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PS Bubu – The Meteor Garden restaurant – How to go, tips and tricks

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PS Bubu Meteor Garden restaurant


PS Bubu – The restaurant in Taiwan where Dao Ming Su and San Chai had a date.  One of the best places to relive your memories about Meteor Garden.  Cars cut in half,  the retro vibe, and the feeling of being the center of attention of everyone.   I'm very sure that every fan of the Taiwanese drama dream of going to PS Bubu someday, sit on the famous car and eat banana split ala San Chai. 

This restaurant in Taipei is already known as  filming location of the drama, even before the craze about National Chung Cheng University (aka Ying De University), started to spread like wildfire among  fans of the drama.  To keep the passion of the fandom burning, I made this travel guide on how to experience Meteor Garden at PS Bubu.
PS Bubu – The Meteor Garden restaurant – How to go, tips and tricks

1. HOW TO RESERVE A SEAT FOR THE PS BUBU CAR

You can send them a message through their fb fanpage (www.facebook.com/PSBUBU/and tell them about the day and time that you will arrive at the restaurant.  Don't also forget to mention that you want to sit on the car where Dao Ming su and San Chai had coffee.  The keywords that you should not miss in your message: Meteor Garden car

PS Bubu Meteor Garden restaurant

PS Bubu Meteor Garden restaurant

PS Bubu Meteor Garden restaurant

PS BUBU address, opening hours and what to expect
Address:No. 1號, Lane 140, Section 7, Zhongshan North Road, Shilin District, Taipei City, 111[Google Map]
Opening hours of PS Bubu:12:00 noon to 9:00 pm from Sunday to Saturday
Weekdays:not crowded, only a few customers
Weekends:expect a lot visitors, some would even bring their pets
Set meal price per person:~NTD 700
Time alloted to eat at the PS Bubu car:1 hour only

Expect more visitors during spring when there are lots of tourists visiting Taiwan to see cherry blossoms.  Remember that you are not the only Meteor Garden fan on this world and they would also want to sit on the car of PS Bubu.  So it's better to reserve a slot than go there and get frustrated.

PS Bubu Meteor Garden restaurant
My girlfriend and I arrived before PS Bubu opens, so Andrea took her time taking selfies.

PS Bubu Meteor Garden restaurant
I also joined my girlfriend.

PS Bubu Meteor Garden restaurant

2. HOW TO GO TO PS BUBU

2.1 by MRT then bus

Board the Taipei MRT Red Line and get off at Shipai Station.  Walk to General Market stop [Google Map] and ride Bus R19. Get off at Tianmu New Village [Google Map] and walk to get to PS Bubu. 

2.2 by tripool taxi

You can also get to PS Bubu via tripool taxi (www.tripool.app/?utm_source=luomuji).  There's a certain advantage of booking a car in tripool taxi because you can schedule your time of arrival at the restaurant.  Since PS Bubu is strict when it comes to time, you are expected to come early so as not waste your reservation.  Don't expect PS Bubu to adjust for you if you arrive late.  With tripool taxi, there is no fear of being late.  The car would also stop right in front of your hotel in Taipei.

Comparison of tripool taxi fares from Hotel Midtown Richardson and amba Taipei Ximending going to PS Bubu restaurant. Don't forget to book a return trip! Suggested reservation time for the Meteor Garden car is 12 noon. Suggested pick-up time for the return trip is 2:00 pm during weekdays.
Pick-up pointDrop-off pointDistanceTravel timeEstimated tripool taxi fare (NTD)Suggested pick-up period at the pick-up point
# of passengers
1 or 28
Taipei Hotel Midtown Richardson
[Check price]
PS BUBU12.2 km26 mins55897311:00 am to 11:30 am
amba Taipei Ximending
[Check price]
12.3 km27 mins565984

2.3 via Klook's Meteor Garden Sightseeing Tour

You can also get to experience PS Bubu via Klook's Meteor Garden Sightseeing Tour. Just choose the Taipei. Through this package, you will also have a chance to see another Meteor Garden School, Tamkang University.

3. ORDER IMMEDIATELY AFTER ARRIVING AT PS BUBU

Once inside, instead of taking photos, you should browse the menu and decided immediately what to eat.  You have only 1 hour to spare so maximize it by telling your order to the waitress.  After that you can take pictures.   It was a good thing that I went with Andrea, so my girlfriend browse the menu and ordered the food, while I get busy with my camera recording videos and capturing photos.

