Introduction to Taipei

If you love food, this Taipei Travel Guide is for you!

Having heard about the amazing night markets and the abundance of delicious food, I knew Taipei would be a city that any food lover should visit at some point. And so I was excited to have an opportunity to visit.

My wife and I ended up staying for almost two full weeks in Taiwan’s biggest city, and both the food and the friendliness of the people, kept us wanting to stay longer.

Taipei is a big, but very manageable, modern, clean, and friendly city. It’s easy and hassle free to get around, there’s an amazing selection of restaurants and street food, and the night markets, with their never ending supply of interesting foods, are a highlight.

In this Taipei travel guide blog I’ll be sharing with you travel details from my personal trip there, plus lots of food.

Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport
Landing at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport

Arriving and Leaving Taipei

If you fly into Taipei on an international flight, most likely you’ll land at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport. It’s located north of Taoyuan City, to the west of Taipei City. It takes about an hour or more to get from the airport to the center of the city.

Here’s how I got into the center of Taipei from the airport.

  • Once you go through immigration and grab your bag, you then exit the airport and look for the signs leading to the High Speed Rail / Bus Station.
  • At the bus counter there are a bunch of different buses you can take. I bought a ticket with UBus that went directly to THSR Taoyuan Station – 30 TWD ($0.96)
  • At THSR Taoyuan Station I bought a ticket on the high speed train to Taipei Station – 165 TWD ($5.28)
  • From Taipei Station you can get the local Metro to whichever station you need to get to.

The journey from the airport to Taipei city center can take about 1 – 1.5 hours, so it’s important to be aware of that, both for when you arrive or leave.

When leaving Taipei, you can take the same journey, just in reverse. When you get to THSR Taoyuan Station, there will be a line of buses waiting, that go straight to the airport.

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Homeyhouse – a great place to stay in Taipei

Places to stay in Taipei

Choosing a place to stay when you’re in Taipei, and picking a good location, is one of the keys to having a successful trip. If you can get a good place to stay in a good location, that improves everything during your trip.

I’d also like to mention that in comparison to some other cities, the good thing about Taipei is that the central part of the city is really not all that big, and public transportation is really good. So even if you’re staying somewhere a bit far out, as long as you’re close to a public transportation station, it should still be pretty easy to get around.

Here are a couple of best areas in Taipei to consider staying in and why, and a couple of hotel suggestions in each.

1. Ximending

Ximending is the shopping, nightlife, and entertainment heart of Taipei. If you want to stay at a hotel where you walk out the front door and have all-you-can handle shopping, street food and restaurants, and plenty of people watching opportunities, Ximending has some of the best places to stay in Taipei. You’ll find everything from budget hotels like Energy Inn, and plenty of mid-range hotels like Via Hotel Ximen. Do some good research though, because there are also quite a few love hotels in Ximending.

2. Zhongshan

Zhongshan is one of the main districts of Taipei, and it’s considered both the center of Taipei tourism, and a central business district of Taipei. If you want to feel like you’re in the heart of suburban Taipei (yet with plenty of pleasant neighborhood side-streets), Zhongshan is a great area to choose. There’s plenty of shopping and restaurants to choose from. Zhongshan has a range of hotels from mid-range like Homeyhouse Hotel where I stayed to many high end hotels like the elegant Okura Prestige Taipei.

3. Da’an District

Another one of Taipei’s main districts, that includes a mix of business and residential is Da’an district. You’ll find a mix of everything in this area of Taipei, and it’s just a short distance from Yongkang Street which has plenty of great restaurants, cafes, and places to hang out. In Da’an district accommodation tend to be on the higher end side like the trendy Home Hotel Da’an and Shangri-La, but there are also some budget places to stay like Green World Hostel.

When my wife and I were in Taipei while writing this Taipei travel guide, we I stayed at two different hotels, and here are the pros and cons of each.

