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10 Best Date Spots in Taipei

10 Best Date Spots in Taipei

Got a tinder date in Taipei, Taiwan? Or anything romantic for that matter… OK, so it didn’t take me long to figure out that Taipei isn’t the most typically ‘romantic’ city; think quirky, fast-paced and yeah, concrete, rather than violins playing in the background. BUT don’t let that fool you; there are some AWESOME dates just waiting to happen here in these date spots in Taipei.

Taipei 101 from Elephant Mountain

Swiping elsewhere? Check out date spots in Penang, Malaysia…

Picking a place to go is hard work though There are endless reviews of hundreds of cool cafes and bars, but which ones are great for dates? Don’t worry, I’ve prowled the pavements to compile the ultimate list of badass date spots in Taipei – from kitschy cafes to night markets. Every single one is rated by me as above 4/5 on my personal romance meter. Now all you need to do is get your Marvin Gaye on?

Keelung Night Market

Pssst… Avoid people with shi*ty tinder profiles like these though…

*A note on prices: 1 USD = 30.27 NTD at the time I’m writing this.


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Coffee? Screw that. Taipei is famous for quirky cafes – Go check these out.

1. Alice Is Coming

Yes she is. Sorry, I just had to. Ahem… Here’s their Tripadvisor
Vibe: Fall down a rabbit hole and be transported into the curious world of Wonderland. As far as themed cafes go, this is an awesome job. The fake rose trellis-lined staircase up to the café immediately transports you away from the hustle and bustle of the streets outside and the story-themed décor is top notch with lots of attention to detail, from the teacup table to the Alice in Wonderland songs playing in the background (some were a bit weird though).
Alice Is Coming

Food and Drink: Desserts and fancy milkshake teas. I stuffed my face with a cream tea and chocolate brownie waffle. Afternoon tea in a tea stand also look truly scrumptious.

Price: $$/$$$ – My waffle and tea cost 380 NTD

Romance Meter: 4.3/5. Great for a chilled and quirky afternoon/early evening date with a Disney fan.

Location: No. 111, Yanping S. Rd., Zhongzheng district, Taipei.

2. Wisteria Tea House

Here’s their Website

Sophisticated cultural Tea

Vibe: If you’re looking for refined date spots in Taipei, you’re in luck. Wisteria Teahouse is the epitome of a sophisticated cultural experience with its Japanese style, Wisteria vines and 1930’s décor. It’s also very quiet and peaceful, despite being busy – everyone speaks softly. Did I mention the tea? It’s exquisite and even a tea noob like me knows that. There’s stuff like ‘Cloud Mountain Jade‘ and ‘King of the Wild‘ alongside loads of other options.

Wisteria Teahouse

Mine arrived with a glass kettle on a tripod, a small teapot with tea leaves inside, a tiny cup and some other bits and bobs. The waiter gave me a demonstration of how it is prepared and my leaves lasted about 7 refills of the teapot. The whole procedure of preparing the tea was really relaxing.

Food and Drink: I had the Wistaria Hong Yin Puerh Tea. The menu highlights how tea leaves for each type of tea are selected and prepared extra-specially. Tasted good.

Price: $$/$$$ – 280 NTD for about 21 cups. So while it’s not cheap, you get what you pay for in terms of refills and quality.

Romance Meter: 4.3/5. People like me laugh a lot on dates, so I’d have to be careful not to be too loud. Other than that, the classy Japanese experience and relaxing atmosphere will never want to make you visit a Starbucks again.

Location: No. 1, Lane 16, Section 3, Xinsheng South Road, Da’an District, Taipei.


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3. Modern Toilet

Here’s their Website

Romantic in a Twisted Way Vibe: Weird, disgusting and maybe romantic in a twisted way. Out of all potential date spots in Taipei, this is probably the most famous. Everything is toilet themed, from the chocolate ice creams served in squat bowls to the toilet seats you can sit on. Everything you eat is shaped creatively like a turd. However, it tastes nice. Service is also super-fast and accommodating; the place is usually busy but staff make an effort to seat without bookings and ask whether you’re ready for the next course as soon as you’re done with one.

