Restaurant No.17, Lane 49, Bǎo'ān Street, Datong District, Taipei Published on: 13-11-2015
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Why Mazu temple's beer garden is special ?
Dihua Street was the business center of Taipei for more than 100 years, starting from 1880. Mazu temple is the biggest temple on Dihua Street. It offers a place for people to worship the goddess of the sea, and a kind of social meeting place, or a place to just hang around, see what's going on and catch up on the latest news and gossip.
The beer garden was set up for those laborers under the bridge. Of course, it attracted many other ordinary people from the city, as it continues to do today. In fact, many taxi drivers like this beer garden, so if you go by taxi, they will be able to find it. It is primarily a daytime beer garden, which does not open late, so try to get there well before 5pm.
What you can eat in the Mazu temple beer garden?
There are many different types of open air street restaurants right outside the Mazu temple. The most common type are stir-fry restaurants, mostly specializing in seafood. The ingredients are very fresh, meat and seafood are displayed in the fridge.
People order whatever they want to eat, then discuss with the chefs the best way to cook the ingredients. Of course, some of the dishes are written on the menu, but mostly are not. The restaurants will buy the best and freshest ingredients from the market. The chefs usually would suggest the best way to cook the ingredients.
For example: Steaming is the best way of cooking fresh fish; bamboo would be best accompanied by soy sauce and mayonnaise, when it's in season. If you are here to cool down after work or a long day seeing the sights, then pepper and salt shrimp, three cups squid or three cups mushroom, or deep fried oyster with pepper and salt would be best flavors to combine with a few beers.
How to order food and find a table in the temple courtyard?
Most of the street restaurants are right outside the Mazu temple fence. So you can order the food from the restaurants then find a table in the Mazu temple courtyard. Each restaurant has it's own tables, but they also allow the customers to bring some food from the other places.
This is a very easy way to order food from the restaurants: Most of the ingredients are on display at the front, so simply point at whatever you want them to cook for you. The chefs will do the rest for you. Even if you don't speak Chinese, they'll still choose an appropriate cooking method for whatever you point to (and you'll usually find that someone there knows the names of the most common ingredients and cooking methods in English, at least)
The restaurants don't normally sell beer or other drinks themselves. If you ask for beer, they will either get it for you, or point to a nearby shop which sells beer, soft drinks, water, and so on. Fortunately, everyone understands the word 'beer' in English.
How to get to Mazu temple's beer garden?
Address of the Mazu temple: No.17, Lane 49, Bǎo'ān Street, Datong District, Taipei
Chinese name and address : 慈聖宮 ，台北市大同區保安街49巷17號
The temple is about 5-10 minutes walk south of the nearest metro station. You can also get there directly by taxi, of course, show the driver the Chinese name (above).
Take the MRT orange line, get off at Daqiaotou Station, exit 1. There is a pedestrian crossing right outside the exit, so cross the big main road (Minchuan West Rd) under the bridge. When you have crossed that road, turn right and walk for 2 minutes along it to the next road junction and turn left onto Yanping North Rd, Section 2. Walk past the school, a large red brick building with a garden, keep walking straight across Liang Zhou Rd (there is a sign in English). Then you will see the entrance to the temple area, on the left side of the road: a large, ornate gate decorated with dragons. Go through and keep walking straight. You have arrived.
There are always maps of the local area inside metro stations.
- Authentic Taiwanese street foods
- Real local food and culture.
- A break from the crowded city streets
- Relaxing atmosphere
- Great food and atmosphere
- Noise level Normal
- Budget Medium
- Alcohol NO
- Air condition NO
- Had kid menu NO
- Accept credit card NO
- Serve breakfast NO
- Serve halal NO
- Serve vegeterian NO
No.17, Lane 49, Bǎo'ān Street, Datong District, Taipei