Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Ximending in Taipei (a busy night street for shopping and food) in Taiwan


It is not an easy task to find a suitable location to stay in Taipei, Taiwan when you have to consider a few factors like your financial budget, searching for an accommodation which is nearer to the city and public transportation such as subway train or bus stations and how convenient to shop and look for food at the late night. I prefer staying in a budget hotel which is nearer to train or subway station which is easy to commute to attraction places. 

If this is the first trip to Taipei like myself, I would strongly suggest you to stay within the busy streets of Ximending. Ximending is the most popular and busiest street searching for food and shopping activities until wee hours in the morning. Ximending becomes busy streets and crowded at night only. Ximending is also well-known as "Shibuya of Taipei" according to wikipedia.


A big welcome signboard to Ximending at the entrance in Taipei, Taiwan
A big welcome signboard to Ximending at the entrance in Taipei, Taiwan


A panorama view of the crowded Ximending at night in Taipei, Taiwan
A panorama view of the crowded Ximending at night in Taipei, Taiwan


Crowded Ximending at night in Taipei, Taiwan
Crowded Ximending at night in Taipei, Taiwan

Busy Ximending streets at night in Taipei, Taiwan
Busy Ximending streets at night in Taipei, Taiwan

Heading to busy Ximending streets from Ximen subway station in Taipei, Taiwan
Heading to busy Ximending streets from Ximen subway station in Taipei, Taiwan

More shopping, small eateries and restaurants can be seen at Ximending streets in Taipei, Taiwan
More shopping, small eateries and restaurants can be seen at Ximending streets in Taipei, Taiwan

Modern Toilet Restaurant can be found in Ximending, Taipei, Taiwan
Modern Toilet Restaurant can be found in Ximending, Taipei, Taiwan

A display of food to be served on toilet bowl as a challenge to deal with their psychological minds while eating at Modern Toilet Restaurant in Ximending, Taipei, Taiwan
A display of food to be served on toilet bowl as a challenge to deal with their psychological minds while eating at Modern Toilet Restaurant in Ximending, Taipei, Taiwan


This is my seven days travel itinerary in Taiwan. You can refer this schedule as for your planning purpose. I will share more travel tips and photographs in my upcoming posts.


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DAY 5
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DAY 7
Arriving at Taoyuan International Airport in Taipei. Check-in at hotel and walk around Ximending in Taipei
  



While I was staying in Taipei for four nights, I strictly prefer to stay in the busy streets of Ximending which is nearby to the shopping areas and searching small eateries or restaurants even in the late night or wee hours in the morning without concerning about the public transportation. Most of the public transportation (subway trains or buses) DO NOT operate 24 hours in many countries thus, it will be inconvenient for you to travel around the city looking for food or shopping at night streets, thinking of catching the last subway train or last bus. Hence, it is highly recommended to stay in the busy streets which is convenient for you searching food or shopping at night market until late at night before returning to hotel.

I was staying at Via Hotel, located in the heart of shopping area of Ximending. The room is small, clean and comfortable but the best part will be free flow of snacks and coffee on the lobby floor which takes care your hunger at anytime. The lobby of Via Hotel is located on the second floor and on the same shop with a clothing store. You can't miss the Via Hotel signboard after a few meters of walking when you turn into the small hidden valley next to Starbucks Coffee and 7-Eleven.
(NOTE: Via Hotel is always fully booked. Do plan between 3-4 months in advance for hotel room reservation. Website: http://www.via-hotel.com.tw/en/

The main landmark to search Via Hotel is by searching for Starbucks Coffee and 7 Eleven as they are located opposite of Uniqlo in Ximending busy streets of Taipei, Taiwan
The main landmark to search Via Hotel is by searching for Starbucks Coffee and 7 Eleven as they are located opposite of Uniqlo in Ximending busy streets of Taipei, Taiwan

There is a small alley next to 7 Eleven where you walk a few meters and you will see the signboard of Via Hotel
There is a small alley next to 7 Eleven where you walk a few meters and you will see the signboard of Via Hotel

Via Hotel is sharing the same shop lot with clothing store and the lobby is located on 2nd floor in Ximending, Taipei, Taiwan
Via Hotel is sharing the same shop lot with clothing store and the lobby is located on 2nd floor in Ximending, Taipei, Taiwan

A small comfortable and clean double bed room including  free snacks and coffee at Via Hotel is what you need to shower and sleep after your day walk around Taipei, Taiwan
A small comfortable and clean double bed room including  free snacks and coffee at Via Hotel is what you need to shower and sleep after your day walk around Taipei, Taiwan

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