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Kuo Yuan Ye Museum of Cake and Pastry

Learn how to make your own Taiwanese cakes

Kuo Yuan Ye Museum of Cake and Pastry entrance

The Kuo Yuan Ye Museum of Cake and Pastry (郭元益糕餅博物館) is a fun, hands-on experience in northern Taipei. Founded by Kuo Yuan Ye, a prestigious chain of cake stores in Taiwan, visitors can taste some of their traditional creations as well as have a go at making some themselves.

Originally based in Zhangzhou in mainland China, the Kuo Yuan Ye brand is over 100 years old and much loved by locals. The museum was created to help preserve the history of the firm and provide an insight into the creation of their various traditional cakes. The exhibits are not too large, and contain some surprisingly informative displays about Taiwanese ceremonial customs, as well as some old-fashioned Taiwannese games. Visitors can also dress up in classic Chinese garments and get those all important Instagram pictures!

Kuo Yuan Ye Museum
Learning how to make the famous Pineapple Shortcakes

There are a few fun cake making experiences that visitors can participate in. The best one for children and families is the Creative Pastry DIY Experience, where the family can enjoy making cookies with their own unique, and very cute, decorations. Those looking for a more challenging, but also enjoyable experience, should try the Pineapple Shortcake DIY Experience. Here you can really get stuck in, starting at making the dough, then shaping the shortcake and finally packaging your creations. Participants get to make these popular treats with the assistance of multilingual instructors. Note that you need to reserve your spots via their website.

Kuo Yuan Ye Museum cake
Trying a traditional cake set while waiting for our cakes to bake

How to get there

The nearest station to the Kuo Yuan Ye Museum of Cake and Pastry is Shilin Station on the Taipei Metro’s red line. It’s not far from Taipei Station (11 minutes, NT$25). From Shilin Station, head out of exit 1 (the northern exit) and walk along the elevated metro line. Cross over the main road, then continue along the elevated track until the first road that crosses under the track. Take a left turn here, and you’ll soon see the museum.

Hours and fees

Hours: 9am to 5:30pm

Admission: NT$50 (can be redeemed as a coupon at the museum shop)

Creative Pastry DIY Experience: NT$210

Pineapple Shortcake DIY Experience: NT$300

English reservations:

Official website:

Written by Matthew Baxter

After writing a few books about Japan and New Zealand, I've decided to explore Taiwan and put my expertise into writing about this beautiful place. I love to travel around Taiwan!

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