Modern Toilet

Food and drink: OK it wasn’t Michelin starred, but yummy enough and has all the crowd pleasers (spaghetti or burger, anyone?) I had sausage fest spaghetti with mango juice (served in a urinal!) and chocolate ice cream (that came free). I was happy with these.

Price: $$ – All of this was $290 – really impressive. I think it was fantastic value for money. Tea and chocolate ice cream is included in a lot of main courses (upgrade for other drinks) and the price is reasonable, considering that it’s so popular.

Romance Meter: 4.2/5. Not typically romantic, but funny and full of lots of conversation starters and talking points.

Location: 108, Taipei City, Wanhua District, Lane 50, Xining South Road, Taipei.

Or you could opt for the more ‘traditional romantic restaurant’. Check out these date spots in Taipei…

4. Xiang Se

Go. Like seriously. This is the most romantic place I found in Taipei and if you have one tinder date/other date/anniversary, make sure to go here. Here’s their Facebook

French Romance on SteroidsVibe: French romance on steroids. I went with the Tattooed Consultant. We sat outside and it was like a walking into a fairy-tale illustration with dim lights, a pebble-dash floor and delicate white chairs. The most picturesque of the date spots in Taipei. The service was really thoughtful with staff telling us in detail about the wine and suggesting food. I felt special to be there. Make sure to book it in advance.

Xiang Se

Food and drink: Delicious. Rich and you could taste the quality ingredients. We had pizza bread appetizers, beef gnocci, chicken breast and a salted caramel dessert and drank rosé. It was perfect.

Price: $$$$ – This is one for the special occasion. Our combined bill was around $4000 NTD but worth it.

Romance Meter: 4.8/5 – Must visit

Location: No. 1-2, Hukou Street, Zhongzheng District, Taipei

Number for booking: +886 2 2358 1819

5. Tuga

Here’s their Tripadvisor

A Classy Taste of Portugal.

Vibe: A classy taste of Portugal. Tuga has an impressive wine collection on display and the menu is full of authentic Portuguese dishes. They have a collection of their delicacies available to buy in a little on-site shop. Service is fantastic and I liked the old-fashioned Portuguese music. They also have nice cutlery. This place inspired my travel bug to consider visiting Portugal.

Food and drink: Umm… Portuguese! I had a delicious chorizo and bean stew which was everything I wanted it to be; spicy, hearty and flavoursome. Try the wine – I didn’t, because I went in the afternoon (I’m not the biggest wino), but there was so much of it…

Tuga

Price: $$/$$$ it was around 750 NTD – but I was so full and satisfied.

Romance Meter: 4.4/5. The only thing I had a tiny issue with was that the AC was a bit too strong and I was a little cold by the end of dinner. But if I had told the staff I’m sure they would have turned it down.

Location: No. 12, Alley 11, Lane 216, Section 4, Zhongxiao East Road, Da’an District, Taipei.

6. Wulao (Zhongshan branch)

Here’s their Tripadvisor

Perfect for the Perfect Hotpot

Vibe: Perfect for the perfect hotpot. The atmosphere is formal but chilled out and each group has their own corner with a set of benches and a table for privacy. You can also help yourself to the towels, napkins and toothpicks provided in your private booth. I went there with The Kinky Brown Girl Hater and it went really well – cooking the hotpot itself is a great date activity, because it involves interaction and teamwork. Make sure to book this in advance.

Only thing I’d say is that the service was a bit weird; the receptionist told us to wait outside for ages even though we had reserved a table. Staff upstairs also kind of disappeared when we needed to ask for stuff. But they weren’t rude – just not as efficient as you’d expect for a place like this. This isn’t unusual for date spots in Taipei though – also happened in Bianco (see below).

