Just how I spent 3D2N In Taipei, Taiwan – The Land Of Bubble Tea!

Taiwan always holds a special place in my heart. Be it the glorious Taiwanese food, beautiful scenery in Kenting National Park and Taroko National Park, or the Instagrammable places in Taichung, Taiwan never fails to captivate and surprise me. Needless to say, most of us plan for a stopover in Taipei before heading off to explore other parts of Taiwan so unsurprisingly, I did the same and explored some of the iconic places and must-try food in Taipei before heading to Taichung.

 

Day 1

1. capturing Taipei 101 (台北 101)

Located in the Xinyi District, Taipei 101, which is said to resemble a giant bamboo stalk, is a iconic landmark of Taipei that you cannot miss or skip. Enjoy breathtaking 360 degrees view of Taipei City from the outdoor observation deck on the 91st floor or get an obstructed view of the skyscraper from Elephant Mountain (also known as 象山, Xiangshan) or Sisi Nan Cun (四四南村). Head in Taipei 101 for some luxury shopping or gastronomical experience at the food basement.

Taipei 101 (台北 101)

Address: No. 7, Section 5, Xinyi Road, Xinyi District, Taipei City, Taiwan 110

Nearest train station: Taipei 101/World Trade Center Station

 

2. exploring Sisi Nan Cun (四四南村)

Also known as the Forty-Four South Village, this little hipster village was originally a military community village, but was later conserved for cultural and creative exhibitions and usage.  You can find cafes, artsy shops, village museum and artsy bazaars at the village. I was lucky to find out that it only opens on Sunday afternoons. Shop for some souvenirs and quirky knick knacks before chilling at the Good Cho’s (好.丘) cafe which is known for their bagels. This not-so-known village is also famous for its unobstructed view of the iconic Taipei 101.

Sisi Nan Cun (四四南村)

Address:No. 50, Songqin Street, Xinyi District, Taipei City, Taiwan 110

Nearest train station: Taipei 101/World Trade Center Station

Opening hours: 1-7pm on Sundays

 

3. boarding the Moon Bus at xinyi district 

Fans of Taiwanese author and artist, Jimmy Liao (几米) can take a peek into his world of imagination at this moon bus that is permanently located across the road from Taipei 101. This art installation is built in a former bus, with photo spots such as faux books background, a bear driver, colourful lights and a mirrored room at the rear of the bus featuring more of Jimmy’s works. The bus is also littered with inspirational and ponder quotes from the book “When The Moon Forgot”. You won’t take more than 15 minutes at this installation so why not drop by on your way to Taipei 101.

When the Moon Forgot Art Installation (几米月亮艺术公车)

Address: No. 100, Section 5, Xinyi Rd, Xinyi District, Taipei, Taiwan 110

Nearest train station: Taipei 101/World Trade Center Station

Opening hours: Tues – Sun: 9am – 9pm

 

4. Bedazzled at the 2019 Taipei Luminarie Show

Lucky me travelled during the Lunar New Year season, so had the chance to witness the beauty of the Taipei Luminarie Show which debuted during February 5–19. This light installation festival was a joint collaboration between Japanese designer Hirokazu Imaoka and Italian designer Valerio Festi. It was an extremely magical walking through the illuminated structures accompanied by classical music from Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, and Brahms. Not too sure if this will be an annual light festival but if it is recurring, be sure not to miss it!

 

5. Experiencing a night in a backpacker hostel

I’ve always wanted to experience Taiwan solo travel (probably sometime really soon) so I was really excited to stay in this backpacker hostel for my first night in Taipei. I chose a 4-bed female dormitory room and it only costed me TWD 855 (around S$38). It has a shared kitchen, spacious individual cubicles with showering facilities, sink, toilet bowl all in the cubicle (so technically you won’t have to share the washing-up area with other guests). There’s also a vanity area for you to do your make-up and dry your hair (hairdryer provided). The only thing that was uncomfortable for me is that I had to climb up and down the bunk bed to unlock my locker to get my bathing things etc, and I felt pretty guilty for disrupting the rest as I checked in late at night.

