Guidebook for Taipei

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Guidebook for Taipei

Food Scene
Traditional Taiwanese breakfast shopTraditional Taiwanese breakfast shop. The real thing.
四海豆漿
Traditional Taiwanese breakfast shopTraditional Taiwanese breakfast shop. The real thing.
Waffle and NTU coffee combo. This is the best Waffle in Taipei, inside the beautiful NTU campus. Avoid peak times (around 5.30-6.00pm). But don't buy the coffee here, turn around, walk 50 m and go to the NTU products outlet, and get a great (yet affordable) coffee there. If the weather is nice, you can enjoy your coffee and waffle on the outdoor tables nearby. If it's morning I highly recommend getting a spring roll or two at "无名排队盐水鸡摊" (see in this guide).
Shine Mood NTU
1號 Section 4, Roosevelt Rd
Waffle and NTU coffee combo. This is the best Waffle in Taipei, inside the beautiful NTU campus. Avoid peak times (around 5.30-6.00pm). But don't buy the coffee here, turn around, walk 50 m and go to the NTU products outlet, and get a great (yet affordable) coffee there. If the weather is nice, you can enjoy your coffee and waffle on the outdoor tables nearby. If it's morning I highly recommend getting a spring roll or two at "无名排队盐水鸡摊" (see in this guide).
See this Family Mart near Starbucks, McDonalds, etc? Forget about them, turn around the Family Mart corner, and you'll see a "Lavazza" sign. That's my favourite cafe in Beitou. Very small, family run, it has a selection of sweet dessert that can go with your Lavazza coffe.
Family Mart
218-1號 Guangming Road
See this Family Mart near Starbucks, McDonalds, etc? Forget about them, turn around the Family Mart corner, and you'll see a "Lavazza" sign. That's my favourite cafe in Beitou. Very small, family run, it has a selection of sweet dessert that can go with your Lavazza coffe.
Colorful night market with focus on food. A favourite among the locals. Be careful though, that the seafood can get quite expensive. Always ask the price in advance. A visit to the market in the evening is a good combination with a morning spent at the Yehliu Geopark.
基隆廟口夜市
Colorful night market with focus on food. A favourite among the locals. Be careful though, that the seafood can get quite expensive. Always ask the price in advance. A visit to the market in the evening is a good combination with a morning spent at the Yehliu Geopark.
The most food oriented night market in Taipei. You can find a variety of dishes and delicacies.
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Raohe Night Market
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The most food oriented night market in Taipei. You can find a variety of dishes and delicacies.
Another food oriented night market, not far from the Taipei 101. In the middle you may find Mister Tiramisu (Tiramisu 先生), an Italian looking guy selling a decent tiramisu slice for 50 nts.
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Tonghua Night Market
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Another food oriented night market, not far from the Taipei 101. In the middle you may find Mister Tiramisu (Tiramisu 先生), an Italian looking guy selling a decent tiramisu slice for 50 nts.
This noodle restaurant, owned by a Chiang Kai-Shek enthusiast, has the best and most massive Zhajiang noodles I've ever met. The portions are quite big, so, better to get there with a light stomach.
銀記
15 八德路一段82巷9弄
This noodle restaurant, owned by a Chiang Kai-Shek enthusiast, has the best and most massive Zhajiang noodles I've ever met. The portions are quite big, so, better to get there with a light stomach.
Cantonese style restaurant specialised in duck rice. Very good value for money, it's my favourite for the fried rice.
Feng Cheng Siu Mei Lily Branch
6 Lane 283, Section 3, Luosifu Road
Cantonese style restaurant specialised in duck rice. Very good value for money, it's my favourite for the fried rice.
