Trip to Taiwan: Ximending, Taipei 101, Shilin Night Market

For our third day, we first headed to Ximending, a very popular shopping district for young people. It’s a lot different from the kind of shopping we did at Wufenpu, and reminded me of Shibuya or Shinjuku in Tokyo. Not only are there clothing shops, but lots of restaurants, salons, department stores, karaoke, arcades, and such.

We actually got there around 10am, and since most stores weren’t open yet, we got some milk tea!

After looking around at the shops for a while, we decided to go to a restaurant for our first proper meal that wasn’t street food! We had some delicious dim sum at a nice restaurant, and even then it was less expensive than we had thought.

In the evening, we headed to the famous Taipei 101.

Tip: If you don’t want to line up to take a picture with the LOVE sign, go on the other side and flip the photo!

We weren’t there for too long, but we did get to walk around the mall and my friends went up to the observatory (tickets required!)

For dinner, we decided to go to the Shilin Night Market which we’ve heard so much about. It’s definitely a lot different than Raohe Night Market, but both have its own charms! Shilin has a lot more shopping, and it’s a lot bigger. We even got lost trying to find the food, but we made a couple rounds around through the night. Some of the food they have was different than the other night market as well.

We enjoyed it so much and somehow ended up staying too long and catching the last train past midnight!

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