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Home to more than 23 million people, Taipei only became Taiwan’s capital city in the late 19th century thanks to its important role in international trade. The city has seen many different lives and influences, from Chinese to Japanese and finally self-rule, and each of these cultures have left their indelible marks on the city. Today Taipei is one of the great dragons of Asia–extremely modern, always changing, and infinitely interesting.
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No. 1號, Section 2, Xinsheng South Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106
Contrary to some other capitals in Asia, Taipei is a very green city—public parks and trees line the boulevards all around town. One of the most popular parks is the 26-hectare park in the heart of the busy Da'an District of Taipei. Like many of...
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Jilin Road, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 10491
Do you enjoy drinking tea but really don’t know that much about it? Then be sure to stop by Ten Shang’s, which is so much more than a simple tea shop. The excellent staff here will take the time to chat with you about the differences between the...
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No.113, Section 2, North Road, 10448,, 中山區台北市 Taiwan 104
Chinese culture has had a tremendous influence on modern Taiwan, from language to customs to art. The mission of the TaipeiEye Foundation is to recognize this influence and to expose foreign guests to some of the more dramatic forms of Chinese...
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No. 221, Sec 2, Zhi Shan Rd, Shilin District, Taipei City, Taiwan 111
When Chiang Kai-shek fled mainland China for Taiwan, he took with him many of the treasures that at one time were featured in Beijing’s Palace Museum. Among the items are relics and antiques reflecting 8,000 years of Chinese history. Today the...
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Taipei 101, No. 7, Section 5, Xinyi Road, Xinyi District, Taipei City, Taiwan 110
Soaring more than 1,600 feet into the air, Taipei 101 is one of the tallest skyscrapers in the world and probably Taipei’s most iconic site. For a small fee, visitors can spend time on the observation deck—a large space that offers a 360-degree...
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No. 211, Guangzhou Street, Wanhua District, Taipei City, Taiwan 10853
One of the aspects of temple life I found most interesting in Taipei was the Taiwanese obsession with luck and wishes. At almost every temple, one can find areas where the faithful leave their fondest wishes in the hopes that they will be granted....
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No. 194, Section 2, Xinyi Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106
The art of making the perfect xiao long bao, or soup dumpling, is something the Taiwanese take very, very seriously. Maybe that’s why so many food experts say that the best dumplings in the world can be found in Taipei at the classic restaurant...
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No. 21, Zhongshan South Road, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan 100
Located in the heart of Taipei is the massive Memorial Hall Square complex that includes the National Theater, National Concert Hall, and, of course, the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall. While Chiang Kai-shek is an incredibly divisive figure, there...
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104, Taiwan, Taipei City, Zhongshan District, Nanjing West Road, 1號3樓
I found a new food obsession when I visited Taiwan, Peking duck. This traditional Chinese dish isn’t just served in Taipei–it’s been elevated to a form of culinary art. While you can find several great purveyors of this delicacy in Taipei, my...
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No. 199號, Shuiyuan Road, Wanhua District, Taipei City, Taiwan 108
To see life in Taipei at its fastest pace, be sure to spend some time walking through the always pulsing Ximending Pedestrian Zone. This famous part of town is the center of Taipei’s pop, fashion, and alternative cultures. You will see everything—...
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Datong, 迪化街一段台北市 Taiwan 103
The cultural fabric of Taipei is made up of distinct neighborhoods, districts and even streets, one of which is the well-known Dihua Street. Situated in one of the oldest parts of town, the buildings around Dihua Street used to be massive...
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No. 18號, Alley 1, Lane 112, Section 4, Minsheng East Road, Songshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 105
One of the great pleasures of any city in Asia is discovering their night markets, but in a foodie town like Taipei, these markets have been elevated to another level. Walking through the stalls, all of my senses were on fire—the delicious smells...
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Section 1, Jianguo South Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106
Every weekend thousands descend on this normally boring stretch of Taipei for one of the most impressive markets in town: the Jianguo Flower Market. Vendors from around the city and region display amazing examples of flowers and plants, many of...
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No. 39號, Section 1, Fuxing South Road, Songshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 105
One of my favorite activities when I travel is to visit grocery stores and even malls for a better look at the pop culture of a new country. Sure, the traditional sites are great, but there is no better way to quickly learn about the habits of a...
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Satisfying your sweet tooth can be a challenge at times when traveling around Asia, but this bakery and sweet shop in Taipei has mastered the fine art of confections. Sure, it’s a fun cafe to spend the morning with a steaming hot beverage, but it...
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No. 98, Section 3, Xinsheng South Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106
A favorite cultural activity of mine is to visit bookstores wherever I go. Even if I can’t understand the language, I can usually get a sense for the themes of the most popular books. Luckily, the massive bookstore Eslite has a great...
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No. 109號, Section 2, Minquan East Road, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 10491
There is no shortage of temples in Taipei, but for business people there’s no better one to visit than the beautiful Xingtian Temple. Dedicated to Guan Yu, the patron god of businessmen, the temple located near the eponymous metro station is a...
