Can't believe our time on the Philippines past by so quickly. We decided to end the triple-trouble-trip in a country and city which is all new for us. Taipei made it and after a great time in Siargao and Cebu we were heading to Taiwan. Flight was super easy and quick and soon we were replacing the Philippine SimCard with a Taiwanese one.
In a combination between MRT and Uber we made our way to our accommodation, the Nihao Café Hotel.
After beeing spoilt which huge space during our stay in the Philippines, we got a room which is, hmm let's say comparable with a shoebox :). It reminded me somehow of Japan. No spare space left, but a clever roomconcept which worked out.
We didn't leave Taipei for 4 days- these are my recommendation for a fantastic time in Taiwan:
What do do
What to avoid
Food & Drinks
Definitively go to the nightmarkets where you get all kind and variety of food! In addition, I can strongly recommend the following places:
If you love HotPot or ShabuShabu this is the way to go! A bit pricey (compared with streetfood) but definitively worth!
Din Tai Fung
Considered to be the best dumplings! Average waiting time can be 70-90 minutes. We were lucky and did not even had to wait 10 minutes (were there around 7 pm). They accept cash only. Thanks Sandra for the tip :)
Amazing Beef Noodles! They got even awarded by a Michelin Star. A proof how great the streetfood kitchen in Taipei is! Only to get another Bowl of these beef noodles would be a reason to come back to Taipei! Thanks again Sandra :)
A fun place, specialized in shaved ice. Try the unicorn icecream as well as the Mango! There is one place which is very popular and touristy, we've been to the other store and met the founder of the IceMonster.
We discovered this place during our walking tour. You can get almost every taste. There is a huge variety for brave and not so brave people :).
We've been there on our last evening (also thank you Sandra for that tip :)) and it reminded me a lot to the Attaboy Speak Easy Bar I've been in New York. The entrance is hidden too, and you will be amazed once you find the entrance and enter the door. The bar is very cool, not too big and looks like a Cocktail Lab. They don't have a menu with the drinks, you just tell what kind of flavour do you like and they will mixe a surprise for you. Still by today I don't know exactly what I had but it was very tasty! They even shared new creations with us to get our feedback on it. It is more pricey too, but definitively worth the money, especially if it's your last night in Taipei!
If you're into tea, I can recommend to go for a Tea Ceremony to Wistaria Tea House. The tea is expensive, but I guess a must-do experience for tea lovers :).
You can get them everywhere in different varieties - I prefer the bubble tea which is not mixed with milk.
Where to stay
I can recommend the Nihao Café Hotel. People were super friendly, it was a bit tight yes, but location was good too, very close to MRT. Also close to 101. And breakfast was delicious. I choose always the yum Pancakes, one time even with a coffee!
If I go back to Taipei, I might consider a Hotel around Ximending too.
1 day in Taipei
If you have one day in Taipei only, i would do the following (we did that actually on one day and it was one of my favorite):
If you wake up early and the view is good, then go to the Elephant Mountain Hill, Shopping in Ximending is great too and can be combined either before or after KTV!
on the list for next time:
yes, we have done a lot and 4 days in the city were sufficient. If I make it another time to Taipei (which I hope) I will definitively check:
Thank you Taipei for fun days with tons of laughter which was a perfect and of perfect holidays! Of course it wouldn't have been that much fun without the girls - #tripletrouble is unbeatable! :)