Here’s where I stayed:

  • Go Sleep Hotel Xining (Ximending, I paid about $75 per night for a triple room) – Right after landing in Taipei, my wife and her sister and I checked into Go Sleep Xining Hotel, located in the busy fashion district of Ximending. The hotel, located on the top of a building, was basic, a little old, but it had everything we needed, and I thought it was of decent value. The location is great, right in the heart of the main fashion, shopping and young cultural area of Taipei.
  • Homeyhouse Hotel (Zhongshan District, I paid about $50 per night for a double deluxe room) – Halfway through our trip to Taipei, my wife and I transferred to Homeyhouse Hotel, which was an excellent place, and a completely different environment. The hotel itself was very nice, the staff were friendly, and the room was spacious and modern – even including a high-end electronic heated toilet seat. The only thing is that it is about a 10 – 15 minute walk from the nearest Metro station (Zhongshan station), which was not an issue for my wife and I as we love to walk, but it is something to think about.

I’d highly recommend Homeyhouse as my favorite place my wife and I stayed during our trip to Taipei.

NOTE: The links to hotels are affiliate links, meaning that if you make a hotel booking, at NO extra cost to you, I will get a small commission. Thank you for your support.

Travel packing list

A good travel packing list makes it easy to pack quickly and not forget anything. Here are some of the essentials I carried with my during my trip to Taipei:


Also, if you’re interested you can see my complete camera and electronics gear list here.

Restaurants and Street Food

Restaurants and Street Food in Taipei

Taipei, just like many cities in Asia like Bangkok or Seoul, has an incredible food culture, and in Taipei, there seems to be a never ending supply of delicious and interesting foods to try.

One of the best things about eating in Taiwan is that there are many different types of Chinese and even Japanese food influences in the cuisine. And along with local Taiwanese dishes, you’ll find restaurants in Taipei that serve dishes from around continental China.

Additionally, Taiwan is one of the world leaders when it comes to night markets… there are so many different night markets throughout Taipei that offer both shopping and an opportunity to walk around and feast.

In this Taipei Travel Guide for Food Lovers I’ll first share some of my favorite Taipei food night markets and some of my personal favorite Taiwanese dishes.

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Night markets in Taipei

Best Taipei Night Markets:

There are lots and lots of night markets in Taipei, and I wasn’t able to visit them all, but out of the ones I did visit, here are my favorites.

  • Shilin Night Market – Despite being the most famous and one of the biggest night markets in Taipei, and also supposedly one of the most touristy markets as well, after visiting, I still think it’s a must visit night market when you’re in Taipei. The sheer size of the market, the busyness of the lanes, the amount of snacks and shopping, and just the amount of people that go there, give the market a lot of energy. You’ll find things like fried dumplings, everything on skewer, and blowtorched steak.
  • Raohe Night Market – One of the things I loved about Taipei is that even when some attractions or markets are well publicized and have potential to be too touristy, they still remain pretty local in many ways. Raohe Night Market is another famous night market, and while there are many tour groups that frequent the market, I found it to be an amazing mix of shopping and food, plus packed with Taiwanese culture. While Shilin Night Market is exciting and energizing, Raohe is much more relaxed and has more of a friendly neighborhood feel to it. One of the best things to eat at Raohe Night Market are the pepper pork buns right at the entrance of the market and pork ribs soup.
  • Ningxia Night Market – Ningxia Night Market is a Taipei night market that I just kind of showed up at without much planning, and it turned out to be fantastic. The market is exclusively focused on food and I didn’t really notice any other stalls, just solid food. It has a neighborhood feel, in a good location, still very much local, and there are lots of food choices. I enjoyed the skewers of meat and vegetables, all grilled and seasoned, and also there are a number of legendary oyster omelet restaurants at this night market.
  • Keelung Miaokou Night Market – This night market is not in Taipei, but because it’s close enough and easy enough to get here, and because it’s one of the most mind-blowing displays of food in one place, I’ve included it on this Taipei list. You can get to Keelung City by train in about 30 – 45 minutes from Taipei Station, and what awaits you at Keelung Miaokou Night Market are a few bedazzling streets packed with food.
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Pepper pork buns – one of my favorite Taiwanese foods

My favorite Taiwanese dishes:

Listed below are just a few of my absolute favorite Taiwanese dishes. For a more complete Taiwanese food guide, be sure to check out Taiwanese Food Guide blog post (coming soon).

