Choose Your Place Carefully in the Zone
"The Zone" in Taipei has a lot of bars where you can drop a lot of money very quickly. Many of the bars are the type where you will be joined by hostesses as soon as you sit dow. The job of these women is to pour your beer, play jenga with you and generally engage in small talk and faux-flattery. Of course, eventually they will be persuading you to buy them drinks too and before you know it you'll walk out of there having spent a lot more money than you expected. Many people assume these women are prostitutes -- they are not. But they are good business people and they will say what you want to hear in order to get you to but that one extra drink for them!
That's why, in "The Zone" I recommend Malibu West. It is the best place you can go without all the hassle. You can drink with your friends or play without any univited (read:expensive) company.
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24hrs Pool Hall
Haha, when u don't have places to go at night, why not try the pool hall. It's cheap and fun too. The only thing that bugs me is sometimes it can be very smokey inside because you can smoke in the pool hall.
Dress Code: whatever you want! but I guess just casual is fine.
Hsu-Lin Nightmarket: Nightmarket for eating and shopping
Nightmarket is Taiwanese culture. Almost every city, town and countryside has its nightmarkets. Taipei city has many, such as Hsu-Lin, Hsu-Da, Lao-Ho, Liao-Lin, Jin-Mei, Ton-Jua, Hua-Si etc. Among them Hsu-Lin nightmarket is the biggest one.
What make Hsu-Lin Nightmarket special: big field, delicious & cheap food, sensitive fashion (clothes, shoes and accessories), pet street and fortune teller lane.
E A T & D R I N K S
Hsu-Lin Nightmarkts most food-stands are collected in a big markt house. Food & Drink: big fried chicken, big pans cover small cookies, fried oysters, B.B.Q, catfish herbal soup, squik or seafood thick soup, chicken rice, baked coffin (well, actaully made of toast), stinking to-fu, tempura, fried rice or noodles, eel-fish noodles, huge sausages, rice-cake, fried vegetable, stewed pork rice, fish ball soup, tarco balls, bubble ices, fruit milk (the most famous one: papaya milk), fruit shaker, Ei-Yu jelly etc.
On streets in that area there are some other food & drinks: twins (like donut), baked cow-tongue biscuit, chinese bread, brat rice-cake, spring-onion pan cake, pork-blood rice-cake, fried chest-nut, meat ball, spring roll, star fruit juice, fried stuffs, stewed stuffs, hot-dog, Indian roll, fruit, wax/white gourd, peper pork bread etc.
Dress Code: CLOTHES & ACCESSORIES
On streets there are many shops which sell qualitative clothes with brands as ones in department stores. However, they are also some shops and stands that sell ok clothes (some are copied), the quality could be good or awful, but its price is from 50-100NTD only.
**I like one shop on the main street mostly. The shop offers exotic, national, special design clothes and accessories. The most are from India, Nepal and Thailand. I recommend the colored skirts, exotic silver ear-rings and Indian deer-leather bags (costs 390NTD only).**
The accessories catch up the fasion as well. Cups, hear rings, rings, necklaces and barcets. These accessories cost not much and are girls' love.
Jeans, sneakers, slippers, casual style, beach look, spicy girl mini skirt, heavy or no make-up You can dress whatevery you like :-) NO PROBLEM, no one will notice you because everyone looks for food there. Everytime you go to Hsu-Lin Nightmarket, you see new fahsion and new food. Hsu-Lin is Japanese tourists' must see spot, and you shoudn't miss it.
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Shi Lin Night Market: Shi Lin Night Market for food adventure
Shi Lin night market is the biggest in Taipei city where we have a big amount of food and fashion (accessories and clothes) stands, a pet street and a fortune teller street etc. Neverthless food is the most well-known because we can find out almost all kinds of Taiwanese snacks here. It's a great place for local people to grab delicious food at low price and for foreigners to have exotic food adventure.
In addition, the lamps of stands make the enviroment so bright. Even it's night, we feel like in day in the market. It will be definitely a special and fresh experience for you!
P. S. For detailed pictures of snacks please see my Taipei travelogues.
shinlin: shinlin night market
One of the biggest night market in taipei... lots of famous foods like unqiue pancake, sausage, hot and cold dessert there.
Shihlin Night Market covers a large area. When one walks in the turning lanes and alleys, you would often find something unexpected.
45 old bar cafe: little place for ya to chill out with ur friends
I'm allergic to smokes, so I hate going to places that allows people smoking indoor. Somehow, in Taiwan, you can smoke indoors if you don't feel like smoking outside in the cold. So I barely hang out with my friends in the bars, clubs anymore.
Maybe it's because it's been so long, so I decided to hang out with some friends that I didn't see for a long time. They picked a very nice little bar. I was impressed. People still smoke inside the bar but it didn't seem to be too smokey. I had a very good time there chatting with the good friends. No too noisy so you don't have to yell and shout.