Bouti City Capsule Inn

Address: 100, Taiwan, Taipei City, Zhongzheng District, Section 1, Chongqing South Road, No. 7

Nearest train station: Taipei Main Station (5 mins walk)

Book here: Bouti City Capsule Inn

 

Day 2

6. Breakfast at Yong He soy milk (永和豆浆) 

After so many trips to Taipei, this is still my favourite go-to place for soy milk, dough fritters and egg prata as I have also featured in the top Taiwanese must-try food article.  Simple and comfort food for your tummy and soul.

yong he soy milk (永和豆浆) 

Address: No. 30, Section 2, Hankou St, Wanhua District, Taipei City, Taiwan 108

Nearest train station: Ximen Station

Opening hours: 5.30am – 11pm daily

 

7. lunch at chiba (吃吧), amba taipei ximending

Checked into amba Taipei Ximending and was treated to a sumptuous lunch at the hotel’s restaurant which is open to the public. We ordered their signature Detroit-style pizza (Half-half: Millionaire’s Truffled Mushrooms & Tropical PPAP) which is crispy on the outside and light and fluffy on the inside as well as the flavourful squid-ink Seafood Spaghetti. Ending our meal with the Ricotta Hotcake Skillet with Fresh Berries has got to be the best decision ever. We also got ourselves a Harry’s Vitamix Potion (Carrot, apple, pineapple, ginger) to quench our thirst. While I love how instagrammable the restaurant and the presentation of the dishes are, I love the punny restaurant name even more! Muslim friends will also be happy to know that muslim-friendly a-la-carte menu is also available at amba Taipei Ximending. More dining options (all open to the public) at the hotel includes tingba lounge and tianba bakery.

chiba restaurant (吃吧) at amba taipei ximending

Address: 108, Taiwan, Taipei City, Wanhua District, Section 2, Wuchang St, No. 77

Nearest train station: Ximen Station

Opening hours: 11.30am – 9pm daily (Open to public)

 

8. Shifen Old Street & shifen Waterfall (十分老街 & 十分大瀑布)

Booked a half-day tour to Shifen Waterfall, Shifen Old Street and Jiufen Old Street to check off the must-visit tourist spots. For couples and families who are heading to the Shifen Old Street, a typical thing to do is to write your wishes on the sky lantern and lighting it up on the functional railway track. Before the train approaches, you will hear the rail station attendants shout for you to clear the tracks. There are tons of souvenir shops along the railway tracks selling sky lanterns, souvenirs and food so you don’t have to worry about where to get them. To snap a Instagram photo without any photobombers, walk towards the Shifen train station and platform where there are usually lesser people.

Shifen Waterfall on the other hand is worth the climb and motion-sickness. Tip: Be prepared to be swarmed by lots of tourists and prepare motion-sickness pills as Shifen and Jiufen is uphill with windy and narrow roads.

Shi fen waterfall & Shifen Old Street (十分大瀑布&十分老街)

Address: 226, Taiwan, New Taipei City, Pingxi District, District 10

Book here: Shifen + Jiufen Tour (Half-day tour at S$25)  

 

9. Jioufen / Jiufen old street (九份老街)

It’s my second visit to Jiufen Old Street and I’m still loving it for its ‘Spirited Away’ vibe since it is greatly known to have inspired the making of Spirited Away. With both Japanese and Chinese influences, you will find old and retro cafes, tea houses, food stalls and souvenir shops, littered along the steep streets. Climb all the way to the top for a panoramic view of the mountains, sea, and villages. Also, check out the 7 reasons for Spirited Away fans to love Jiufen for.

Many travelers also pay Jiufen a visit for their food. My favourite has got to be the taro balls from Lai Ah Po Yu Yuan 赖阿婆芋圆 and the peanut ice-cream rolls (taro-flavoured) from A-Jou Peanut Ice Cream Roll.

