I visited Taipei (Taiwan) for only two weeks, and it has taken me two months to finish blogging about all the places I went to visit, shop and eat.
Here is an index of all the posts. Click on the links to take you to the post with my full reviews, photos, info and comments.
When (not if) I head back, I’ll keep adding to this page.
Also, you might want to take a look at this blog, “5 Days in Taipei” which is about doing 50 cool things in Taipei in 5 days.
Newly added is this great blog — Taiwan Xifu (‘Taiwanese Daughter-In-Law’) — which is an informative and well-organised site by an Aussie woman who married a Taiwanese man, and extensively covers food, travel and culture in Taiwan. Check it out!
A little bit about Taipei Adventure and my thoughts can be found in this Overview Post.
Rated Meals – bear in mind that almost all places visited were recommended or the result of long research, hence the relatively high ratings.
1. Jing Fung (10/10) – famous for its sensational Lu Ro Fan, in my opinion the best in the world.
3. Din Tai Fung (10/10) – Shanghainese cuisine, widely regarded as Taiwan’s No. 1 restaurant, and rated one of NY Times’ top 10 restaurants in the world.
4. Yuan Shao BBQ Restaurant (9/10) – tasty DIY BBQ with lots of delicious courses, great variety/choice and service.
5. Shin Yeh Japanese Buffet (9/10) – high quality Japanese buffet with amazing food, especially the sushi and desserts.
6. Salon de The de Joel Robuchon (9/10) – really no need to explain…this is Robuchon!
7. Shi-Yang Culture Restaurant (9/10) – a real gem in the middle of nowhere that serves delicate Japanese-style food.
8. Ootoya (8.5/10) – fantastic Japanese restaurant with delicate dishes that taste amazing.
9. Cafe Grazie (8.5/10) – Italian fusion, lots of variety, perfect for group functions.
10. Bull Demon King (8/10) – a set-course place in the Shida Night Markets with great value-for-money steaks, especially the chicken.
11. Toros (8/10) – high quality steak (real steak) joint that serves set courses.
12. The Village of Gruel (8/10) – excellent, flavoursome congee, unique dishes and juicy pork ribs.
13. Pizza Hut (all you can eat) (8/10) – there aren’t many left, but the ones in Taipei are excellent, with unique pizzas and good variety.
14. Ji-Ma Chen (8/10) – flour rice noodles with oysters and marinated intestines (I know), but it’s delicious, especially when you add a Taiwanese sausage in the meal deal.
15. Zhang Wu Ji (8/10) – local, cheap and dirty little joint that serves underrated noodles and soups.
16. Cash Box (KTV) (8/10) – really a karaoke place, but the food you can order there is so good I had to rate it.
17. Cash City (Mini Hot Pot) (7.5/10) – self-serving mini hot pot place where you get your own little pot, unlimited condiments, drinks and desserts.
18. Second Floor Cafe (7.5/10) – good brunch place with large portions and variety.
19. DOZO (7.5/10) – a trendy Japanese fusion izakaya.
20. Le Jardin (7/10) – fine dining place with serves delicate, intricately made food with French influences.
21. Dian Shui Lou (6/5/10) – Taipei’s only 5-star restaurant according to a local good food guide.
22. Plum Blossom Room (5/10) – average yum cha/dim sum place which is probably still better than most overseas places, but low score because everything else I tried is so much better.
1. Two Peck Fried Chicken – possibly the best fried chicken you will ever taste!
2. Bee Cheng Hiang – Singaporean franchise that sells all types of delicious jerky (pork and chicken mainly).
3. KFC Portuguese Egg Tarts – yes, KFC in Taiwan sells the original and the best Portugeuse Egg Tarts!
4. Mos Burger and Mr Donut – both popular Japanese franchises – one sells deluxe burgers (including rice burgers) and fried chicken, and the other sells pretty donuts.
1. Shilin Night Markets – the biggest and the most popular with tourists.
2. Raohe Night Markets – pretty big, with lots of terrific local food and small things to buy, but not the easiest to get to; must-have is the pepper pastry.
3. Tong Hua Night Markets – more localised, harder to get to, not as big, but with some good food stalls such as the sausage and salad crepe.
4. Keelung Miaokou Markets – very famous but outside of the Taipei city area; well-structured for tourists with some decent local dishes to sample.
5. Shida Night Markets – for the nearby university students, not as structured but with lots of food stalls and restaurants.
6. Yong Kang Street – not really a night market but a street where you can get lots of night market-style food.
1. Department Stores/Malls – lots and lots of places to go, from SOGO to Shinkong Mitsukoshi to Bella Vita.
2. Bargain Stores – in this post I discuss the many wonderful places in Taipei were you can get yourself a great bargain.
3. Books -when it comes to shopping for books and semi-related goods (magazines, stationery, etc), you can go past Eslite, which has a 24-hour store.
4. Electronics/Toys – there are plenty of great places to purchase cheap electronics and cool toys in Taipei – you just need to know where to look.
I totally should have done a post on Ximending, probably just the hippest place for young people to hang out in Taipei. With the development of the Xinyi district, Ximending is not as crowded as it once was (that is a good thing, because it can still get very very very crowded). There’s plenty of shops, little stores, restaurants, food stalls, gaming places, cinemas, karaoke, tattoo parlors and massage places. Definitely worth a visit.
Easy to get to: just catch the blue line MRT to Ximen station and take Exit 6 (or just follow the crowds).
International Flora Expo
If you’re in Taipei between 6 November 2010 and 25 April 2011, you might want to check out the International Flora Expo. Whether you like flowers or not, there are plenty of things to see and do there. It’s a good experience if you have the time, but be warned — it can get very crowded, so plan your day in advance.
Check out my tourist guide here.
Taipei MRT Map
Very useful. The MRT is easy to use, cheap, clean and tourist-friendly. I would advise, to the extent possible, to catch this everywhere you go.