[A model course for a trip to Taiwan] A 3-day, 2-night weekend travel plan for adult women. Enjoy shopping and dining!

I think many people take a trip to Taiwan for three days and two nights over a weekend. This time, we have created a 3-day model course for women to fully enjoy gourmet food and shopping.

While packing in all of Taiwan’s charms, we have created a schedule that allows you to travel without strain.

We have created a plan that allows you to enjoy Taiwanese gourmet food while visiting cute Taiwanese goods and photogenic spots.

We hope you will find it useful for your women’s trip or couples’ trip.

I’ve tried to make it easy for you to actually go around!

Model plan for a 3-day/2-night trip to Taiwan

Day 1 Arrive in Taipei. After checking in at the hotel, visit Ding Tai Fung, Taiwanese goods stores and Shilin Night Market.
Day 2 After shopping at Dihua Street, we went to a hot pot restaurant for lunch. In the afternoon, take a walk in Jiufen.
Day 3 Picked up some Taiwanese souvenirs at the supermarket. Head to the airport to return home.

On the first day, I assumed a flight leaving Narita at 10:10 a.m. and arriving at Taipei Taoyuan at 1:05 p.m. If I arrive in Taiwan around 1:00 p.m., I can do some sightseeing on the first day.

On the last day of the trip, we will fly from Taoyuan Airport at 14:00 and arrive at Narita at 18:25. If you take a later flight back, you can enjoy sightseeing in Taipei until after noon.

Here is the actual model course.

[Day 1] 10:00 Depart Narita for Taipei

Let’s take the earliest flight possible to Taiwan on the first day!

If you take a flight that leaves Japan around 10:00, you can arrive in Taipei at 13:00.

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

13:00 Arrive at Taoyuan Airport, take a break at the food court

As soon as you arrive at Taoyuan Airport, it’s time to eat some Taiwanese food!

There is a large food court on the second basement floor of Terminal 1, where I usually order tapioca milk tea, Taiwanese fried chicken, and zhi pai.

Eating good food will take the fatigue out of your flight!

From Taoyuan Airport, where the LCC arrives, you can take the MRT train to the city center.

There is a direct connection between the airport and the station, so it’s an easy ride.

16:00 Check in at the hotel

We checked into the hotel around 4:00 pm. I recommend the Imperial Rose Inn Shuangchengkan (Rose Boutique Hotel) for women travelers.

I stayed at several hotels in the same price range in Taipei, and I was most satisfied with this one.

  1. The rooms are spacious
  2. Clean and cute interior
  3. Balcony, some rooms with bath tub
  4. Rooms for 4 people are also available, so it is good for girls’ parties

Most of the hotels in Taipei are small, but this one is spacious enough for a relaxing stay!

Clean and bright bathrooms.

What a surprise, even a bathtub! You’ll be doing a lot of walking during your trip, so it’s nice to be able to take a relaxing bath!

The balcony is spacious. The surrounding area was quiet and had a nice view.

There is also a room for four people, so it’s easy to use for a girls’ trip.

After dropping off your luggage and taking a break, enjoy the city of Taipei!

Basic Information of Imperial Rose Ti Ti Hotel Shuangchengkan
Opening hours: Check-in time is from 15:00, check-out time is 11:00.
Address: No. 8, Lane 28, Shuangcheng Street, Zhongshan Dist.
Official website: Official Facebook

17:00 Xiao Long Bao at Ding Tai Feng

We took the train to Dongmen and went to “Ding Tai Fung”.

First, let’s eat their famous xiao long bao! It gets crowded during lunch and dinner hours, so I recommend going a little later in the day.

Ten xiaolongbao cost NT$210 ($7.56). They are full of gravy and you will eat them in no time.

If you’re hungry, pair it with some fried rice!

It’s delicious and gentle.

Basic Information of Din Tai Fung Xin Yi Main Restaurant
Opening hours: 11:00 – 21:00 Monday – Friday, 10:00 – 21:00 Saturday and Sunday
Closed: No regular holidays
Address: No. 194, Section 2, Xinyi Road, Daan District, Taipei City

18:30 Stroll through Taiwanese goods in the Dongmen area

Near Ding Tai Fung, there are two cute Taiwanese sundries stores that you should stop by.

Lai Hao

I think this store is the cutest place to buy Taiwanese goods! I think so.

It’s a bit expensive in Taiwan, but it’s a store with a wide selection of refined Taiwanese goods.

