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Local experiences in Taipei for the solo traveller

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Trying to see the ‘actual aspect’ of Taipei and have an area expertise past the touristy sights? There’s loads of issues to do in Taipei if you recognize the place to look, and when you like to journey solo in Taiwan, these are enjoyable and fascinating methods to get to know the native tradition a bit of higher whereas exploring their lovely nation. Listed here are my favorite native experiences in Taipei.

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After you’re completed seeing typical vacationer sights like Taipei 101 and Ximending (Take a look at this text on must-see sights in Taipei), what different kinds of actions provides you with an perception to the native lifestyle in Taipei? These have been some favorite actions the place I obtained to study every day Taiwanese tradition from the native guides.

Zip round Taipei on a Motorcycle Tour

Probably the most Taiwanese means of getting round is to hop on a scooter and zip concerning the metropolis. I used to be not about to courageous the madness that’s Taipei’s metropolis visitors on a scooter, so I signed up for a motorcycle tour the place an area information would do all of the driving and present me the key sights of Taipei Metropolis alongside the best way.

Taipei Motorbike Tour Bike Wefie

I took this at a stoplight. Be protected individuals!

Initially I signed up for the Daybreak Tour which might have taken me in the direction of Pingxi (close to Shifen and Sandiaoling Waterfalls) and Jinguashi, however it was actually wet these mornings so my tour received cancelled, however after some dialogue with them, I ended up doing the night time tour with AJ round Taipei Metropolis as an alternative.

Now AJ is a critical biker and his experience is not any dinky scooter – it’s a big strong bike that’s technically categorized as a automotive in Taiwan due to its measurement and energy, so getting up steep hills and masking lengthy distances was no drawback. He had a full confronted helmet for me and even had gloves prepped for a number of the colder elements of the journey.

Taipei Motorbike Tour Bike

AJ’s bike has a pink plate

AJ knew I had already been to Taipei a number of occasions so he determined to take me to some actually native spots as an alternative of following the standard night time tour itinerary too intently. I might have been hardpressed to seek out a few of these locations alone. He additionally gave me some nice ideas to assist me discover some extra native experiences on the remainder of my journey.

Cease 1: Luroufan at an area’s solely spot

We met within the night and after some mulling, AJ took me to this place that serves some frankly AMAZING minced pork rice aka Luroufan. We headed to Sanchong on the outskirts of Taipei Metropolis, the place AJ himself lives as a result of ‘Taipei Metropolis is simply too costly’. Jinda Luroufan 今大滷肉飯 is a nondescript wanting eatery save for the lengthy snaking queue in entrance of it, a positive signal that the meals is superior. The meat was fatty and smooth and melted in your mouth as you ate it, it was so good.

Taipei Motorbike Tour Jinda Food

Luroufan for each of us, together with 2 soups, tofu, egg and a fish value simply 265 NTD (about S$11!), which is fairly reasonably priced – in Singapore that may in all probability be the price of the fish alone

Taipei Motorbike Tour Jinda Wefie

Compulsory wefie as we eat

40 Daren Road, Sanchong District, New Taipei Metropolis 新北市三重區大仁街40號

Cease 2: An evening view of Taipei with out the crowds

Subsequent, we headed to Yangmingshan for a tremendous night time view of the town. I all the time considered Yangmingshan as a day spot the place you go climbing and soak in scorching springs, however alongside the best way AJ confirmed me a set of FnB retailers taking up previous army housing and turning it into an upcoming hipster space, making me really feel like I needed to come again and discover this place extra completely.

He took me to the Chinese language Tradition College 中國文化大學, perched in the midst of the slopes and we discovered a bunch of automobiles and motorbikes casually stopped alongside the roadside, with individuals standing and sitting alongside the partitions of the college wanting down and admiring the view of downtown Taipei from above. I like the way it wasn’t crowded in any respect, with no vacationer traps round.

No. 55 Huagang Street, Shilin District, Taipei Metropolis 台北市士林區華岡路55號

Yangmingshan Cultural University Viewpoint

Only a informal viewpoint by the roadside

Yangmingshan Cultural University View

It seems a lot better in individual! AJ identified Taipei 101 and different landmarks to me

After that, AJ drove us deeper in to the mountains, and we climbed even greater to Erziping 二子坪. These have been some hella steep and slender roads, and numerous it was achieved in pitch darkness with nothing however our excessive beam on and it acquired fairly chilly sooner or later so I used to be glad for the gloves that AJ had. Our remaining viewpoint was on the highest of Mount Datun 大屯山 over 1,000m excessive and we have been fortunate to get a reasonably clear night time view of the town under.

