Other districts to stay in Taipei
This is the oldest district in the city and has a whole host of historic buildings to explore. These include Longshan Temple, which was first built in the 18th century but was badly damaged during World War II, so it has been carefully restored. It is now an excellent example of Taiwanese classical architecture - which many people come to see. Other attractions include the Snake Alley Market, where visitors can enjoy the famous snake soup or fried snake and for the brave, there is even rats' meat to try! There are many different night markets and these are very easy to find as you will see large numbers of people gathering on street corners waiting for them to start. Most of the markets sell spices, foods, jewellery and electronics.
And since you are there, make sure you do not miss Xinmending - one of the most beautiful and quirky parts of Wanhua. Xinmending is a must visit' district and is easy to explore as it has the first and largest pedestrian precinct in Taiwan and is the home of taiwan's fashion scene. Make sure you allow enough time to discover all it has to offer you!
Xinmending area has been built to cater for every crazy shopaholic's desires! It has all the shop, markets and street vendors that one could ever wish for, selling everything from cosmetic and clothes for girls, to the newest gadgets on the market for men. It`s a paradise for fans of Japan, as its famous bookstores sell Japanese music CDs and magazines. Lovers of Japanese culture will find their dream Japanese clothes here, along with exquisite dishes from the delicious Nippon cuisine.
This new, trendy area is made for curious ones who like to experience new things. An ancient knife massage? You got it! (Don`t worry though, it won`t hurt - it`s actually one of the best massages one can get in Taipei). Weirdly shaped food? Yes you will find it there! Just go to the Modern Toilet Restaurant in Xinmending! Yes, the food is actually served on toilet-shaped plates! Cosplay cafes? Get your costume and come visit Xinmending! Beer or chicken flavoured ice-cream? Yes, just visit the Snow King in the area! Since Sushi restaurants with rotating table are already too common, Xinmending tempts you with a Sushi train restaurant, where your plates are delivered by a toy train on rails!
Tired of watching movies when the cinema is so full? Just get your own private movie theatre at the MTV Parlor there! Xinmending welcomes everyone with open arms and has various LGBT cafes and pubs. If it`s way past coffee hour, chill with a beer instead at Driftwood - a craft beer bar that has been declared the best one in the area - and one the best in the country.
Need any more reasons to stay in Xinmending? What if you were told that Xinmending is not only a place for the hipster and adventurer travellers, but also for culture hippies? The RedHouse is one of the area`s symbols and is the place where art meets culture and people. Built in 1908, this attractive octagonal building awaits you with craft shops, theatres and cafes. Xinmending is made for those who want to see what`s beyond mainstream travelling. It`s the place where adventurous touristic places are beautifully intertwined with Taiwan`s history and culture.
Hotels in Wanhua
Another notable place for good accommodation is the Da`an area. It is perfect for everyone who wants to immerse themselves in Taiwan`s amazing nature and tradition. Take a stroll through the gorgeous Forest Park which is, the largest green space in Taipei. It covers a vast area of 64 acres and is situated right in the middle of the Da`an district. Despite being in the middle of the city; you will feel secluded from all the hustle and bustle as you wander among the tall, leafy trees that have guarded the park for hundreds of years. During summer, you can sit in the shade and enjoy the free shows in the park`s amphitheatre, whilst sipping the popular iced coffee.
After a long stroll, your appetite can be satisfied at Yongkang Street, a food market which is open both for lunch and evening. Try out the best dumplings in town at Din Tai Fung (bear in mind that the waiting time is usually one hour or more- but it`s definitely worth it!) Want to experience Taipei`s student life? Just visit the campus of the most prestigious university in the country- National Taiwan University! Its green campus welcomes you with numerous cafes, restaurants and museums. Get lost in the huge and fascinating Insectarium, which has more than 100-year-old species on display, or admire the natural artifact collection at the Anthropology Museum.
For those who thought Taiwan was all about Buddhist or Taoist temples, in the Da`an Area you will find the impressive Taipei Grand Mosque. Covering over 2,700 square metres, this is the most famous Islamic Building in the whole country. Try your hand at preparing tea in the famous Wistaria Tea House, which has a history spanning almost 100 years. This Japanese-style house awaits you with great tea, friendly staff and plenty of laughter.
So, there you have it; numerous historical sites, great parks and good food. Want to see what else Da`an has to offer? Book a room in the area and discover all this district`s wonders.
Hotels in Da`an
Taipei City is filled with different districts, all with cafes, that after a while, can start to look the same… Unless you dare to find somewhere really different - like the Python reptile cafe in Datong. However, this place is not for the faint-hearted. There, the cold-blooded creatures will happily walk amongst your drinks and desserts, once you take them out of their cage! If you feel like taking them home, don`t worry, the owners will happily sell you snakes and lizards! For those who cannot take care of them any longer, they will also buy the reptiles back at a lower place!
Datong Area, is similar to Da`an, as it welcomes tourists with a wide variety of cultural and artistic places of interest. Start your visit with the Taipei Confucius Temple, which was built in 1879. The temple gives an insight into the spiritual and religious path of this extraordinary country. Encounter the Taiwanese folk religion (a traditional religion of the local residents) at Dalongdong Baoan Temple. The Museum of Contemporary Art in Datong Area is for those who want a taste of this country`s incredibly modern art.
Did all this visiting increase your appetite? Dihua Street is the ideal place to try traditional Chinese food and herbs. For a more varied choice of delicacies, visit the Ningxia Night Market, where you`ll find every cuisine from Vietnamese to Japanese, Taiwanese and Thai food. Getting away from all the city`s hustle and bustle has never been simpler than in Datong district- just hop on any public transport to Yanping Riverside Park and stroll along the banks on the beautiful river among its rare trees and flowers.
Datong area welcomes all visitors who want to enjoy the city, but also those who appreciate the silence and beauty of nature. If you fit the description, you should definitely consider Datong for your Taipei accommodation.
Hotels in Datong
This neighbourhood is well-known for its political buildings . It is a great place to explore on foot. As well as the Presidential Office and the four different Yuan buildings, there are attractive gardens and museums that focus on the history of the country. Other notable places of interest include the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall. This was built in memory of the former president and is home to the National Theatre.
There are also several traditional markets in the district, as well as shopping centres, which have numerous shops that cater to most needs. There aren’t as many bars and places to eat, but the area does have a good number of hotels -many with scenic views.
Hotels in Zhongzheng