A day market with many traditional resturants. The environment is a little dirty, but there are really peculiar cusines there. I recommend: - 陳師傅全麥麵食專賣店, the whole wheat noodles and dumpling of master Chen. The menu is chinese only, but they are eager to help, and so are many of the customers. - the best Vietnamese restaurant I found in Taipei so far (must check the name, it's in the middle of the ground floor). And I'm right, because I see Vietnamese people going there go. - 日本清華軒, a Japanese chef that invented a unique rice + noodles cuisine. Its dishes are MSG free. Very popular, very affordable and tasty. Avoid the peak time (12.30) if you don't want to wait for ages.
Shuiyuan Market
92 Section 4, Luosifu Rd
A day market with many traditional resturants. The environment is a little dirty, but there are really peculiar cusines there. I recommend: - 陳師傅全麥麵食專賣店, the whole wheat noodles and dumpling of master Chen. The menu is chinese only, but they are eager to help, and so are many of the customers. - the best Vietnamese restaurant I found in Taipei so far (must check the name, it's in the middle of the ground floor). And I'm right, because I see Vietnamese people going there go. - 日本清華軒, a Japanese chef that invented a unique rice + noodles cuisine. Its dishes are MSG free. Very popular, very affordable and tasty. Avoid the peak time (12.30) if you don't want to wait for ages.
The best value for money Thai restaurant I found in Taipei.
Sara Thai Food
219號 汀州路三段
The best value for money Thai restaurant I found in Taipei.
Traditional South Taiwanese restaurant, with reasonably priced traditional delicacies.
府城台南美食
8-1號 Yongkang St
Traditional South Taiwanese restaurant, with reasonably priced traditional delicacies.
The best spring roll you'll ever have. (and Waffle & Coffee combo) Next to McDonald, that you will avoid, there is a small stall in the corner, with two efficient ladies selling spring rolls and soft sweet breads. In the morning only, 8 to 14.00, but usually runs out of them by 11.30. Closed on weekends (by night the sane spot is used by a traditional Taiwanese "salty chicken and pickles" shop). One refreshing and delicious spring roll for 35 nts, and three for 100. I recommend making the combo with the Waffle Place + NTU coffee inside the campus. Just cross Roosevelt Rd. at the traffic light and follow the street inside the NTU campus.
无名排队盐水鸡摊
The best spring roll you'll ever have. (and Waffle & Coffee combo) Next to McDonald, that you will avoid, there is a small stall in the corner, with two efficient ladies selling spring rolls and soft sweet breads. In the morning only, 8 to 14.00, but usually runs out of them by 11.30. Closed on weekends (by night the sane spot is used by a traditional Taiwanese "salty chicken and pickles" shop). One refreshing and delicious spring roll for 35 nts, and three for 100. I recommend making the combo with the Waffle Place + NTU coffee inside the campus. Just cross Roosevelt Rd. at the traffic light and follow the street inside the NTU campus.
Extensive and traditional Taiwanese day market. Lots of small street restaurants, food and cloths vendors. It spans both sides of Jinshan Road.
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東門市場
81號 Section 2, Xìnyì Road
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Extensive and traditional Taiwanese day market. Lots of small street restaurants, food and cloths vendors. It spans both sides of Jinshan Road.
If you want to try the real Roast Duck, this restaurant never let me down. You probably have to book in advance for the duck...
富順楼
2 Alley 52, Lane 12, Section 3, Bade Road
If you want to try the real Roast Duck, this restaurant never let me down. You probably have to book in advance for the duck...
This is a restaurant and fish retail connected to the Taipei fish market. You can have your fish, crab or sushi there, standing at benches, or you can buy your favourite fish and eat on the tables outside. After 8pm or so, they start to discount the perishable products.
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Addiction Aquatic Development
18號 Alley 2, Lane 410, Minzu East Road
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This is a restaurant and fish retail connected to the Taipei fish market. You can have your fish, crab or sushi there, standing at benches, or you can buy your favourite fish and eat on the tables outside. After 8pm or so, they start to discount the perishable products.
Traditional Taiwanese style restaurant where groups enjoy delicious local cuisine and loads of beer.
打咔生猛活海鮮
43號 Section 1, Roosevelt Rd
Traditional Taiwanese style restaurant where groups enjoy delicious local cuisine and loads of beer.
