48 Hours in Taipei Travel Guide

See all the places Anthony Bourdain visits on his trip to Taipei.


Activities
Kuoli Kukung Powuyuan
Tony explores the National Palace Museum of Taiwan. It is considered the Louvre of Asia and has the largest and best collection of Chinese art in the world. There, Tony finds a statue of what he calls, “the pork of his dreams.”
  • No. 221 Section 2 Zhishan road
  • Taipei, 111 Taiwan

Kuoli Kukung Powuyuan

Tony explores the National Palace Museum of Taiwan. It is considered the Louvre of Asia and has the largest and best collection of Chinese art in the world. There, Tony finds a statue of what he calls, “the pork of his dreams.”
No. 221 Section 2 Zhishan road Taipei, Taiwan
MRT Taipei Zoo Station
One of the best places to visit in Taipei is Maokong -- accessible by a small mountain road or gondola. Maokong has some great hiking trails and teahouses overlooking forested valleys and tea plantations.
  • No. 32, Sec 2. Xinguang Rd,
  • Wenshan District Taipei City, Taiwan 116
  • Taipei, 116 Taiwan

MRT Taipei Zoo Station

One of the best places to visit in Taipei is Maokong -- accessible by a small mountain road or gondola. Maokong has some great hiking trails and teahouses overlooking forested valleys and tea plantations.
No. 32, Sec 2. Xinguang Rd, Taipei, Taiwan
Taipei 101
Tony rides the fastest elevator in the world to the observation deck of Taipei 101. The top of Taipei 101 has a breathtaking and unobstructed view of the city and its surrounding mountains.
  • 45 Shifu Rd
  • Taipei, 110 Taiwan

Taipei 101

Tony rides the fastest elevator in the world to the observation deck of Taipei 101. The top of Taipei 101 has a breathtaking and unobstructed view of the city and its surrounding mountains.
45 Shifu Rd Taipei, Taiwan
Phone: 886 2 8101 7777
Ningxia Night Market
Ningxia Night Market is famous for gourmet snacks. Try the mouthbreeder soup, stirred satay beef, pork liver soup, Tainan savory rice pudding, braised pork rice, oyster omelet, chicken rice and oyster noodles.

Ningxia Night Market

Ningxia Night Market is famous for gourmet snacks. Try the mouthbreeder soup, stirred satay beef, pork liver soup, Tainan savory rice pudding, braised pork rice, oyster omelet, chicken rice and oyster noodles.
Nanjing W. Rd. Taipei, Taiwan
Shilin Night Market
People come from all over to try their special Hu Jiao Bing, a fried-pepper bun filled with peppered pork and spring onion filling. The bread is freshly cooked in a tandoori oven and stays crispy while the filling is light and fluffy.
  • Taipei, Taiwan

Shilin Night Market

People come from all over to try their special Hu Jiao Bing, a fried-pepper bun filled with peppered pork and spring onion filling. The bread is freshly cooked in a tandoori oven and stays crispy while the filling is light and fluffy.
Taipei, Taiwan
Miaokou Night Market
Tony and Calvin explore the lights, sounds, sights, smells and foods of the market. They try everything from Taiwanese meatballs to sea urchin.

Miaokou Night Market

Tony and Calvin explore the lights, sounds, sights, smells and foods of the market. They try everything from Taiwanese meatballs to sea urchin.
Rensan Rd. Taipei, Taiwan
Tong Hua Night Market
Tong Hua Night Market is a great alternative to Keelung’s more popular night market. This market has a lot more clothing stalls then Keelung, but still boasts great food.
  • Linjiang Street
  • Taipei, 106 Taiwan

Tong Hua Night Market

Tong Hua Night Market is a great alternative to Keelung’s more popular night market. This market has a lot more clothing stalls then Keelung, but still boasts great food.
Linjiang Street Taipei, Taiwan
Xinglong Park
Tony meets up with professor and linguist Gabriel at Xinglong Park. He watches people practice “push hands,” a type of martial art that’s rooted in tai chi. The training is aimed at self-defense and focusing the mind.
  • Wenshan District Taipei City, Taiwan 116
  • Taipei, 116 Taiwan

