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5 Ways to Explore Taipei

Where to eat, drink and sleep in the city.

Fujin Tree

01 Coffee’s all the rage here, and Fujin Tree serves a latte with sugar burnt onto its foam that will incense coffee purists and enchant the rest of us. (353 Fujin St.)

Taipei 101

02 The world’s tallest building when it was completed in 2004, Taipei 101 remains the tallest LEED Platinum building. It’s worth the $20 admission just to see the ball-shaped counter-weight that prevents the tower from tipping over in the wind. (No. 7, Sec. 5, Xinji Rd., Xinji District,



03 If you get tired of eating vegetables, Taiwan is also known for its beef noodle soup. Try Lin Dong Fang; the soup, with a dollop of chili paste, is worth the wait. (274 Bade Rd.)

Eslite Spectrum

04 One of Taipei’s epicentres of cool, the Eslite Spectrum department store is broken up into dozens of little boutiques, each showcasing a Taiwanese designer, craftsperson or tea merchant. (No. 88, Yanchang Rd., Xinyi District) And now there’s the Eslite Hotel, designed by Toyo Ito, with a library bar and books in every room, in the middle of Songshan, one of the hippest café neighbourhoods in town. (No. 98, Yanchang Rd., Xinji District)

Where to Stay

Mandarin Oriental, Taipei

In the heart of Taiwan’s capital, the Mandarin Oriental, Taipei knows just what to do if you dump the contents of your bag in a rush to get out and explore the city’s laneways, night markets, temples and shopping centres. Expect to come back to find everything perfectly folded or hung in the closet, with your phone not only charging but its cord artfully origamied into a flower. And if you don’t feel like ever leaving, the hotel has one of Taipei’s largest spas, along with six spots for eating, drinking and making merry.



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