The Eight Immortal restaurant! Local cuisine, delicious, budget friendly and messy. The place has a terrace overlooking Daan park. But don't worry, in case of rain they will pull a huge shelter.
八仙炭烤
28 Section 2, Xinsheng South Road
The Eight Immortal restaurant! Local cuisine, delicious, budget friendly and messy. The place has a terrace overlooking Daan park. But don't worry, in case of rain they will pull a huge shelter.
The line for this onion pancake is worth, and it's quite fast anyway.
Tian Jin Onion Pancake
1號 Lane 6, Yongkang Street
The line for this onion pancake is worth, and it's quite fast anyway.
Arts & Culture
Near the botanical gardens, it has a vast exhibition about Chinese and Taiwanese history.
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National Museum of History
49號 Nánhǎi Road
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Near the botanical gardens, it has a vast exhibition about Chinese and Taiwanese history.
It hosts permanent exhibitions on the Formosan Indigenous and Formosan flora and fauna, plus temporary exhibitions on various topics such as archaeology, art, architecture, biology, folk culture, etc. It is located in the 2/28 Peace Park, which is worth a stroll by itself.
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National Taiwan Museum
2 Xiangyang Road
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It hosts permanent exhibitions on the Formosan Indigenous and Formosan flora and fauna, plus temporary exhibitions on various topics such as archaeology, art, architecture, biology, folk culture, etc. It is located in the 2/28 Peace Park, which is worth a stroll by itself.
The Taipei Confucius temple offers an insight in the Chinese culture. It's both a temple and a museum at the same time, depicting the six Confucian arts in a simple and enjoyable way. The exhibitions are interesting for both adults and kids. The one on the writing in particular, does a good job in explaining how the Chinese characters originated and evolved. You can enjoy a "4D" theater with two alternating shows, one about the history of the Taipei Confucius temple itself, one about the philosophy. and For culture enthusiasts.
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Taipei Confucius Temple
275號 Dàlóng St
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The Taipei Confucius temple offers an insight in the Chinese culture. It's both a temple and a museum at the same time, depicting the six Confucian arts in a simple and enjoyable way. The exhibitions are interesting for both adults and kids. The one on the writing in particular, does a good job in explaining how the Chinese characters originated and evolved. You can enjoy a "4D" theater with two alternating shows, one about the history of the Taipei Confucius temple itself, one about the philosophy. and For culture enthusiasts.
The most famous Buddhist (with Taoists contamination of course) temple in Taipei. An iconic view on the spiritual habits of the locals. Nearby, on the west side, there is a night market with street food and clothing, and a covered touristic street with massage saloons and restaurants serving snake or turtle meet. It makes a good combination with the visit to the temple.
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Lungshan Temple
211 Guangzhou Street
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The most famous Buddhist (with Taoists contamination of course) temple in Taipei. An iconic view on the spiritual habits of the locals. Nearby, on the west side, there is a night market with street food and clothing, and a covered touristic street with massage saloons and restaurants serving snake or turtle meet. It makes a good combination with the visit to the temple.
Houses huge exhibitions of modern art. It's located near the Taipei expo park, which often hosts events or live performances. The entrance fee is symbolic.
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Taipei Fine Arts Museum
181號 Section 3, Zhongshan N Rd
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Houses huge exhibitions of modern art. It's located near the Taipei expo park, which often hosts events or live performances. The entrance fee is symbolic.
It probably owns the widest collections of artefacts pertaining 5000 years of Chinese history in the world. Half way between a history museum and an art collection, it displays in fact a big part of the personal collection of the late Chinese emperors. Impressive bronze ceremonial cauldrons, jades, ceramics, paintings, incredible sculptures. Plus temporary exhibitions. If you're up for a thorough visit, it will easily take the whole day. I recommend to arrive in the morning, and bring lot of clothing, even in summer, as you may stay for several hours in a heavily air conditioned environment.
