Taipei for Anyone
Collected by Leo Johnson
Home to more than 23 million people, Taipei was influenced by many countries, from China to Japan, until Taiwan started ruling itself. Today, Taipei is one of the great dragons of Asia—extremely modern, always changing, and infinitely interesting.
No. 10, Chengdu Road, Wanhua District, Taipei City, Taiwan 108
Built as a marketplace in 1908 during Japanese colonial rule, the Red House now hosts music and theater performances on the second floor. Boutiques and a teahouse on the ground level organize regular art exhibitions and craft workshops. The...
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...
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...
No. 20號, 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...
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—...
No. 194號, 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...
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...
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...
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...
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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