Guidebook for Taipei

Michael

Guidebook for Taipei

Food Scene
The quintessential, Michelin-star Din Tai Fung for your soup dumpling pilgrimage. In my opinion it is overpriced and touristy - avoid peak lunch/dinner hours, or be prepared to wait in line for over 1hr.
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Din Tai Fung Xinyi Restaurant
194號 Section 2, Xinyi Road
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The quintessential, Michelin-star Din Tai Fung for your soup dumpling pilgrimage. In my opinion it is overpriced and touristy - avoid peak lunch/dinner hours, or be prepared to wait in line for over 1hr.
Old school, traditional Taiwanese cuisine that will spark your nostalgia. Comfort food prepared the way my Grandma used to make them, try the pickled chili oysters, stir fry garlic vegetable and bamboo shoots with pork.
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James Kitchen
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Old school, traditional Taiwanese cuisine that will spark your nostalgia. Comfort food prepared the way my Grandma used to make them, try the pickled chili oysters, stir fry garlic vegetable and bamboo shoots with pork.
Serving up Yilan-style Taiwanese cuisine, lots of fresh vegetables & fish options.
Lu Sang Restaurant
12-5 Yongkang Street
Serving up Yilan-style Taiwanese cuisine, lots of fresh vegetables & fish options.
MUST TRY: Banquet style Chinese restaurant, the flaky BBQ porky pastry is THE BEST you will ever taste.
Kao Chi
150號 Section 1, Fùxīng South Road
MUST TRY: Banquet style Chinese restaurant, the flaky BBQ porky pastry is THE BEST you will ever taste.
Great BEEF noodle shop, budget-friendly
Yong Kang Sliced Noodles
Great BEEF noodle shop, budget-friendly
BEST Bubble tea shop in the area! Try the "White pearl" bubbles
一品蘭敘-詩茗畫意
150 Jinhua St
BEST Bubble tea shop in the area! Try the "White pearl" bubbles
Coffee & cats? Yaboo has 2 house cats - popular with students for study breaks.
YABOO Cafe
26 Lane 41, Yongkang Street
Coffee & cats? Yaboo has 2 house cats - popular with students for study breaks.
THE PLACE to get spicy noodles - becareful, the chili is intense!
Ma Zui Fang
37-2 Yongkang St
THE PLACE to get spicy noodles - becareful, the chili is intense!
FAMOUS Taiwanese noodle with a great selection of local snacks!
Du Xiao Yue Danzi Noodle
9-1 Yongkang Street
FAMOUS Taiwanese noodle with a great selection of local snacks!
Authentic GERMAN restaurant & bakery, love the schnitzel!
Oma Ursel's German Bakery
8 Lane 10, Yongkang Street
Authentic GERMAN restaurant & bakery, love the schnitzel!
BEST Unagi (eel) bento rice box and sashimi in Yongkang area!
永康肥鰻屋
12-2 Yongkang St
BEST Unagi (eel) bento rice box and sashimi in Yongkang area!
Great Japanese Izikaya (BBQ), we always order the Fried Octopus, Kimchi Pork, Chicken & Leek skewers!
Akatombo Restaurant
35之1號 Yongkang St
Great Japanese Izikaya (BBQ), we always order the Fried Octopus, Kimchi Pork, Chicken & Leek skewers!
LOCAL FAVORITE: Spacious & roomy cafe, great WIFI connection. Try the Sicilian coffee!
羊毛與花 youmoutoohana Coffee
LOCAL FAVORITE: Spacious & roomy cafe, great WIFI connection. Try the Sicilian coffee!
Most popular mango ice dessert store in YongKang ;)
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Smoothie House
15 永康街
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Most popular mango ice dessert store in YongKang ;)
EARLY SPOT: Opens around 8:30am , AWESOME coffee!
Roaster Family Coffee
7 Lane 243, Jinhua Street
EARLY SPOT: Opens around 8:30am , AWESOME coffee!
LOCAL FAV: Cafe to chill and work in with great selection of craft beers!
Forgood Cafe
12號 Lane 41, Yongkang Street
LOCAL FAV: Cafe to chill and work in with great selection of craft beers!
Another cute cafe for work/ afternoon tea - this is also a bakery with fresh Quiches & cakes!
Duke Rabbit Caf'e
Another cute cafe for work/ afternoon tea - this is also a bakery with fresh Quiches & cakes!
