Miyahara (宮原眼科) is one of the most visited attractions in Taichung, featuring great dessert and beautifully wrapped confectionery. In this installment of our Taiwan Travel Guide Series, we bring you to Miyahara (宮原眼科) in Taichung.

Miyahara (宮原眼科) – One of the Best Places to Visit in Taichung

Miyahara (宮原眼科) in Taichung used to be an ophthalmology clinic owned by a Japanese man called Miyahara.

After a brief history being the Taichung City Government’s Public Health Bureau, and suffering partial destruction during an earthquake, it was bought over by Dawn Cakes and refurbished into a unique shop cum cafe.

Today, Miyahara has evolved into one of the most visited attractions in Taichung and is immensely popular with locals and tourists.

Miyahara in Taichung
The building of Miyahara in Taichung
Miyahara in Taichung
The entrance to Miyahara

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Miyahara – A Shop Like No Other

If you are a fan of Harry Potter, you will love the magical ambiance here.

Miyahara in Taichung
With high ceilings and a historical building that looks like a massive bookstore, Miyahara is unlike any other shops
Miyahara in Taichung
Visitors will have an enjoyable time browsing the large collection of beautifully packed confectionery

The first storey is a store front that sells the most beautifully packed confectionery that you will ever find in Taichung. If you are looking for the perfect gift to bring home, chances are, you will find it here. Word is that the pineapple cakes here are one of the best you can get in Taichung.

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Sweet Treats in a Magical Ambiance

Love sweet treats? Fancy having this at this magical world of Miyahara. While the first floor is devoted to selling prepacked confectionery, the upper storey is a dine-in cafe selling all kinds of delectable desserts.

Miyahara in Taichung
If you are at Miyahara, you must never leave without sampling their desserts!

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The places of interest in Taichung are not easily accessible by public transport.  If you are looking for convenience, why not consider a day tour to Miyahara, Rainbow Village, Gaomei Wetlands and the National Taichung Theater.  This day tour is value-for-money and covers the above best attractions in Taichung all within a day.

Miyahara’s Second Branch at Fourth Credit Union (第四信用合作社), Taichung

As the cafe at Miyahara tend to be crowded, we walked a short distance to Fourth Credit Union (第四信用合作社) where the second branch of the cafe is located. Fourth Credit Union is located at No. 72號, Zhongshan Road, Central District, Taichung City, Taiwan 400.

Miyahara in Taichung
You’ll pass by this beautiful Zhongshan Bridge while crossing the road to get from Miyahara to Fourth Credit Union

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67 Ice Cream Flavors in One Shop

This is a place serious about their ice-cream. We’ve never been to a cafe where there are 16 chocolate flavors, 20 fruit flavors, 13 tea flavors, 3 coffee flavors, 9 yogurt flavors and 6 house specials, making a total of 67 ice-cream flavors in one place. If you are fretting over which flavor to choose, worry not. The cafe allows you to sample before you make a decision on which one to indulge in.

Miyahara in Taichung
Ice-cream counter at Fourth Credit Union (第四信用合作社), Taichung
Miyahara in Taichung
Ice cream flavors at Miyahara/Fourth Credit Union in Taichung
Miyahara in Taichung
For an additional cost, you also can have your ice-cream in a waffle and your choice of luxury toppings
Miyahara in Taichung
My choice of 3 scopes of ice-cream, and toppings. This is one of the best-tasting and most beautiful dessert we ever had in Taiwan

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If you are not into ice-cream, Miyahara also offers shaved ice, other desserts such as cream brûlées, chocolate and cheese-based desserts as well as tiramisu. There’s even salad and steak for those who are looking for a full meal.

Miyahara in Taichung
Menu of Miyahara/ Fourth Credit Union
Miyahara in Taichung
Some of the most beautiful desserts

At Fourth Credit Union (第四信用合作社), you can also get the same kind of souvenirs that you find in Miyahara, but the collection here is much lesser. So if you have something specific in mind, it’s better to purchase them at Miyahara before going to Fourth Credit Union.

Miyahara in Taichung
The limited collection of packaged confectionery at Fourth Credit Union

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Miyahara (宮原眼科)
No. 20 Zhongshan Road, Central District, Taichung City, Taiwan
http://www.miyahara.com.tw/

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The places of interest in Taichung are not easily accessible by public transport.  If you are looking for convenience, why not consider a day tour to Miyahara, Rainbow Village, Gaomei Wetlands and the National Taichung Theater.  This day tour is value-for-money and covers the above best attractions in Taichung all within a day.

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