PS Bubu Meteor Garden restaurant

PS Bubu Meteor Garden restaurant

PS Bubu Meteor Garden restaurant

PS Bubu Meteor Garden restaurant

PS Bubu Meteor Garden restaurant

If you're on tight budget, you can just order pasta or just the banana split.  Since this is a lunch date, Andrea and I chose the set meal composed of vegetable salad, mushroom soup, steak and cheese cake. Since the seat meal only has coffee or tea for the drinks, we requested a lemon juice add-on.  We also ordered a banana split because this is a very important food in the Meteor Garden Taiwan Universe.

4. PS BUBU AS A FILMING LOCATION OF METEOR GARDEN

PS Bubu is definitely one of the top 10 places to visit to experience Meteor Garden.  While the lockers of Ying De (which is NCCU in Chiayi) serve as the holy grail of our Taiwanese drama world, the restaurant reminds us of the happy and sad times our favorite couple, Dao Ming Su and San Chai.  I consider two things here in PB Bubu which is a must try for every Meteor Garden fan, especially if you're going there with your loved one.


PS Bubu Meteor Garden restaurant

4.1 Sit on the PS Bubu car ala Dao Ming Su and San Chai

The light pink convertible placed in the middle of the restaurant plus a lovely couple are the main ingredients for a Meteor Garden scene re-enactment. I can still remember how Dao Ming Su in the drama felt very shy because everyone in the restaurant was looking at them.  I too felt the same. Haha!

PS Bubu Meteor Garden restaurant

The cabriolet being located at the center of PS Bubu gets the most attention of all the customers. It as if  everyone who enters the restaurant wants to sit at this centerpiece car.  When Andrea and I was there on a busy weekend, there were lots of customers and newcomers check the car if it's empty or not.

4.2 Order a banana split

In the drama, Asi was seen sipping coffee.  Facing him was his girlfriend San Chai who ordered banana split.  You can see from the eyes of Barbie Hsu (or Da S) how excited she was upon seeing her food. It's such a joy to watch the couple, especially when San Chai scoop the ice cream and brought it to the mouth of Asi.

PS Bubu Meteor Garden restaurant

PS Bubu Meteor Garden restaurant

PS Bubu Meteor Garden restaurant

PS Bubu Meteor Garden restaurant

PS Bubu Meteor Garden restaurant

PS Bubu Meteor Garden restaurant

The next thing that she did was to wipe the spoon with the tissue of PS Bubu.  Haha! Quickly, Dao Ming Su asked why San Chai  have to wipe the spoon. But she quickly shouted because of stress.  It was so loud that everyone in the restaurant could hear.  Another of their usual love and hate scenes in Meteor Garden, like a cat and dog who are always on a fight.

PS Bubu Meteor Garden restaurant

But if you will rewatch the scene again, you would notice that after San Chai wiped the spoon, she put it again on her mouth and her eyes changed as if she has some lust.  Haha!

PS Bubu Meteor Garden restaurant

Those were there happy times. But in Season 2, happiness turned to sadness when Asi lost his memory.  One day San Chai went again to PS Bubu, ordered banana split but this time she was alone.  Dao Ming Si was seen looking from the glass wall. They sat together and talked at the PS Bubu car but Asi could not remember anything about their relationship. :(

5. FINAL WORDS FOR PB BUBU

I think the 1 hour time limit is too short if you want to eat the set meal. But if you're just going for pasta, that will be ok.  Andrea and I were lucky to be given an extension.  We ordered the set meal plus the banana split so 1 hour is not enough to finish everything.  So the staff told us after the first 30 minutes had passed, that we have an extension of one more hour, for a total of 2 hours dining experience at PS Bubu.  With regards to taste of steak in the set meal, Andrea told me that she will give it a score of 4 out of 5.  It tasted better than the restaurants in Ximending.

PS Bubu Meteor Garden restaurant


PS Bubu Meteor Garden restaurant

Our total bill for two seat meals + lemon juice + 1 banana split was NTD 1,881.  If it's too expensive for your, just opt for the banana split or pasta.  It will not be costly and also enough to be consumed within an hour.

PS Bubu Meteor Garden restaurant

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