Another cute cafe for work/ afternoon tea.
Yongkang Stairs
27 Lane 243, Jinhua Street
Another cute cafe for work/ afternoon tea.
LOCAL FAVORITE: Walk straight pass the kitchen and take the stairs upstairs to the dining area! Great soup dumplings, flaky pastries & soups.
Jin Ji Yuan
LOCAL FAVORITE: Walk straight pass the kitchen and take the stairs upstairs to the dining area! Great soup dumplings, flaky pastries & soups.
MUST TRY- DELICIOUS Cantonese restaurant - there's always a long line out the door, so arrive early at 6pm! Order the "San Sau Fan" with Crispy Duck, Grilled pork belly & BBQ pork!
永康街燒臘店
51 Yongkang St
MUST TRY- DELICIOUS Cantonese restaurant - there's always a long line out the door, so arrive early at 6pm! Order the "San Sau Fan" with Crispy Duck, Grilled pork belly & BBQ pork!
Popular Japanese Izakaya (BBQ) - it's like a gastropub with sake!
椿Tsubaki
46-1 Yongkang St
Popular Japanese Izakaya (BBQ) - it's like a gastropub with sake!
Hipster cafe with great handmade desserts ;)
Nom Nom
137 Chaozhou St
Hipster cafe with great handmade desserts ;)
Cute cafe with great range of brunch options!
Rolling Map Cafe & Brunch
133 Chaozhou St
Cute cafe with great range of brunch options!
Authentic Greek restaurant - though the meals are quite pricy (avg NT450-600/pp)
Greek Go!
1 Lane 7, Lishui St
Authentic Greek restaurant - though the meals are quite pricy (avg NT450-600/pp)
A night market outside of Shida University - vibey and budget friendly for students.
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Shida Night Market
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A night market outside of Shida University - vibey and budget friendly for students.
Must-visit night market in Taipei!
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Shilin Night Market
101號 Jihe Road
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Must-visit night market in Taipei!
Drinks & Nightlife
Excellent bartender, a local's hangout on weekday evenings.
侶人x【bar】亂調
21號 Lane 173, Tonghua Street
Excellent bartender, a local's hangout on weekday evenings.
Great decor and always interesting for people-watching, knowledgeable bartender mixing up great cocktails!
Truss Bar
Great decor and always interesting for people-watching, knowledgeable bartender mixing up great cocktails!
Parks & Nature
Daan Forest Park is just 10min walk from the studio - great place to walk, jog and get some fresh air :)
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Daan Forest Park
1號 Section 2, Xinsheng South Road
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Daan Forest Park is just 10min walk from the studio - great place to walk, jog and get some fresh air :)
This is a easy hiking trail with a great view over the city and Taipei 101! Use TripAdvisor to find a suitable route based on your fitness :)
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Xiangshan Trail
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This is a easy hiking trail with a great view over the city and Taipei 101! Use TripAdvisor to find a suitable route based on your fitness :)
Yangmingshan has more challenging hiking trails, spectacular views on top! Pack an extra rain jacket, as the weather changes quickly on top of the mountain. Use TripAdvisor to find a suitable route based on your fitness :)
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陽明山國家公園遊客中心
1-20 竹子湖路
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Yangmingshan has more challenging hiking trails, spectacular views on top! Pack an extra rain jacket, as the weather changes quickly on top of the mountain. Use TripAdvisor to find a suitable route based on your fitness :)
Sightseeing
Highly recommended - just NT200 for a 25min ride on the gondola overlooking Taipei city, visit the tea paddy at the top station - great lunch spots too!
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Maokonglanchedongwuyuannei Station
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Highly recommended - just NT200 for a 25min ride on the gondola overlooking Taipei city, visit the tea paddy at the top station - great lunch spots too!
The temple was built in Taipei in 1738 by settlers from Fujian , iconic for architecture / culture lovers ;)
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Lungshan Temple
211 Guangzhou Street
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The temple was built in Taipei in 1738 by settlers from Fujian , iconic for architecture / culture lovers ;)
Anational monument and tourist attraction erected in memory of Chiang Kai-shek (a former President), free outdoor concerts hosted on the plaza throughout the summer!
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Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall
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Anational monument and tourist attraction erected in memory of Chiang Kai-shek (a former President), free outdoor concerts hosted on the plaza throughout the summer!