Xinglong Park

Tony meets up with professor and linguist Gabriel at Xinglong Park. He watches people practice “push hands,” a type of martial art that’s rooted in tai chi. The training is aimed at self-defense and focusing the mind.
Wenshan District Taipei City, Taiwan 116 Taipei, Taiwan
Mengjia Longshan Temple
Taipei has some of the most beautifully preserved temples in China, and Longshan Temple is one of the most stunning.

Mengjia Longshan Temple

Taipei has some of the most beautifully preserved temples in China, and Longshan Temple is one of the most stunning.
Taipei, Taiwan
National Taiwan Democracy Memorial Hall
The National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall is a famous monument, landmark and attraction erected in memory of Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek, former President of the Republic of China.
  • No 21 Zhongshan S. Rd.
  • Taipei, 10048 Taiwan

National Taiwan Democracy Memorial Hall

The National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall is a famous monument, landmark and attraction erected in memory of Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek, former President of the Republic of China.
No 21 Zhongshan S. Rd. Taipei, Taiwan
Phone: 886 2 2343 1100

Hotels
W Taipei
Rest your head at the 5-star W Hotel in the center of Taipei. Enjoy panoramic views of the city while sitting poolside or at the rooftop bar.
rooftop, night, outdoor, bar, seating, w hotel taipei, taiwan
Photo by Starwood Hotels & Resorts
  • 10 Zhongxiao Eas Road Sec. 5.
  • Taipei, 110 Taiwan

W Taipei

Rest your head at the 5-star W Hotel in the center of Taipei. Enjoy panoramic views of the city while sitting poolside or at the rooftop bar.
10 Zhongxiao Eas Road Sec. 5. Taipei, Taiwan
Phone: +886 2-7703-8888
Villa 32
Taipei is surrounded by volcanic mountains with naturally occurring hot springs that are easily reached by public transit. With only 4 rooms, Villa 32 is the place to go to get pampered.
  • Number 32 Zhongshan Rd
  • Taipei, 112 Taiwan

Villa 32

Taipei is surrounded by volcanic mountains with naturally occurring hot springs that are easily reached by public transit. With only 4 rooms, Villa 32 is the place to go to get pampered.
Number 32 Zhongshan Rd Taipei, Taiwan
Phone: 886 6611 8888

Restaurants & Bars
Tea House
A wonderful outdoor teahouse serving up fantastic tea and incredible views of Taipei.
  • Lane 40 Section 3, zhinan Rd
  • Wenshan District, Taipei City 11666 Taiwan

Tea House

A wonderful outdoor teahouse serving up fantastic tea and incredible views of Taipei.
Lane 40 Section 3, zhinan Rd Wenshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan
Phone: 2939 2025
James Kitchen
Tony eats at the famous James Kitchen with his sidekicks, Kuo Lishin and Sophie. James Kitchen is a small Taiwanese restaurant on Yong Kang Street that serves very good examples of classic food.
  • 65 Yongkang Street
  • Taipei, 106 Taiwan

James Kitchen

Tony eats at the famous James Kitchen with his sidekicks, Kuo Lishin and Sophie. James Kitchen is a small Taiwanese restaurant on Yong Kang Street that serves very good examples of classic food.
65 Yongkang Street Taipei, Taiwan
Phone: 20 3432275
Ding Tai Feng
Tony is in heaven as he visits this famous soup dumpling joint that’s one of the most popular places in Taipei, with an almost guaranteed queue outside. Tony riffs on how consistently amazing these dumplings are.
rooftop, night, outdoor, bar, seating, w hotel taipei, taiwan
  • Various Locations
  • Taipei, Taiwan