  • Lu rou fan (minced pork rice) – Considered one of the national dishes of Taiwan, lu rou fan is the combination of rice topped with minced braised pork. The sauce seeps into the rice blending with the fatty, slow cooked, outrageously tender pork. It’s an amazingly comforting simple dish.
  • Niu rou mien (beef noodle soup) – Another dish you can’t miss eating in Taipei is beef noodle soup. There are many different types, but the basic combination is a bowl of noodles, topped with tender beef, and a soothing complex beefy broth. Beef noodles are a Taiwanese favorite.
  • Hujiao bing (pepper buns) – When I think about Taiwanese food, I never really imagined little bread buns, stuffed with a combination of meat and pepper, and baked in an Indian tandoor like oven. But hujiao bing, which is exactly that, is popular in Taiwan, and they are so incredibly delicious when they are piping hot. I could eat them all day long. The best one I had was at Raohe Night Market.
  • Taiwanese hot pot – Hot pot is a meal popular all over Asia, and in Taipei it seems like every second restaurant serves hot pot. There are some different regional variations and even Japanese style shabu shabu in Taipei, but the basic components of a hot pot meal include a personal or table-side pan of boiling soup where you dip meat and vegetables in to cook right before you eat.
  • Xiaolongbao (soup dumplings) – Likely the most famous Taiwanese food in the world, in a large part due to the expansion of Din Tai Fung restaurant, are xiaolongbao, steamed soup dumplings. Despite their widespread popularity, xiaolongbao are originally from mainland China in Jiangnan near Shanghai. A tray of steamed soup dumplings with some extra side dishes, makes an outstanding meal in Taipei.
  • Gua bao (pork belly sandwich) – Looking for one of the ultimate Taiwanese snacks? Gua bao, which is similar to a sandwich made with a steamed piece of bread stuffed with braised pork belly and pickled mustard greens, is one of the finest Taiwanese hand-held creations.
  • Bubble tea – I’m personally not a huge bubble tea drinker, but my wife, along with basically the entire population of young people in Taiwan, are crazy for it. Bubble tea typically consists of extremely milky tea filled with boba tapioca pearls. What I do like about ordering bubble tea in Taiwan is that you can typically choose your sweetness level, or even choose to have no sugar at all. Bubble tea is definitely a Taiwanese national treasure of a beverage, and it’s now found just about everywhere in the world, from Bangkok to Los Angeles.
  • Chou doufu (stinky tofu) – There’s no other food in Taiwan that’s more noticeable by smell or that has more passionate food followers, as the infamous Taiwanese stinky tofu, a national dish. On my first stinky tofu experience in Taiwan, I didn’t even know I had ordered it. It definitely had a little bit of a rotting taste to it, but I quite enjoyed it – it’s a bit unique and something you have to eat in Taipei.

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Things to do in Taipei – Longshan Temple



Things to do in Taipei

When my wife and I were in Taipei, we were on a mission to do quite a lot, and so along with eating, we ran around visiting many attractions in-between meals.

Here are some of the top things to do in Taipei, when you’re taking a break from the food!