The store is spacious and easy to browse. I bought 120 yuan ($4.32) eyeglass wipes and 100 yuan ($3.60) clear files 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

There is another cute general store near “Lai Hao”.

This is a smaller store, but it has a lot of cute and colorful goods that you can’t find at other stores.

There is also a wide variety of masking tape with Taiwanese patterns. A must-see for women who like stationery and miscellaneous goods.

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

20:30 Eat at the Shilin Night Market

After the grocery store, we moved on to the Shilin Night Market. This is the largest night market in Taipei, open from 5:00 to 25:00 every day.

There are many stores, so you should check out the most popular ones before you go.

I’ll introduce you to three of them.

Popular Taiwanese fried chicken restaurants

There are many restaurants that serve Taiwanese fried chicken pies, but one of the most popular is “Jia Xiang Tan Kao Xiang Zee Pai”, where the fried chicken pies are dipped in sauce and then baked again. That’s why it’s so delicious and full of flavor.

I actually tried it, and it had more flavor than the other restaurants, and it sure tasted good!

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

Cheese lovers will love it! Cheese fries

Prince Cheese Potato, located across the street from Zee Pai’s store, is another popular place where people wait in line.

The falafel is topped with a lot of cheese and bacon or corn.

It is full of melted cheese and is a must-try for cheese lovers.

Excellent meat buns for 0.55 dollar each

The meat bun store “Dai Shanghai Sheng Sembao” is also popular.

The meat buns here are quite inexpensive at 15 yuan ($0.54) each, but they are the real deal, with the juices flowing out of the buns.

The price is easy to afford, so please give it a try.

Sweet and chewy sweet potato balls

Sweet potato balls, a snack made of fried sweet potatoes, are also common at night markets in Taiwan.

There are many stores that serve them, but the one called “KuaiLe QQ Ball” is the most delicious, so you should try it here.

Once I ate them at another restaurant and regretted it because of the stinky oil.

The sweet potato balls at “KuaiLe QQ Ball” were chewier and tastier than at other restaurants!

After enjoying the food stalls, we headed back to the hotel to finish the day.

[Day 2] 9:00 Shopping at Dihua Street


Day 2 starts with a shopping trip to Dihua Street. Dihua Street is the oldest wholesale street in Taipei.

It is the oldest wholesale street in Taipei, and is lined with a wide variety of specialties such as tea, dried fruits, and Chinese pickles.

Recently, the area has been renovated, and fashionable general stores and cafes are popping up one after another. Here are a few stores we recommend.

“Yongle Market” for handmade flowery goods

First, we went to Yongle Market to look for flowery goods. Yongle Market sells a lot of flower-patterned cloth.

Don’t miss the store on the third floor called “You Xiang,” where goods are handmade on the spot.

I bought a pair of flower-patterned pouches for 100 yuan ($3.60).

It’s a fun store to look at because they have a lot of bright floral goods such as luncheon mats and plastic bottle holders.

Basic information about Yongle 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-dianzi Shop

When it comes to souvenirs in Taiwan, dried fruit is a must.

There are many dried fruit shops on Dihua Street, but I recommend “Shin-Dianzi Shop”.

It comes in a neat package and the expiration date is well marked.

They have Japanese-speaking staff, and you can sample them all to find your favorite flavor!

At 150 yuan ($5.40) per bag, my favorites are tangerine and tomato.

Basic information about Shin-Dianzi 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.

Gao Jian Tub Store for retro cute basket bags

Gao Jian Tub Store, where you can buy Taiwanese basket bags, is another must-visit store. I bought a large yellow basket bag for 90 yuan ($6.84).

The net-type bags are reasonably priced at 35 yuan ($1.26) each. The design is not easily found in Japan, so it is a good idea to buy some as souvenirs.

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

11:00 Go to a famous apricot bean curd shop

On Dihua Street, there is a famous apricot bean curd store called “Xia Jiu Beet”.

You can order it by itself, or top it with peanuts or red beans.

I ordered a single dish for 70 yuan ($2.52). Smooth and thick, the apricot bean curd is delicious!

It’s a small restaurant, but you can sit and eat. This place has definitely become a place I want to go back to next time.

Basic information about Xia jiu Beet
Opening hours: 10:30 to 18:30
Closed: No special holidays
Address: No. 240, Sec. 1, Dihua St., Datong Dist.

