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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, their 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
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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
- First Square Bus Stop
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 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 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.
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.
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 has so many different types of ice-cream 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 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!
Find the unique ice-cream flavours at Miyahara
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. Plus, they have a variety of flavoured tea ice-cream 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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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 the best ice-cream in the city? 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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