Collected by Melissa Chang
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...
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...
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...
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...
No. 133號, 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...
No. 101號, Jihe Road, Shilin District, Taipei City, Taiwan 111
Calling all lovers of food: Shilin Night Market is the largest of many night markets in Taipei. It is easily accessible by MRT and has endless stalls of restaurants/stands as well as shops. Bring a friend so you can share and experience more of...
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...
The latest offering from Taiwan-based bookstore chain Eslite is a sleek four-story complex in Songshan Cultural Park, an arts and culture center located in a former tobacco factory in the heart of the city. Whether you’re browsing for books, home...
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...
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...
No. 14, Lane 15, Section 5, Zhongxiao East Road, Xinyi District, Taipei City, Taiwan 110
This place is so famous among foodies in Taipei that booking requires a month in advance. After a 30-day long wait, I finally have the chance to taste the famous Peking duck Song Chu has to offer. To say it's an art is less than an exaggeration. A...
No. 15-1, Lane 44, Siwei Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106
A gathering of loved ones over dinner is called “ TUA” in Taiwan. People enjoy the companionship of friends, great food, and lively atmosphere during a TUA. TUA believes the perfect pairing between food and dining wares can enhance your dining...
No. 3號, Alley 8, Lane 316, Section 3, Luosifu Road, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan 100
You can't come to the Gongguan area of Taipei and not try two of Taiwan's most traditional snack foods: boba and guabao. Lan Jia Guabao is very well-known in the area for their guabao, which has been described (oddly) as a Taiwanese burger....
No. 1號, Alley 4, Lane 36, Section 5, Minsheng East Road, Songshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 105
"Pineapple Squares" is what my siblings and I called these for decades, as my uncle made them from scratch for his bakery in Tainan and they were always square shaped. As American children visiting Taiwan, these pastries were the most friendly and...
No. 12號, Section 1, Zhongxiao East Road, 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...
No. 1, Jinjiang St, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan 100
Jinjiang Tea House is one of my favorite Hakka restaurants in Taipei. Everything is delicious and decently priced. The shop sells lei cha (擂茶), literally pounded tea, a traditional Hakka "tea" drink made by grounding or pounding several different...
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