Yangmingshan Erziping Datun Marker

The marker of the point of view we have been at

Yangmingshan Erziping View

Taipei unfold out down under. The black bits are all of the forests on the hillside

Just a little historical past of Wanhua

On the best way again, AJ was going to introduce me to a bubble tea that he liked however sadly the stall was closed. Nonetheless, he took me across the historic Wanhua space, mentioning some native sights to me and explaining a little bit of historical past about acquainted spots like Bopiliao and Qingshui Temple. He additionally identified a porridge joint that I want I had time to take a look at, however guess I’ve to save lots of one thing for future journeys again…

All in all I had a very satisfying time and I liked seeing Taipei differently than regular. I’d often be within the MRT or strolling, so zipping round by bike was a pleasant change and gave me entry to locations I wouldn’t have been capable of attain simply alone.

Learn how to guide

The Sundown tour in Chinese language prices about S$102 – the Daybreak tour is slightly pricier at S$110, and the complete day eight hour tour prices about S$170. English excursions can be found as nicely however they value barely extra.

I used Klook to e-book my motorcycle tour (Klook affiliate hyperlink) which might be the simplest choice for English audio system, and yow will discover them on KKday as nicely. The motorcycle guides get in contact with you by way of Line or Whatsapp on to coordinate the pickup. 

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Be a part of the commune on the Treasure Hill Artist Village 寶藏巖國際藝術村

Huashan 1914 and Songshan Cultural Centre reveal how Taiwan has reworked deserted areas into hip cultural spots, they usually’ve shortly gained reputation and are on many vacationers must-see sights when getting their tradition repair in Taipei. In case you discover these areas a bit of too business in your liking, head right down to Gongguan the place you’ll an fascinating artwork area proper alongside the Xindian river.

Taipei Artist Village Wayfinding

This manner for artwork

Generally known as the Treasure Hill Artist Village, don’t get confused by the large temple that’s proper in entrance of the artwork area – stroll slightly additional in and also you’ll discover a bunch of relatively ramshackle wanting homes constructed into the hillside that homes the studios that make up the Artist Village. 

Taipei Artist Village Temple

Stroll previous the large temple to get to the doorway

Treasure Hill started as an unlawful shanty city that turned housing for army dependents, it was later restored and became an artist commune in 2010. A lot of the compound appears to be artist studio areas, it hasn’t attracted mainstream and business manufacturers so it nonetheless has that very indie really feel. I liked simply wandering across the slender alleys and uneven staircases – there’s loads of artwork scattered all through the buildings and surprises round each nook.

Taipei Artist Village Gallery

Plenty of cute little areas like this

Taipei Artist Village Fortune Cookies

Random artwork and sculptures at each nook

Taipei Artist Village Market Graffiti

There’s a graffiti space a bit additional away

The way to get there

The simplest means is to take the MRT alongside the inexperienced Songshan-Xindian line to Gongguan Station 公館. Treasure Hill is a brief stroll away by the river. Alternatively in case you are as much as biking, begin your journey from Bitan Scenic Space or Jingmei and cycle north the Xindian River until you cross Fuhe Riverside Park – learn extra about biking in Taipei right here

In case you are somewhat extra intrepid, there’s a hostel situated within the Treasure Hill Artist Village so you possibly can keep in a single day and soak within the vibes when solely the few residents that stay listed here are left. Additionally they have an area artist residency programme – Take a look at the Taipei Artist Village web site for extra.

No. 2, Alley 14, Lane 230, Tingzhou Street Part three, Zhongzheng District, Taipei Metropolis 台北市中正區汀州路三段230巷14弄2號

Tip: Seize dinner on the close by Gongguan Night time Market, the most important night time market within the south district and an area favorite for its cheaper meals and huge choices, largely because of the scholar crowd from the close by Nationwide Taiwan College.

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Weekend purchasing at 4 4 South Village 四四南村

In case you moderately not store within the malls, look out for this little village situated very near the long-lasting Taipei 101 tower. Just like Treasure Hill Artist Village, 4 4 South Village was additionally as soon as housing for army dependents, however has since been designated a historic space and its low buildings have been preserved, a rarity amidst the ocean of modernity and tall buildings round it. 

