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post #16 of 32
+1 on the food specially taiwan style noodles and black pepper beef. if you're staying in taipei the eastern side is more "foreign friendly" but the western side's where most locals are and is a good place to explore if you're up to it- specially the night markets and food stalls. from what I've observed better restaurants aren't found on street level, but on higher floors in buildings so its good that your gf can speak (and read I assume) mandarin. going around taiwan is pretty easy too- buses are efficient and cheap, unless you're going to kaoshiung which definitely calls for a train ride.
post #17 of 32
yes, go to the national palace museum, even if you don't like museums. you can pretty much get anywhere via MRT or taxi, both being very cheap. i would suggest yong kang jie or shi ling ye se for street food, although you can get that stuff almost anywhere. you guys should keep a close eye on your possessions. there are pickpockets in the taipei. restaurants: dou jiang you tiao: there's a shop called yong he dou jiang you tiao or some shit like that. xiaolongbao: ding tai fung may or may not be worth the wait, but the xiaolongbao there are some of the best i've ever had. there's another place i like called kao chi at yong kang jie. other restaurants i like to eat at: du xiao yue, momo paradise, mitsui, les sens...
post #18 of 32
Oh yeah, the Shilin Night Market is due for relocation at the end of the year (iirc) and apparently most of the stores won't be moving.
post #19 of 32
Chiang Kai-shek memorial. Also the theaters at the memorial are very nice, maybe see a performance. Maybe have a look at the Japanese colonial buildings in the city center (presidential palace etc.) There's a fort at Danshui and various restaurants by the river there. I was in Taipei for two weeks for a conference, so I didn't visit any other cities. It's quite convenient to travel by train on the west coast of Taiwan if you want to see other cities. I've been told the mountains are very beautiful, but can be more difficult to get to.
post #20 of 32
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We are staying at the Caesar Park Hotel which is right next to the Rail system
post #21 of 32
Taiwan is full of great food, like some others have suggested, Ding Tai Fung is a must go to restaurant for their amazing food and quick service. I've been there in Taipei and Beijing and they're all great.

Some of the foods you should try:
stinky tofu: (tzo do fu)
egg/oyster pancake : (ou ah tzen) this is my favorite
meat inside a gelatinous oval ball, fried and smothered in a sweet/sour sauce: (ba wan)
fried chicken patties the size of your head for $1
airy shaved ice which is: (mian mian bing) and get it with all the toppings rice/potato/taro balls, mung bean, red bean, condensed milk, etc...


Shi Ling night market is one of the biggest ones and Xi Men Ding seems like a pretty happening place for young people. The clubs are ok, everybody seems to like Luxy and its probably Taipei's #1 club. KTV is super fun and cheap with all you can eat food.

Don't be shy of the countryside and going south, Taiwan actually gets more interesting the farther away from the cities you go. If you really have time, take the high speed rail to Gao Shiung and visit the HUUUUUGE Buddhist Temple there, it takes up an entire mountain.

Take the mountain gondola ride, I think it is near Xin Dian.

Hot springs are usually a must

If you want romance with your girlfriend, take her to set off some sky lanterns at night.
post #22 of 32
I second the gondola ride. The base starts near the Taipei Zoo. A couple years ago, the price to ride all the way up to the peak of the mountain was only 50NT (roughly $1.50). And there are some food stands once you get to the top, including a stinky tofu stand. Stinky tofu is a bit overrated IMO (you can try it to say you did it).

Food wise, I echo the recommendations above, especially soup dumplings, oyster pancakes and shaved ice. Beef noodle soup shops can be hit or miss. They have city-wide competitions every year, so you should ask around which noodle shops has won awards in the past. Other foods I recommend which I didn't see mentioned above are Shabu Shabu (Taiwan/Japanese style hot pot) and Teppanyaki (like Benihana but way better). There are some pretty good nice restaurants inside Taipei 101 if I recall.

A unique night-time attraction is the Snake Alley Night Market. It's got a lot of the same stuff as other night markets, but there are a few shops where they will kill a live snake, pour out its blood into a shot glass and mix it with alcohol. Supposed to be an aphrodisiac.

Other tourist attractions include the Long Shan temple and Grand Hotel. If you have time for an excursion outside of Taipei, you can try Sun Moon Lake (which is a couple hours away).
post #23 of 32
oh and when you go to a karaoke, don't be surprised if you order a bottle of booze they set up a small stove and put a steaming pot of soup there.
post #24 of 32
^a good shabu shabu chain in taipei is called momo paradise, couple locations throughout taipei.

if you're into streetwear, check out undercover. it's pretty hard to find (i remember it's in an alley..) there are shops there that stock other japanese like brands as well (cdg, visvim, neighborhood). the bape store is pretty tight.

you can find your share of european stuff, but like teh foo said, it's more expensive in taipei.
post #25 of 32
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Originally Posted by Monaco View Post

Taiwan is full of great food, like some others have suggested, Ding Tai Fung is a must go to restaurant for their amazing food and quick service. I've been there in Taipei and Beijing and they're all great.

