with sauce.

如果你只想在師大夜市排一次隊,那就選擇許記生煎包吧!小巧、鍋煎的包子富含豬肉餡及膠質,在烹煮的過程中化為汩汩湯汁。高麗菜丁和細磨的豬肉末混合,包入這些一口大小生煎包的薄皮中,讓它成為逛街時方便攜帶的小點心。生煎包配合醬汁一起享用會更加美味。

image via Hsu-ji

Libero Coffee & Bar (咖啡小自由)

Libero Cafe and Bar Yongkang Street Taipei Taiwan

Libero Coffee & Bar oozes nostalgia with its wooden floors and vintage mahongony furniture. Elegantly housed in a 40-something year mansion with a veranda, the cafe serves specialty coffees and tea that are also available mixed with alcohol. From its wooden-framed French windows down to the delicately engraved dark wooden doors, the retro decor and ambiance makes for a perfect afternoon or evening wasted.

咖啡小自由的店面,自她木地板及桃花心木的傢俱中,流滲出一股鄉愁。優雅地駐放在一棟40多年、含有陽台的別墅中,這家咖啡店提供特製的咖啡和茶,以及加入酒精調混的版本。上至她的法式木窗框,下至深色雕刻的木門,店裡復刻的裝潢和氛圍,是最適合浪費(享受)一個美好午後或傍晚的選擇。

image via Libero Coffee & Bar

WHERE TO STAY

Dandy Hotel 

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Close to many attractions, Dandy Hotel offers simple and affordable rooms to stay the night.

丹迪旅店鄰近許多觀光景點,提供簡單而實惠的房型供您住宿。

Taipei Park 271 Hostel

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The Taipei Park 271 Hostel offers a very comfortable stay for a much more affordable price and is located in the heart of Taipei, a few minutes walk away from Shida.

臺北公園271旅社提供非常舒適的住宿空間及優惠得多的價格,它位於台北中心,離師大僅幾分鐘的距離。

Sonnien Hotel Taipei

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The Sonnien Hotel Taipei offers great service and all the essentials needed for a good night’s stay near Shida.

台北松哖酒店提供優質的服務,以及在師大地區一夜好眠的所有條件。

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