Taipei 101 Observatory – Designed to look like a pole of bamboo, Taipei 101 is the tallest and most iconic landmark skyscraper of Taipei. At the bottom of the monstrous tower is a giant luxury mall, but the main attraction is the observatory from the 88th – 91st floors. It is a little pricey at 500 NTW entrance for adults, but it truly is a breathtaking view of the city. I spent about an hour at the observatory, admiring Taipei from all directions. Conveniently located on ground floor, as soon as you get out of the elevator is Din Tai Fung, and it’s kind of a rite of passage to have xiaolongbao after finishing at the observation deck… at least I think so. Address: 110, Taiwan, Taipei City, Xinyi District, Section 5, Xinyi Rd, 7號; Opening hours: 9 am – 10 pm daily; Entrance price: 600 TWD for adults.

Elephant Mountain – Just like Hong Kong, Taipei is not only an incredible city, but it’s surrounded by lush green mountains. Right in the middle of the city is a place called Elephant Mountain, where you can take a hike, and in literally just a few minutes, you feel like you’re in middle of the jungle rather than in a huge city. The main trail leads to a series of views of Taipei, with an amazing view of Taipei 101 and the entire downtown area of Taipei. Another great thing is that you can take a little hike at Elephant Mountain even if you just have an hour or two to spare. Address: 110, Taiwan, Taipei City, Xinyi District; Opening hours: 9 am – 5 pm daily; Entrance price: it’s free to enter as it’s a memorial.

Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall – The Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall is a gigantic memorial landmark in Taipei, dedicated to Chiang Kai-shek, a former leader of the Republic of China. The overall structure and courtyard that it’s part of is gigantic. And also one of the main attractions at the hall is watching the elaborate changing of the guard ceremony which happens every hour on the hour. Address: No. 21, Zhongshan S Rd, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan 100; Opening hours: daylight hours; Entrance price: this is a free attraction.

Longshan Temple – Fully known as Mengjia Longshan Temple, the temple is one of the most important Chinese temple in Taipei, and considered to be a national treasure of history and cultural heritage. When I visited, the temple was packed full of people both inside and out, and the entire temple seemed to be going up in a cloud of incense smoke and scurrying people. The environment was very lively yet calm at the same time. Address: No. 211, Guangzhou St, Wanhua District, Taipei City, Taiwan 10853; Opening hours: 6 am – 10 pm daily; Entrance price: it’s free to enter as it’s a temple.

Dalongdong Baoan Temple – In short just known as Baoan temple, this small incredibly well preserved and ornate temple, is another cultural Taiwanese heritage icon. Of all the temples I visited in my trip to Taipei, this was probably the most impressive for its incredibly detailed decorations and paintings. Also, in contrast to the lively action of Longshan Temple, Baoan Temple was extremely quiet and peaceful. Address: No. 61, Hami St, Datong District, Taipei City, Taiwan 103; Opening hours: 7 am – 10 pm daily; Entrance price: free.

National Palace Museum – I’m not huge on museums when I travel, but sometimes I do enjoy visiting, and the National Palace Museum was what I considered to be a museum that’s worth the time and entrance fee – largely due to its important collection. According to Wikipedia, the museum includes 696,000 pieces, making it one of the largest museums in the world, mostly focusing on Chinese history and art. When I was in University I took a number of art history courses, and I remember studying some of the most famous masterpieces on display at the museum – pieces by artists like Fan Kuan and Zhang Zeduan. If you love art and Chinese history the National Palace is a museum you have to visit in Taipei. Address: No. 221, Section 2, Zhishan Rd, Shilin District, Taipei City, Taiwan 111; Opening hours: 8:30 am – 6:30 pm on Sunday – Thursday and 8:30 am – 9 pm on Friday and Saturday; Entrance price: 250 TWD.

Night Markets – I’ve already covered this above, but it’s worth adding it to the attractions list as well, since night markets are such an important part of Taiwanese culture. Of all the attractions within this Taipei travel guide, visiting night markets is one of my favorites. You simply don’t go to Taipei without going to a night market a few times, or even every night you’re up for it. They are fun, entertaining, provide a cultural Taiwanese experience, and the greatest bonus is that you’ll find a never ending variety of delicious food to eat.

