Stepping into 邊邊 cafe is like entering a secret door in the back alley. It’s delightful enough like that, but the visit with Katie was made every more so by the details – the abundance and variety of plant life, cute wooden frames and window panes, art in tiny corners, lots of vintage… a mess put together into something intricately beautiful. The cafe is no longer around, but the owner has since opened another eatery close to the Hua Shan 1914 Creative Park.
Of all the cafes I have been to, anywhere, this is one of those I remember most vividly. It’s the kind of place that takes you away from reality temporarily. It has a bit of everything in almost the right amounts – nothing too whimsical or clinical, too bright or too dark – yet overall, maybe a little over-curated in places, but still oozing with character.
I’ve been saving these pictures for a good day, but I got carried away, and it has been perhaps two years since I visited this café and design store in Taipei. But, it is still there (I checked their FB page to be sure), although I am not sure how it has evolved since.
These pictures are taken at a wonderful bakery-cafe called Plain Vanilla last December, when the place was all dressed up to welcome Christmas. I’m anticipating their Christmas decorations for 2015 already.