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10 mins or less from Dongmen MRT

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10 mins or less from Dongmen MRT

Food Scene
Dongmen Market is an excellent traditional wet market. I live in the actual market street and am consistently impressed with the variety and quality of the fresh produce available. It is a bustling affair, although not so crowded as to make you feel uncomfortable. You can buy your veggies straight from the farmers in some cases, these guys are generally set up on makeshift stalls. There are rotating stalls that come around very couple weeks selling various delicious mushrooms, if you catch one of these they are normally giving out samples of dishes they have cooked using them. Quite a few vendors sell stuff they have precooked and they usually offer samples too. So you can try before you buy.
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東門市場
81號 Section 2, Xìnyì Road
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Dongmen Market is an excellent traditional wet market. I live in the actual market street and am consistently impressed with the variety and quality of the fresh produce available. It is a bustling affair, although not so crowded as to make you feel uncomfortable. You can buy your veggies straight from the farmers in some cases, these guys are generally set up on makeshift stalls. There are rotating stalls that come around very couple weeks selling various delicious mushrooms, if you catch one of these they are normally giving out samples of dishes they have cooked using them. Quite a few vendors sell stuff they have precooked and they usually offer samples too. So you can try before you buy.
Taiwanese cuisine's mecca and home to the original (and world-renowned) Din Tai Fung restaurant (located along Xinyi Road), Yong Kang Street is a must visit destination for all travelers to Taipei City. Housing restaurants and cafés that cater to all budgets, Yongkang Street and its neighboring lanes and alleys are home to more than 30 operations, not including night market carts and independent merchants that line the streets selling all types of food, including pan-Chinese cuisine, Korean, Japanese, Western, and unique fusion dishes unique to Yong Kang. Yongkang Street is only 5 minutes walk from my apartment.
Yongkang Street
Taiwanese cuisine's mecca and home to the original (and world-renowned) Din Tai Fung restaurant (located along Xinyi Road), Yong Kang Street is a must visit destination for all travelers to Taipei City. Housing restaurants and cafés that cater to all budgets, Yongkang Street and its neighboring lanes and alleys are home to more than 30 operations, not including night market carts and independent merchants that line the streets selling all types of food, including pan-Chinese cuisine, Korean, Japanese, Western, and unique fusion dishes unique to Yong Kang. Yongkang Street is only 5 minutes walk from my apartment.
Forget about the tourist trap Beef Noodle stores in the Dongmen MRT / Yongkang Street area. Long lines of tour group tourists, waiting obediently because the guides tell them to go there. I've been to all of them, and none impressed me: diluted broth, salt as flavoring, overbook beef, etc.etc. In my humble opinion, based on 20 years of living in Taiwan (Kaohsiung, Keelung, and Taipei), Dr. Beef has the tastiest broth with perfectly cooked beef. And, they are right outside my apartment. Drbeef East Gate No. 70, Linyi Street, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, 100 02 2356 3468 https://maps.app.goo.gl/s55DukGCCreVkTy69
Drbeef East Gate
70 Linyi Street
Forget about the tourist trap Beef Noodle stores in the Dongmen MRT / Yongkang Street area. Long lines of tour group tourists, waiting obediently because the guides tell them to go there. I've been to all of them, and none impressed me: diluted broth, salt as flavoring, overbook beef, etc.etc. In my humble opinion, based on 20 years of living in Taiwan (Kaohsiung, Keelung, and Taipei), Dr. Beef has the tastiest broth with perfectly cooked beef. And, they are right outside my apartment. Drbeef East Gate No. 70, Linyi Street, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, 100 02 2356 3468 https://maps.app.goo.gl/s55DukGCCreVkTy69
24 Hour Japanese Curry only 1 minute walk from the apartment. Extremely tasty, and great for a late night snack. My only regret is that they don't have the Japanese pork chops Sukiya DongMen Restaurant No. 135, Section 1, Jinshan South Road, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, 100 02 2552 8700 https://maps.app.goo.gl/AVzGSNh2RQAgjEkq6
Sukiya DongMen Restaurant
135 Section 1, Jinshan South Road
24 Hour Japanese Curry only 1 minute walk from the apartment. Extremely tasty, and great for a late night snack. My only regret is that they don't have the Japanese pork chops Sukiya DongMen Restaurant No. 135, Section 1, Jinshan South Road, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, 100 02 2552 8700 https://maps.app.goo.gl/AVzGSNh2RQAgjEkq6