Maokong Gondola – I thought it was going to be a little short gondola ride, but the ride is actually a means of both transportation (connected to the mass transit system) and a touristy attraction. The entire Maokong Gondola ride takes about 30 minutes, offers incredible views, and when you reach the top there are tea houses in the mountains. The only setback is that the gondola closes if there’s rainy weather and sometimes there can be a pretty long line. But it’s very affordable and a great thing to do. Address: At Taipei Zoo station – 116, Taiwan, Taipei City, Wenshan District; Opening hours: 9 am – 9 pm on Tuesday – Thursday, 9 am – 10 pm on Friday, 8:30 am – 10 pm on Saturday, and 8:30 – 9 pm on Sunday, hours are also subject to change due to festival, events, and weather; Entrance price: They have a variety of different ticket options, but a single ticket costs 120 TWD.

Lin Family Mansion and Garden – One of the things I wasn’t sure if I was going to have time to do, but I’m very happy I did, is visit the Lin Family Mansion and Garden, a privately opened house and museum. Walking around the ancient and well designed gardens was a true throwback in time. It was both peaceful and eerie. Address: No. 9, Ximen St, Banqiao District, New Taipei City, Taiwan 220; Opening hours: 9 am – 5 pm daily, but close on the 1st Monday of each month; Entrance price: This is one of the best free attractions in Taipei.

Beitou hot springs area – When you arrive to Beitou, a hot spring mountainous resort area, it’s hard to believe you’re still right in Taipei. The area has a completely different countryside feel to it, and it’s most famous for the hot springs which can be accessed from both hotels and a public bathing facility. Additionally in the area you’ll find restaurants and other attractions that you can easily visit in a hale or full Taipei day trip. Address: Beitou Station – No. 1, Guangming Rd, Beitou District, Taipei City, Taiwan 11246; Opening hours: Most things are open 9 am – 5 pm daily, but some museums close on Mondays (so best to not go on a Monday if possible); Entrance price: Depending on what you do, there are some free attractions, but to enter the public hot springs it costs 40 TWD per person.

There are many more things to do in Taipei, but I included just a concise list of my personal favorite attractions within this Taipei travel guide.

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Local transportation in Taipei

How to get around (transportation)

Taipei has one of the best, most convenient, and most clean and modern mass transportation systems in Asia. And another great thing is that it’s somehow never extremely crowded (very well managed) and it’s hassle free.

Pair the MRT with the great bus system as well, and Taipei has wonderful public transportation. For my entire trip to Taipei, I didn’t ever use a taxi, but relied completely on the Metro and bus.

  • Metro – The Metro Taipei is extremely nice and convenient, and very affordable as well. You have a couple of options, depending on how long you’re in Taipei and how much you’ll be running around. A one day pass, including unlimited rides costs 150 TWD ($4.59). But if you’re in Taipei for a few days, I’d recommend purchasing an Easy Card, which you can purchase at any station, which allows you to add money so you can just touch and go. Rides on the Metro vary in price depending on distance and can range from 16 TWD – 55 TWD ($0.49 – $1.68). It’s very affordable.
  • Bus – The bus system is also very easy to use if you know which bus to take. And to pay you can use your same Easy Card and just tap in.
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Taipei skyline from Elephant Mountain

Prices and expenses

I would say that Taipei is a mid to low priced range travel destination, and I think that overall the value for money in Taipei is excellent.

Accommodation:

  • Hostel: $10 – $25 USD per bed
  • Mid-range hotel: $25 – $75 USD per night
  • High end: Everything above $75 USD

Transportation:

  • Metro ride: Depending on how far you go, about 16 TWD – 55 TWD ($0.49 – $1.68)
  • Bus ride: Also depending on how far you go buy similar prices to the Metro
  • Taxi: Even taxis are not too high in price, and if you need to take one, they are very reliable option. The only reason I didn’t take a taxi in Taipei is just because the public transportation is so adequate if you can walk a little bit. For a taxi ride about a 10 kilometer ride should cost somewhere around 250 TWD – 300 TWD ($7.65 – $9.17).