Taipei Four Four South Village Market Taipei101

Taipei 101 is actually simply there

Taipei Four Four South Village Gate

This appeared to be some kind of playschool

Taipei Four Four South Village Buildings

Simply a number of the many older buildings across the place. Good for photographers.

What most individuals come to 4 4 South Village for is the weekend flea market additionally referred to as the Easy Market, the place little stalls are arrange in the primary sq. promoting something from clothes to artwork and even yummy snacks. Should you can’t make it down on the weekend, Good Cho’s 好丘 is a superb purpose to swing by. This way of life retailer has some actually cool native designed items and meals stuff that make for nice souvenirs in the event you don’t thoughts spending somewhat bit extra. There’s additionally a restaurant that was a bit too crowded for me to seize a chew once I was there, however most individuals go there for his or her well-known bagels. 

Taipei Four Four South Village Night Market

The weekend flea market in full swing

Taipei Four Four South Village Sign

That interprets into ‘Doing what you want, provides the belongings you like worth’.

Taipei Four Four South Village Souvenirs

Good Cho’s sells some Taiwanese meals and different way of life gadgets that make nice souvenirs

Methods to get there

Take the MRT to Taipei 101/World Commerce Centre Station on the purple Tamsui-Xinyi Line. 4 4 South Village is a brief stroll away.

Good Cho’s has a number of retailers round Taipei, although this one at 4 4 South Village is the unique department that opened in 2010. Take a look at their web site for extra.

Xinyi Street Part 5, Taipei Metropolis 台北市信義區信義路五段

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There’s nothing fallacious with the favored Taipei night time markets like Shilin Night time Market and Raohe Night time Market. Whereas they are typically very crowded in fact, they do have a festive environment they usually see tons of vacationers so they’re used to non-Chinese language audio system as properly which is useful in case you aren’t used to the lifestyle.

However if you wish to skip the crowds and see what the locals wish to eat, examine these locations out:

Pig out at Nanjichang Night time Market 南機場夜市

Nanjichang or South Airport night time market is somewhat under-the-radar night time market the place you’ll hardly see any vacationers.There was a army airport across the space, and it acquired its identify in relation to Songshan Airport which is within the north of Taipei Metropolis. It’s principally meals stalls – only a few recreation stations and different shops right here.

My motorcycle information AJ stated that the meals right here was nonetheless very genuine in comparison with the vacationer night time markets as a lot of the distributors right here have been round for a few years and aren’t within the enterprise for a fast buck or gimmicks, however he nonetheless gave me a bunch of options on must-eat meals right here:

Taipei Nanjichang Night Market Entrance

Taipei Nanjichang Night time Market Entrance

First up: Lai Lai Dumplings 來來水餃店, a dumpling store that has been round for over 30 years. There’s a minimal order of 10 dumplings, so I had an entire plate to myself for dinner – it was simply 70 NTD (S$three) for some delectable handmade pork dumplings! 

Taipei Nanjichang Night Market LaiLai Sign

I really like an excellent easy menu – it means the stall is excellent with their specialty dish

Taipei Nanjichang Night Market LaiLai Dumplings


Subsequent up: Haochi Zhaji 好吃炸雞 with a very crispy and enormous fried hen cutlet. Eat it whereas it’s scorching – I packed half of it again to my room as I used to be somewhat full after the dumplings, and it undoubtedly tasted higher when heat.

Taipei Nanjichang Night Market Chicken

KFC can’t examine with this nice fried hen

There’s a anonymous pushcart nearer to the Nanhai Street aspect of the market with an previous uncle promoting fried biscuits or 無名推車燒餅. These fried wonders ranged from simply 10-15 NTD (S$zero.40-$zero.60) every. I had a salty and a candy one they usually have been pretty crispy treats.

Taipei Nanjichang Night Market Shaobing

This pushcart noticed very lengthy queues, so I needed to line up as nicely and see what all of the quick was about. 

I capped off my meal with an apple juice from Meilan Auntie Fruit Juice 美蘭阿姨果汁 has been round for ages and is well-loved as no further sugar is added to the fruit juice. 

Find out how to get there

Nanjichang is situated alongside Zhonghua Street within the ZhongZheng district.The closest MRT stations are Longshan Temple alongside the blue Bannan line or Xiaonanmen alongside the inexperienced Xindian-Songshan line, and requires about 15-20minutes of strolling to succeed in. Alternatively, take a bus to the Nanjichang House cease.