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National Palace Museum
221 Sec 2, Zhi Shan Rd
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It probably owns the widest collections of artefacts pertaining 5000 years of Chinese history in the world. Half way between a history museum and an art collection, it displays in fact a big part of the personal collection of the late Chinese emperors. Impressive bronze ceremonial cauldrons, jades, ceramics, paintings, incredible sculptures. Plus temporary exhibitions. If you're up for a thorough visit, it will easily take the whole day. I recommend to arrive in the morning, and bring lot of clothing, even in summer, as you may stay for several hours in a heavily air conditioned environment.
A museum about the history of Beitou hot springs, built in an unique Japanese-like style.
Beitou Hot Spring Museum
A museum about the history of Beitou hot springs, built in an unique Japanese-like style.
The Spanish fort changed hands several times, now it has some Victorian style rooms to visit, and a museum.
Fort San Domingo(Aletheia University)
The Spanish fort changed hands several times, now it has some Victorian style rooms to visit, and a museum.
The Tea Promotion Center has a museum explaining the technique of making the tea from harvest to brewing, and they offer you some tea.
Taipei Tea Promotion Center
8之2號 Lane 40, Section 3, Zhinan Road
The Tea Promotion Center has a museum explaining the technique of making the tea from harvest to brewing, and they offer you some tea.
The scene of the contemporary arts in Taipei.
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Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei
39號 Chang'an West Road
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The scene of the contemporary arts in Taipei.
Here you will admire the traditional Chinese architecture of this aristocratic residence, and it's gardens with stone, water and plants arranged together in the fashion of the times.
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The Lin Family Mansion and Garden
9號 Ximen Street
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Here you will admire the traditional Chinese architecture of this aristocratic residence, and it's gardens with stone, water and plants arranged together in the fashion of the times.
Drinks & Nightlife
In this site there is a stretch of kiosks offering Mexican or Italian style dishes, beer, coffe. Excellent option for the summer nights, if you want to enjoy a drink with the locals and foreigners alike, caressed by the cool breeze from the river. Be careful not to let Ben force-feed you his tequila, it's probably gasoline. Open from around 6 pm until you can still drink.
新酒販角落
5 水源快速道路
In this site there is a stretch of kiosks offering Mexican or Italian style dishes, beer, coffe. Excellent option for the summer nights, if you want to enjoy a drink with the locals and foreigners alike, caressed by the cool breeze from the river. Be careful not to let Ben force-feed you his tequila, it's probably gasoline. Open from around 6 pm until you can still drink.
Western style pub
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The Brass Monkey 銅猴子復興店
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Western style pub
Beer bar, and live rock music on the second floor. Lots of foreigners here.
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Revolver
1之1 Section 1, Roosevelt Rd
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Beer bar, and live rock music on the second floor. Lots of foreigners here.
In the Xinyi Wei Xiu Shopping District you can also find several night clubs and late night bars.
信義威秀行人徒步區
In the Xinyi Wei Xiu Shopping District you can also find several night clubs and late night bars.
The Taipei Marsalis branch, classy atmoshpere, Live Jazz music.
Marsalis Home Taipei
90 Songren Rd
The Taipei Marsalis branch, classy atmoshpere, Live Jazz music.
Parks & Nature
Great place for a relaxing walk, a bike ride along the river, or a picnic. These riverside parks are crossed by biking trails that can lead you from Xindian all the way to Tamshui.
WHOOSAH
Great place for a relaxing walk, a bike ride along the river, or a picnic. These riverside parks are crossed by biking trails that can lead you from Xindian all the way to Tamshui.
The biggest park inside Taipei City. Can be circled by bike and crossed by foot. A favourite location for locals and expats living in the area for doing some sport. It occasionally hosts concerts on an open air arena.
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Daan Forest Park
1號 Section 2, Xinsheng South Road
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The biggest park inside Taipei City. Can be circled by bike and crossed by foot. A favourite location for locals and expats living in the area for doing some sport. It occasionally hosts concerts on an open air arena.
