Friday, August 12, 2011

Taipei’s 3 Don’t Miss Districts

Taking a trip to Taipei, Taiwan anytime soon? Well leave your “Lonely Plane’s Guide to Taipei” at home, because we’ve got the three best districts to visit, from one Woosong student to another. 

Ximending on a typical evening
Ximending is an amazing food and shopping extravaganza. One of my favorite bites was a noodle soup located among the eateries scattered at the end of Han Zhong Street. Try walking along the streets on the fringes of the Ximending shopping area to find several local dessert vendors. While there, try the fragrant and delicious peanut soup. Don’t be afraid to walk down into any of the basements or up to stores on the upper floors because you will likely discover a shopping gem. If you have a weakness for footwear, you’ll love the range of shoe styles and plethora of inexpensive shops with great shoe specials.

Directions: Take the MRT to Ximending

Gate to Huaxi Night Market
Huaxi Night Market, located west of Longshan Temple, is a nice place to go for a late meal. You will encounter a number of locals there in search of late night dining as well. Check out the fried oyster omelet, found at the very end of the long street of stalls. There’s a dessert shop, a short distance from the entranceway, which has been open for many years. It sells Taiwanese style ice-kachang (shaved ice bowls full of red beans, coloring, and other tasty treats). If you’re into something less sweet, try the rice dumplings from the stall in front of ice-kachang. They are extremely tasty and quite filling too.

Directions: Take MRT to the Longshan Temple.

Danshui waterfront
Danshui is a seaside district in Northern Taipei. This area has streets lined with boardwalk games, quaint little shops and lots of local eateries. Refresh yourself with an almond-flavored drink, while munching on dumplings, fried quails eggs or potato slices on a stick. If you like Japanese clogs (a shoe with a thick wooden sole), Danshui is the place to get them. There’s a shop where you can choose among different kinds of wood and string patterns. Since most off-the-shelf clogs are loose and uncomfortable, custom clogs will fit you perfectly for easy walking around Taipei.

Directions: Take the MRT to Danshui.

Whether you’re looking for custom shoes, yummy treats or shopping, Ximending, Huaxi Night Market and Danshui are your best bets while starting out on your next vacation in Taipei.

Jain Song is currently the Chief Student Editor of the Woosong Herald
a Woosong Student majoring in Culinary Arts


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