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Good eats and fun things to do in Taipei (and Taiwan)?

Will be in Taipei for a few days in early November on a business trip. Need ideas for things to do in (and around) the city between business meetings.  Good food and people watching are always a plus.

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David from Taipei

Kanpai Grill, where you get cheerful atmosphere. finish the drink at 8pm, you get an other without charge. allow waiter to take polaroid picture of you kissing your company (age, gender, doesn't matter), you will treat a free pork dish.

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Eddy from New Taipei City (新北市)

If you're into cafe culture, Taipei is simply amazing for it. Best in the world I've seen so far (even rivaling Montreal).

I'm collecting a little list of the best I find here:

As for food, definitely don't miss Shilin Night Market, and be sure to try stinky tofu (a LOT better than it sounds, and I usually hate tofu).

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Kenmei from Tokyo

xingye restaurant  Taipei 101 would be very nice and apropriate taiwanese food restaurant for business use. its located on 85th floor if I didn't remember wrongly 

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There's always the Shilin Night Market.  Food stalls and kitschy booths (think counterfeit stuff and cell phone accessories, for example).

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Junwei from Yishun, Singapore

Hi, if you love sightseeing, Yangmingshan National Park is a great place. I attached a photo below. But do make sure you ask the Yangmingshan National Park to recommend and guide you on how to navigate around Yangmingshan. 

If you love shopping, Shi-men Ting is a great place to be in. There's lots of restaurant, shops and entertainment centre such as KTV & Movies Theatre.

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answered by
Eric from New Taipei City

If you don't like crowded places, there is an interesting palce I've been.

The shop name is "Lovely Taiwan", there has may taiwan style handicrafts, and explore various cultures in Taiwan.

For further information:

and the map:

Click lovely taiwan



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answered by
Chiara from San Francisco

Hi Brew,

Check out the Memorial Palace Museum. Many buses take you there from Shilin Station. The highlight of the museum is the collection of Tibetan Canons containing ancient teachings, commissioned by the Chinese Emperor.

The Taipei 101 Observatory is the 8th tallest building in the world and it offers a stunning view of the city from the Observatory at the top of the shopping mall. The best time to go is sunset. You will find tourists, but the space is big with many windows and there is also an open terrace on the highest floor.

Night Markets are a must. Tonghua Night Market is conveniently located walking distance from the Taipei 101 so you can go right after admiring the sunset to grab something to eat and explore. We had fried chicken and fried squid (to stay safe), but the more adventurous palate won’t be disappointed. You can try the chicken feet, very typical dish in Taiwan. The market is plenty of strange things, like people getting a message with cleavers! Just take a walk and your mouth will open in awe.


Food specialties to try (adventurous palates aside) are: the Bubble Tea, a tea-based drink with tapioca balls or fruit jellies. Din Tai Fung is an international dim-sum chain with locations in Asia and the U.S and it started in Taipei. The restaurant inside the Taipei 101 mall is popular, but you can always get your number and wait for your turn while shopping. Our local friends chose the menu for us, based on local specialties: drunken chicken in Shaoxig rice wine, pan-fried dumplings, fried rice with shredded pork, steamed poor dumplings (Xiao Long Bao style) and for dessert: mini-taro and sesame paste buns.

Visit my Travel Blog for more travel tips!

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