Things to Do
Here are a few places that you could check out while you're here, brought to you by your favorite Taiwanese couple.
JIUFEN VILLAGE 九份
Jiufen is a mountain town in northeastern Taiwan, east of Taipei. It's known for the narrow alleyways of its old town, packed with teahouses, street-food shacks and souvenir shops.
This is also the place that inspired the town and bathhouse in one of Miyazaki's greatest films: Spirited Away.
Dansui is a great place to go for a day trip. You will find tons of street food vendors, restaurants, cafés, shops, little carnival games, etc. It is also famous for its sunset.
Xiangshan (elephant mountain) 象山
For those of you who can't stop hiking 24/7 (okay it's only a 30 minute "walk" up a lot of stairs), XiangShan offers you the postcard view of the Taipei 101 building.
Xinyi Shopping District
Shop till you drop. This is where the Taipei 101 building is located. There is a Din Tai Fung (one of our favorite restaurants), too.
Shilin night market 士林夜市
This is by far the most popular (and touristy) night market in Taipei, and offers any kind of street food that you can think of. Make sure you check out "Hao Da Da Fried Chicken" that is bigger than yo' face! They also have one of the best Oyster pancakes that we have ever tried.
Raohe street night market 饒河街夜市
One of the oldest night markets in Taipei, the Raohe Street Night Market is a must visit destination!
Ningxia night market 寧夏夜市
Apparently this is where the Taipei night market originated from, and they have great stinky tofu, beef noodle soup, minced pork rice, etc.
What to eat in taiwan
We may be biased, but it is not a joke when people call Taiwan "the Food Heaven." We highly recommend bringing another stomach if you can. Be sure to try the following... at your own risk ;)
Beef noodles - none of the beef noodles that we have tried in North America tops the real deals in Taiwan. There is a famous one in Taipei called "Yongkang Beef Noodle (永康牛肉麵)". Try to avoid rush hours as they get very busy.
Bubble tea - there is literally one bubble tea shop every corner on the street. For some reason, the pearls/tapiocas taste so much better in Taiwan. Make sure you ask for 30% or 50% sugar because they are super sweet!
Taiwanese style breakfast - egg pancake, soy milk, sandwiches... we could eat this all day! While most breakfast places only open in the morning, "Yong He Soy Milk (永和豆漿)" open for longer hours, some even open 24/7!
Taro ball dessert （芋圓）- those of you from North America may have tried Meet Fresh or Black Ball, but you can get one of those for 1/5 of the price with way more toppings in Taiwan. Don't miss them when you stroll around the night markets!
Stinky tofu - while we are not a fan, it is a "must try" according to many travel websites. Check it out if you dare!