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No. 145號, Rui'an Street, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106
Discovering new and exciting restaurants in Taipei is a big part of the travel experience there, but I was surprised when I learned how popular American-style cuisine is at the moment. From Tex-Mex to classic Eggs Benedict, Western-style meals are...
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No. 40號, Alley 4, Lane 345, Section 4, Ren'ai Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106
If you’re looking for an expertly mixed drink served by friendly and professional bartenders, then be sure to spend the evening at MOD Public Bar. Located in the Da’an District, this fashionable bar has an impressive selection to choose from,...
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No. 10, Chengdu Road, Wanhua District, Taipei City, Taiwan 108
Originally built in 1908 under Japanese rule, this redbrick octagonal building was at one time a market but lives on today as a popular cultural space. Located near the trendy Ximending Pedestrian Zone, visitors to the Red House can learn more...
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Section 3, Zhongxiao East Road, Taipei City, Taiwan
The top souvenir from Taipei isn’t jade, electronics, or even clothing. No, it’s the king of Taiwanese desserts—the pineapple cake. In Taiwanese culture, pineapple cakes have come to symbolize wealth and even the island itself. The cakes have a...
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106, Taiwan, Taipei City, Da’an District, Section 1, Heping East Road, 45號2樓
For a different point of view on what it’s like to live in Taipei, be sure to stop by the popular 45 Pub bar and meet some members of the local expat community. For whatever reason, many of these folks decided to call Taipei home and it’s a good...
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No. 46, Xuzhou Road, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan 100
It seems like there’s a market on every street in Taipei, and that’s almost true. But it’s also true that most have their own, unique focus as a way to provide shoppers with great products in an easy-to-find way. For unique, handcrafted gifts and...
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10491, Taiwan, Taipei City, Zhongshan District, 吉林路144 巷8號
Taipei is home to many strangely themed cafes and restaurants. Among the oddest is this puppet-themed restaurant. Established in 1992, the restaurant features hand puppet performances that, over the course of dinner, involve the audience. A great...
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Section 2, Xinguang Road, Wenshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 116
The largest zoological park in Asia, the Taipei Zoo is an extremely well curated assemblage of animals from around the world, specializing in Asian wildlife. As with many zoos, the most popular attraction are the giant panda bears, their cute and...
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10491, Taiwan, Taipei City, Zhongshan District, 台北市中山區建國北路一段96號
After first seeing examples of fine jade art in the National Palace Museum, Burmese master craftsman Sofeen Hu decided that this art form shouldn’t be just for ancient Chinese masters. With this in mind, he created some of the most intricate and...
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No. 85, Section 2, Bade Road, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 10491
While the Taipei Brewery (housed in an old warehouse) doesn’t look it from the outside, inside it is Oktoberfest every day. Serving fresh Taiwan beer, the atmosphere is festive and lively, especially on the weekends when bands join the fun for a...
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No. 8號, Section 3, Civic Blvd, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan 100
If you are looking for the latest electronic gadgets and gizmos at affordable prices, then be sure to stop by the Guang Hua Market. This six-story testament to high-tech worship has everything you could want, or even imagine you could want, all...
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No. 18, Section 2, Zhongshan N Rd, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 104
This beautiful 1920s colonial-style home was once home to the American consulate and later embassy until diplomatic ties were severed in 1979. The stately residence has been revived though and today is home to one of the most innovative theaters...
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No. 133, Guangfu South Road, Xinyi District, Taipei City, Taiwan 110
Opened in the 1930s as a progressive factory specializing in tobacco products, Songshan Cultural Park's massive urban space has been transformed into one of the most amazing creative hubs in the world. Rather than allow the building to succumb to...
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No. 96, Section 1, Jianguo North Road, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 10491
Founded in 1997, the Miniatures Museum was the first of its kind in Asia, and the delicate works of art on display provide fun for the entire family. The art of creating miniatures originated in Europe as a way to teach aristocratic children....
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No. 20號, Jingye 3rd Road, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 10466
Malls in Asia aren’t the same as in the U.S., and in fact, some great food and entertainment options can be found in their store-lined halls—especially at the Miramar Entertainment Park. You’ll know you’ve arrived when you see the giant Ferris...
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No. 32, Lane 160, Section 1, Dunhua South Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106
Taipei is in love with quirky, themed restaurants, but one of the more tasteful of these cafes is Rabbit Rabbit. The constant in the dining room—which looks more like an English cottage than a restaurant—is that all the decorations and artwork...
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106, Taiwan, Taipei City, Da’an District, 台北市大安區忠孝東路三段300號B2
I’m not sure why or how they started, but Taipei has an oddly high number of unusual cafes and restaurants in and around town that are each a lot of fun to visit. One of the most popular of these quirky cafes is the Hello Kitty cafe located on...
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110, Taiwan, Taipei City, Xinyi District, 台北市信義區松仁路93號
This incredibly innovative Catalan-inspired restaurant is led by world renowned chef Daniel Negreira, who learned his craft under the watchful eye of Ferran Adrià at the former Number 1 restaurant in the world, elBulli. DN innovación is a great...