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FUN MAGAZINE, April 2004
Red Playhouse--Paper Windmill Coffee
1908 Grade III Relic
Original name: The Octagonal Pavillion Market
10, ChengDu Rd.
Tues-Fri 11 am-10 pm:
Sat-Sun 10 am-10 pm
Credit cards accepted;
no service charge.
with a history of more than ninety years, the Octagonal
Tower in the Ximen area was set up during Japanese
rule as a model public market. Later it became a place
for storytelling and performances. It also served as
the Red Playhouse, and later the Museum of Motion Pictures.
Twenty years ago, the Paperwindmill Culture & Education
Foundation started the Red Playhouse Rebuilding Project
to restore the building. The first floor, featuring
Windmill Coffee and the exhibition area, are partitioned
by a large fishbowl. You can taste the traditional
Red Playhouse Sticky Rice Wraps (NT$60) or the Roasted
Crispy Chicken (NT$299), or enjoy the Curry Beef Rice
(NT$250: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only), which
comes recommended by director Ke Yi-zheng. There's
also afternoon tea. The second floor offers different
culture venues. There is an experimental theater; a
Red Playhouse Band, to be assembled soon, will perform
on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.