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From A to Zakka

The lanes around Yongkang Street are lined with small boutiques that cater to fans of zakka-style decorating

By Catherine Shu  /  Staff reporter

Zakka Club (雜貨俱樂部)

3, Ln 14, Yongkang St, Taipei City (台北市永康路14巷3號)

Telephone: (02) 2393-1398

On the Net: www.zakkaclub.com.tw

Illustrator Shinzi Kotah is a firm favorite among zakka fans and his dishware, stationery and accessories enjoy a cult following. Kotah’s artistic trademark is combining motifs and characters from classic children’s stories like Alice in Wonderland and Little Red Riding Hood with strong lines reminiscent of 1960s modernist illustration and cheery pastel colors. Some illustrations have a slightly darker — but still cute — bent, like his Ugly Duckling series, which features the web-footed title character being taunted by his more conventionally attractive siblings. Zakka Club carries a large selection of Kotah’s merchandise, including double-tiered bento boxes (NT$790), canvas tote bags (NT$880) and thermoses (NT$1,280). The store also sells women’s and children’s clothing imported from Japan. Natural fabrics like cotton and linen, muted colors and prints such as polka dots all abound.

Cartoon House (卡通工房)

Address: 10 Yongkang St, Taipei City (台北市永康街10號)

Telephone : (02) 2321-2303

Owner Betty Hsiao’s (蕭淑華) store is an outgrowth of her twin passions: vintage toys and clothing. Her favorite cartoon is Candy Candy (小甜甜), a fact that is readily apparent as soon as you step into Cartoon House’s narrow storefront on Yongkang Street. Canvas bags pieced from different fabrics are emblazoned with Candy Candy’s bright yellow pig tails and glistening blue eyes, and vintage cabinets are lined with toys collected from Japan that feature the character. Other characters represented include Betty Boop, Doraemon, Mickey Mouse, Snoopy, Kewpie dolls and the chubby-cheeked Peko Poko candy mascots. Clothing features plenty of smock-like silhouettes and small flourishes like crochet collars and bowties.

Yongkang Sweet

Yongkang Street and its surrounding lanes are also lined with some of the hippest cafes in Taipei. The following places stand out for their whimsical decor and creative desserts.

Bunny Listens to the Music (兔子聽音樂餐坊)

Address: 15, Ln 6, Qingtian St, Taipei (台北市青田路6巷15號)

Telephone: (02) 2395-9388

On the Net: www.bunnymusic.com.tw

Bunny Listens to the Music features an airy interior with floor-to-ceiling windows, modern-style furniture and soothing purple walls. The restaurant offers lunch and dinner, but the highlight of its menu is afternoon tea from 2pm to 5pm. Tea for two people costs NT$550 with cakes, cookies and sandwiches served on a tiered tray and your choice of premium teas.

Boute de Bijou

19-1, Ln 33, Lishui Street (台北市麗水街33巷19之1)

Telephone: (02) 3322-2461

On the Net: www.boitedebijou.com.tw

Located just down the street from Bunny Listens to the Music, Boute de Bijou is a small French-style bakery run by the same owners. You can choose from treats like pain au chocolat, mont blanc mousse, macarons and handmade chocolates. Giftable items include jams in flavors like passion fruit and papaya (NT$220 to NT$250 for 100ml).

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