Tasty desserts of barley,green and red beans, both hot and cold. The beans are healthy, the amount of sugar they use isn't. Sweatbean No. 148, Section 1, Jinshan South Road, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, 100 02 2322 2356 https://maps.app.goo.gl/41nRcoiJ56VUi1Lq7
Sweatbean
148 Section 1, Jinshan South Road
Tasty desserts of barley,green and red beans, both hot and cold. The beans are healthy, the amount of sugar they use isn't. Sweatbean No. 148, Section 1, Jinshan South Road, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, 100 02 2322 2356 https://maps.app.goo.gl/41nRcoiJ56VUi1Lq7
This small eatery serves various dumpling and other traditional dishes, including XiaLongBao. If you don't want to wait more than 40 minutes to eat at the famous DinTaiFong, then go here, won't get 5 star restaurant service, but in my opinion the XiaoLongBao are just as good as those at DinTaiFong 江浙點心 No. 2-1, Lishui Street, Da’an District, Taipei City, 106 02 2395 1216 https://maps.app.goo.gl/WF3wUPZAUsQKWroV9
江浙點心
2-1 Lishui St
This small eatery serves various dumpling and other traditional dishes, including XiaLongBao. If you don't want to wait more than 40 minutes to eat at the famous DinTaiFong, then go here, won't get 5 star restaurant service, but in my opinion the XiaoLongBao are just as good as those at DinTaiFong 江浙點心 No. 2-1, Lishui Street, Da’an District, Taipei City, 106 02 2395 1216 https://maps.app.goo.gl/WF3wUPZAUsQKWroV9
Pork Bone Broth!! Another favorite of mine, only 1 minute walk from my apartment. Delicious,tasty broth with a big chunk of bone and meat. A deceptively simple dish, but they got the broth flavor just right, without diluting it. 艋舺原汁排骨湯 No. 56之1號, Linyi Street, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, 100 https://maps.app.goo.gl/eQfkjGvDK5jZ5Dy66
艋舺原汁排骨湯
56之1號 Linyi Street
Pork Bone Broth!! Another favorite of mine, only 1 minute walk from my apartment. Delicious,tasty broth with a big chunk of bone and meat. A deceptively simple dish, but they got the broth flavor just right, without diluting it. 艋舺原汁排骨湯 No. 56之1號, Linyi Street, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, 100 https://maps.app.goo.gl/eQfkjGvDK5jZ5Dy66
Even though the apartment is right in the food market, there are no breakfast shops there. The nearest one however is only 250 meters from the apartment (about 4 minutes walk). There isn't an English menu, just point at what you like, or show them the pictures in their Google map listing The Egg Pancakes are always a good option, as is the Green Onion/Chives pie. 瑞麟美而美 No. 6號, Lane 86, Section 2, Xinyi Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, 106 02 2394 7110 https://maps.app.goo.gl/ucQbCQywVpf3VTtw8
瑞麟美而美
6號 Lane 86, Section 2, Xinyi Road
Even though the apartment is right in the food market, there are no breakfast shops there. The nearest one however is only 250 meters from the apartment (about 4 minutes walk). There isn't an English menu, just point at what you like, or show them the pictures in their Google map listing The Egg Pancakes are always a good option, as is the Green Onion/Chives pie. 瑞麟美而美 No. 6號, Lane 86, Section 2, Xinyi Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, 106 02 2394 7110 https://maps.app.goo.gl/ucQbCQywVpf3VTtw8
This wonderful eatery in Yongkang street has an excellent selection of traditional dishes such as: sour/spicy soup, sesame noodles, pork buns, congee, dumplings, and many more. It's perfect for either a traditional late breakfast, lunch, or even dinner. Jin Ji Yuan No. 28-1, Yongkang Street, Da’an District, Taipei City, 106 02 2341 6980 https://maps.app.goo.gl/ZU3166qwRbPeA3pJ8
No. 28-1, Yongkang Street
28-1 Yongkang Street
This wonderful eatery in Yongkang street has an excellent selection of traditional dishes such as: sour/spicy soup, sesame noodles, pork buns, congee, dumplings, and many more. It's perfect for either a traditional late breakfast, lunch, or even dinner. Jin Ji Yuan No. 28-1, Yongkang Street, Da’an District, Taipei City, 106 02 2341 6980 https://maps.app.goo.gl/ZU3166qwRbPeA3pJ8
Bars
Built in 1908 by the Japanese, this Western-style building and its surrounding square located at Ximending is home to Taipei's creative and culture industry, hosting exhibitions and performances daily. Originally, the complex with built to serve as the first government-operated public-run market, and now is classed and preserved as a municipal heritage site. The building features an octagonal entrance and cross-shaped floor plan where merchants could showcase their goods. Today the market has modernised to become a space for the creative and art industry, including an outdoor Market for Artists and Designers located within the North Square. A small concert hall is located within the complex, and frequently hosts cultural events such as concerts and exhibitions. The square behind the main building is home to Taipei's largest LGBT district and a large number of outdoor bars (with great drinks and service) that welcome all patrons. Red House and Ximending MRT are only 8 minutes by MRT (Red line and Green line) from Dongmen MRT
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The Red House
10 Chengdu Road
