Although widely known as the home ground of independent coffee shops. I’ve never been much of a fan of the Yongkang commercial district (永康街). Before the Taipei Metro Dongmen Station was opened, the district was highly inaccessible and if you needed to go to the area, your options were either walking for at least 15 minutes from Guting Station or taking a taxi. I never bothered with it very much but since the new subway station basically sits at the entrance of the Yongkang area, I decided it was time for a little exploration.
There are many, many people who love Yongkang Street and I don’t want to rain on anyone’s parade but golly, I just don’t see myself falling in love with this place. I suppose you could say the cafes, boutiques and book shops are unique in their own right but the atmosphere, described by many as laid back and literary, bordered on pretentious for me.
That being said, Dwelling Cafe (這宅咖啡) was one of the few shops I was glad to find. The weather was beautiful and I really wanted a cute outdoor seat (as opposed to many of the dark, emo coffee shops people like to label cool…). The sunlight flowed across the ground so magnificently, I wish I had better means to capture the image so that maybe you could imagine bathing in the warmth, too.
Kodak ProFoto XL 100, Canon FTb