Siteseeing Guide: Taipei

Here are some questions that were answered by our friend Chienni McCullough. Cebu Pacific airlines has an in-flight magazine and they were scouring the web, searching for great information about site seeing in Taipei and and found this site. Here are the questions that Chienni addresses in her informative article.

Taipei

1. Best breakfast, and why or where to get it
2. Best night out (best way to spend the night or best night spot), and why
3. Best dinner (could be a dish or a nice restaurant)
4. Best buys, and where to get them
5. Best souvenirs, and why
6. Must-do experience (Don’t leave the city without…)
7. Must-learn phrases
8. Tips for tourists

A. Best spot to go to or best thing to do during the day
B. Best spot to go to or best thing to do at night
C. Best place to stay in (this could be a hotel or inn, any nice accommodation)

1. Best breakfast, and why or where to get it—No Name Congee and Delicatessen. It has a weird name but the Taiwanese breakfast here is as authentic as it gets. The steamy hot rice porridge comes with hundreds of different side dishes such as Thousand Year Old egg with tofu, dried shredded pork, stewed bamboo, sautéed mushrooms, etc. #130, Fuxing South Road Section 2. Open 24 hrs.

2. Best night out (best way to spend the night or best night spot), and why—Taipei has some really nice lounge bars. One of them is Bar Code (5F 22 Songshou Rd ) This place is known for its unique and original mixed drinks. Chill out on the terrace with your tipple while taking in views of Taipei 101.

3. Best dinner (could be a dish or a nice restaurant)—There are endless possibilities for dinner in Taipei, but for authentic Taiwanese dishes you can’t find anywhere else in the world, go to Shin Yeh (Shuang Cheng Street #34-1). It is clean, affordable, and even has English menus.

4. Best buys, and where to get them—Taiwan Handicraft Promotion Center (Xu Zhou Street #1) Come here to find souvenirs that are hand-made or made by local businesses in Taiwan. Many products are unique to specific regions of the island, such as rose marble from Hualien, organic teas from Miaoli, or millet wine made by various Aboriginal tribes.

5. Best souvenirs, and why—Go to Chia Te Bakery (Nanjing East Road Section 5 #88) and pick up a few boxes of freshly made pineapple cakes. With buttery crust on the outside and sweet chewy pineapple filling on the inside, this Taipei specialty is the perfect gift to take back home. Open since 1975, Chia Te bakery got the recognition it deserved by winning the top prize in the 2nd annual Pineapple Cake festival last year.

6. Must-do experience (Don’t leave the city without…)—Going to a night market. The night market experience is a must-do. Eat and shop the night away at famous markets such as Shida, Shilin, or Raohe and sample local snacks like stinky tofu, beef noodle soup, and oyster pancakes.

7. Must-learn phrases—Ni Hao (How are you?), Xie Xie (Thank you), Duoshao? (How much?), Jia Ba Bue? (Taiwanese for ‘Have you eaten?’ and is a common greeting)

8. Tips for tourists—Most locals are eager to help tourists, so don’t be afraid to ask for directions.

A. Best spot to go to or best thing to do during the day—Go up to the top of the world—Taipei 101 has the world’s fastest elevator and the tallest observatory, among other things. While there, you can send a postcard to folks at home from the world’s highest mailbox.

B. Best spot to go to or best thing to do at night—cuddle up with your sweetie on Valentines Bridge at the Fisherman’s Wharf in Danshui

C. Best place to stay in (this could be a hotel or inn, any nice accommodation)—Far Eastern Plaza Hotel. It is a five-star, independent hotel right in the heart of the city in an area with a bustling nightlife. It is also next to The Mall, which is a great place to shop for name-brands. The breakfast buffet is excellent.

This travel guide was submitted here.

About the Author

Chieni was born in Taiwan and moved to the States permanently when she was 12. This means she grew up both in Taiwan and in the US. Now she looks at Taiwan both as an insider and an outsider. She is an insider because she speaks the language and knows some of the customs. She is an outsider because she doesn’t always understand the customs. She has a beautiful little girl now to show off to her family and the locals.

One Response to “ Siteseeing Guide: Taipei ”

  1. Hello, can I know how do I go to Chia Te Bakery? Which MRT station do I need to stop at? Thanks so much

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