Michelin Guide and Savor Taipei!
Fun Stops Along the MRT
Now that the Michelin Guide Taipei has been released, have you started planning your gourmet tour? From its beef noodles to its night market street foods, from Taiwanese specialties to Chinese restaurants and Michelin star-winning dishes, the city offers a variety to fascinate and satisfy your taste buds. No matter what you desire – a taste of hipster culture, retro, current trends or natural scenery – Taipei’s got it! Follow the six fun routes we’ve selected for you and navigate Taipei feasting on Michelin-level food. You’re welcome to take photos at your stops and check in on social media as you treat your body, mind and spirit!
Article Wu Jingwen
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Wenshan District The Urban Leisure Route
Come to the zoo and experience “The Call of the Wild!” In addition to its must-see super-popular foreign guests: the pandas and penguins, you won’t want to miss those endangered local animals: the Chinese leopard cats and the Taiwan black bears. If your legs get wobbly, there’s the zoo shuttle trolley. Just hop on and have fun!
MRT Taipei Zoo Station
Tea Time at Maokong
After visiting the zoo, take the Maokong Gondola (貓空纜車) and enjoy the stunning scenery on the ride up the mountain. While at the peak, take some time to wander around. There are western-style snack shops and Chinese tea houses for you to choose from. On sunny days, you can look out at Taipei 101; but if it’s rainy with the fog lingering around, just stay under the roof, listen to the patter, drink tea, and appreciate the sheer beauty of it all.
Maokong Gondola Maokong Station
Fujin Street, Minsheng Community
Lush trees line the streets of this community, which is home to mostly 4-storey old-style apartment buildings. Rows of phoenix trees add a European feeling to the ambience, while small businesses such as coffee shops, eateries, galleries, clothing stores and sundry goods stores, all bustling with humanity, are scattered in amongst the allies and back streets. This area is perfect for laidback strolling and taking time to appreciate the peace and quiet.
MRT Songshan Airport Station, Zhongshan Junior High School Station
Bib Gourmand Selection: My Sweet Home Small Kitchen
Once you’ve finished your downshifting in the Fujin Street (富錦街) neighborhood, you can visit My Sweet Home Small Kitchen (我家小廚房). The owner here cooks authentic home-style Hunan cuisine, which is generally hot and spicy. The owner puts his heart’s passion into these dishes, which are spicy enough to bring you to tears! Give it a try and you’ll know what I mean. Many people from different countries come to enjoy this food, bringing an exotic atmosphere to the place.
MRT Nanjing Sanmin Station
View the Night Scene From Rainbow Bridge
Crossing over the Keelung River (基隆河), Rainbow Bridge (彩虹橋) connects Songshan and Neihu. After it gets dark, the soft street lighting along the riverbanks mingles with the reflection of the arched bridge, forming a romantic atmosphere and attracting many lovebirds to tryst here. Under the bridge, there’s an art installation where sweethearts attach their “love locks.” You’ll see “I Love You” written on the ground in many languages. As you quietly appreciate the night scene, local people may come jogging or biking by, forming a more interesting image.
MRT Songshan Station
Bib Gourmand Selection: Raohe Street Tourist Night Market
Visit Raohe Street Tourist Night Market (饒河街觀光夜市), where you can enjoy three street foods recommended by Bib Gourmand – each served at just the right portion. First, head to Chen Dong Pork Ribs Medicinal Herbs Soup (陳董藥燉排骨) for their braised pork on rice and pickles (瓜仔肉燥飯) and a bowl of fresh clear pork chop soup. You’ll be left with just enough room in your belly for some stinky tofu from Shi Boss Spicy Tofu (施老闆麻辣臭豆腐) nearby. Once that’s consumed, take home a Fuzhou Black Pepper Bun (福州世祖胡椒餅) for a late night nosh, and you’ve completed a most satisfying evening!
MRT Songshan Station
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