bB is more or less done with researching Taipei!
That’s how it looks in my head. LOL! In fact, that’s probably how everything looks in my head – Appears chaotic but I know where everything is!
So bB’s Taipei schedule looks something like this:
2 April – Arrive at noon. Have arranged for a driver to pick me up and send me to the hotel. Meet Vi and Mike, hang out, have dinner, maybe go to a pub and play pool. They may need to meet family for supper, so bB will have an early night snoozing.
3 April – Meet Vi and Mike, go shopping at Wufenpu 五分埔. Walk over to Raohe Night Market 饶河观光夜市 in the evening. Must eat- grilled mushrooms at Raohe NM.
4 April – Explore Jiufen 九份 (old streets, teahouse, everything closes at 6 pm), Shifen 十分 (waterfall, 三味蛋), Pingxi 平溪 (release sky lanterns), and end off at Keelung Miaokou Night Market 基隆庙口夜市. Either solo or with tour guide.
5 April – Shifting hotels, so will explore Zhongxiao 忠孝 area (underground and overground malls) around Dunhua 忠孝敦化 and Fuxing 忠孝复兴. Check out Shida Night Market 师大路夜市 in the evening. Must eat- grilled scallops at Shida NM.
6 April – Take MRT to Xinbeitou 新北投 for 11:30 am hot-spring appointment at Villa32. Gourmet lunch in the garden afterwards if weather permits (fingers crossed). Maybe horse-riding after that, or take the MRT to Danshui 淡水 (old streets, grilled squid, 阿给 fried tofu stuffed with glass noodles in spicy sauce, everything closes 5 pm). Maybe check out Shilin Night Market 士林夜市 if I’m not falling asleep by then. Must eat- strawberry sausages, big intestines 大肠 at Shilin NM. Also check out cheese potato in front of Yangming cinema 阳明戏院 on Anping Street 安平街.
7 April – Place order online for Pineapple cakes (and lots more!) at Chiate 佳德糕饼 for delivery next day. Place order for Sun cakes 太阳饼 at 李仪饼店 (Taipei Main Station, Exit Z6, minimum order NT$1,500 for delivery next day). Explore Ximending 西门町. Must eat- original 阿宗面线 at Ximending. Look for 满汉大餐 braised beef noodles, Agar-agar Lovemore facial masks at Cosmed or Watsons.
8 April – Meet Vi and Mike, check out Taipei 101, Hello Kitty cafe, Shilin NM.
9 April – Meet Vi and Mike, either hang out and chill or go to Taoyuan 桃源 for Ta Shee Blooming Oasis 大溪花海农场 (tonnes of flowers, play with ponies, bunnies and lamb, make lavender pillows). Get to airport by 2 pm.
Oh, and in between all that, eat 阿宗面线 whenever I see it! And look out for IJY Sheng Bakery 一之轩 for their Mentaiko French bread, German cheese and handmade sesame mochi (Taipei Main Station, Exit M6).
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