Food:

  • Street snack: 15 – 100 TWD ($0.46 -$3.06)
  • Bowl of beef noodles: 100 – 250 TWD ($3.06 – $7.64)
  • Rice and side dishes (local style meal): 100 – 200 TWD per person ($3.06 – $6.12)
  • Local hot pot meal: 250 TWD per person ($7.64)
  • Nicer indoor restaurant: About 300 – 600 TWD per person ($9.17 – $18.35)
  • Bubble tea: 35 NTW ($1.07)

This is just an estimate of prices that I took note of while visiting and writing this Taipei travel guide. So it’s meant to just be a rough guide to give you an idea of prices and expenses you can expect.

Taipei travel guide videos

During my trip to Taipei, I decided to make a Taipei travel guide video blog for every day I was in Taipei.

So this series of videos covers all 12 days that we stayed in Taipei, including our full travel and food itinerary that we did each day. There are also a few extra Taiwanese food videos in the playlist at the end.

You can watch the full video series on YouTube here.

Map of Taipei

On this map (if you can’t see it above, here’s the direct link), you’ll find all the attractions and restaurants listed in this Taipei travel guide. One of the ways I plan my daily itineraries is by studying a map of attractions and restaurants. So I hope this will be helpful for you.

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Taipei Travel Guide for Food Lovers

Conclusion

Taipei is the capital and largest city of Taiwan, offering a wealth of shopping, art, culture, history, and most importantly food.

One of the reasons I was most excited to visit Taipei was to explore the famous night markets, and with an almost incomprehensible quantity and variety of different food stalls to choose from, and they didn’t disappoint.

Taipei is an extremely modern, convenient, and even very friendly travel destination. You’ll love the mix of modern culture and ancient history, the contrast of skyscrapers and lush green parks and mountains, and the variety of Taiwanese and Chinese food you can eat.

Taipei has a lot going for it, and if you love to eat, you’re going to enjoy Taipei.

Thank you for reading this Taipei travel guide, and I hope it will assist you in planning your trip to Taipei.

Have you been to Taipei? Are you planning to visit?



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  • bush

    2 weeks ago

    hi p’mark. I’m going to taiwan this Sunday and thank you for great insights.
    cheers!

    • Mark Wiens

      2 weeks ago

      Great to hear that, hope you have an amazing trip!

  • James

    1 month ago

    Hi Mark,
    I follow your YouTube videos and love every single one of them. I am traveling to Taiwan and Hong Kong with my wife in October/November 2017. We’ll definitely be using your recommendations on our trip. Keep it up!

  • Reshma Narasing

    1 month ago

    Wow! I loved your detailed guide on Taipei. I had planned this for last year, but changed the plans. Hope to do this soon. Loved your video! So cool 🙂

  • Andrew

    2 months ago

    It’s 4:30AM and all I can think of is going to your website migrationology.com because it makes me remember the happiest moments we experienced following your down to earth travel and food recommendations on our last trip to Taiwan. Mark, you have a humble personality that almost everyone can easily relate to and apply to the way they travel. Me and my wife are Christians too and all we can think of is to thank God for such a blessing like you.

  • Teri

    2 months ago

    Aloha e Mark. We are headed for a visit next month and we will pretty much be following the trip you took, with exception to some family visits and a trip to Taroko in Hualien. I have a few questions: #1 any info on the puppet museum? I am trying to figure out where that was. #2 living in Hawaii`I we have NO experience with snakes, so was wondering if that was an issue when you were walking in the parks. Mahalo for your videos – just added Bhutan to our bucket lists of travel destinations thanks to you. E Malama pono and hugs to your `Ohana.

