At the corner of the first lane to the left (Ching Ming
Rd.), is the vintage Cocona Pub and, opposite, the attractive
white Tropics Caribbean Restaurant & Bar (11, Ching
Ming Rd., tel. 327-8974), serving Jerk Chicken and other
Caribbean delights from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Further down
side road--which leads over to The Landis Hotel--is another
eatery worth trying--International Street Beef Noodles Restaurant.
The Finga's chain of restaurants, run by New Zealander
Dereke Bruce, is a well-known Taichung institution. Further
down Ching Cheng Rd., strollers will encounter the first
of these, Finga's Fine Foods, which serves great sandwiches,
Mexican and other dishes from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and also
hosts a bakery and imported goods grocery store. On the
same side, further down, are the 24-hour Yukaly Cafe, with
meals and coffee starting from NT$35 a cup, plus the tiny
techno-music pub, The Zoo (wearing all-black clothing and
dark eye-liner will help you feel "in" here).
Opposite Finga's, along Lane 50, are two very European
establishments. The first is a new addition, Fatty's family-style
Italian restaurant, opened by Grand Formosa Taichung Hotel's
former general manager, Hendrick Frijling. The second is
the Joric German Deli, managed by Jorg Rossow and his wife,
Roi, who provide good German cuisine (lunch 11:30 am-2 pm,
dinner 5-9 pm) and a small European-goods grocery store.
Also directly opposite Finga's is the Guay Guay Gun Shop,
where you can buy military-issue clothing and gear, BB guns
and GI Joe dolls.
At the corner of Ching Cheng Road and Lane 50 begins
a series of pleasant shops, starting with the San
Fang Er Ting ("Three Rooms, Two Halls")
shop (open 12:30-10 pm) with beautiful imported, scented
candles, candle holders and other home decoration
items. Heading down Ching Cheng Road and taking the
next right onto Tatun 19th Street takes one past fashion
stores with names like Hugo, Ross, Patti Pat and the
assertive-sounding I'm A Woman shop. There's also
a Body Shop, with its usual beauty and health products.
Tatun 19th Street also brings one to one end of the very
famous and popular "tea street" or "cafe
street" (depending on who you ask), Ching Ming 1rst
Street. Before turning left into the street, you might want
to head right, where there are some back alleys of shops,
eateries and, for the skate-boarding crowd, Mecca Skateboards
& Streetwear, full of caps, baggy jeans, boards, stickers,
T-shirts and other paraphernalia that go with this sub-culture.
Further down Tatun 19th Street, opposite the big parking
tower is a similar skateboard-stuff store, DCSHOECOUSA (open
1-10 pm). Heading straight on Tatun 19th will also bring
you to the corner Sha Wu Li Shabu Shabu Restaurant (open
11:30 am-2 pm, 4:30-9:30 pm) with its Japanese-style "hot
pot" dishes starting at NT$199.
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