Collected by Bertie Downs
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...
Alley 1, Lane 40, Linjiang Street, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106
One of the many night markets in Taipei, prepare yourself to be flooded with sensations at the Tong Hua Night Market. Some people are adventurous eaters, and some aren't. To eat here, you may have to leave some of your preconceived notions behind...
No. 162號, 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...
Alley 342, Lane 150, Section 5, Xinyi Road, Xinyi District, Taipei City, Taiwan 110
The base of Elephant Mountain is just a short walk from the base of Taipei 101 and offers one of the most accessible and stunning views of the city—except, perhaps, from the top of the tower itself. The hike up the mountain is steep, but can be...
No. 21號, 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...
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...
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...
251, Taiwan, 新北市淡水區北投
Beitou is an enchanting northern district in Taipei that lures visitors due to its beautiful scenery and famous variety of hot and cold springs. Beitou, to me, seemed magical. It lies in a valley flowing with geothermal rivers. There was a misty,...
No. 20號, Alley 40, Lane 181, Section 4, Zhongxiao East Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106
The "VVG" in the name of this charming little spot stands for "Very, Very, Good”. With its leafy terrace, open kitchen, and art-filled walls, VVG Bistro feels more like a friend’s kitchen than a coffee shop. Laze on a couch with a latte and watch...
No. 1-7, Mingliu Road, Jinshan District, New Taipei City, Taiwan 208
Tien Lai is a hot spring resort tucked away in the mountains in northern Taiwan, about an hour's drive from Taipei. Every morning their gourmet chefs lay out a complimentary brunch that combines traditional Asian and Western breakfast dishes....
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...
Raohe Street, Songshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 105
Those in the know no longer head for Shilin Night Market, which recently underwent a modernization that many think leaves it for the worse. Food savvy locals now head for Raohe Night Market, bursting with stalls selling all the delicious Taiwanese...
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...
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...
110, Taiwan, Taipei City, Xinyi District, Songshou Road, 11號B2樓
While macarons, ice cream, and pastries are sinfully sweet on their own, Taiwan’s afternoon tea-crazy culture has found a way to combine these sugary staples into the ultimate dessert—honey toast. It's exactly what it sounds like, only so much...
110, Taiwan, Taipei City, Xinyi District, Section 5, Zhongxiao East Road, 8號統一時代百貨-6樓
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...
110, Taiwan, Taipei City, Xinyi District, Section 5, Zhongxiao East Road, 10號31樓
The only thing better than a room with a view is a bar with a view, and YEN Bar is undoubtedly that. Located on the top floor of the hotel, floor-to-ceiling glass walls open up onto a stunning view of Taipei 101 and the surrounding city. Compared...
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...
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...
No. 6號, 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...
12 Zhong Xiao East Road, Sec 1 R.O.C Taipei TW-TPE, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan 100
Shao Shao Ke serves delicious cuisine from China’s Shaanxi province, which is known for fried cheese and dumplings stuffed with ground pork, aromatic herbs, and piquant spices. Branch out with a side dish of battered and flash-fried mushrooms or...
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