  • TOM CHIN

    2 months ago

    KEEP UP WITH ALL THE VIDEOS. ILL BE DOING A THREE WEEK SUMMER AUGUST 2017 TOUR OF BEIJING, TAPEI, GUANGZHOU, HONG KONG WITH FAMILY. CAN YOU SUGGEST SOME GREAT EATS ? I LOVE GREAT FOOD AND FROM FLUSHING, NY. THANK YOU AGAIN

  • Chris

    2 months ago

    I am a subscriber to your Youtube vlogs. Love them and appreciate that you include helpful travel tips, especially on getting around by public transportation. I will be visiting Taiwan in October 2017 and watched all your vids. Thank you, thank you. You (and Ying) are terrific guides and I hope you continue your travel/food vlog work for years to come.

    • Mark Wiens

      2 months ago

      Thank you very much Chris. Great to hear you’ll be visiting Taiwan in October as well, hope you have an amazing trip!

  • erick

    3 months ago

    shuch a good information to take account when we want to plan our trip.

  • Chau

    3 months ago

    Great, interesting & helpful videos
    Thanks

  • Christina

    3 months ago

    Taipei is a travel hotspot at the moment. And this is a really useful Taipei city guide, Mark. By the way, the food photos look delicious. That pork pepper bun is just jumping out of the page.

  • paul

    3 months ago

    Thanks for the great info, I visited taipei eight years ago and finally get a chance to go back soon.
    your food guide is super helpful

  • Karen

    4 months ago

    Love your site! Thanks for the amazing insights to travel in Taipei!

  • Jo

    4 months ago

    Hi, Mark! My family and I are vacationing in Taiwan this coming June. I watched all of your vlogs regarding Taiwan. I am now officially one of your subscribers because you’re funny and your vlogs and website are very helpful. I have few questions: (1) when taking the bus, do you have to scan your Easy Card before you sit on the bus or before you get off the bus? I think I saw you scan the Easy card twice,i.e., the first time you took the bus, you scanned it before sitting down and then on your way back, it seems you scanned it before you got off the bus. I wasn’t sure. (2) If we are staying there for 4 days, how much do you suggest we put on the card? 500 TWD good enough? We’re planning to go to Beitou, shifen, gondola, National Palace, and Taipei 101. That’s it. Thank you and more power to you.

  • Mikko

    4 months ago

    your posts had been very helpful. went to the night markets. also went to shilin last night. there was something i tried, fried milk, which was super amazing.

    thanks mark.

  • Jenny

    5 months ago

    Hello, Mark!
    I am going to Taiwan this year, but have yet decided when to go there. Could you please recommend if it is possible?
    Thanks a lot for your response :).

  • Hanina

    5 months ago

    Hi! So, i’m just wondering if I can use english in night markets? I’m going to Taiwan for a month and i can’t speak chinese or mandarin. Thanks!

    • LT

      5 months ago

      Yeah of course! I just went to visit Shilin Night market today!

  • Samara

    6 months ago

    Great recommendations! I was in Taipei about a month ago. My friend and I found this amazing takeout place called “The Food Box” which served Dan Bing, a Taiwanese egg crepe with different fillings (bacon, cabbage, corn, etc). It was so good, we went back twice! Address: No. 30, Lane 137, Yanji St, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106 – just off blue line @ Sun Yat Sen Memorial station

  • John Grubb

    7 months ago

    Hi Mark. My wife and I are going to visiting Asia (from Canada) at the end of Feb. and into Mar. for 3 weeks. Taipei is one of our stops and we have been watching your videos. They are a great resource for planning and much appreciated.
    This will be our second Asia trip and first time to Taipei. By the looks of your videos, we are going to gain a lot of weight. Thanks for all the helpful information and a great vlog.

    • Mark Wiens

      7 months ago

      Hi John, great to hear that you’ll be coming to Asia, and making a stop in Taipei. Taipei is a wonderful city, haha and yes it wouldn’t be too challenging to put on some extra weight. Hope you and your wife have a great upcoming trip and enjoy the food.

