Commissioned to write a complete Taipei City Guide for Design*Sponge, a well-regarded design blog with global influence and reach. From the D*S website:
…declared a “Martha Stewart Living for the Millennials” by the New York Times. Design*Sponge attracts a diverse group of devoted readers across the globe and currently reaches over 1 million readers per day.
The guide covers food & drink, shopping and sight-seeing, with a strong focus on Taipei’s cafe culture and design shops. A sample from my introduction of Taipei:
As the city moves away from a dependence on a struggling tech industry, Taipei is increasingly finding an identity in 緩慢深獲 (the “slow life”) as well as 小確幸 — the concept of savoring the “simple joys” of life. It’s a variation on the idea of “the good life” — eat, drink and be merry. Eat well, and often. (Taiwanese culture is notoriously food-obsessed: most gatherings revolve around eating, and many Taiwanese will think nothing of loitering in line for hours to get a taste of a hyped-up culinary trend). Drink better cocktails. Hang out in cafes with your friends.
Urban planners and developers are increasingly turning their eyes on the empty ghosts of Taipei’s industrial history — turning dilapidated warehouse properties into leisure and culture hubs. Adding to the creative energy of the city is a returning diaspora of second-generation Taiwanese such as myself; having been educated and gained professional experience abroad in America and Europe, young entrepreneurs are changing the cultural landscape of their re-adopted city.
Photos by Sean Marc Lee