My second trip to Taiwan was a gourmet trip! Enjoying food and shopping in Taipei!

I went on my second trip to Taiwan, and I’m going to blog about it as a travelogue. This time, the trip took 5 days and 4 nights.

When I went to Taiwan for the first time, I regretted that I didn’t get to enjoy much food because I was on a bullet train…

So, this time I decided to spend some time around Taipei and enjoy the food!

I did a lot of research beforehand, asking people in Taiwan to tell me about popular restaurants and famous stores.

As a result, we ate too much delicious food every day and it turned out to be a foodie trip.

Please use this as a reference for women’s trips and family trips.

I got to indulge in some delicious Taiwanese food this time!

Itinerary of my trip to Taiwan

Day 1 Arrive in Taipei. Visit Shilin Night Market and a nearby cafe
Day 2 Shopping at Dihua Street and Dongmen. Go to hot pot and teppanyaki restaurants
Day 3 Sightseeing in Tamsui, souvenir shopping at supermarket
Day 4 Eat Ding Tai Fung and go to Jiufen
Day 5 Buy pineapple cake at the airport and return home

This trip was mainly spent in Taipei, with only the fourth day spent in Jiufen.

This article is the first part of Day 1 and Day 2. If you want to know more about Jiufen and Danshui, please read the second part.

[Taiwan Travelogue] Leisurely sightseeing in Danshui and Jiufen. A Gourmet Trip Around Taipei (Second Half)I went on my second trip to Taiwan in five days! I’ll be blogging about it in my travelogue. I went on a leisurely sightseeing tour of beautiful Danshui and Jiufen, ate my way around, and went to famous restaurants. It was a gourmet trip where we ate a lot of delicious food…

Travel style

Couple trip
Focus on gourmet food and shopping
Research the stores you want to visit in advance.

【Day 1】11:25am Narita to Taoyuan Airport, Taiwan

This time, the airline was Tigerair Taiwan. It’s a Taiwanese LCC.

The flight departed from Narita at 11:25 a.m. and was scheduled to arrive at Taipei Taoyuan Airport at 2:45 p.m.

Although it is an LCC, my baggage was free of charge up to 10 kg. This is great because most other airlines have a 7 kilo limit!

I was wondering what it would be like since it was my first time to ride it, but the seats were spacious and surprisingly comfortable. The seats were spacious and surprisingly comfortable.

LCCs don’t have personal monitors, so bring something to pass the time with you!

We arrived in Taipei almost on time. It only takes three hours to get there, so Taiwan is really close.

15:30 Break at the airport food court

When we arrived at Taoyuan Airport, we first went to the food court on the second basement floor of Terminal 1.

I was a little hungry, so I ordered a Jie Pai (Taiwanese fried chicken). I love this stuff.

At only NT$75 ($2.70) each, they are affordable and can be eaten as a snack. They’re peppery and delicious!

Some of the food courts here are open from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., depending on the store, so be sure to take a break.

After taking a break, take the MRT from Taoyuan Airport Station.

The station is directly connected to the airport, so it was an easy ride. It’s so easy!

For 150 yuan ($5.40), you can get to Taipei Main Station. The direct train takes 35 minutes, and the individual stations take 45 minutes. Since I got on the direct train, it was insanely fast!

Trains come every 15 minutes, so you can get on if you wait a bit. (Reference: Airport Metro timetable)

17:00 Arrive at the cute retro hotel

We came to a hotel near Ximending Town Station, which is next to Taipei Main Station.

We will be staying at the “Town . Memory Hotel (Chow Hotel). It’s a cute hotel, so I was looking forward to staying there.

A double room is 1780 yuan ($64.14) per night, a reasonable hotel costing about $30 per person.

Entering the hotel, I found the lobby spacious.

The rooms have cute Taiwanese illustrations!

It was compact, but quite functional with everything I needed.

There is a good desk, refrigerator, water, etc.

And a bathtub in the bathroom! This is great! The interior has a retro feel, but it’s a very clean and bright room.

The common space of this hotel is also very cute, and I was instantly captivated.

There was even a free Chinese dress to wear, which was a lot of fun to take pictures of!

There is also a mini bar with a variety of cup noodles and Taiwanese snacks. The food and drinks here are always free.

It makes me want to stay in a hotel.

There’s even a free washing machine, which is really handy for travelers!

The station is next to Taipei Station, so it was easy to do some sightseeing. We took a break and headed for the Shilin Night Market!

Town. Basic Information of Memory Travel Store
Address: No. 119 Kunming Street, Wanhua District, Taipei City
Hours: Check-in from 15:00, Check-out at 12:00
Website: Official Facabook

18:00 Eat at Shilin Night Market

I came to the Shilin Night Market right away~! I came here last time, but I didn’t do much research and didn’t know where to eat…

This time, I looked up the famous restaurants and focused on those, and it was a great decision!

