The Huashan 1914 Creative Park (華山1914文化創意産業園区) is the hippest spot to hang out in Taipei. Located at and using the old buildings of the former Taihoku Winery, it’s host to a variety of cultural exhibitions, art galleries and other creative endeavors. It’s intended aim is to become one of the centers of culture and creativity in Taiwan, just like the Taichung Cultural Heritage Park.
Constructed way back in 1914 during the Japanese colonial times, when the city was called Taihoku, the plant first started off producing sake, before moving on to making various other rice wines and liqueurs. The winery relocated in the 1980’s, when the site became a venue for an industrial technology museum. Since the refresh into becoming a creative park in 1999 it has become a much more enjoyable place to visit though!
Visitors to the Huashan 1914 Creative Park should spend a bit of time just strolling around, taking in all the various art galleries, the architecture of the old winery buildings, as well as checking out any performances or other shows that are on. You’ll surely come across the odd cafe or restaurant that is worth trying too, with a few seasonal and pop-up cafes and shops that keep the place interesting to visit any time of the year, even for locals.
How to get there
The nearest station is Zhongxiao Xinsheng on the blue and yellow lines of the Taipei Metro. It’s a short ride from Taipei Station (3 minutes, NT$20).
Huashan 1914 Creative Park is also a short walk from Taipei Station. Just head east along Shimin Boulevard or Zhongxiao East Road and you’ll eventually come to it after about 15 to 20 minutes. There are also some YouBike stations, with the nearest one being on the south end on Zhongxiao East Road, and another located on the north-east exit of the park.
Hours and fees
Hours: 24 hours. Note that the restaurants and shops have various opening times
Admission: Free to enter park, but special exhibitions may charge for entry
Official website: huashan1914.com