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Try the Best Ice-cream Flavours at Miyahara Taichung

Last Updated on August 27, 2020 by queenie mak

Miyahara (宮原眼科) was once an ophthalmology clinic back in the day, but it is a popular tourist attraction today. Located in the Central District of Taichung, Taiwan, Miyahara is a restaurant and a retail store that sells chocolate, cookies, and traditional Taiwanese pastries, including pineapple cake and sun cakes. And not to mention, the Miyahara ice-cream parlour is the best in town!

So if you are visiting Taichung and want to see one of the best attractions in the city, then you must visit Miyahara. Bring a camera to take snapshots of the beautiful Harry Potter-esque interiors, and an appetite for the most delicious ice-cream you can’t find anywhere else!

 

 

 

Before you visit Taichung

Before you go to Taichung, take a look at my post on learning all my best tips for travelling to Taiwan. I included a lot of information, including getting a Taiwan prepaid SIM card, transportation around the country and more. And check out more tips on my solo travel guide to Taichung and learn about other attractions in Taichung.

 

 

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You can see the old and new materials which make up the facade of Miyahara.

You can see the old and new materials which make up the facade of Miyahara.

How to get to Miyahara

Address: No. 20, Zhongshan Road, Central District, Taichung City, Taiwan 400

Hours of Operation: Monday to Sunday from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm

 

 

Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA)

  • Take a train to Taichung Station
    • From Taichung Station, walk northwest and find Zhongshan Road
    • Time: 5 minutes

 

 

 

Taichung City Bus

  • Take one of these city buses to
    • First Square Bus Stop
      • Bus #27, 48, 142, 163, 300, 301, 302, 303, 304, 305, 306, 307, 308, 309310, 323, 325, 326
    • Taichung Railway Station Bus Stop
      • most buses will stop at the Taichung Railway Station
    • Cost: free if you use your i-pass card and your journey is within 10km

 

The voluminous space is highlighting the original building structure and new material.

The voluminous space is highlighting the original building structure and new material.

What is Miyahara in Taichung

Taichung city core was planned in the early 1900s where the Japanese government used Kyoto as a template for planning. Hence, the city core earned its name as “Little Kyoto.”

Miyahara Takekuma, a Japanese ophthalmologist, founded the Miyahara eye hospital. The space included various businesses, including a thriving ophthalmology clinic.

 

 

 

However, the original building suffered severe damages from natural causes, including the earthquake in 1999 and a devastating typhoon in 2008.

Dawn Cake, a company that makes Taiwan’s most famous pastry, pineapple cakes, purchased the building and hired a specialized team to restore the old structure.

Today, Miyahara is a conserved building where it is a retail store for typical Taiwanese pastries and goods, a restaurant, and an ice-cream parlour.

 

 

The old elm wood from the old building was reused for parts of the interiors in Miyahara.

Wood from the old building was reused to construct the furniture and cabinetry on the ground floor of Miyahara.

The ground floor is the retail floor, where all kinds of goodies are displayed from chocolate, cookies, and to the most traditional Taiwanese pastries, pineapple cake and sun cake.

You can see many of the existing interior features and materials used in Miyahara. The elmwood from the old building was reused to construct the book display towers, some of the cubbies and many railings.

Each shelf and drawer is made with utmost care. I wonder if there are goodies inside every one of those drawers! Ha!

 

 

 

The interior space viewed from the third floor of Miyahara.

The interior space viewed from the third floor of Miyahara.

The interior of Miyahara is very Harry Potter-like! The high ceiling, checkered marble floor and the delicate woodwork in the cabinetry, staircase, and railings. It reminds me of the Livraria Lello in Porto, Portugal, which is precisely inspired by the staircases at Hogwarts from the Harry Potter movies.

 

 

 

While the ground floor is a retail space, the second floor is the restaurant, Moon Pavillion. The restaurant is furnished with retro furniture and finishings and serves Taiwanese food.

Continue walking up the staircase, and you will reach the third floor where you can get a closer look at the roof and other structural materials that are added during the restoration.

 

On the outside of the main store, there is a spot where you can buy Miyahara milk tea and coffee.

On the outside of the main store, there is a spot where you can buy Miyahara milk tea and coffee.

What will you find at Miyahara

Miyahara might be the best place in Taichung to get all your souvenirs. Choose from chocolate, cookies, and to the most traditional Taiwanese pastries, pineapple cake and sun cake.