Jioufen / Jiufen old street (九份老街)

Address: Jishan Street, Ruifang District, New Taipei City, Taiwan 224

Book here: Shifen + Jiufen Tour (Half-day tour at S$25)  

 

10. Raohe Night Market (饶河街观光夜市)

Besides known as the land of bubble tea, Taiwan is also known for its night markets and its local food options! Out of all the night markets in Taipei, my favourite has still got to be Raohe Street Night Market as the food seems to be more authentic and less-touristy (in my opinion).

Some of the must-try food when at Raohe Night Market are: Flamed-grilled beef cubes, pepper buns, smelly toufu, herbal pork ribs from Chen Dong Pork Ribs Medical Herbs Soup (董药炖排骨) and oyster omelette. Check out this article for more must-try Taiwanese food.

Raohe Night Market (饶河街观光夜市)

Address: Raohe Street, Songshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 105

 

Day 3

11. Breakfast at amba Taipei Ximending

Started my last day in Taipei with a hearty international buffet breakfast at amba Taipei Ximending. Headed straight for their rice noodles, braised meat rice, as well as their signature customisable sticky rice rolls. Non-hotel guests can also enjoy the buffet breakfast at TWD 420 for adults and children aged 13 and above, and TWD 280 for children aged 6 -12. Muslim-friendly breakfast options are also available at amba Taipei Ximending.

Amba taipei ximending (台北西門町意舍酒店)

Address: 10843, Taiwan, Taipei City, Wanhua District, Section 2, Wuchang St, No. 77

Nearest train station: Ximen Station

Book here: Amba Taipei Ximending

 

12. lunch at Mala Hotpot (马辣顶级鸳鸯火锅)

Another one of the must-try food in Taipei would be the famous and trending Mala Hotpot and there’s no better place to have it other than at this restaurant. A lunch buffet per pax costs around 545 TWD before the 10% tax. Even if you aren’t a fan of mala or spicy food, you can opt for non-spicy soup base like the herbal ones. Enjoy a wide-range of free-flow meat and non-meat hotpot items, as well as sauces and desserts like Haagen Dazs ice-cream. As the restaurant is extremely popular among locals and tourists, be sure to make your reservations in advance at any of their many outlets.

Mala Hotpot (马辣顶级鸳鸯火锅)

Address: 108, Taiwan, Taipei City, Wanhua District, Xining Rd, No. 157

Nearest train station: Ximen Station

Opening hours: 11.30am – 2am

 

Staying connected in Taipei

We connected with Roaming Man’s Portable Travel Wifi Router throughout our Taipei trip and as promised, it gave us access to unlimited 4G network. The cost for Taiwan rental is $5 a day and you get free delivery within Singapore! Roaming Man is also the first pocket wifi rental that provides free delivery within Singapore, making the booking and returning process really easy for travelers.

 

where to stay In XIMENDING – amba taipei ximending

Whenever I’m in Taipei, Ximending is always my go-to place to stay in because it is the most ‘happening’ area where I can get easy access to entertainment like movie theaters, karaoke, shopping, arcade, and tons of food options. Located right above the iconic and famous Elite Department Store, amba Taipei Ximending allows access to all of the above mentioned convenience.

We stayed in the extra-large room and it was extremely spacious and comfortable for two pax. The room is very industrial-looking and I absolutely adore the minimalist interior design. The vanity area gives us ample space to get ourselves ready each morning and I love the fact that we don’t have to fight for the bathroom since it is separated from the shower room.

Amba taipei ximending (台北西門町意舍酒店)

Address: 10843, Taiwan, Taipei City, Wanhua District, Section 2, Wuchang St, No. 77

Nearest train station: Ximen Station

Book here: Amba Taipei Ximending

 

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THE ULTIMATE INSTAGRAMMABLE TAICHUNG ITINERARY FOR YOUR FIRST VISIT

TAIPEI

HOW I SPENT 3D2N IN TAIPEI, TAIWAN – THE LAND OF BUBBLE TEA!

8 LAID-BACK CHILLAX THINGS TO DO IN TAIPEI

7 REASONS TO LOVE JIU FEN FOR (ESPECIALLY FOR SPIRITED AWAY FANS)

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