Wulao

Food and drink: Very very delicious. The hotpot was more than big enough for two people and all the different types of meat, tofu and balls in it were perfect, as was the broth. We also had mango beer, which was yummy and a complimentary dessert shot of ice blended calamansi that was very refreshing and palette cleansing; this was a really nice touch.

Price: $$$-$$$$ We got excited and put loads of meats and fish in the hotpot so it came to 1900. For 2 people I’d expect it’s usually around 1700-2000 NTD. But then I took home half of what we left and it lasted me 3 breakfasts (yeah, I’m cheap too and what?)

Romance Meter: 4.2/5. Great for teamwork and conversation and the food is awesome.

Location: Zhongshan branch: No. 36-1, Section 2, Zhongshan N Rd, Zhongshan District, Taipei.

Number for booking: +886 2 3322 5529

7. Bianco Taipei

Here’s their Tripadvisor

Lights and White Furniture

Vibe: Warm, nice dim lights and white furniture – perfect for an Italian. A little bit formal but not too stiff – perfect for a first date. Tables far enough apart for privacy. They got the ambiance spot on.Lots of people, so booking in advance is necessary – The Quantum Physicist did when we went on our date. Service was good, but we were pushed a little at the end to pay, because they were closing at 10pm and the kitchen closed at 9.30pm (our date was at 8.45pm). But overall, great.

Bianco Taipei

Food and drink: Excellent. I was really impressed with my Japanese risotto that had chicken and an egg; the rice was moist, chicken nicely done – it hit the spot. He had a veggie pasta thing that was OK for vegans to eat.

Price: $$-$$$ Risottos cost 420-450 NTD and other stuff is a bit cheaper.

Romance Meter: 4.4/10 – great first date spot in Taipei. Started an awesome conversation here that you can read all about soon.

Location: No. 19, Lane 112, Section 4, Ren’ai Road, Da’an District, Taipei.

Number for booking: +886 2 2325 3655

Orrr be a bit crazy and spice things up at a Night Market

Any visit to Taipei is incomplete without trawling the night markets, tasting weird, wonderful and crazy-cheap food and getting caught up in the electric atmosphere. Why not put them in your list of date spots in Taipei? There’ll be a lot to talk about with your date.

8. Shilin Night Market

Here’s their Tripadvisor

Night Market

Vibe: The biggest and most famous night market there is in Taipei. Crazy exciting with food, colours and lights everywhere. This is a great place to walk around on a date – there’s no shortage of things to talk about here. Yeah, there are lots of crowds but it’s not overwhelming. Loads of food stands with weird and wonderful concoctions will ensure you aren’t stuck for something to eat.

Shilin Night Market

Food and drink: Anything. Burgers, sate, bubble tea, octopus, you name it. I was adventurous and had a BBQ-ed octopus skewer that looked nicely marinated.

Price: $ Cheap and cheerful. Small things are around 30 NTD and larger things (like my octopus skewer) are about 100 NTD

Romance Meter: 4.2/5. Awesome opportunity to walk and talk and eat all at the same time. Could go after visiting a restaurant as well just to walk around in, as that would set an exciting tone to the evening.

Location: No. 101, Jihe Road, Shilin District, Taipei.

9. Raohe Street Night Market

Here’s their Tripadvisor

Raohe Street Night Market

Vibe: Ultimate foodie heaven. Everything I walked past was delicious and it’s one of the oldest night markets in Taipei, so is a must-visit destination in itself. while Shilin is almost futuristic, this feels a bit more ‘traditional’ despite same level of excitement and crazy amount of games and stuff to do. Go with a date when you’re hungry and grab 5 or 6 different things. Then sit outside on one of the benches in the open space, as it gets crowded inside, especially near the entrance. Out of all the date spots in Taipei though, this has the best value for food.

Raohe Night MarketFood and drink: Honestly, I had the best meal ever here. I had a famous pork bun, little fried seafood balls with spicy mayonnaise, mini custard egg tarts and a pudding bubble milk tea. My stomach rumbles from just thinking about it.