11:30 Elegant tea time with Taiwanese tea leaves

When you come to Dihua Street, there is one place that you must visit. It is called ASW Tea House, and its interior is very cute.

The interior of the cafe is very cute, and you can also enjoy Taiwanese tea.

When I was there, I ordered Taiwanese black tea and royal milk tea. The prices were NT$180 (about $6.70) and NT$220 (about $8.00) respectively.

I could drink about four cups of tea in a large pot.

It’s a nice interior store, so try to relax for an hour or so.

Basic information about ASW Tea House
Opening hours: 9:00 – 18:00 / 19:30 – 00:30
Closed: No special holidays
Address: 2F, No. 34, Sec. 1, Dihua St., Datong Dist.

13:00 Visit a photogenic hot pot restaurant

For lunch, we moved from Dihua Street to Ximending Street to a photogenic hot pot restaurant.

The concept of this hot pot restaurant is based on the concept of a science lab.

All those colorful beakers and flasks lined up in a row, I was surprised to see such a cute little store!

It seems that people in Taiwan eat hot pot more often than in Japan, and this is a restaurant where single customers are welcome.

This time we ordered the Taiwanese hot pot and the Szechuan hot sauce. They cost NT$268 ($9.64) and NT$308 ($11.08) respectively, which includes all the meat and ingredients.

They have a Japanese menu so it was easy to order!

In Taiwan, hot pot has many ingredients, unlike in Japan. We were surprised at how gorgeous the set was!

There were four types of meat to choose from, and I selected the “Marbled Beef Bacon” and “Beef Sirloin Steak”.

For the Taiwanese style hot pot, we had the meat fried a little first in sesame oil. Very tasty Taiwanese way of eating!

The Sichuan hot sauce was a bit spicy, but I enjoyed eating it because it had many fried ingredients that you don’t find in Japan.

It seems that people in Taiwan eat in one pot per person, unlike in Japan. I prefer the Taiwanese way because I can eat at my own pace.

I recommend this restaurant where you can enjoy authentic Taiwanese hot pot for around $10.

Also, the store’s original orange crème brûlée is excellent, so be sure to try it after your hot pot.

This flavor is only available in this store in Taiwan.

Basic Information about Shok Yan Factory Creative Hot Pot
Opening hours: 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Closed: No special holidays
Address: No. 146 Kunming Street, Wanhua Dist.
Official website: Official Facebook

14:00 Go to a cafe that serves delicious smoothies.

After enjoying the hot pot, let’s walk over to the famous smoothie store “Meat up”.

This is a popular smoothie store that uses a lot of Taiwanese fruits. The interior of the cafe is also very cute.

It looks sweet, but the smoothies here are refreshing and easy to drink.

This is a must-visit store when in Ximending Town.

Basic information about Meat up
Opening hours: 11:00 – 22:00
Closed: No special holidays
Address: No. 124-4, Section 2, Wuchang Street, Wanhua District, Taipei City

15:00 Board the bus to Jiufen

At around 3:00 p.m., take the 965 bus from Ximending Town station to Jiufen. The bus comes every 20 minutes, so just wait for it.

It costs less than NT$100 ($3.60) from Taipei City, so it’s pretty cheap!

We’ll arrive at Jiufen in about an hour, so take your time.

16:00 Explore Jiufen

Once you arrive in Jiufen, it’s time to start exploring!

We recommend eating Jiufen food. There are several famous restaurants in Jiufen, so let’s take a look.

Jiufen’s specialty! Taro sweet potato balls

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The first one is a Jiufen specialty sweet store called “Jiufen Tofu Flower”. It is a dessert that contains chewy dumplings called taro and bean curd, a sweet version of tofu.

You can choose hot or iced, so you can enjoy this sweet treat all year round. The taro here is way chewier and tastier than the other places I’ve been to!

It’s close to the bus stop where I got off, so I recommend coming to this store first.

Peanut Crepe Shop

Here is another Jiufen specialty, the peanut crepe store, Azhu Xue Zai Shao.

The sweet peanut candy is shaved and used as a topping for the crepe. The combination of ice cream and the texture of the peanut candy makes for a delicious treat.

They are rolled and cut to make them easy to carry around, so they are perfect for eating on the go.

Tumire with a gentle flavor

Jiufen is close to the sea, so many dishes are made with fish. Tsumire (fish balls) in particular are a common dish in Taiwan.