Iconic Taipei landmark, if you are planning to visit the Observatory, consider getting the Taipei Metro Pass for discounted entry.
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Taipei 101/World Trade Center Station
20 Section 5, Xinyi Road
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Iconic Taipei landmark, if you are planning to visit the Observatory, consider getting the Taipei Metro Pass for discounted entry.
If you are visiting Taipei between Oct - March, hop on the Metro (Tamsui LINE) to New Beitou Station and relax in hotspring.
Beitou District
If you are visiting Taipei between Oct - March, hop on the Metro (Tamsui LINE) to New Beitou Station and relax in hotspring.
Taipei Confucius Temple was established in 1875. The temple holds ceremony on September 28, the birthday of Confucius, to commemorate Teachers’ Day.
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Taipei Confucius Temple
275號 Dàlóng St
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Taipei Confucius Temple was established in 1875. The temple holds ceremony on September 28, the birthday of Confucius, to commemorate Teachers’ Day.
A memorial to the Republic of China's National Father, Dr. Sun Yat-sen, and was completed on 1972 , there is a formal changing of the guards every hour.
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National Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall
505 Section 4, Ren'ai Road
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A memorial to the Republic of China's National Father, Dr. Sun Yat-sen, and was completed on 1972 , there is a formal changing of the guards every hour.
Tranquil park with paths & pavilions, plus monuments & a museum dedicated to the 228 Massacre. This is en route to the President's Office.
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2/28 Peace Park
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Tranquil park with paths & pavilions, plus monuments & a museum dedicated to the 228 Massacre. This is en route to the President's Office.
Arts & Culture
MUST VISIT: NPM features one of the largest collections of Chinese art & artifacts in the world! You can get to the museum via metro + bus, but it will be around 1hr journey...
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National Palace Museum
221 Sec 2, Zhi Shan Rd
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MUST VISIT: NPM features one of the largest collections of Chinese art & artifacts in the world! You can get to the museum via metro + bus, but it will be around 1hr journey...
A museum about all things Hot Springs related!
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Beitou Hot Spring Museum
2 Zhōngshān Road
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A museum about all things Hot Springs related!
Taiwan's top university, a sprawling campus with many shops & restaurants nearby.
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National Taiwan University
1 Section 4, Roosevelt Rd
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Taiwan's top university, a sprawling campus with many shops & restaurants nearby.
A great place to find unique, creative gifts/products, many of the stalls feature local artists. You can find many hand made and innovative products :)
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Songshan Cultural and Creative Park
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A great place to find unique, creative gifts/products, many of the stalls feature local artists. You can find many hand made and innovative products :)
There's always something on at the concert hall! Check out their online schedule, you could be in for a treat :)
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National Concert Hall
21-1號 Zhongshan South Road
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There's always something on at the concert hall! Check out their online schedule, you could be in for a treat :)
Entertainment & Activities
At just NT50/pp, the Zoo is fantastic and a great place to spend the afternoon! Don't miss the PANDAS!
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Taipei Zoo
30 新光路二段
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At just NT50/pp, the Zoo is fantastic and a great place to spend the afternoon! Don't miss the PANDAS!
Vie Show cinema in Taipei QSquare mall (with 3D theater), located near Taipei Main Station: http://www.vscinemas.com.tw/
Vie Show Cinemas Taipei Qsquare
209 Section 1, Shìmín Blvd
Vie Show cinema in Taipei QSquare mall (with 3D theater), located near Taipei Main Station: http://www.vscinemas.com.tw/
Vie Show cinema with 3D & 4D theater near Taipei 101: http://www.vscinemas.com.tw/
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威秀影城
16號 Sōngshòu Road
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Vie Show cinema with 3D & 4D theater near Taipei 101: http://www.vscinemas.com.tw/
Shopping
The "Time Square" of Taipei with massive billboards & endless stores. Ximending is a neighborhood and the first pedestrian zone in Taiwan!
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Ximending
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The "Time Square" of Taipei with massive billboards & endless stores. Ximending is a neighborhood and the first pedestrian zone in Taiwan!
A cultural hub featuring local artists & crafts - regular events and live outdoor concerts. Worth checking out if you plan a longer stay in Taipei.
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Huashan 1914 Creative Park
1 Section 1, Bade Road
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A cultural hub featuring local artists & crafts - regular events and live outdoor concerts. Worth checking out if you plan a longer stay in Taipei.