Price: $ So so cheap. I got six custard egg tarts for just 100 NTD

Romance Meter: 4.1/5 – OK, it is crowded I know. But take a date purely because of the food. And it’s a conversation starter I swear.

Location: Raohe Street, Songshan District, Taipei.

10. Taipei Expo Park

Here’s their Website

hipster market

Vibe: Buzzing and electric! Taipei Expo Park is a hipster market, yummy looking restaurants, food stalls, live shows and kid-friendly attractions all-in-one. Out of all the date spots in Taipei, this has something for everyone. I went there at 8pm on a Saturday night and there were loads of families having fun, but then I heard an expat say “Maaan, I’ve never been here this early before, like I don’t know what to do; there are like families and sh*t here” – so I have a sneaking suspicion that it turns into a party place with all the fast food stalls later.

Taipei Expo Park

I settled at La Querida, a Spanish restaurant to watch a performance of a guy dancing with fire on the main stage, which was pretty cool. All the restaurants look great though; ‘Masala Art’ is Indian (win), ‘Brickworks’ is Lego themed but closes at 8pm and the pub ‘The Three Lions Inn’ is directly opposite the stage. Halfway through my meal, a magician came and asked if I wanted to see magic. I was alone and not in the mood so declined; but basically, there’s no shortage of entertainment here.

I actually dated a magician – read more about that here…

Food: I had some patatas bravas, which are spicy Spanish potatoes and a coke. It was yummy.

Price: $$ 330 NTD – so not too bad

Romance Meter: 4.3/5. The whole place has a great vibe, so the score is really for Taipei Expo Park as a whole.

Location: No.1, Yumen Street, Zhongshan District, Taipei.

Closing Thoughts On Date Spots In Taipei

Exciting, quirky and dynamic places

Yeah Taipei isn’t as cheap as Southeast Asia and yeah, it’s a bit of a concrete jungle, but it’s exciting, quirky and dynamic – that’s what makes it special. Plus, there are plenty of opportunities for romance – You can read all about my tinder dates in Taipei very soon! Have fun and enjoy these date spots in Taipei responsibly… *nudge, nudge, wink, wink*

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10 Delicious Foods at the Shilin Night Market

Let’s start with a little about the Shilin Night Market…

Shilin (Shihlin) Night Market is a night market in the Shilin District of Taipei, Taiwan. It is often considered to be the largest and most famous night market in the city.

The Shilin Night Market is, without a doubt, one of the most famous night markets in Taiwan. This view isn’t just shared between the tourists, but the locals, too. They all flock here for a vibrant night filled with superb food, dazzling clothes and amusing games. 

The night market encompasses two distinct sections sharing a symbiotic relationship: a section formerly housed in the old Shilin Market building, containing mostly food vendors and small restaurants. The food court holds over 500 stalls, and the second floor serves as a car park. Tourist traffic has increased in recent years due to the opening of the Taipei Metro system. The night market is closest to Jiantan Station on the Tamsui Line (Red Line). From the platform of Jiantan Station, riders can see the enclosed food court located across the street from the MRT station.

My List of the 10 most delicious foods of the Shilin Night Market

Yes, the Shilin Night Market offers a huge range of classic and traditional street foods that’ll surely make the top of most people’s lists. So, to benefit my readers, who plan to visit and eat at this night market, I have blogged what I’ve feel would make the top 10 most delicious eats for any foreigner in Taiwan. I hope this gives you all a good start what to look for! enjoy!

The Shilin Night Market

My list put the order of locations as, the B1 basement , the outside stalls and then lastly, the inside stalls. This is because that’s how you’d enter the Shilin Night Market from the MRT station, it just makes sense to have it in that particular order…

1. Grilled Prawns, (烤蝦@迷你釣蝦場)

Grilled Prawns

The grilled prawns are one of the most popular eating attractions at the Shilin Night Market. This is because you must fish them for yourself first before they are grilled, ready for you to eat.

The vendor sells you 7 little wooden fishing sticks at 100NT$, These are wooden chopstick sized sticks connected by a small thread to a small hook). You can fish them as much as you want until the thread breaks, a little bit like a game!