I’ll introduce some of the restaurants that were delicious.

Popular stores for ghee pies

The first place I went to was the popular Jie Pai restaurant, Jia Gou Carbon Roast Chicken Exclusion. It’s located right outside Exit 1 of the nearby Jiantan Station.

The jee pies here are fried and then baked again, so they have a stronger flavor and are more delicious.

I tried it and it was soaked in sweet and spicy sauce, so good!

I ate a lot of ghee pies during my stay, but this was my favorite flavor.

A restaurant with a long queue for the best cheese fries

Prince Cheese Potato, located across the street from Zee Pai’s store, is also quite popular.

It is a falafel with a lot of tasty cheese on top.

Combined with the corn and bacon toppings, it was a great dish. Cheese lovers, you’ll love this!

Sweet potato balls that are sweet and delicious

We walked a little further into the night market and went to the next stop, “KuaiLe QQ ball”. It’s a glutinous sweet made from fried sweet potatoes.

There are other places to get sweet potato balls, but this one is off the charts in terms of deliciousness, so go here!

Once I ate at a cheaper restaurant and regretted it because the oil smelled a little…

You’ll be more satisfied if you eat at a popular restaurant.

Inexpensive but authentic! A bun store with a long queue

Next, we went to “Dai Shanghai Sheng Sen Bao”, a bun store with a long line of customers.

This place is so authentic, yet so cheap at only 15 yuan ($0.54) per bun.

The meat juices were sizzling and the taste was irresistible.

It is more fun to eat a variety of foods at the Shilin Night Market, so I recommend two or more people to share a meal.

20:00 Go to a coffee shop that Taiwanese people love

We were a little tired of walking, so we decided to go to a cafe called “Coffee Toss” near the night market. This seems to be a favorite coffee shop of Taiwanese people.

They have a Japanese menu, so it’s not difficult to order. They have a Japanese menu, so ordering is not difficult.

We ordered the famous “Cotton Candy and Ice Cream with Espresso” for NT$100 ($3.60) and the “Strawberry Ice Cream Waffle” for NT$230 ($8.28).

I was surprised to see a big pile of cotton candy! No, this was a real surprise.

The strawberry waffle was also very filling.

I ate the cotton candy with espresso. This store seems to be particular about its coffee, and the combination of thick espresso and sweet cotton candy was delicious!

RMB 180 ($6.48) for “Hot Fruit Tea” filled with Taiwanese fruits and NT$170 ($6.12) for “Watered Coffee” are also available.

Fruit tea is a taste that is hard to find in Japan! That’s because fruit is so delicious in Taiwan. The refreshing and sweet fruits are full of Taiwanese flavor.

The coffee was also very rich and tasty, which is hard to find in Japan.

This restaurant is open until 10:00 p.m., so it is recommended for night cafe use.

After relaxing at the cafe, we went back to the hotel to finish the first day.

Basic information about Coffee Tea
Opening hours: 12:00 – 22:00
Closed: No regular holidays
Address: 2F, No. 132 Wenlin, Shilin Dist.
Official website: 咖啡弄

【Day 2】9:00 Shopping at Dihua Street

Day 2 started with a shopping trip to Dihua Street. Dihua Street is the largest wholesale street in Taipei and is a great place to buy dried fruits and tea souvenirs.

It has recently been renovated, and cute cafes and general stores are opening one after another.

It is my favorite spot in Taipei because you can enjoy shopping in a retro atmosphere.

▼ For more information about Dihua Street, click here.

If you want to buy general merchandise in Taipei, go to Dihua Street! Three cute stores and cafes recommended for general merchandise lovers.Dihua Street is a famous wholesale street in Taipei, Taiwan. I’m going to introduce some of the shops, cafes, photo spots, and the time it takes to get there.

Here are some of the stores we visited again.

“Yongle Market” with its cute floral cloths

The inside of Yongle Market is lined with flower-patterned cloth, and there are many wholesalers.

Many of the stores sell cloth, but the store on the third floor called You Xiang also sells flowery goods.

I bought a pair of flowery pouches for 100 yuan ($3.60).

They also have luncheon mats and pochettes, so I recommend this store to anyone looking for affordable floral goods.

Basic information about Eiraku Market
Business hours: 9:00-19:00
Closed: Sunday
Address: 3F, No. 21, Sec. 1, Dihua St., Datong Dist.

Shop for dried fruit souvenirs at Shin-Dotji Shop

I wanted to buy some dried fruits and tea souvenirs, so I went to the Shin-Dotoshi Shop.