Each food item is packaged in a unique way and some retro nostalgic packaging. They all look really lovely. It is rather difficult to choose!

And on the outside of the main retail store, you can buy beverages like milk, tea and coffee.

 

 

 

Pineapple cake in a nostalgic packaging at Miyahara.

Pineapple cake in a nostalgic packaging at Miyahara.

 

So many types of chocolates to choose from at Miyahara.

So many types of chocolates to choose from at Miyahara.

 

 

 

Cookies and sweets are packaged in the most unusual retro packaging, making them the most wonderful souvenir gifts.

Cookies and sweets are packaged in the most unusual retro packaging, making them the most wonderful souvenir gifts.

 

Each cookie is individually wrapped and placed in a gift box.

Each cookie is individually wrapped and placed in a gift box.

 

You can also send packages of goods to your loved ones back home.

You can also send packages of goods to your loved ones back home.

 

 

 

 

What is the most popular item at Miyahara

ICE-CREAM!!! I scream you scream, we all scream for ice-cream!

Yes, I had to use caps to yell out the answer!

Miyahara ice-cream comes in so many different flavours that it is almost dizzying!

The ice-cream parlour is on the outside of the main store. You won’t miss it because there is always a queue where many people wait to buy their signature ice-cream. Even early in the morning!

 

 

There are so many ice-cream flavours to choose from at Miyahara!

There are so many ice-cream flavours to choose from at Miyahara!

There are many signature ice-cream flavours you can only find at Miyahara. And you can sample some flavours before you commit to a full scoop.

I tried several flavours, including Assam black tea with rosemary and lavender, honey cheese, lugu green tea and earl grey tea. Yes, I went to Miyahara several times. Ha!

 

 

 

The ice-cream menu in English at Miyahara in Taichung.

The ice-cream menu in English at Miyahara in Taichung.

Try some of the best Miyahara ice cream flavours

There are more than 50 flavours of ice-cream at Miyahara. So how do you choose?

For starters, the staff at Miyahara will hand you this menu (pictured above) while you wait in a queue. It definitely helps to minimize the wait time while everyone drools over all the ice-cream counter.

Miyahara has its own unique flavours where you cannot find anywhere else. Some of the best Miyahara ice cream flavours include tea-infused flavour and a wide array of chocolate flavours. And not to mention all the fruit flavours too!

When you buy 1 scoop (NT$90), you also get a free topping. A topping is a choice between a small piece of pineapple cake, cheesecake and other crunchy topics that goes well with ice-cream.

If you order two scoops (NT$160), you get two toppings.

And you can even order three scoops (NT$225) with three topics in a waffle cone (add NT$20)! And this is what you get…

 

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Wow, I have back-to-back posts on food in Taichung. Can you tell that my research for Taichung has been around food? Ha! . But this one is pretty awesome! Miyahara is a retail store, restaurant and an ice-cream parlour. It used to be an ophthalmologist clinic back in the day. Since then, the building suffered damages from earthquakes and typhoons. But the building has been stored and the space is gorgeous! It definitely has the Harry Potter-esque feel to it. . While you can buy typical Taiwanese treats like pineapple cake and sun cake, the most popular item is ice-cream! I'm talking about many different chocolate flavours, unique tea flavours, and fruit flavours. I mean take a look at this photo…😋 . See more beautiful photos of the interiors and what else you will find at Miyahara in Taichung. Link is in bio. . #travel #travelsolo #womentravelsolo #solotraveller #wanderlust #travellife #travelblogger #solotravelguide #taiwan #taichung #miyahara #miyaharataichung #foodie #taiwanesefood #mstravelsolo

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Want to learn more about Taiwanese Food? Read about All the Must Eat Food in Taiwan

 

Are you including Miyahara to your Taichung itinerary?

In one place, you get to see the most amazing restored interior and architecture, and you get to eat Miyahara ice cream in flavours that you cannot find anywhere else. Who can say no to that? It is one of the most visited and popular attractions in Taichung, so you don’t want to miss it!

 

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Hi, my name is Queenie, and I've been a solo traveller for 18+ years and currently based in Hong Kong. Follow me on my adventures through Instagram and my blog!

2 Comments

  • Chocoviv
    October 20, 2019 at 8:40 am

    So many yummy cakes !!! I miss Taiwan..

    Reply
    • queenie mak
      October 20, 2019 at 5:14 pm

      They are sooo good!! I really like travelling in this country! 🙂

      Reply

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