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Where to stay in Taiwan depends on the type of experience you enjoy. In this Taipei Hotel Guide, we’ll go over the best place to stay in Taipei for Shopping, Nightlife, Food, Relaxation, Culture, Hiking, One Night and for families.
Taipei has places to shop for all budgets. You can go from local designs, to high fashion counterfeits, to actual high fashion products. The best place to stay in Taipei for shopping is by Zhongshan Station, Songhsan Station and Taipei City Hall Station.
In the area by Zhongshan Station, you can find several malls and a lot of local fashion stores created by local designers. Here you’ll find some really good deals on authentic Taiwanese fashion!
Just a short walk from Songshan Station is the Wufenpu Shopping District. This is where you can find local designs, super cheap clothing and a lot of counterfeits. This place is a huge outdoor mall, but still has a large rain cover so you can shop even if it’s raining!
Taipei City Hall Station is in the Xinyi district where you can find ultra-high end clothing from shops such as Gucci, Balenciaga, Dior, Tiffany & Co and much more. It is a very expensive area, but even if you don’t have that kind of budget, you can still come here for food and entertainment. Every mall in the area has a basement level with a large food court for all palettes.
Taipei nightlife offers late night food, bars, night clubs. karaoke and more! The best area to stay in Taipei for nightlife is by Taipei 101/World Trade Center Station, Zhongxiao Dunhua Station and Ximen Station.
The MRT (Taipei Subway System) stops running at midnight. If you stay out later, expect to use a local taxi or Uber. Otherwise it’s best to pick a hotel in the area.
Between Zhongxiao Dunhua and Zhongxiao Fuxing Station you will find a lot of hip local bars and restaurants. This is where you can find a lot of quality food and drinks. This is the best Taipei nightlife for me since the price matches the quality and it’s never too crowded. Some of the popular spots in this area are KOR, Terminal One, Jumi Tavern and OMNI Nightclub.
In the Taipei 101 area, this is were people come dressed to impress! This is THE Taipei night club area that attracts locals and tourists. Everything will be available in English in this area so don’t worry about that. Some of the popular Taipei nightlife spots in the area are Barcode, IKON, Wave, Ai, but my personal favorite is the 24-hour Ichiran Ramen.
The Ximen area (AKA Ximending) draws a huge crowd for tourists and locals due to the colorful lights, variety of food, places to shop and street performances. For nightlife, check out Believer (It’s a salon, cafe and bar!), Georgraphy bar (the best Old Fashioned ever!), Dog Japanese Restaurant and Ximen Beer Bar.
The Ximen area is also very LGBT and it’s where you can find the gay Taipei scene. Check out all the bars and stores around The Red House for the gay Taipei scene and even more in the rest of the Ximen area.
Taipei is known for it’s amazing food! This blog is called Taiwan Eater, because I went to Taiwan and starting living here cause the food is so good! The best place to stay in Taipei for food is by Songshan Station, Zhongxiao Fuxing Station and by Taipower Station.
If you plan on eating a lot and not doing much walking, Songshan Station is the best area to stay in Taipei. Songshan station is right next to Raohe night market which has some of the best food in Taipei at the lowest prices. Here I recommend trying Fuzhou Black Pepper Buns (Michelin rated), Pork Paper (it’s crispy pork jerky) and whatever your stomach takes you toward!
If you’re tired of standing in the street eating your food, come to the Zhongxiao Fuxing area for the best food in Taipei! It’s not the cheapest place to in Taipei, but it’s also not the most expensive. Most of the restaurants here are high quality and reasonably priced! My favorites in this area are Uncle Shawn, Mikami Curry and for those of you that are vegetarian Yangmin Spring.
To truly relax in Taipei, you’ll have to get out of the city and in to nature. That’s the best district to stay in Taipei for relaxation is the Beitou District. The Beitou district on the outskirts of Taipei and known for it’s hot springs and hiking trails.
If you want to get out of Taipei and relax, but not go in to nature, I recommend going to The Top. It’s a luxurious, yet affordable, get away from the city.
Most of the hot springs are like Japanese traditional hot springs (onsen). They are separated by gender and you are not allowed to wear a bathing suit. For those of you uncomfortable with that, there are private hot spring facilities available.
If you want to take in the Taiwanese culture and experience Taiwan from a different perspective, the best area to stay in Taipei is the Datong District. Here you’ll find Daodaocheng area which has some of the oldest and best preserved building in Taipei.
The best areas for hiking in Taipei are in Beitou District, Zhongshan District and Neihu District. You’ll have easy access to the many trails and it’s the best district to stay in Taipei for hiking.
Hiking in Taipei’s Zhongshan District can take you to the Laodifang Lookout. One of the best places in Taipei for scenic views of the city.
If you’re only staying in Taipei for one night, I recommend staying by Taipei Main Station. You’ll have easy access to the Airport MRT with no transferring.
Taipei Main Station has a lot to offer since it’s walking distance to Daodaocheng for daytime activities and Ximen for that Taipei nightlife. Additionally, there’s a lot to do at Taipei Main Station! You could spend hours walking around the station and several Taipei underground malls.
Taipei Main Station has everything from McDonald’s to Michelin rated restaurants. In Taipei City mall, you can find all types of souvenirs, clothes, luggage, toys, video games, anime, kitchen supplies, and more. They even have restaurants down there!
It can be tough traveling with as a family with kids, but it’s easy in Taipei if you plan ahead! The best place area to stay in Taipei for families is in the Datong District’s Zhongshan area. Things are a little slower in this area with lots of parks, cafes and shops.
If you’re visiting Taipei with your family, check out these family-friendly attractions in Taipei:
When deciding where to stay in Taiwan can be difficult if you don’t know about all the places to visit in Taipei. I hope this Taipei travel guide has helped you a little bit more in making your decision!