503, Ying Tsai Road, Taichung
by Debbie Ho
Roaming on the wide, green pedestrian path along Ying Tsai Road,
heading toward Taichung Municipal Cultural Center and National
Museum of Art, with a casual glance to your left, you'll see a
huge self-portrait of Van Gogh right up filling your sight. Windows
in geometric patterns, glazing blue and hot red dancing among
black and white basis, together steam out the Van Gogh air. This
is the enchanting 'Van Gogh Café and Restaurant'.
An impeccable creature is the café by
itself, it is open 24-hours with convenient internet service.
The café is an exquisite coalition of fine arts, magazines
and pure coffee. Walls and partitions are all decorated with Van
Gogh's famous paintings. Green houseplants and emerald vines in
between usher in vigorous spirit and energy. It's inclined with
Barnes & Nobles' incomparable atmosphere of literature, but
excludes Barnes' accompanying uproar. Moreover, the café
provides nice meals and cozy couches.
Around 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., or 2 a.m. till 5 a.m.
with NT$200 or so, you can enjoy a wide choices of spaghetti,
ice cream waffle or fresh fruit combination. That comes with any
one order of drink from the menu for free. Jazz serves your ears;
fine cuisine suits your stomach; magazines delight your eyes.
The joy in one's soul and the relish in one's tongue confirms
it is a good deal.
The two computers for internet service are currently
under repair. It's said some ill-behaved customers tried to steal
the hard disc. While listening to the owner's complaint, I, sipping
my favorite fragrant Lavender Tea, am only thinking of when I'll
be here next. Should be soon, I promise myself. If you possess
the same favor toward arts as me, don't miss this special stop.