Located near the train station, th magnificent little shopping complex and emporium Miyahara is set within a fabulous old building that was originally an optical shop. A popular ice cream shop that is reputed to have the best ice cream in town operates at one end and seems always to have a long line.
|outside ice cream shop at Miyahara in Taichung, Taiwan|
|spectacular sundae at ice cream shop at Miyahara in Taichung, Taiwan|
Another shop offers a large selection of teas.
|tea shop at Miyahara in Taichung, Taiwan|
But Miyahara--specializing in pineapple cakes and other goodies such as seed candies and chocolate-dipped dried fruits--is the main attraction and piece de resistance. The ceiling is high, the butterflies-and-flowers packaging is exquisite, and the prices are reasonable. It is the perfect place to select gifts and souvenirs to take home.
|interior at Miyahara in Taichung, Taiwan|
|candy display at Miyahara in Taichung, Taiwan|
|display with orchids at Miyahara in Taichung, Taiwan|
|pineapple cakes at Miyahara in Taichung, Taiwan|
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