Located in Da’an District Taipei, the Historical Grand Courtyard (大院子) was founded during the Japanese occupation era during which it served as a dormitory for teachers and professors. After a fire destroyed the building in 2013, however, it was restored as a restaurant and art gallery in 2018, taking on the name “Grand Courtyard” (大院子).
The courtyard offers a variety of culinary options, including Red Wine Beef Stew, Yellow Chicken Curry and Rib Eye Steak. These meals also come in sets, which offer a daily soup, salad and tea. Deserts such as lemon tart and apple pie are also offered.
The restaurant is surrounded by glass walls that provide great natural lighting. The atmosphere is ideal for picnics and afternoon teas.
The building itself is a quaint one, combining medieval and modern materials. The stone path leading up to the restaurant is also quite picturesque, offering a good backdrop for those who may wish to take a picture.
The restaurant is not the only focus though. Located in the center of the courtyard, the art gallery showcases works of artist Leigh Wen, whose oil paintings combine elements of water, earth, fire and air. The paintings are made with a special technique, which results in trailing white lines over the paintings.
The art gallery offers free admission to anyone who makes purchases at the restaurants.
For anyone interested in visiting, the courtyard can be easily reached through the MRT, simply exit through the second exit on “Taipower Building Station” (台電大樓站) and walk down Xinhai Road before turning left at Lane 39 Taishun Street.