It has more flavor than Japanese tsumire, and the chewy texture is delicious.

There are several fish ball restaurants in Jiufen, but I had a delicious meal at “Fish Ball Hakzai”.

17:00 Go to a teahouse with a spectacular view

Shortly before dusk, go to the Hai Yue Lou Scenic Tea House, a teahouse with a spectacular view.

It’s often too crowded to get in, so we made reservations and went. (Reference: [Jiufen, Taiwan] Hai Yue Lou Tea House with a view: Oriental Beauty Tea + Tea Cakes Set for $14.22)

This plan includes tea and sweets for $15 per person.

First we were taught how to make tea. I’ve never had such an authentic tea before!

The sweets are also delicious, with a refreshing sweetness that goes well with the tea.

This is a great place to enjoy authentic tea and the typical Jiufen scenery.

We were able to fully enjoy the ever-changing scenery of Jiufen.

Basic Information of Haiyue Lou Scenic Tea House
Opening hours: 9:00 – 21:00
Closed: No special holidays
Address: No. 4, Qishan Street, Ruifang District, New Taipei City

18:00 Enjoy the night view of Jiufen

After leaving the teahouse, let’s take a closer look at the night view of Jiufen.

It is really nice to see the red lanterns swaying.

More and more stores close after 19:00, so after enjoying the night view, head back to Taipei.

21:00 Fruit-filled shaved ice for dessert

When we returned to Ximending Town, we were served shaved ice filled with fruit.

Mangoes are already famous in summer, but strawberries can be picked in winter in Taiwan. You can select strawberries in winter.

A generous pile of shaved ice for 200 yuan ($7.20), and it was delicious!

Basic information about icepapa
Opening hours: 11:00 – 22:00
Closed: No special holidays
Address: No. 46 Kunming Street, Wanhua Dist.

[Day 3] 9:00am: Souvenir shopping at the supermarket

On the last day, go to the supermarket to pick up some Taiwanese souvenirs to take home. Since we were scheduled to take a flight home around 2:00 p.m. that day, we started our shopping early in the morning.

The Carrefour Guilin store is open 24 hours a day, so you can go shopping at any time.

This store also has a souvenir area for tourists.

Pineapple cakes and dried mangoes can also be bought for around 100 yuan ($3.60), making them perfect for handouts.

I also bought some limited edition Lipton tea, seasonings, and tapioca sweets.

Basic information about Carrefour Guilin store
Business hours: Open 24 hours
Regular holiday: None
Address: No. 1 Guilin Road, Wanhua Dist.

11:00 Buy last minute souvenirs at the airport

When I arrived at the airport, I went shopping for the last time. I buy a pineapple cake at Ichinoken, a bakery in the food court.

I wrote a 12-piece mini cake for 200 yuan ($7.20).

If you don’t have time to go to a specialty pineapple cake store, you can buy delicious cakes here.

Once the shopping is done, it’s time to get on the plane and head back to Japan.

I made this course assuming a departure from Taoyuan at 14:00 and arrival at Narita at 18:25. If you are going to work the next day, it would be safe to arrive in Japan before 19:00.

Reasons for not including Danshui and the National Palace Museum

We did not include Danshui or the National Palace Museum in our model course for three days and two nights.

Both of them take about 40 minutes one way by train from Taipei Station, so I feel the travel time is a bit wasteful for a two-night trip.

If you are not going to Jiufen, you may want to include it.

For 4 days and 3 nights, you can visit other cities in Taiwan

Course to visit enough and Cat Village

Near Jiufen, there is a “cat village” with lots of cats, and “Shifen” where you can raise lanterns.

We recommend a full-day tour that starts in the morning with a visit to Jiufen and cat village, followed by a visit to Jiufen at night before returning to Taipei.

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You can go to Taichung or Kaohsiung.

The southern cities of Taiwan can also be reached in a day trip by bullet train. Enjoying a short trip from Taipei is also good.

Taichung, famous for Hongcun and Miyahara Ophthalmology, can be reached in 45 minutes to an hour one way.

Kaohsiung, further south, is only an hour and a half away by bullet train.

You can also enjoy it as a day trip from Taipei.

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Enjoy your trip to Taiwan, even if it’s only for a couple of nights.

This time, I proposed a plan that can be easily toured in 3 days and 2 nights.

Taiwan is one of those countries that you can get to in three hours. Let’s go on a weekend trip to find Taiwanese food and cute goods!

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