Short and sweet, that fits the kind of vacation we had in Taiwan. I’ve been told about touring the place for years, and only found the interest through wonderful photos of Robx. The sweater-weather is my type definitely, the feeling and looking fresh all day but you know you’re wasted already is the sweetest part of all.
When Marx asked us to submit to him a list of the places we wanted to visit, I only recommended few in Taipei, I concentrated on seeing Jiufen and the famous Sky Lantern of Shifen. True to the hashtag #oldstreetislove. So you can guess it, I have very few words for Taipei.
So most of our stay here was spent in night markets the non stop food tasting and shopping and a few tourist places.
Of course, that is already given, I would never miss a temple visit.
Our first day, we visited one of the famous old temples in Taiwan, the Longshan Temple , dedicated to the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy, Guanyin.
It took us also to a nearby shopping district from the temple, Ximending. Busy alleys & streets filled with shoppers both locals and foreign. I found myself busy checking one Adidas store to another, hoping to find a Stan Smith Classic Green that fits my size. But yes, I failed. A downside of having a small feet or a common size for asian women.
Another famous touristy location is the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, built to honor the former President of the Republic of China, Chiang Kai-shek.
There’s a museum below that huge hall that displays documentation of his life and career.
Now, save up some energy because the best view of Taipei City requires you to hike the Elephant Mountain. There would be stairs, I mean lots and lots of it but don’t worry it’s not going to be day hike, you just need about 20 minutes to get to the top. I suggest you go up the late in the afternoon – to watch the sunset and to view the city day and night.
Of course, who wouldn’t visit Taipei 101, when you are in Taipei? Interesting huh.
Since we made reservations already at the Starbucks we settled for that view instead of going way up at the observatory.
Now, let’s talk Night Market and my first ever “food trip”
Our first night market would be the one nearest to We Come Hostel . The Ningxia Night Market about 15-min walk from the hostel. One great place to dine if you are really staying nearby.
Then, we spent like 2 nights at Raohe Night Market, now this is really one place to shop, with all those cute yet very reasonable in price for clothes, shoes, souvenirs and really the variety in street food – it’s a lot!
Now, talking about food. Some were really “sharable” – if there is such a word!-
First, the Shaved Ice!
I love red bean, from red bean bread to desserts. So this Red Bean Shaved Ice, I had it for 2 nights and I loved it! But the one I had at Ningxia Night Market was better than the one I had at Raohe. We also tried the Mango Shaved Ice, those were really huge bowls and enough to be shared by the four of us.
Pineapple Tart is a favorite of mine, some may find it dry but for me I don’t, so I like it! Now a Fan of Erwan Heussaff, and we’ve seen from his youtube “Best Things to do in Taipei – Overnight City Guide”, he went to SunnyHills famous for this tart. So we ended up going there, trying and buying their expensive tarts. But that’s really a good pineapple tart though.
Another, unique place to dine, is the Modern Toilet Restaurant, though they do have branches already outside of Taiwan but still we wouldn’t to miss our chance so we had our brunch there. The food I must say was average, nothing extra special so that was a bit disappointing. But the theme paid the worthiness though. I find the idea of sitting on a toilet bowl as I eat, having toilet bowl as my serving plate, my chocolate ice cream dessert in a poo shape – okay that’s fun!
And of course to try their local beer was a must part of our itinerary.
I cant imagine the amount of food I consumed during our stay here. But diet kills the fun in any travel. So yes, I gave in to my first ever “food trip”. I was so full the entire time I was in Taipei.