Directions: The easiest way would be to take the metro to Ximen Station
Things to do: Shop and eat. There are art pieces on display inside the Red House. The grounds/patio of the Ximen Red House is sometimes converted into a bazaar. Ximending, being a shopping hub of Taipei has a lot of shops in the nearby area as well as food joints.
Ippudo TW Taipei Main Station
Directions: Go to Taipei Main Station and Ippudo TW is located at Breeze Center, a mall inside Taipei Main Station
Directions: Take the metro to Beitou Station. Once there, transfer to the auxiliary pink line that will take you Xinbeitou Station. From there, the tourist places are reachable by foot.
Place to visit: Beitou Thermal Valley (Free). You can also visit the Hot Spring Museum and the Puji Temple. There are a number of hot spring baths in area but we didn’t go to one because we are pressed for time.
Tamsui Old Street
Directions: From Beitou Station, we took the train on the same red line and alighted at the very last station, Tamsui. The street market is walking distance from the train station. Once you exit the station, go left, the entrance to the street market is parallel to the river. Google Tamsui Old Street to see what the entrance looks like.
What to do here: Shop and eat. You can sample and but local Taiwanese delicacies here. Stroll around and enjoy the atmosphere.
Fort Sto. Domingo
Directions: Go back Tamsui Station and look for Bus 26. Tell the driver to drop you off For Sto. Domingo. The bus displays the next stop but it’s in Chinese. You might miss your stop, like what happened to us, if you didn’t let the driver know your alighting at Fort Sto. Domingo
What to do here: Picture taking! There’s also a museum in the what was the former consular residence. (Free)
Directions: If you’re coming from For Sto. Domingo, go back to the bus stop where you alighted and then board the same bus 26 bound for Fisherman’s Wharf.
What to do here: Picture taking again! The bridge and the harbor view are magnificent especially during sunset. (Free)
Shilin Night Market
Directions: Despite sharing the same name as the Shilin Metro Station, it’s easier to reach Shilin Market from Jiantian Station.
What to do here: Shop and eat! The basement floor houses lots of food stall. I have to admit though that nothing really stood out from what we’ve ordered. The ground level has stalls that mainly sells fruits and local delicacies. I bought Mochi and Pineapple cakes.