Ding Tai Feng

Tony is in heaven as he visits this famous soup dumpling joint that’s one of the most popular places in Taipei, with an almost guaranteed queue outside. Tony riffs on how consistently amazing these dumplings are.
Various Locations Taipei, Taiwan
Phone: 03 523 6222
Yong Kang Beef Noodle
Beef noodle is a dish that's famous in Taipei, and this place is considered by many to be the best. Yong Kang Beef Noodle is near Yong Kang Street, a famous food street in Daan, near Din Tai Fung.
  • No. 17, Lane 31 Jinshan S. Rd. Section 2
  • Taipei, 106 Taiwan

Yong Kang Beef Noodle

Beef noodle is a dish that's famous in Taipei, and this place is considered by many to be the best. Yong Kang Beef Noodle is near Yong Kang Street, a famous food street in Daan, near Din Tai Fung.
No. 17, Lane 31 Jinshan S. Rd. Section 2 Taipei, Taiwan
Phone: 02 23511051
Modern Toilet
At Modern Toilet, the tile-covered walls are adorned with showerheads, while plungers and feces-shaped lights hang from the ceiling. The chairs are (non-functional) toilets, food is served in miniature toilet bowls and drinks in mini urinals.
  • 2F, No. 50-7 Xining South Rd.
  • Taipei, Taiwan

Modern Toilet

At Modern Toilet, the tile-covered walls are adorned with showerheads, while plungers and feces-shaped lights hang from the ceiling. The chairs are (non-functional) toilets, food is served in miniature toilet bowls and drinks in mini urinals.
2F, No. 50-7 Xining South Rd. Taipei, Taiwan
Shi Jie Doujiang
Tony and his sidekick, Kent, meet for breakfast at Shi Jie Doujiang. They try a variety of amazing dishes like niu rou shao bing -- flat bread stuffed with thinly sliced pork.
rooftop, night, outdoor, bar, seating, w hotel taipei, taiwan
  • Taipei, Taiwan

Shi Jie Doujiang

Tony and his sidekick, Kent, meet for breakfast at Shi Jie Doujiang. They try a variety of amazing dishes like niu rou shao bing -- flat bread stuffed with thinly sliced pork.
Taipei, Taiwan
Fensheng Restaurant
Fensheng Restaurant specializes in Hakka and Taiwanese cuisine. One of the specialties is the infamous stinky tofu. A local favorite, it’s stir-fried with seasonal vegetables and served with preserved egg.
  • No 1-3, Lishui Street
  • Taipei, 106 Taiwan

Fensheng Restaurant

Fensheng Restaurant specializes in Hakka and Taiwanese cuisine. One of the specialties is the infamous stinky tofu. A local favorite, it’s stir-fried with seasonal vegetables and served with preserved egg.
No 1-3, Lishui Street Taipei, Taiwan
Phone: 02 23961133
He Xiang Delicious
This old school favorite serves 3 things on its menu: sticky rice in lotus leaf, bamboo shoot soup and savory pork dumplings. They’re all, like the name unabashedly claims, delicious.
  • No. 60 Fuguo Road
  • Taipei, 11158 Taiwan

He Xiang Delicious

This old school favorite serves 3 things on its menu: sticky rice in lotus leaf, bamboo shoot soup and savory pork dumplings. They’re all, like the name unabashedly claims, delicious.
No. 60 Fuguo Road Taipei, Taiwan
Phone: 02 88661325
Fast Fry Bus
The Fast Fry Bus puts out dishes fried over a hot wok flame. Tony has 3 of their specialties -- chicken, sea snails with basil and baby cuttlefish -- on this converted bus.
rooftop, night, outdoor, bar, seating, w hotel taipei, taiwan
  • moving location
  • Taipei, Taiwan

Fast Fry Bus

The Fast Fry Bus puts out dishes fried over a hot wok flame. Tony has 3 of their specialties -- chicken, sea snails with basil and baby cuttlefish -- on this converted bus.
moving location Taipei, Taiwan
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