Why Dadaocheng should be your first stop in Taipei

Why Dadaocheng should be your first stop in Taipei? This charming neighborhood, sometimes referred to as Old Taipei, is smaller, quieter, and way more manageable. Filled with tea shops, traditional apothecaries, artist’s boutiques, temples big and small, and of course, the area’s most pronounced feature of Japanese colonial-era buildings (and a few homes and shops dating back to the Qing dynasty), you’ll find no more charming a neighborhood in which to base yourself in Taipei than the Dadaocheng neighborhood.
Though there are plenty of hotels in the Dadaocheng neighborhood, if it’s history and local charm you’re after, you can’t do better than the DG, a quirky boutique hotel on the northern end of Dihua Street in a restored Japanese-era Colonial building.
What’s more, there are no shortage of places to eat, drink and be merry in Dadaocheng, with the majority of these being along the main drag (Dihua Street). From traditional Taiwanese noodle and rice dishes to fried chicken and thick squid soup, Dadaocheng is definitely a spot where locals come for comfort food.

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Savor the Tea and Enjoy the Pleasant Aroma in the City on a Springtime Day

In Taipei, you are never far from a century-old tea shop. Blessed with frequent international exchanges over the centuries, the city is the confluence of tea houses from different cultures. No matter where you roam, there is no way you can miss the elegant smell of tea among Taipei’s streets and alleys.

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Things Every Drinker Should Know about Taipei’s Bar and Nightlife Scene

Nightlife in Taipei is so busy and bustling that the city is almost livelier after dark than during the day! Here are 6 popular bars in Taipei. Check it out!

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The Taiwanese Spa Hour: Taipei’s Best Health and Beauty Spas

Everything from massages, facials, detox, and collagen treatments can be found in the smallest yet most luxurious of spas. Here I explore some of the best spas around Taipei, each with their own unique offerings.

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Flower Viewing in Taipei: Three Routes Recommended for Couples, Friends, and Families

From March to June, Azaleas, calla lilies and hydrangeas take their turns to appear on Yangmingshan. Many of these gorgeous blooms can be visited one after the other as a day trip. Below are some popular routes for flower viewing in the spring.

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Throwing Away the Floral Design Rulebook: An Interview with Florist Takako Mine

Japanese florist Takako Mine recalls. To Ms. Mine, flowers have long been a tool to explore the world and a very important part of her life. This did not change after she relocated from Tokyo to Taipei. In fact, her life has never been so bright thanks to the inspiration of Taipei, a city filled with colorful flowers.

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From Classic to Fusion: Five Taipei Restaurants Worth Visiting

Dining in Taipei means never wanting for choices. In this article, we’ll be visiting five restaurants in Taipei ranging from classic Chinese cuisine to hipster fusion to straight-up Taiwanese flavor. Enjoy!

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A Day in Historic Ximen

Ximen is one of those neighborhoods that almost every visitor to Taipei ventures into. The casual visitor’s first impression after ascending from the MRT is a sea of bright lights cascading into a large pedestrian shopping area packed with thousands of people out for an evening stroll, on their way to see a film, go shopping or have dinner.

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A Perfect Day in Taipei’s Xinyi District

Home to artist hangouts, tons of amazing restaurants, trendy clubs, luxury malls, Taipei 101, the Xinyi District is more than just the Commercial hub of Taipei. It’s also a spot worth spending at least a full day exploring on any visit to Taiwan.

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