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Here’s how to spend 24 hours in Taipei

BESIDES being an economic hub, Taipei is a metropolis you can make for a relaxed and charming Taiwan travel itinerary.

You just have to look past the omnipresence of Taipei 101. Do so, and options are aplenty for a quick and easy R&R.

If you have a day to kill in this city — be it a layover or just a short business trip — we’ve got the perfect Taiwan travel itinerary for you. Whether its drinks, getting local-designer clothes or just where to stay for a night, here is how to spend a day in our favourite city of Taiwan.

This article was first published on Lifestyle Asia HK.

 

 

Where to stay

1. Mandarin Oriental Taipei (<10 hours)
Taiwan travel itinerary: How to spend 24 hours in Taipei
Image credit: Mandarin Oriental Taipei

Nestled comfortably in Taipei’s most established business district, this Mandarin Oriental outpost is a 5-minute drive from Songshan airport.

Its spacious rooms are luxuriously modern with rich classical influences.

Also, it has impressive spa facilities spread over 2 floors, including a fully-equipped Fitness & Wellness Centre — should you wish to start your day with rejuvenated senses.

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Mandarin Oriental Taipei
Address
158 Dunhua North Road, Songshan District, Taipei
Phone
+886 2 2715 6888

A full-day itinerary in Taipei

We planned this itinerary around the Mandarin Oriental stay so that you won’t worry about wandering too far — it’ll never be longer than a 20-minute ride back to your hotel by car.

2. Breakfast at Café Un Deux Trois (2 hours)
Taiwan travel itinerary: How to spend 24 hours in Taipei
Image credit: Mandarin Oriental Taipei
  • Start your day with a hearty breakfast right in your own hotel.
  • Café Un Deux Trois features a wide range of international cuisines in buffet style, with a three-meal restaurant concept. Pick from its unique breakfast sets — Traditional English, Continental and Spa breakfast.
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Café Un Deux Trois
Address
158 Dunhua North Road, Songshan District, Taipei
Phone
+886 2 2715 6668
3. Visit the Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall (1 hour)

Built in memory of the first president of the Republic of China, work on the hall began a year after President Chiang’s passing.

The hall is white with a blue roof, representing the dominant colours in the ROC flag.

You’ll also spot a bronze statue of Chiang looking west, in the direction of the Presidential Office Building as well as mainland China.

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Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall
Address
No. 21號, Zhongshan South Road, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan 100
Phone
+886 2 2343 1100
4. Lunch at Xiang Se (2 hours)
Taiwan travel itinerary: How to spend 24 hours in Taipei
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 Xiang Se might be the most committed of cafes you’ll visit hidden in plain sight.

Venture through a dilapidated doorway and you’re greeted with ash furniture and a decrepit paint job that’s actually fitting for the ‘gram.

Its brunch fare excites yet feels familiar, with dishes like emulsion covered avocado toast and breakfast curry substituting white rice for polenta.

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Xiang Se
Address
No. 1-2, Hukou Street, Zhongzheng District, Taipei
Phone
+886 2 2358 1819
5. Shop at Ne.Sense (1-2 hours)
Taiwan travel itinerary: How to spend 24 hours in Taipei
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At the fashion district of Xinyi, Ne.Sense has an exceptional curation of both the best avant-garde menswear brands like Agi & Sam and streetwear names like Komakino and Off-White.

Even Hypebeast raves about this place — now you can’t pass up a chance for a wardrobe update.

 

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Ne.sense
Address
No. 52, Section 2, Keelung Rd, Xinyi District, Taipei City, Taiwan 11052
Phone
+886 2 2729 1219
6. Visit Songshan Cultural and Creative Park (1-2 hours)

The Songshan Cultural and Creative Park used to be where the first modern tobacco factory in Taiwan was housed.

Its Baroque courtyards are now populated by small businesses — bookstores and cafes alike.

Exhibitions are held time to time across the park’s five former warehouses, where you can witness one of the largest art shows in the city.

Its exhibition halls close at 6pm, after which you can still visit the neighbouring Taiwan Design Center.

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Songshan Cultural and Creative Park
Address
133 Guangfu South Road, Xinyi District, Taipei
Phone
+886 2 2765 1388
7. Dine at Indulge Experimental Bistro (2 hours)

Taiwan travel itinerary: How to spend 24 hours in Taipei

    Image credit: Indulge Experimental Bistro

Coming in hot at no. 3 on this year’s Asia’s 50 Best Bars list, Indulge Experimental Bistro continues to be the best bar in Taiwan. Come attest to the best that local drinks culture has to offer in the form of homegrown botanicals or the Taiwanese “Four Season” tea.

Also expect restaurant quality dishes like whole soft shell crab, garnished with sticky rice and dried shrimp sabayon.

This is a spot we highly recommended for some grub or a tipple — perhaps both.

 

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Indulge Experimental Bistro
Address
No. 11, Lane 219, Section 1, Fuxing South Road, Da'an District, Taipei
Phone
+886 2 2773 0080
8. Last stop: Raohe Street Night Market (1-2 hours)

While most travellers flock to Shilin, you should visit its less mainstream counterpart, since Raohe Street triumphs with all things edible.

It is a convenient, centralised repository for some of the best Taiwanese street food.

Be it Crispy Fuzhou Black Pepper buns or steaming bowls of Chen Dong Pork ribs Medicinal Herbs Soup — you want it, they got it.

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Raohe Street Night Market
Address
Raohe Street, Songshan District, Taipei
Website
Phone
+886 2 2763 5733
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