They have Japanese-speaking staff here, which helps!

There are quite a lot of dried fruits to choose from, and you can taste them all!

It costs 150 yuan ($5.40) per bag, but it comes in a neat package and is easy to give as a souvenir. My favorites are tangerine and tomato.

Basic information about Shin-Dotoshi Shop
Opening hours: 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Closed: No special holidays
Address: No. 73, Sec. 1, Dihua St., Datong Dist.

Thai-style basket bags! Gao Jian Tub Store

Further along Dihua Street, we went to Gao Jian Tub Store. This is a store that has a lot of basket bags.

I chose a large yellow basket bag as a souvenir for my mother, and bought it for 190 yuan ($6.84).

The bags made of netting are quite affordable at 35 yuan ($1.26) each, so they make good souvenirs to give away.

Basic information about Gao Jian Tub Store
Business hours: 9:00-20:00
Closed: No special holidays
Address: No. 204, Sec. 1, Dihua St., Datong Dist.

11:00 Take a break at a store famous for its apricot bean curd

We found a famous apricot bean curd store, Xia Jiu Beet, and decided to take a break and go there.

You can order it by itself, or add peanuts or red beans as toppings.

I ordered a single dish for 70 yuan ($2.52). The place is cozy, but you can sit down, so it’s perfect for a break.

The apricot bean curd here is smooth and thick. It’s my favorite and I’ll definitely go back next time.

Basic information about Xia Shui Tian Tian
Opening hours: 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Closed: No special holidays
Address: No. 240, Sec. 1, Dihua St., Datong Dist.

12:00 Go to a popular Taiwanese hot pot restaurant

For lunch, we moved to Ximending Town and went to Hakkai, a popular Taiwanese hot pot restaurant. It is a member of the same family as the hotel we are staying at, the Town. The hotel is a member of the same family as the hotel where we are staying, “Town.Memory Hotel”, and we were given a special ticket for Hakkai when we checked in.

Hakkai is an all-you-can-eat hot pot restaurant, and it seems to be a very popular restaurant that is always fully booked.

I was wondering how to order… but they brought me a Japanese menu. That’s very helpful!

Lunch is NT$535 ($19.28) and dinner is NT$635 ($22.88), so you can enjoy all-you-can-eat for around $20. That’s about half the price in Japan.

It was a simple system where you choose the soup for the hot pot and then you can choose your own meat and ingredients and bring them to me.

There were eight kinds of soup to choose from, and I had a hard time deciding, but I selected the “hot and spicy” and “milk” soups, which I heard were popular.

The variety of ingredients for the hot pot was quite extensive! There were more than 20 kinds.

I was surprised because there is not such a wide variety in Japan.

You can choose from a variety of meat parts, 10 in total.

They even gave us a special beef tongue for following them on social media! This makes me happy…!

As a bonus for staying at the “Town . Memory Hotel “, you will also receive a seafood platter. Very luxurious!

We quickly dipped the ingredients we had brought into the two different soups and ate them.

The hot and spicy is not too spicy and Japanese people can enjoy it. Milk has a rich but refreshing aftertaste that I have come to like quite a bit.

The meat is also authentic, and when you bite into it, the flavor of the meat spreads in your mouth. For an all-you-can-eat meal, the quality is just too good!

The ingredients for the nabe were also full of seafood.

After enjoying the hot pot, it was time for dessert. They have a wide variety of desserts here, including three kinds of cheesecake alone…! That’s not the quality of a hot pot shop, is it?

You can eat all you can eat, including eight kinds of Haagen-Dazs ice cream. I ate too much. Ah, happiness.

Taiwanese hot pot has a lot of ingredients and you can enjoy a variety of flavors with the soup and sauce, so I was completely hooked. This is a restaurant I am sure to repeat.

If you want to make a reservation at Hakkai, you can easily do so by sending a message through Facebook. It is a popular restaurant that is always fully booked, so reservations are recommended.

Basic information about Hakkai
Opening hours: 11:00 – 23:50 (last admission at 22:00)
Closed: No special holidays
Address: 6F, No. 72-1, Xining South Road, Wanhua District, Taipei City
Official website: Official Facebook

15:00 Tour of Taiwanese goods at Dongmen

Lai Hao

After eating a lot of food, we went for a walk in the Dongmen area. I visited a general store that I had been interested in.

This grocery store is a little pricey for Taiwan, but they have some really cute stuff! It’s sophisticated and cute.

I bought a 100 yuan ($3.60) clear file and some flower-patterned eyeglass wipes as souvenirs.

