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VVG Hideaway

VVG HIDEAWAY
Address: 台北市士林區菁山路136號
Tel: 02 2862 6488
Hours: Mon – Sun 12pm – 9pm
Website: VVG Hideaway’s FB page

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VVG Hideaway is a restaurant that belongs to the VVG Group. VVG, that stands for “Very Very Good”, is one of Taiwan’s best known lifestyle brands. VVG Group leads a whole lifestyle concept; the group has a boutique hotel (VVG BB + B), a bistro (VVG Bistro [好樣餐廳]), a restaurant (VVG Thinking [好樣思維]), a cafe (VVG Action [好樣情事]), a restaurant themed for kids (and not so kids) (VVG Pomme [好樣蘋果兒]), a bookstore (VVG Something [好樣本事]), a bakery and a crafts/DIY boutique (VVG Chiffon [好樣喜歡]), and a shop, cafe & bookstore (文房VVG Chapter).

VVG Hideaway is in Yangmingshan mountain, in the outskirts of Taipei. It’s somehow hidden, a bit difficult to find, but totally worth the trip. The access is through a garden with a beautiful fountain.

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Going up the stairs, you can see an aromatic herbs garden with rosemary, basil, etc. Then you arrive at the outside terrace, which has a nice view, and the entrance of the restaurant.

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The building, all white bricks, big windows and skylights, has incredible amounts of light. The decoration is simple: white walls and some mirrors to reflect the light, wood furniture and light wood floors. Some curtains or folding screens create some corners and separate spaces to give more intimacy.

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The menu has a bit of everything: appetizers, salads, sandwiches, pasta and desserts. We ordered the sautéed assorted mushroom and bread salad with prosciutto and baked eggs (360NTD), and two sandwiches (380NTD each): one with French ham, cheese and seared vegetables; and another with shiitake mushroom and Grana padano cheese with homemade rosemary mayonnaise, both served with VVG chips.

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As there is always room for something sweet, we ordered two latte (220NTD each) and a carrot cake to share (180 NTD).

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It started raining after lunch, so we stayed taking a look at the store area. Imitating a big living room, some sofas face the big windows with views over the mountain, while other sofas face each other, perfect for calmed conversations while listening the sound of the rain. There is even an interior garden!

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At the store you can buy multiple things, from stationary products, craft supplies, handmade products, to books and travel guides, all from a curated selection by VVG.

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Truffles Living

TRUFFLES LIVING
Address: 台北市大安區文昌街66號
Tel: 02 2708 8961
Hours: Tue – Sun 12 pm – 9 pm
Website: Truffles Living’s FB page

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Truffles Living is not only a coffee place, but also an old furniture shop. Located in a quiet street parallel to Xinyi Rd., you will easily find it thanks to the big and white sunshade, the wooden entrance with plenty of plants and a beautiful bicycle usually parked there.

Once inside, the decoration is simple but cozy. The high ceilings and the diaphanous space accommodate both objects and furniture for sell as the comfy sofas, chairs and wooden tables where to enjoy their drinks and food. The big windows make it a light-filled space during the day. The ambience is usually quiet, offering a perfect spot to work on your laptop on a Sunday afternoon.

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They mainly sell old furniture and objects like typewriters or lamps coming from Europe, but you can always find a nice and original surprise like an old jukebox.

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Besides the drinks, their menu also offers some salads, paninis, and desserts. I ordered a hot latte (150 NTD) and a delicious lemon tart (170 NTD), accompanied by some fruit.

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