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103, Taiwan, 台北市大同區朝陽里
Tucked in a narrow alleyway lined with dimly lit offices and industrial workshops, Ri Xing Type Foundry houses one of the world’s last sets of traditional character molds for lead-type printing. Arrange a tour to watch owner Chang Chieh-kuan...
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No. 13, Lane 97, Taiyuan Road, Datong District, Taipei City, Taiwan 103
Rixing typography is a two storey workshop, hidden in an arrow alley near Taipei Main Station. From this workshop, Mr. Chang's family has been handmade producing copper pieces with Chinese characters used for printing in the traditional printing...
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No. 20, Lane 141, Section 2, Jinshan South Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106
T. Loafer is hard to miss thanks to its colorful exterior, patched together from more than 20 salvaged window frames. Order a cup of hibiscus lemongrass tea and a pastry made with locally grown fruit. The shelves are stocked with books, regional...
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110, Taiwan, Taipei City, Xinyi District, Section 5, Zhongxiao East Road, 10號10F
The state-of-the-art design and chic layout create an almost surreal ambiance, enhanced by a unique cocktail program and an fabulous menu. Enjoy your libations on the outdoor terrace as you take in stunning views of Xinyi district in one of...
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No. 162, Section 1, Heping East Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106
Located near National Taiwan Normal University, the Shi-Da Night Market is said to exist in one of the most "trendy" areas of Taipei. The market has downsized in recent years due to rezoning, but is known for its variety of delectable Taiwanese...
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No. 68, Section 2, Chang'an East Road, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 10491
The Suho Paper Museum may not be one of the most well-known museums in Taipei, nor is it the largest by far, but its well-curated, educational collection and a DIY papermaking experience offered on the peaceful rooftop make it a destination worth...
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No. 297號, Section 4, Zhongxiao East Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106
Taiwanese-style shaved ice desserts (known as "bao-bing" in Chinese) consist of large bowls of finely shaved ice topped with a variety of sweets, including condensed milk, beans, jellies, and fresh fruit. For fifteen years, Ice Monster was a tiny...
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No. 13號, Alley 40, Lane 181, Section 4, Zhongxiao East Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106
A bookshop-cafe-gallery-zakka store, VVG Something packs a lot into a space the size of a closet. Part of the budding VVG lifestyle mini-empire of restaurants and boutiques, it's the perfect spot for browsing on a rainy afternoon. Among recent...
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No. 8, 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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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. 6, Lane 7, Qingtian Street, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106
Qintian 76 is housed within the perfectly preserved former home of a renowned geology professor who taught at National Taiwan University. The Japanese structure’s recent renovation follows a trend of giving the academic Qintian area's old houses...
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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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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. 54號, Songqin Street, Xinyi District, Taipei City, Taiwan 110
Though the bagels here are hands down the best in Taipei, Good Cho’s is so much more than just a bagel joint. Housed in a ramshackle military veterans' housing complex tucked in the shadow of Taipei 101, the shop's quirky, DIY vibe marks a cozy...
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No. 100號, Shidong Road, Shilin District, Taipei City, Taiwan 111
A-ji-shi is a stand-up sushi bar located in Taipei's Shidong Market. There's only a fixed menu and it is pricey by local standards. But the fish is fresh and the sushiman well-trained.
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No. 18, Alley 2, Lane 410, Minzu East Road, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 104
When the typical restaurants and cafes in Taipei put me in the foodie blues, an impromptu visit to Addiction Aquatic Development (AAD) is the perfect cure. Located within the decades-old Taipei Fish Market, AAD is the latest venture of the Mitsui...
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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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110, Taiwan, Taipei City, Xinyi District, Section 5, Zhongxiao East Road, 8號統一時代百貨6F
This isn’t your grandmother’s version of tea-time. The interior of each smith&hsu tea shop (there are various locations all over the city) is an ode to minimalist design, with brightly colored tins of tea providing the only pops of color. The...
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No. 20, Jingye 3rd Road, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 10491
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. 13號, Alley 40, Lane 181, Section 4, Zhongxiao East Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106
VVG Something is a tiny bookshop hidden in a quiet alley near the bustling Zhongxiao Dunhua shopping area. Do not expect the latest best sellers in this place, but a carefully selected collection of arts and crafts, fashion, photography or cooking...
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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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No. 115-2號, Section 4, Xinyi Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106
A Book, A Cup of Coffee and A Ray of Sunlight in A Lazy Afternoon Savor the good life and savor the moment This pet-friendly, urban chic café is a café junkies favorite new addition to the city.
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No. 41, 民權東路三段60巷13弄中山區台北市 Taiwan 10491
It’s not just the delicious sandwiches that make the addiction so hard to break, it is also the restaurant’s artisan lattes, which are likely some of the richest coffees you will ever sip. In the evening, the cafe turns into a quaint bar where you...
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While A Train “leads the way to Jazz”, B-Line by A Train now “leads the way to Indie”. Rarely do you find such a low key lounge in Taipei with such focus on cocktail culture and sophistication.
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No. 17, Alley 9, Lane 346, Section 2, Bade Road, Songshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 105
Sushi is plenty in Taipei, but fresh, affordable sushi is harder to come by -- Manzhe Die (store 3) meets both of these. Located on the street behind Breeze Center just north of Civic Boulevard, Manzhe Die is a small shop that specializes in...
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Lane 90, Section 4, Luosifu Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 100
Ears candled, hair cut, and eyebrows threaded out on the street on your way home from work 3