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!
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.
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$150
Pineapple Shortcake DIY Experience: NT$300
Official website: kuos.com