A small volcanic lake, you can cook eggs in it. Very scenic all year round.
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Thermal Valley
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A small volcanic lake, you can cook eggs in it. Very scenic all year round.
Just outside Taipei, near the interesting hot spring town of Beitou, a conveniently linked national park. It has hot springs, and many hiking trails. From the Seven Star mountain the view is quite impressive, provided the weather is clear.
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Yangmingshan National Park
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Just outside Taipei, near the interesting hot spring town of Beitou, a conveniently linked national park. It has hot springs, and many hiking trails. From the Seven Star mountain the view is quite impressive, provided the weather is clear.
It has unique rock formations that combine themselves with the waves of the sea. You can find the famous "queen head" for which loads of Chinese tourist come. However, the whole area is worth exploring, beyond the most touristic spot. There is a lighthouse at the far tip of the land.
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Yehliu Geopark
167-1 Gǎngdōng Rd
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It has unique rock formations that combine themselves with the waves of the sea. You can find the famous "queen head" for which loads of Chinese tourist come. However, the whole area is worth exploring, beyond the most touristic spot. There is a lighthouse at the far tip of the land.
This hiking trails leads you to the "Four Beast" mountains, bushy hills overlooking Taipei. The hiking trail entrance is a few meters from the Xiangshan MRT station. Very popular among the locals, a good option for spending few hours in the nature and for being rewarded with spectacular views on the city.
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Xiangshan Trail
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This hiking trails leads you to the "Four Beast" mountains, bushy hills overlooking Taipei. The hiking trail entrance is a few meters from the Xiangshan MRT station. Very popular among the locals, a good option for spending few hours in the nature and for being rewarded with spectacular views on the city.
Fulong has one of the most beautiful beaches of the North. You can spend the day on the beach (there are rental shops for surfing stuff, snorkeling or umbrellas), or rent a bike near the train station and explore the surroundings. From the town, the Old Grass Ridge Tunnel crosses all the way to the coast south of the cape, leading to Bai Yunfei. If the weather is nice, and you feel sporty, you can ride a bike around the cape on the scenic provincial high way n.2. Have a drink and barbecue sausage at Bai Yunfei, and return to Fulong via the 3 Km tunnel.
Fulong Beach
Fulong has one of the most beautiful beaches of the North. You can spend the day on the beach (there are rental shops for surfing stuff, snorkeling or umbrellas), or rent a bike near the train station and explore the surroundings. From the town, the Old Grass Ridge Tunnel crosses all the way to the coast south of the cape, leading to Bai Yunfei. If the weather is nice, and you feel sporty, you can ride a bike around the cape on the scenic provincial high way n.2. Have a drink and barbecue sausage at Bai Yunfei, and return to Fulong via the 3 Km tunnel.
Very spectacular hiking. Never been though...
Teapot Mountain Trail
Very spectacular hiking. Never been though...
Breathtaking hiking trail. From Dali, on the East coast, all the way to Keelung, or to Fulong for the shorter version. Bamboo forests, stunning views.
Caoling Historic Trail
Breathtaking hiking trail. From Dali, on the East coast, all the way to Keelung, or to Fulong for the shorter version. Bamboo forests, stunning views.
Sightseeing
The National Taiwan University campus will impress you with its majestic Royal Palm Bulevard, leading from the iconic main entrance to the library building. There are lakes, porches, parks, beautiful trees and spots with an unique atmosphere. Although it's the most awarded university in Taiwan, it's campus is enjoyed by locals for it's beauty and atmosphere.
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National Taiwan University
1 Section 4, Roosevelt Rd
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The National Taiwan University campus will impress you with its majestic Royal Palm Bulevard, leading from the iconic main entrance to the library building. There are lakes, porches, parks, beautiful trees and spots with an unique atmosphere. Although it's the most awarded university in Taiwan, it's campus is enjoyed by locals for it's beauty and atmosphere.