Lane 307, Zhonghua Street Part 2, Zhongzheng District, Taipei Metropolis 台北市中正區中華路二段307巷

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Store native at Jingmei Night time Market 景美夜市

Be ready for some hustle and bustle as a result of Jingmei Night time Market shouldn’t be a vacationer night time market in any respect. It’s surprisingly huge and you may simply get misplaced within the many lanes that promote all method of meals and varied. It could be a bit difficult for non-Chinese language audio system as a result of there’s little when it comes to vacationer infrastructure and it will get fairly busy, however it’s a good way to see a slice of native life, so my suggestion is to immerse your self when you are there and never block the best way together with your gawking and movie snapping

Taipei Jingmei Night Market People

Sneaking a pic

Taipei Jingmei Night Market

The night time market covers fairly a big space

For foodies, I used to be a bit overwhelmed by the crowds and ended up wandering accidentally into this hipster curry joint referred to as FleeingByNight Curry 夜奔咖哩 and had this delectable 浪潮雞肉咖哩 hen curry dish for dinner. Not the most cost effective, however the tiny restaurant had nice decor and a pleasant vibe.

Taipei Jingmei Night Market Curry

The black curry was squid ink! I really like how cool the egg seems to be. 

Easy methods to get there

Take the MRT inexperienced Songshan-Xindian line to Jingmei Station. It’s a brief stroll from there

Jingmei Night time Market: Jingmei Street, Wenshan District, Taipei Metropolis 台北市文山區景美街

FleeingByNight Curry: 19 Jingwen Street, Wenshan District, Taipei Metropolis 台北市文山區景文街19號

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Conventional Taiwanese meals cooking class with Jodie

What’s a extra native strategy to eat in another country than to study the native recipes and prepare dinner your personal meals. Or have somebody native prepare dinner for you when you’re lazy like I’m. I enlisted the assistance of Jodie’s Kitchen, the place a Taiwanese woman named Jodie holds cooking demonstrations and classes in her home within the Xinyi District.

Taipei Jodies Kitchen Wefie

Me and Jodie in her Kitchen

Taipei Jodies Kitchen Balcony View

Her home was up within the hills of a quiet residential space that I took a cab to. Such a stunning view!

Jodie gives a number of several types of meals courses – Xiaolongbaos are fairly common, however I elected to take the Conventional Taiwanese Delicacies course and study concerning the Taiwanese staple, rice. We made a number of three major dishes based mostly on long-grain rice that’s planted in Taiwan: We began off with peanut milk that may be a highly regarded breakfast dish, then we fried some scrumptious white radish cake and completed off with mushroom sticky rice. Alongside the best way, Jodie served some Taiwanese tea and threw in some greens and fruits to finish the meal.

Taipei Jodies Kitchen Rice Ingredients

Several types of rice in Taiwan

Taipei Jodies Kitchen Rice Milk Cooking

Come to class with an empty abdomen – we began out with this nice peanut milk soup

Taipei Jodies Kitchen Frying Radish Cake

This fried radish cake was delectable!

Taipei Jodies Kitchen Sticky Rice

Glutinous rice with mushroom… yum

Taipei Jodies Kitchen Full Meal

A lot meals for simply us two! Jodie’s neighbours actually profit as a result of they get to eat her leftovers

I say ‘we ready’, however actually Jodie was the one doing a lot of the cooking and I principally helped with the prep and consuming. It’s a really personalised class so relying in your degree or curiosity in cooking, this may be fairly a hands-on session or you possibly can deal with it like a demo.

How one can ebook

Take a look at the Jodie’s Kitchen web site for extra particulars or drop her an e-mail. The Rice course prices $Four,000 NTD for 1 individual (4pax max per class, and it’s cheaper per pax too) and covers all of the elements that Jodie makes use of. If you’d like one thing particular or particular you’ll be able to ask her too, she’s fairly versatile. The whole session lasted about Four hours.

Jodie’s Kitchen is situated in her home within the Xinyi district which is just a little out of the best way from downtown Taipei so you will have to take a 10-15min cab experience to get there from Xinyi or Wenshan MRT.

After the lesson, I took a cab to Taipei Zoo station and hopped on the Maokong cable automotive simply in time to catch sundown, or you may head to Elephant Mountain for a climb too.

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This journey was sponsored and produced in collaboration with Scoot as a part of a collection exploring Taipei and its environment. Take a look at the opposite #TaiwanderingWithScoot articles right here, or see all my Taiwan content material.







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