      • samrat

        5 months ago

        Is it safe? I really want to go

  • Jeoly Mei

    7 months ago

    Hi Mark, I love your videos and I always watch them before I travel to Asia! I recently came back from Hong Kong and Taipei and I went to Jinfeng, Din Tai Fung, the Gua Bao place that you went, it was truly amazing! Will you be going to Hong Kong anytime soon!

    • Mark Wiens

      7 months ago

      Hi Jeoly, great to hear from you, and thank you very much for watching my videos and reading this guide. Glad you enjoyed the food in Taipei as well. I was just in Hong Kong a couple months ago, and I’m putting the finishing touches on a Hong Kong guide just like this coming soon. Thanks!

  • KB

    7 months ago

    Love your videos! My husband and I are planning a day trip to Beitou in January. We’ve heard you can rent a room with private hot spring at some of the Beitou hotels for a few hours at a time. Do you have any recommendations? Thank you!

    • Mark Wiens

      7 months ago

      Hi KB, thank you very much for reading, and glad you’re planning to visit Taipei soon. I don’t have any recommendations for where to stay in Beitou but I did see some places when I was walking around there. I think it’s a great idea, would be a nice place to spend some time relaxing. Hope you enjoy your trip!

  • Ys Tan

    7 months ago

    Hi, Mark, I really enjoyed reading your blog and watching your Vlog. Going to Taiwan next month. Could you share the location of the Sichuan Hotpot that you went in Taipei, please ? Or the name of that restaurant? Thank you very much!

    • Mark Wiens

      7 months ago

      Hi Ys, good to hear from you, thank you. That restaurant is called Old Sichuan at Zhongshan.

  • travelgasm

    7 months ago

    Enjoyed your itinerary. Happy to read that you were able to spend a couple weeks in Taipei. It’s definitely a friendly city.

    Particularly glad that you stumbled into the Ningxia Night Market. It’s always been one of our favorites. It’s becoming more touristy, particularly with mainland Chinese tourists, but it still feels more local than the big markets.

    Next time you’re in Taipei, try to make it to the Linjiang or Liaoning Night Market. They’re a bit more local than Ningxia, even, and we think you’d like them, too!

    • Mark Wiens

      7 months ago

      Thank you very much for reading, really appreciate it. Thanks for the tips too, next time I’m in Taipei I’ll definitely check out Linjiang and Liaoning Night Market.

  • Monique Lacroix

    8 months ago

    Hello, nice infos thanks! I search a person to show me the country for 8 days and teach me some mandarin, (december) You do not know someone who would like it and make some cash? Regards

  • VT Collaco

    9 months ago

    The Taipei is very good. I like o go there after you wrote

    • Mark Wiens

      9 months ago

      Hey VT, thank you. Taipei is an amazing city, hope you can visit!

      • michal

        8 months ago

        Hi Mark,

        I ve started to watch your channel today and i really like it! Well done!
        I visited Taiwan and Taipei in April 2012 but I’m missing the country so much that
        plan to go there in Feb 2017 again! thanks for all the suggestions ! surely I ll take them
        into consideration!

  • Sidney

    11 months ago

    Hello i am Sidney from France i just want to say that my girlfriend and me follow you since a long time ! We are actually in Taipei and your informations are very helpful !!!
    Best regards and sorry for my english

    • Mark Wiens

      7 months ago

      Hi Sidney, great to hear from you, thank you very much. Hope you had an amazing trip to Taipei!

  • Carlos Jimenez-Wilson

    1 year ago

    Going to Taipei at the end of June with the family. Really looking forward to the food and spending time with our friends. Appreciate the great info. on your blog and vlog. God Bless!

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hey Carlos, great to hear you’ll be going to Taipei soon. Have a great trip, and enjoy the food!

      • Galvin

        12 months ago

        Thank You so much Mark for the great blog. It helps us and really love your videos.