The Xindian river enters a steep valley here. There are lots of restaurants and kiosks along the riverside, and a rope bridge with a nice view. Running parallel to the river, there is the Xindian Old street, witch offers a stretch of street food stalls and local restaurants. Dragonboat teams can be spotted training in the emerald waters of Bitan.
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Bitan
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The Xindian river enters a steep valley here. There are lots of restaurants and kiosks along the riverside, and a rope bridge with a nice view. Running parallel to the river, there is the Xindian Old street, witch offers a stretch of street food stalls and local restaurants. Dragonboat teams can be spotted training in the emerald waters of Bitan.
The "Open Sky Temple" stands on a cliff overlooking a loop of the Xindian river. Not known by tourists, if the weather is clear I recommend a visit for the the stunning view.
開天宮
65號 Xindian Road
The "Open Sky Temple" stands on a cliff overlooking a loop of the Xindian river. Not known by tourists, if the weather is clear I recommend a visit for the the stunning view.
In this characteristic street you can find the oldest buildings in Taipei. It houses a day market for Chinese medicine products, very popular during the Chinese New Year.
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Dihua Street
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In this characteristic street you can find the oldest buildings in Taipei. It houses a day market for Chinese medicine products, very popular during the Chinese New Year.
A monumental mausoleum to the "Generalissimo". It houses several exhibitions on the life of Chiang Kai-Shek as well as temporary exhibitions. Through out the day, the honour guard performs a choreographed guard change ceremony, which attracts loads of tourists. In the huge site there is a nice park, a monumental gate, the National Concert Hall and the National Theater, all build in iconic Chinese architecture.
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Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall
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A monumental mausoleum to the "Generalissimo". It houses several exhibitions on the life of Chiang Kai-Shek as well as temporary exhibitions. Through out the day, the honour guard performs a choreographed guard change ceremony, which attracts loads of tourists. In the huge site there is a nice park, a monumental gate, the National Concert Hall and the National Theater, all build in iconic Chinese architecture.
The memorial to the Father of the Country is located in a wide park with a nice view on the 101. It's build in a monumental Chinese architecture, and hosts exhibitions and concerts.
Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall
The memorial to the Father of the Country is located in a wide park with a nice view on the 101. It's build in a monumental Chinese architecture, and hosts exhibitions and concerts.
The Taipei 101 is the symbol of the city, a huge yet beautiful structure in the heart of the financial district. On the lower floors there are luxury shops, and on the top an accessible observatory. The observatory, besides offering a stunning view, also provides information on the history of the various districts of Taipei. I would recommend a visit in the morning, when the sky is more likely to be clear, or during the sunset, to enjoy the transition.
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Taipei 101
7 Section 5, Xinyi Road
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The Taipei 101 is the symbol of the city, a huge yet beautiful structure in the heart of the financial district. On the lower floors there are luxury shops, and on the top an accessible observatory. The observatory, besides offering a stunning view, also provides information on the history of the various districts of Taipei. I would recommend a visit in the morning, when the sky is more likely to be clear, or during the sunset, to enjoy the transition.
A former sulphur mine, now a surreal landscape.
Sulfur Valley Recreation Area
A former sulphur mine, now a surreal landscape.
Colourfully lit at night, a romantic destinations for the local lovers, or tourists who want to enjoy a sunset on the mouth of the Tamsui river.
Lover's Bridge
Colourfully lit at night, a romantic destinations for the local lovers, or tourists who want to enjoy a sunset on the mouth of the Tamsui river.
Jiufen is a former mining town, sitting on a hilly slope, now a touristic attraction renown for it's tea houses, traditional restaurants, and its "Myazaki" atmosphere. Enjoying a tea on a terrace overlooking the valley is priceless.
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Jiufen Old Street
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Jiufen is a former mining town, sitting on a hilly slope, now a touristic attraction renown for it's tea houses, traditional restaurants, and its "Myazaki" atmosphere. Enjoying a tea on a terrace overlooking the valley is priceless.
