[quote=“lostinasia”]Bumping this back up - I’m looking for restaurants that are good to access from the riverside paths, and where I can sit outside with my bike (or bring the bike inside).
My favourite for this purpose is currently Ed’s Diner in Dazhi - the ride to get there from the paths is fast and along nice wide roads, with no tricky navigation or traffic issues. There are picnic tables outside so I can eat beside my bike, with the added bonus that, now that the warmer weather has arrived, I don’t need to worry too much about stinking out the poor souls sitting next to me. If I have the set and/or a carbonated beverage, my ride home is a bit sluggish, but if I “just” have one of their burger options, I can still put in a good effort.
What are some other places that people recommend? I’m fairly often on the riverside paths in the late afternoon/evening, starting from Danshui, and am looking for a good but not excessively large dinner at the far end - Gongguan area (although getting into the NTU area from the riverside paths doesn’t quite pass the “easy stress-free access” criteria), or maybe Xindian if I’m being ambitious, or Dazhi, or Neihu. Even Sanchong, but, um, I’d be mildly surprised if “picturesque, idyllic Sanchong” has much in the way of food that’d be enjoyable (rather than just a fuel stop).[/quote]
If you’re riding after open hours of most of the bike shops. Almost every other bike shop now is a pseudo cafe. Not all of them will be close to a riverside path, but you can’t have everything! A few to name are Elephant Bike new Song Shan Train Station. Da Vinci Bike over near GuTing MRT on HePing.
I will add to the list that Da Zhi is definitely the prime spot to go for a cup of joe or sandwich after or in the middle of your ride. After exiting the riverside area and head towards Jiannan MRT, you have the FamilyMart with some seats outside. If you’re a 7-11 kind of guy, you can sit at the FamilyMart chairs and walk over to 7-11 around the corner.
Farther down the road next to Boutique Velo, there’s a Mcdonald’s in the complex diagonally across from Miramar.
In the building that houses Wego, there’s a Mos Burger, 7-11, and a pretty fancy looking sushi express.
There’s also a Lavazza Cafe at the Jiannan MRT intersection (JingYe and Bei An Rd intersection).
Out of the listed above, I would say the Lavazza Cafe and the first FamilyMart (Corner of JIng Ye and LeQun) are the best spots for cyclists. The other spots may have a lot of people and you never know if they’re not careful and knock over your bike. I personally like this FamilyMart because it also has a communal bike pump if you ever need it, not too far from the riverside entrance and also very quiet. Do note that it’s not open 24/7!