In the second edition of of my Taiwan trip for hotels.com, I share with you my list of Top 7 Things To Do In Taipei City! This list is mostly cafe/ shopping centric and is ideal for a 1-2 day trip. I have more nature-based suggestions below, so read on!
November is said to be the best time to visit Taiwan to encounter Autumn-hued foliage but we were too early to witness the change in season. Despite that, we filled our time exploring Taipei’s bustling cafe and shopping scene.
Eat: One-Fifteen 初衣食午
Address: No. 90-92, Sec. 1, Daan Road, Da’an Dist., Taipei
Opening Hours: Daily, 12 – 9pm
Home Hotel Da-An’s manager recommended this “Instagram-famous” cafe-meets-fashion store, which is just a 5-minute walk from Home Hotel Da-An. The garden-themed glasshouse-structured cafe deserves a visit and creates artful backdrop for any Instagram Post!
Bubble Tea: 小日子
Address: No. 153-5, Yanji Street, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106
Opening Hours: Daily, 8am – 7pm
Originally a magazine publication, 小日子 (Xiao Ri Zi) extended its brand to include namesake lifestyle cafes and retail stores. We stumbled upon their charming drinks-only Japanese-inspired cafe en route to Home Hotel Da-An and were impressed with their house-brewed bubble tea. We highly recommend their Milk Tea with Pearls, and Matcha Latte with Pearls!
Shop & Eat: @ Niko and…
Address: No. 142, Section 4, Zhongxiao East Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106
Opening Hours: Sunday – Thursday, 11am – 10pm
Friday – Saturday, 11am – 10:30pm
This Japanese retail behemoth has over 100 stores in Japan. The clothing, lifestyle and cafe brand recently opened its first store in Taipei (just a 10 minute walk from Home Hotel Da-An) stocks a multitude of modern and preppy items that would fit right into any millennial home. I even purchased some faux air plants to hang in my upcoming office space! I considered buying some tin crates, but something in Elsie and Puay Fang’s eyes said “No, put that down, we still have to go to Tai Chung”. So alas.
Shop: Minis Mode
Address: No. 34, Lane 161, Section 1, Dunhua South Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, 106
Opening Hours: Monday – Friday 1:30pm – 8:30pm
This is one boutique I stop by whenever I’m in Taipei! Their classic, clean, and modern selection of clothes means you get timeless outfits for seasons to come. Prices are also very affordable for top-quality clothing. Follow them on Instagram @minis_mode to see what’s in store!
Shop: Natural Kitchen
Address: 106, Taiwan, Taipei City, Da’an District, Alley 5, Lane 107, Section 1, Fuxing South Road, No. 12
Opening Hours: Sunday – Thursday, 11am – 8pm
Friday – Sat, 11am – 9pm
Think of this as an upgraded Daiso. Quality and affordable kitchenware, lifestyle and decorative items can be found in this modest shop. P.S. I spent a good half an hour here shopping for kitchenware! Came out with close to 15 items for less than $70! This place is a definite must-go for anyone looking to spruce up their home or office!
Eat & Shop: Fujin Street: funfuntown + Fujintree shop + Fujin Tree 353 Cafe
Address: No. 353, Fujin Street, Songshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 105
Opening Hours: Daily 9am – 9pm
Though it may seem like a quiet street, Fujin Street is home to cafes, quaint boutique stores, a musuem, . The Fujintree shop and Fujin Tree 353 cafe are neighbours, so we recommend you grab a bite here after shopping at Japanese clothing brand Beams down the street, or after perusing artisan furniture boutique funfuntown: With an inventory ranging from exquisite understated items like a candle holder to a peculiar broom with a low U-shaped handle, there is something for everyone looking to collect decorative furniture!
Eat: Ningxia Night Market
Other than the usual crowd pleasers like Mochi Ice, Grilled Chicken Sausages, and Peanut Ice Cream wrapped in Popiah Skin, you have to visit my favourite: Stall No. 60 Fang Jia’s Ji Rou Fan (Rice with Chicken), It is definitely one of the best meals I’ve ever had in Taiwan. They close on Mondays so take note of that!
Other places we visited worth checking out: Library cum cafe Boven (Located right next to Natural Kitchen), Wengu Cafe, and these establishments along Siwei Road: Swell Co. Cafe, KIITO Boutique, and September Cafe. If you have a bit more time and you enjoy botany, you can check out 有肉Succulent & Gift and the TOWN CRIER on the adjacent side of Diwei Road – though you can’t exactly bring the plants back home to Singapore, this place is perfect for any plant and/ or succulent enthusiast.
I hope you enjoyed this list! Book your Taipei accommodation at hotels.com, especially around the Da An (read all about our Home Hotel Da-An experience here) area to be located within all the locations listed above.
Next up: Tai Chung!