Itinerary in a Nutshell:
1. Morning: Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall
2. Afternoon: Lunch at Yongkang Street, Taipei Train Station, Miramar Ferris Wheel
3. Evening: Dinner at Five Dime Restaurant, Shilin Night Market
DAY 4: CENTRAL TAIPEI
Last day in Taipei! :( Wanted to give ourselves some rest before heading to Hualien and hence we decided to chill. Started off by visiting Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall in the late morning.
Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall
Address: No. 21號中山南路 Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan 100 (MRT: CKS Memorial Hall Station)
Opening Hours: Daily 9am-6pm
It started drizzling on our way out, and so we decided to cab to Yongkang Street (永康街) for our much-awaited Xiao Long Bao (小籠包) meal. For those who don’t know, Yongkang Street is situated near Exit 5 of 東門 (Dongmen) Station and it houses two famous restaurants that serve what many have acclaimed to be the best 小籠包s in Taipei: Din Tai Fung (鼎泰豐) and Kao Chi (高記). We chose to visit 高記 because we’ve tried DTF countless times before in Singapore. Even if you’re not into xiaolongbaos, Yongkang Street may also be worth a visit for its quaint cafes and boutique stores. It’s also within walking distance of the famous Shi Da Night Market (師大夜市), provided that you know your directions well. There’s also a restaurant called 豐盛食堂, located on the street parallel to Yongkang Street (麗水街1-3號), which serves gastronomic Taiwanese cuisine.
For a detailed review of Kao Chi, click here.
And that was only the start of our food adventure. Chill day = Eat & eat & eat!
Following lunch, we hopped over to Smoothie House for some shaved ice dessert to beat the heat. It’s crazy how they have 2 outlets just a few doors away from each other! The bigger outlet (with 2 storeys) has a minimum charge for each individual diner and so we went to the smaller outlet instead.
思慕昔15號本館 Smoothie House
Address: [Bigger Outlet] No. 9 Yongkang St., Da-an District, Taipei City 106; [Smaller Outlet] No.15 Yongkang St., Da-an District, Taipei City 106
Opening Hours 11:00 – 23:00
We then whiled the rest of our afternoon away at Taipei Main Station‘s underground shopping malls (the shopping there is awesome!), before making our way to Miramar Entertainment Park to catch the sunset from the ferris wheel! Avid fans of Taiwanese drama serials would definitely recognise this gigantic entertainment complex, cos it’s been featured in countless Taiwanese idol dramas before. It’s a pity that we didn’t manage to catch any stars filming while we were there.
Miramar Entertainment Park 美麗華百樂園
Directions: The nearest MRT station is Jiannan Road Station (劍南路站), which is located just next to the shopping complex. Shuttle bus service is also available from Jiantan Station (劍潭站), which is near Shihlin Night Market. The last bus leaves Jiantan Station at 2215 while last bus leaves Miramar at 2230.
Ended off our night with an extremely filling 9-course dinner at Five Dime (伍角船板) Restaurant, before taking the shuttle bus to Shihlin Night Market for some last-minute shopping. I guess that pretty much summed up our really relaxing last day in Taipei.
Pls continue on to Taipei Part II: Itinerary (Day 5) (upcoming)
- Kao Chi 高記 (Taipei Yongkang Street) (fatsgboy.wordpress.com)
- Taipei Part II: Itinerary (Day 3) (fatsgboy.wordpress.com)