Houtong literally means "monkey cave", and in fact the whole town is full of... lazy cats. The locals had this idea to attract tourists, and if you like cats, that's the place to go... However the real fascination of this town is due to it's mining past. There is a mine museum, and the relics of old tracks, and huge monstrous machinery lay there abandoned, creating a surreal sight.
Monkey cat village
Houtong literally means "monkey cave", and in fact the whole town is full of... lazy cats. The locals had this idea to attract tourists, and if you like cats, that's the place to go... However the real fascination of this town is due to it's mining past. There is a mine museum, and the relics of old tracks, and huge monstrous machinery lay there abandoned, creating a surreal sight.
Bai Yunfei - Old Grass Ridge Tunnel South Gate This is the entrance of an abandoned railway tunnel that can be crossed by bike and leading to Fulong.
Where White Clouds Fly
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Bai Yunfei - Old Grass Ridge Tunnel South Gate This is the entrance of an abandoned railway tunnel that can be crossed by bike and leading to Fulong.
Maokong is a spectacular town dedicated to tea production and tasting. There is a beautiful view on Taipei, and several tea houses, restaurants and a tea museum. If you walk uphill you will see the iconic tea plantations. Maokong can be reached via a cable car from the Taipei Zoo MRT station, or via a hiking trail.
Maokong
Maokong is a spectacular town dedicated to tea production and tasting. There is a beautiful view on Taipei, and several tea houses, restaurants and a tea museum. If you walk uphill you will see the iconic tea plantations. Maokong can be reached via a cable car from the Taipei Zoo MRT station, or via a hiking trail.
The hot spring town of Wulai attracts many visitors due to its... hot springs, and natural beauty. There is a touristic market, and many aboriginal style restaurants. A typhoon in 2015 caused great damage to the town and rendered unusable one of it's main road.
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烏來老街
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The hot spring town of Wulai attracts many visitors due to its... hot springs, and natural beauty. There is a touristic market, and many aboriginal style restaurants. A typhoon in 2015 caused great damage to the town and rendered unusable one of it's main road.
Past the town of Wulai, you can reach a small center with aboriginal dances and some cafes, all overlooked by a majestic waterfall.
Wulai Falls
Past the town of Wulai, you can reach a small center with aboriginal dances and some cafes, all overlooked by a majestic waterfall.
Yongkang street is the turistic area of Dongmen. Lots of tourists friendly restaurants, souvenir shops, cafe, ice cream, backeries, tea houses, etc. Lively with locals and tourists.
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Yongkang Street
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Yongkang street is the turistic area of Dongmen. Lots of tourists friendly restaurants, souvenir shops, cafe, ice cream, backeries, tea houses, etc. Lively with locals and tourists.
This is on of the oldest temples in Taipei, dedicated to the water goddess Mazu. Admire it's unique architecture, the view on the river and it's hidden cave with several Deva statues.
Guandu Temple
360號 Zhixing Rd
This is on of the oldest temples in Taipei, dedicated to the water goddess Mazu. Admire it's unique architecture, the view on the river and it's hidden cave with several Deva statues.
Shopping
Shida night market is renown for ladies clothes and street food. Populated by young visitors and students from the nearby Normal University. Runs everyday from around 5.30 pm until 11.30 pm.
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Shida Night Market
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Shida night market is renown for ladies clothes and street food. Populated by young visitors and students from the nearby Normal University. Runs everyday from around 5.30 pm until 11.30 pm.
The Shoes street. Houses... you guessed it, shoes shops, some of them offering Taiwan made models. Perpendicular to this streets two small alleys are cramped with traditional clothes and accessories shops and food stalls. If you're looking for the iconic kungfu shoes, you'll find them in shops located in Wuchang street, which is the parallel to the North. In the area there are plenty of coffe houses, bakeries and traditional restaurants.
