Your girl just came back from Taiwan, and if you’ve been watching the vlogs, you’ll know that we spent a good amount of time exploring Taipei. If you’re planning on traveling Taipei and want to know some bomb things to do to occupy your time, here’s some suggestions.
1. Cat & Dog Cafe 小貓花園咖啡
Address: No. 129, Fuhua Rd, Shilin District, Taipei City, Taiwan 111
Located exactly across from the MRT station, this cafe features about 12 cats and 2 lovely dogs. Grab an iced coffee drink, sit back, and coo over the animals. Although the cats don’t like being picked up, there’s literally one sleeping on every table and padding around everywhere to rub against your leg. We went and stayed for hours taking selfies with the animals, chatting with the super nice owners, and enjoying really delicious coffee slushies.
2. Shilin Night Market
Shilin night market is Taipei’s biggest and most popular night market, which is a must go for both tourists and locals. It’s located right off the Jiantan MRT station, and was a few blocks away from our hotel so we went almost every night to shop around and eat delicious street food. I bought an iPhone wide angle lens, a wall outlet, gifts, and a bag there for super cheap. If you go, make sure to look for the sugar cane juice stand, Ji Pai stand (hint: it’s the one with the winding line), and the kawaii store that sells Totoro socks.
3. Ximending- Mango Shaved Ice
No. 17, Hanzhong St, Wanhua District, Taipei City, Taiwan 108
Ximending, the Times Square of Taipei, is a must-go for tourists. But if you’re looking for the perfect famous Taiwanese shaved ice, then this is the place you want to go. It’s called Ximen Mango Shaved Ice, but of course there are a variety of flavors. The shaved ice is perfectly instagrammable, and comes topped with a scoop of ice cream and fresh fruit.
Tamsui is the last stop on the MRT station, and is Taipei’s sea side district. It’s hailed as the “Fisherman’s Wharf” of Taiwan, and really is worth going to spend a day. Walk down Tamsui Old Street and try the street food, hop in a coffee shop for free wifi and a view overlooking the water, and explore the pier. The fried squid is a must try! Look out for the vendor right by the board walk. The owner is super nice and her son is really really cute. We may or may not have taken a few shameless pics for our own viewing pleasure.
5. Miramar Entertainment Park
No. 20, Jingye 3rd Rd, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 104
We came here as our trip in Taiwan was ending and got quite emotional. A few of our friends were leaving back to America the next day, and wanted to stay up all night. So we came to the Miramar Entertainment Plaza for a hotpot dinner and went on the gigantic ferris wheel afterwards once it got dark. This is a perfect place to go on a date though. While in line, a live rendition of Jay Chou’s “Listen to the Rain” was performed in the background and couples everywhere held hands while waiting to get on. One can’t help but feel like they’re missing someone. To my dismay, the ferris wheel was an enclosed compartment, but the view of Taipei was breath taking and was a perfect way to end my birthday and a great trip.
Hope you enjoyed this quick travel guide! These are just a few of my recommendations, let me know if you’ve been to Taipei and have more suggestions.
Also, if you’re interested in watching my Taiwan vlogs, be sure to check them out here!
Lots of love,