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Built in 1908 by the Japanese, this Western-style building and its surrounding square located at Ximending is home to Taipei's creative and culture industry, hosting exhibitions and performances daily. Originally, the complex with built to serve as the first government-operated public-run market, and now is classed and preserved as a municipal heritage site. The building features an octagonal entrance and cross-shaped floor plan where merchants could showcase their goods. Today the market has modernised to become a space for the creative and art industry, including an outdoor Market for Artists and Designers located within the North Square. A small concert hall is located within the complex, and frequently hosts cultural events such as concerts and exhibitions. The square behind the main building is home to Taipei's largest LGBT district and a large number of outdoor bars (with great drinks and service) that welcome all patrons. Red House and Ximending MRT are only 8 minutes by MRT (Red line and Green line) from Dongmen MRT
Shopping, Food, Entertainment, and Clubs
The newest area of urban Taipei, the Xinyi shopping district is home to the famous Taipei 101, ATT4fun, the flagship Eslite bookstore, Neo19, Shin Kong Mitsukoshi Xinyi Place, Breeze Songgao as well as other entertainment, shopping, and dining complexes. Purchases made at select merchants such as Shin Kong Mitsukoshi are eligible for a tax refund for tourists. The Xinyi District is most commonly known as the stretch of development between Xinyi Road and Zhongxiao East Road, in the area surrounding Taipei 101. The Taipei City New Years Party is held in and around Xinyi District. The Xinyi Shopping district is only 7 minutes (4 stops on the Red line) from Dongmen MRT.
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Xinyi Commercial Center
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The newest area of urban Taipei, the Xinyi shopping district is home to the famous Taipei 101, ATT4fun, the flagship Eslite bookstore, Neo19, Shin Kong Mitsukoshi Xinyi Place, Breeze Songgao as well as other entertainment, shopping, and dining complexes. Purchases made at select merchants such as Shin Kong Mitsukoshi are eligible for a tax refund for tourists. The Xinyi District is most commonly known as the stretch of development between Xinyi Road and Zhongxiao East Road, in the area surrounding Taipei 101. The Taipei City New Years Party is held in and around Xinyi District. The Xinyi Shopping district is only 7 minutes (4 stops on the Red line) from Dongmen MRT.
Night Markets
I'd say that this is one of the few remaining nightmarkets that has remained relatively untouched, it's dirty, and ugly, and absolutely wonderful to walk through. The first tourist night market in Taiwan, Huaxi Street market is located conveniently next to Longshan Temple and Bopiliao Historical Block, and is one of Taiwan's more traditional markets. A large, red, palace-style archway marks the entrance to the market, and is open all day long. Most shops in the market are "老店", old shops that have been in operation for years, and have attained a position of prominence in Taiwanese culture and history. The most famous item in the market is snake soup, a unique treat found only on Huaxi Street. Other shops include more traditional goods such as fortune-telling bookstores, boutiques, and traditional Chinese massage parlors. The main gate for Huaxi Street is located right inside Guangzhou Street Night Market. Huaxi Street Night Market Huaxi Street, Wanhua District, Taipei City, 108 02 2388 1818 https://maps.app.goo.gl/3nukGwMkQcbzMscG7
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Huaxi Street Night Market
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I'd say that this is one of the few remaining nightmarkets that has remained relatively untouched, it's dirty, and ugly, and absolutely wonderful to walk through. The first tourist night market in Taiwan, Huaxi Street market is located conveniently next to Longshan Temple and Bopiliao Historical Block, and is one of Taiwan's more traditional markets. A large, red, palace-style archway marks the entrance to the market, and is open all day long. Most shops in the market are "老店", old shops that have been in operation for years, and have attained a position of prominence in Taiwanese culture and history. The most famous item in the market is snake soup, a unique treat found only on Huaxi Street. Other shops include more traditional goods such as fortune-telling bookstores, boutiques, and traditional Chinese massage parlors. The main gate for Huaxi Street is located right inside Guangzhou Street Night Market. Huaxi Street Night Market Huaxi Street, Wanhua District, Taipei City, 108 02 2388 1818 https://maps.app.goo.gl/3nukGwMkQcbzMscG7
Supermarkets
Nearest supermarket, open from 7:30 to 21:30 全聯福利中心Pxmart 台北東門店 No. 12號, Section 2, Jinshan South Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, 10641 02 2395 8765 https://maps.app.goo.gl/ZJyqiAhqi6jDtboa6
Pxmart
12號 Section 2, Jīnshān South Road
Nearest supermarket, open from 7:30 to 21:30 全聯福利中心Pxmart 台北東門店 No. 12號, Section 2, Jinshan South Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, 10641 02 2395 8765 https://maps.app.goo.gl/ZJyqiAhqi6jDtboa6