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11 Yuanling Street
The Shoes street. Houses... you guessed it, shoes shops, some of them offering Taiwan made models. Perpendicular to this streets two small alleys are cramped with traditional clothes and accessories shops and food stalls. If you're looking for the iconic kungfu shoes, you'll find them in shops located in Wuchang street, which is the parallel to the North. In the area there are plenty of coffe houses, bakeries and traditional restaurants.
The "Shibuya" of Taipei, a pedestrian district housing clothing and accessories shops, restaurants, bar, cinemas, street artists and street performances. Very appreciated by locals and tourists alike. You get there from the Ximen MRT exit 6. On the south there is the Red House, housing exhibitions or cultural events, and behind it, the LGBT epicentre of Taipei.
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Ximending
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The "Shibuya" of Taipei, a pedestrian district housing clothing and accessories shops, restaurants, bar, cinemas, street artists and street performances. Very appreciated by locals and tourists alike. You get there from the Ximen MRT exit 6. On the south there is the Red House, housing exhibitions or cultural events, and behind it, the LGBT epicentre of Taipei.
The biggest and most famous night market in Taipei, with a variety of street food, games, and souvenirs.
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Shilin Night Market
101號 Jihe Road
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The biggest and most famous night market in Taipei, with a variety of street food, games, and souvenirs.
the Digital Plaza is a complex of several multi stories building hosting shops for all sort of electronics. The whole neighbourhood is dedicated to the same merchandise, you can also find some second hand. Because the area attracts many visitors, there are plenty of restaurants and food stalls.
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Guanghua Digital Plaza
8號 Section 3, Civic Blvd
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the Digital Plaza is a complex of several multi stories building hosting shops for all sort of electronics. The whole neighbourhood is dedicated to the same merchandise, you can also find some second hand. Because the area attracts many visitors, there are plenty of restaurants and food stalls.
Xinyi Wei Xiu Shopping District Overlooked by the Taipei 101, a concentration of malls, restaurants, cinemas and bars.
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Xinyi Commercial Center
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Xinyi Wei Xiu Shopping District Overlooked by the Taipei 101, a concentration of malls, restaurants, cinemas and bars.
An iconic flea market held during daytime. Tianmu is a favourite neighbourhood among expats with a good salary.
Tianmu Creative Market
An iconic flea market held during daytime. Tianmu is a favourite neighbourhood among expats with a good salary.
Wufenpu Clothing Street... I never been there, but it is famous for being budget friendly.
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Wufenpu Shopping District
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Wufenpu Clothing Street... I never been there, but it is famous for being budget friendly.
In the weekdays, it's a huge and very very convenient wet market. In the weekends, it explodes in it's full potential, with the addition of hundreds of second hand flea vendors, selling from precious antiques, rare tea varieties, to almost garbage stuff. A very folkloric site, well worth a visit for it's human and merchandise variety. There are a few food stalls if you want to have an adventurous lunch there. Open every day except Monday, running from early morning (5 am maybe) to 12-12.30.
Fuhe Flea Market
In the weekdays, it's a huge and very very convenient wet market. In the weekends, it explodes in it's full potential, with the addition of hundreds of second hand flea vendors, selling from precious antiques, rare tea varieties, to almost garbage stuff. A very folkloric site, well worth a visit for it's human and merchandise variety. There are a few food stalls if you want to have an adventurous lunch there. Open every day except Monday, running from early morning (5 am maybe) to 12-12.30.
The area around the Zongxiao Fuxing and Zongxiao Dunhua is one of the most lively of Taipei, with malls, restaurants and cafes.
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Zhongxiao Fuxing
302 忠孝東路3段
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The area around the Zongxiao Fuxing and Zongxiao Dunhua is one of the most lively of Taipei, with malls, restaurants and cafes.
Entertainment & Activities
Public thermal bath. Bath like a taiwanese, with an incredibly affordable ticket, enjoy thermal pools and different temperatures.
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Beitou Public Hotspring
6號 中山路
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Public thermal bath. Bath like a taiwanese, with an incredibly affordable ticket, enjoy thermal pools and different temperatures.