Dress Code: casual- no need to dress up.
Haagen Dazs: Sitting enjoying the atmosphere...
This outlet locates in Tian-Mu, where there are most foreigners in Taipei. You will be surrounded by the exotic feeling. If you are lucky enough, you can see some singers sitting next to you, and we are one of them.
This outlet sells nothing different from other ones; but its atmosphere is very friendly andcomfortable. Lovers keep on loving; friends keep on chatting; families keep on enjoying. You can choose where to sit, in-doors or outside.
Dress Code: No...But dun be a sloppy person!! That kind of people are always not welcome enveywhere.
Carnegie's: Now this joint is a blast
Situated right in the heart of the city, if you are in town on a Wednesday night this is the place to be.
Wednesday night is ladies night and the place rocks, get there early otherwise be prepare to que for an absolute age and get turned away when capacity is reached.
Dancing on the bar and much more... A better night out than you will find anywhere in Taipei.
Dress Code: Anything you like!!! the shorter or tighter the better, the guys show their muscles and beer bellies. The girls, legs and.........
Taipei City: Nightlife
Starting at about 11pm post dinner you can either go directly to one of the main clubs out in Taipei -- Luxy (chunghsia near California gym and you can search for their info and events online), Room 18 at Neo 19 Warner(they're moving on up to 101 soon so don't be too discouraged at the decor now), or Mint (101 Warner). Ladies nights are on Wednesdays, the other days should range around 800NT w/drink coupon.
Luxy by now is well known for their flame bottle throwing show and the Luxy girls. Room 18 was once the It spot when it was still at the og space near Warner theaters and is now just a temporary club until it moves up to a redecorated suite in 101. Mint at 101 generally targets a slightly older crowd of late 20s to mid 30s.
After going to the clubs you can head directly to breakfast -- for Asian breakfast go to Fuhsing Nan Road, for Western head to 24 hours NY Bagel at Renai Road or Swensons, also at Renai.
Holiday KTV: Sing your night away
Karaoke singing is a very popular form of entertainment for Asians, which originated from Japan close to 30 years ago. Have a go at the mike and unleash the talent within you. ;) I would recommend the Holiday KTV karaoke chain as their service is good (unlimited beverages and titbits, clean and comfortable rooms) and they have excellent music systems (try their remote controls and you will know). Even if you don't sing Chinese pop songs, there is a wide selection of foreign songs to choose from.
Taipei has great bars!
There are no shortage of nightspots in Taipei. One of the best is Carnegie's, a branch of the trendy Singapore bar where periodically people dance on the tables. I also recommend Malibu West in the Zone and the Pig in Tienmu. But no matter where you go your bound to make a few new friends, either among the expatriates or the locals.
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people: wanna chat...
In this place people can chose whether to dine a meal or jsut have some snacks and get something to drink!
They have cosy sofa with lovely atmosphere, every time I go there, I enjoy the place a lot.
But it may be annoying for those who doesn't smoke, due to lack of saparation for smoking or non-smoking area.
Their restaurant close at am1:00; and they close at am2:00 during the week.
Enjoy your night!!
Dress Code: I think smart casul is required, at least wear aomething nice!! Not to make yourself look sloppy is important, because everyone there looks great!!
Huaxi Night Market: Night Market with a twist
This is a conventional night market with cheap buys and food, but with a twist.
They sell Snakes bladder, blood, wine, as well as Turtle parts here.
It's pretty gross looking at snake skins lying around, and mutilated turtles.
Also, they do not allow photography out these shops. But I steathily took a few anyway.
Cashbox & Holidays: Singing @ noght
What most Taipei young generations do is to sing in a karaoke. In one of the most popular thing to do here. In these places, they offer up-to-date Chinese songs among Asia Pacific region, however, they do have English
ones to offer, but in comparison of the formers, I think the former ones are more enjoyable and more in quality and quantity.
What's more, singing all night long with buffet serving only cost you less than US$10 . Or you can choose to have good meal, which also cost you less than US$10, and you enjoy whole night through as well.
But be sure to choose legel karaokes, because there were many quarrels in illegel ones before, and caused some unwanted results.
Dress Code: Casual, because you are singing with your companions in a private room, so don't worry about your lousy voice. (That's based on my personal experience. )
Shilin Night Market: The Biggest Night Market
This is really a very large market in Taipei. Get yourself for a few hours walk. If you are stop at the Jian Dan Station, opposite of this is a large hawker center which is fixed with air-cond that you can actually feel betther especially during hot summer. Check out for the mix fruit juices and local food. Keep to the left of the street you will find a large electronic and mobile discount stall. Check out for some good deal. If you notice, local people are more prefer to walk around with their pets rather than their partner:).
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