Basic information about Lai Hao Lai Hao
Opening hours: 10:00 – 21:30
Closed: No special holidays
Address: No. 11, Lane 6, Yongkang Street, Daan District, Taipei City

Bao gift

I also visited “Bao gift”, which is located near “Lai Hao”. It’s a small store, but it has a lot of cute Taiwanese goods.

There are many items that you can’t find in other stores, and it takes a long time to choose.

If you are a fan of general merchandise, you should definitely visit the two stores in Dongmen.

Basic information about Bao gift
Opening hours: 10:00 – 21:30
Closed: No special holidays
Address: No. 8, Lishui St., Daan Dist.

16:30 Go to “i-Ride TAIPEI” near Taipei 101

Next, we went to Taipei 101. It was raining all the time on my last trip to Taiwan, so this was the first time I got to see it properly, lol.

It’s still a powerful building!

This time, we went to Breeze Nan Shan, the building next to Taipei 101, to visit the “i-Ride TAIPEI” attraction on the 6th floor.

i-Ride TAIPEI is the latest 5D attraction that allows you to fly around Taiwan while flying.

Even without 3D or VR glasses, you can have a simulated flying experience with full-view images, hearing, smell, touch, and feeling.

I had heard that we would be able to see beautiful images of Taiwan, so I was looking forward to it. We will go around 20 beautiful spots in Taiwan at once.

The video was shot from a helicopter over a period of three years!

We sat on these chairs to experience the attraction. When the screening started, the chair moved in time with the video, and it was as if we were really flying!

We were not able to film the actual screening, but please take a look at the announcement video. I’m sure you’ll get a sense of how powerful it is. The price is NT$480 ($17.29) for adults. The Taiwanese version is shown at 11:30 and starts every hour from 12:00 to 21:00.

After experiencing the attraction, you can also visit the souvenir shop. The panels hanging on the wall are the spots in Taiwan that appeared in the video.

As we looked at the panel, we had a lively conversation, saying, “I didn’t know this place was like this.

Basic information about i-Ride TAIPEI
Opening hours: 11:00-21:30 Sunday-Wednesday, last admission at 20:30 / 11:00-22:00 Thursday-Saturday (including holidays and New Year’s Eve), last admission at 21:00
Closed: No special holidays
Address: 6F, No. 17, Songchi Road, Xinyi District, Taipei City
Access: 5-minute walk from Exit 4 of Taipei 101/Seamao Station
Official website: Official Facebook
Phone number: +886-2-2723-8098

i-Ride also has a store in Kaohsiung.

Basic information about i-Ride KAOHSIUNG
Opening hours: Wed-Fri 9:30-12:00/13:30-17:00, weekends and holidays 9:30-17:00.
Closed: Monday and Tuesday
Address: No. 9, Fuxing 4th Road, Qianzhen District, Kaohsiung City
Official website: Official Facebook
Phone number: +886-7-537-2858

18:00 Luxurious dinner in a stylish Teppanyaki restaurant

We ended the second day at a trendy teppanyaki restaurant.

We went to a restaurant called “TBS剔邦饈Teppanyaki” which is very popular among Taiwanese people.

You can have your food grilled right in front of you!

It seems that teppanyaki is more reasonably priced in Taiwan than in Japan.

This time too, a full-course dinner for two cost NT$1980 ($71.35). In Tokyo, this would cost over $100 per person…

The dinner started with hot scallops grilled on the teppan and grilled chicken salad.

Each dish tastes even better when it is cooked right in front of you.

A voluminous full course with rice. Men can also fill up.

The main course, lobster, was as big as my face and the meat was plump.

I’ve never had a lobster this big before!

The Iberian pork I ordered for meat was also tender and hollow.

The meat was juicy with just the right amount of oil, but was refreshing to eat.

The fondant chocolates at the end of the meal were also cooked on the griddle, and the chocolate inside was melted.

This full course included scallops as an appetizer, bread, salad, soup, lobster as the main course, meat, dessert, and a drink. That’s $35 per person, so it’s already quite a bargain!

The atmosphere is stylish, but there is no strict dress code, so it’s easy to go. I’d like to bring my mother next time.

If you want to make a reservation, you can easily do so by sending a message from Facebook.

We returned to the hotel very satisfied, and the second day was over.

Basic information about TBS Polygonal饈
Opening hours: 11:30am – 2:00pm, 5:30pm – 8:30pm (last order at 8:30pm)
Closed: No special holidays
Address: No. 216, Sec. 8, Sec. 4, Zhongxiao East Road, Daan District, Taipei City
Official website: Official Facebook

▼ Click here for the travelogue after the third day.

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Taiwan spot map

All the restaurants and sightseeing spots we visited on this trip are listed on the map above.

It is easier to plan your trip when you know the location, so please refer to it.

▼ Click here to see my first trip to Taiwan.

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