Some of the foods you should try:
stinky tofu: (tzo do fu)
egg/oyster pancake : (ou ah tzen) this is my favorite
meat inside a gelatinous oval ball, fried and smothered in a sweet/sour sauce: (ba wan)
fried chicken patties the size of your head for $1
airy shaved ice which is: (mian mian bing) and get it with all the toppings rice/potato/taro balls, mung bean, red bean, condensed milk, etc...


Shi Ling night market is one of the biggest ones and Xi Men Ding seems like a pretty happening place for young people. The clubs are ok, everybody seems to like Luxy and its probably Taipei's #1 club. KTV is super fun and cheap with all you can eat food.

Don't be shy of the countryside and going south, Taiwan actually gets more interesting the farther away from the cities you go. If you really have time, take the high speed rail to Gao Shiung and visit the HUUUUUGE Buddhist Temple there, it takes up an entire mountain.

Take the mountain gondola ride, I think it is near Xin Dian.

Hot springs are usually a must

If you want romance with your girlfriend, take her to set off some sky lanterns at night.

Defintely the hot springs. Good tip on KTV.
post #26 of 32
Not sure if you've already left.

most of the places and things to see/eat have been mentioned. stinkey tofu, beef noodle, shaved ice, meat ball. One of my faves, gelatinous pigs blood with rice on a stick thing. Oh also papaya milk is very popular. The 7-11 and Family Mart's are fun to browse and find all kinds of snacks.

Check out Xi Men Ding. There is a metro stop there. shopping and eats. There is a famous noodle place there too. Ah Chung noodles. Also a restaurant called toilet restaurant. where the seats are all toilets and food is served in mini toilets.

Def do the night markets (Shilin).
There is snake alley too but its not really legal anymore. (where they kill the snake and drain the blood for you to drink)

Lots of boutiques behind the club Luxy...its a neighborhood referred to as "Dong Chiu" (east neighborhood). There is also a KTV next to Luxy called Cash Box.
Lots of clubs and things by Taipei 101 also.

Have fun! I sure do miss it!
post #27 of 32
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Originally Posted by poena View Post

Not sure if you've already left.

most of the places and things to see/eat have been mentioned. stinkey tofu, beef noodle, shaved ice, meat ball. One of my faves, gelatinous pigs blood with rice on a stick thing. Oh also papaya milk is very popular. The 7-11 and Family Mart's are fun to browse and find all kinds of snacks.

Check out Xi Men Ding. There is a metro stop there. shopping and eats. There is a famous noodle place there too. Ah Chung noodles. Also a restaurant called toilet restaurant. where the seats are all toilets and food is served in mini toilets.

Def do the night markets (Shilin).
There is snake alley too but its not really legal anymore. (where they kill the snake and drain the blood for you to drink)

Lots of boutiques behind the club Luxy...its a neighborhood referred to as "Dong Chiu" (east neighborhood). There is also a KTV next to Luxy called Cash Box.
Lots of clubs and things by Taipei 101 also.

Have fun! I sure do miss it!

Thanks and I leave tomorrow.
post #28 of 32
How long are you there for, dragon?

Great thread guys. Thanks for all the information. It's very helpful to me too, since I may be there for a couple days in mid Aug.

Also, if anyone has any recs. for decent, cheapish hotels (~100 USD/night) I'd appreciate it very much. Good websites or other ways of getting a hotel would be helpful too. I suck at such things.
post #29 of 32
Thread Starter 
I was in Taiwan for a week and had great time. The weather as expected was hot and muggy but bearable. We stayed at the Caesar Park Hotel which is across the street from the Taipei Main Railway station was super convenient (the basement of our hotel connects to the MTR).

The people are very friendly here.

We hit some the touristy places-the National Palace museum, Taipei 101. Shilin nigh market is huge. I've never seem so many people in an area I kid you not. We took the high speed train to Taichung to visit Sun Moon Lake which was very nice. The train was efficient and unlike anything in the US.

We went to Din Tai Fung twice-yes its that good (well the gf thought so), some beef noodle soup which was delish, stinky tofu-never again. There was a market for stinky tofu.

My only complaint was there was not alot of breakfast places open except for this store that sells sandwiches and this store is everywhere. BTW, there is a ton of scooters.
post #30 of 32
Oh you can get breakfast foods from the carts on the side of the roads and pathways. it's mostly buns and stuff of that nature.

glad to hear you had a good time! Shilin is pretty cool and the high speed rail is awesome.
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