Grilled Prawns

Even with several chances, I only manage to successfully fish about 4 prawns, to then be grilled…

Grilled Prawns


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From here, I headed down the stairs which is just nearby to the food court in the basement (B1).

B1 Shilin Night Market

2. Stinky Tofu, (臭豆腐)

Stinky Tofu

Yes, it may the vastly shared reputation of smelling like the sewers, but it’s known, too, for it’s huge difference in delicious taste, be that an acquired one. This dish makes it in my top 10, as, in all fairness, it’s a true delicacy that has a crisp and puffy texture, along with a punch from the pickled vegetables. Seriously, overcome it’s deceiving smell and give it a try! The Stinky tofu stall is located by the entrance of the B1 Basement. Note, if you have trouble finding the stinky tofu, follow the putrid smell. COST: 60NT$ a dish with vegetables.

3. Oyster Omelette, (蚵仔煎)

Oyster OmeletteOyster Omelette

This has to be my personal favourite within the list. It’s a sweet and simple starchy omelette, mixed with vegetables, then topped with sweet chilli sauce. The beauty of this is, you may ask for oysters, or prawns, or a mixture of both. COST: 60NT$ (can of tea: 30NT$).

4. Seafood, (海鮮)

Sea Food

Sea Food

A typical vendor like this would offer a fair selection of seafood. Sea snails, scallops, prawns, fried baby soft shell crabs, etc. The price range for most of them are between 150NT$ to 200NT$ per plate.

5. Aiyu Jelly, (愛玉)

Aiyu Jelly

You’ll find this at most drink stores, it is made fro fig seeds. The gelatinous jelly is formed by washing the seeds, They are best eaten with sugar syrup and a drizzle of lemon juice. The Aiyu originates from Chia, the Alishan region of Taiwan. COST: 40NT$ a cup.

Moving on to the street vendors…

6. Honey Barbecue, (蜜汁燒烤)

Honey Barbecue

All the barbecue meats have an extra coating of honey to make it all the more sinfully delicious! COST: Ranges between 30NT$ to 50NT$.


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7. Giant Grilled Squid, (大魷魚)

Giant Grilled Squid

I’ve always been a seafood lover, so this has always come as a delight to eat. You can even smell the grilling scent from afar which lassos people towards these vendors, to try the sensational giant grilled squid. COST: 100NT$.

8. Giant Sausages, (大香腸)

Giant Sausages

Another popular night market delicacy you mustn’t miss is the king sized sausages! Costing at: 60NT$ for small, and 100NT$ for large. one can surely get you from hungry to relatively full. Commonly with optional coats of sauce, served with a stick that goes through it to hold and eat like you would an ice cream.

9. Shaved Ice, ( 雪花冰)

Shaved Ice

‘Shaved ice’, or as known as ‘snow flake ice’ is an ice-based dessert made by shaving a block of ice (or frozen milk). Various flavours are available here, such as peanut, mango, chocolate and sour plum. COST: 60NT$ a dish.

10. Bacon Wraps, (培根捲)

Bacon Wraps

These bacon wraps are a delicious bundle of happiness. Lightly grilled bacon wrapped around scallion. When eating them, you must be weary of the small toothpick inside which keeps the bacon wrap together. COST: 25NT$ each.

For more information, checkout the English version of the official website of the Shilin Night Market.

Night Market Address: No. 101, Jihe Rd, Shilin District, Taipei City, Taiwan 111.

Transportation: Nat’l Hwy 1 → Exit at Taipei Interchange → Sec. 4, Chongqing N. Rd. → BaiLing Bridge → Sec. 4, Chengde Rd. → Ln. 292, Sec. 4, Chengde Rd. → Danan Rd. → Jihe Rd.  You should see the Shilin Night Market once you leave the station exit. Traffic information is subject to change. Please check with the transportation station before departure.

Phone Number: +886 2 2881 5557.

Opening Hours: Daily, from 5pm – 12am.

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