Eating, Drinking & Being Merry
1. VVG Bistro is set up in a delightfully laid-back spot that is so well hidden that even many locals don’t know about it. Perfect for Sunday brunch – the kumquat and pomelo papaya salad comes highly recommended.
2. Voted among the world’s top ten restaurants, Din Tai Fung serves exquisite xiao long bao (steamed buns). Arrive early and be prepared to queue, as foreigners and locals alike flock here.
Shopping till ya droppin’
1. Bucking the one-size-fits-all globalised retail trend are the dozens of one-off designer stores near Zhongshan MRT station. Purveys modern takes on traditional handicrafts, as well as clothes, accessories and items for daily use.
2. Centred on Yangming Theater and Cicheng Temple, Shilin Night Market is a must-see. Enjoy the tastiest egg rolls or a delicious bubble tea, and shop ’til you drop at the best night market in Taipei.
1. MoCA is first museum devoted to modern art, with exhibitions including diverse forms of contemporary media, such as photography, video installation, architecture and graphic design. Foreign and local art mingle on the walls of this Japanese-era colonial building.
2. Elephant Mountain provides a city escape, yet is only a 20-minute walk from the Taipei 101 building. Offering magnificent views of the city, the hike is not difficult and makes a great half-day getaway.
3. The Taipei government has built hundreds of kilometers of tranquil riverside bike paths throughout the city.
4. Hotel Quote is the epitome of cool, with a DJ spinning at the bar on weekends. Individually decorated spacious rooms, with neat touches like Bose iPod docks and espresso machines, make Quote a perfect home away from home. An even homier option can be found through Ann’s House, a series of apartments scattered throughout the city and converted for B&B use. Guests have access to kitchen, laundry and internet facilities, as well as accommodation in Laura Ashleystyle rooms, all at affordable prices.
1. Since opening in December 2010, Revolver has quickly become one of the hottest draws for locals and expats alike. With a pub, nightclub, pool hall and live-music venue, it has something for everyone. A more upscale option can be found at Yen, the lounge located in the super-cool W Hotel. Elegantly mixing Asian and Western, the drinks menu is unique, featuring the Oolong Fizz and Taipei Sour.