Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Travelogue: 8 Things to do in Taipei, Taiwan (Laid-back Edition)

Taiwan has always been a country that I really love. The food, culture, people, scenery; how could anyone not love them? If you had followed me on Instagram, you would have seen the many photos that i posted spammed of my recent trip to Taiwan in early May. I will be breaking down the trip into a few blogposts, so that it is more reader-friendly for you. It seems like almost everybody is heading to Taiwan recently, so here's a guide if you need one! 

1. Indulge in Traditional Taiwanese Breakfast 

I always go for Yong He Dou Jiang whenever I'm in Taiwan. They have so many outlets around Taipei that you might just find one near where you stay. It gets a little crowded in the morning so just be prepared to wait for awhile or don't be bothered by the cramped space. My favourite has got to be their you tiao, dan bing (egg crepe) and their soya milk. 

2. Sing Karaoke 

One thing to note is that shops in Taipei open for business relatively late, around 10 or 11 in the morning. Since we arrive at our place at 8am, we decided to pop by the biggest Partyworld KTV at Ximending (opposite Red House) for a five-hour Karaoke. It was so crazy but hey, what's Taiwan without singing Karaoke. 

3. Take photos like a tourist

Ignite the photography-junkie in you, sling the camera around your neck and snap away like a typical tourist. Simply because, when will you ever see such sights again in Singapore? 

4. Visit Arts Bazaars

Visit the Red House Market for Artists and Designers that happens every weekend. It is conveniently situated just right outside Red House, across the main Ximending Shopping District. Arts junkies will love the creative vibe over there! One thing to note is that it isn't really nice to bargain at this Arts market. Time to appreciate local talents and the arts culture, and not so much of the price and bargaining. 

5. Visit Hipster Fleas 

If you are not so into artsy-fartsy things, you might want to look out for hipster-vintage fleas like this one that we saw at the Ximending Cinema Park. They should usually occur only on weekends so just keep a lookout for them!

6. Window-shop at Concept Stores 

We headed down to Yong Kang Street which was known for the really cool stretch consisting of beautiful concept stores, eateries and cafes. 

7. Enjoy High-Tea and Cafe-Hop 

Finding a place to chill on a lazy afternoon before heading down to night markets to have your stomach filled? Cafe-hop in Taipei's famous cafe-street, Yong Kang Street! 

8. Night Markets Hopping

What's Taipei without Night Markets? The night market food is something to die for! My favorite night market snacks have got to be their sweet potato, oyster omelette, meesua and fried squid. The few night markets that I always go for are Shilin Night Market and Rao He Night Market. However, if you prefer a little shopping in the midst of eating, you would probably prefer Shilin. For food junkies, you might find it a little irritating, so explore Rao He Night Market. Having said that, there's so many more night markets in Taipei, so don't stop at one, you can explore up to two per night if you are adventurous and enthusiastic enough.

Stay tuned for more posts on my adventures to Kenting and Hualien!

Follow more of my Taiwan journey 2015 here:
8 Things to do in Taipei (LaidBack Edition)
Kenting Beaches, Taiwan
Kenting Part 1: Water Sports + Kenting Night Market
Kenting Part 2: 9 Famous Sightseeing Attractions
Hualien Part 1: Nanbin Park + Farglory Ocean Park
Hualien Part 2: Taroko National Park

With Love, Quans

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