What to Eat and Drink in Taiwan

The Taiwanese have a passion for food on a par with that of the French or Italians, and eating is a savored ritual. However, since Taiwan doesn’t have much of an international reputation for food, many visitors aren’t sure what to eat and drink. Each city has a specialty food that must be tried, while Taiwanese creations like bubble tea, bao zi, beef noodle, and sweet sausage are ubiquitous. Plentiful street food vendors and night markets across Taiwan make for top-notch grazing.

No. 101號, Jihe Road, Shilin District, Taipei City, Taiwan 111
Calling all lovers of food: Shilin Night Market is the largest of many night markets in Taipei. It is easily accessible by MRT and has endless stalls of restaurants/stands as well as shops. Bring a friend so you can share and experience more of the many dishes that this great market has to offer. If you do take the MRT, make sure you get to the platform before 12am because the trains stop running after that. If you stay past 12am, you will need to catch a cab to get back to your hotel.
No. 10, Section 5, Zhongxiao East Road, Xinyi District, Taipei City, Taiwan 110
The W Taipei showcases the city’s geography and cutting-edge technology. The lobby’s light installation reacts to human motion, and guest rooms feature dramatic skyline views. The W is also home to some of Taipei’s hottest nightspots, including the Bar at Yen on the top floor. From $314. 886/(0) 2-7703-8888. This appeared in the November/December 2012 issue.
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