Hiking Elephant Mountain for the Best View of Taipei

The view from Elephant Mountain

Hiking Elephant Mountain for the Best View of Taipei

One of the most recommendable things to do when visiting Taipei is to view the city from Elephant Mountain.

Climbing Elephant Mountain is free, and it isn’t very difficult at all. In fact, it can easily be done as an afternoon activity to catch the stunning sunset over Taipei.

There are many steps up, taking anything around 15 to 20 minutes to see the top views depending on how many breaks you take. When you get to the top, you’ll find it’s well worth the effort – a spectacular and worthwhile view of the city that rivals all other picturesque images of Taipei.

So, let’s begin this guide with where to start.

Start at Xiangshan MRT exit 2

Get off at the Xiangshan MRT station from exit 2. The MRT station is just past Taipei 101 at the very end of the red line.

Directly out in front of this exit, you’ll see the signposts that’ll lead you to Elephant Mountain.

Xiangshan Hiking Trail signpost

Follow these signposts toward the Xiangshan Hiking Trail. The restrooms are conveniently signposted incase you need to go before you climb up. Don’t worry, there are also restrooms on the mountain.

We recommend stopping by at the nearby Family Mart to stock up on bottled water so you don’t dehydrate in the heat. Taking a bottle up there with you allows you to refill it by the clearly-marked drinkable water fountains on the mountain.

This would also be the last opportunity to pick up some picnic food if you’re planning on staying a while on the mountain.

The Elephant Mountain entrance

Following the signposts will direct you to these steps.

This is the entrance. If you’ve missed the Family Mart and without anything to drink, there’s a little stall nearby here that sells cheap bottled drinks.

Hiking up Elephant Mountain

And so your hike up the mountain trail begins!

The preliminary viewing platform

You will eventually reach the preliminary viewing platform about halfway up the steps. This platform is an ideal resting place to enjoy the views. Remember, you’re not done yet!

The Elephant Mountain almost there sign

When you see to this white painted stone you’re almost there by a few minutes to see the top views. The slab reads, 象山 (“Elephant Mountain”).

The second viewing platform

Then when you get here… congratulations! You’ve made it, and just check out that stunning view of Taipei! This view is from the second viewing platform which is ideal for the cityscape views. For better vantage points, there are 6 boulders which you can climb up to get a better view and some awesome selfies shots from.

Six Boulders Photography Platform queues

However, depending on how good the weather is, there’s likely to be queues for these awesome boulder shots. It’s at these higher viewpoints that many choose to include themselves in their photos.

Elephant Mountain best view

But despite the climb, and how busy it can get, it’s totally worth it! – We captured this shot on a really beautiful, clear day on top of the boulders.

The third viewing Platform

If you continue on, you’ll find a third viewing platform with some available seating. This viewpoint provides a slightly different view of Taipei which is an ideal place to take larger group selfies as well as an area to sit back and enjoy the city view.

There is a drinkable water fountain by this third platform if you want to drink or fill up your bottle.

The further hiking from Elephant Mountain

If you keep hiking higher, you’ll see the trail starts to split and branch off. Take the left fork to continue heading to a final viewing platform or right fork to find the restrooms. There are also trails leading down the other side of the mountain if you choose to continue for more hiking.

Elephant Mountain at sunset

Once you make it to the final viewing platform, you’ll find a sheltered area with tables and seating. This is an ideal spot to enjoy the sunset and have a picnic.

Elephant Mountain at night

It is worthwhile to stay until nightfall to watch the city wonderfully light up. The paths are open 24 hours with bright lights that come on to guide you back down the path, so you’re safe to enjoy the night views.

Taipei 101 switch off most off most their lights at 10pm, so consider that if you’re up for any late night view shots.

Tips for Hiking Elephant Mountain

  • 1) Wear sneakers or running shoes. It’s not a long hike, but it’s steep, so it would be ideal to wear comfortable shoes and clothes.
  • 2) Check ahead with the weather before you climb. There weather can change suddenly, and there’s little shelter up there to get out of the rain. Also, If you want to capture some great photos, avoid any dull, cloudy weather. You can check here for the 5 day weather forecast for Taipei.
  • 3) The trail for the views is short, so you don’t need a guide or a permit. As there is no entrance fee, you can stay as long as you want. Just keep in mind that Taipei 10 switch off most of their lights at 10PM.
  • 4) It’s less crowded if you go early in the morning on a weekday. If you’re wanting that epic sunset shot, try to stake out your spot before the crowds gather.

All in all…

It’s an awesome activity, and it even allows you to get in some exercise for the day. You won’t regret the effort, even if you go on a hot and humid day.

You don’t need to be an experienced hiker for this trail, but it can be tiring if you’re not fit. As there are many resting points, you can your time and still be rewarded with the best views of the city.

If you’re looking for places to visit or activities to do in Taipei, this should be #1 on your agenda.

Updated: April 10, 2018 – Taipei.Expats


The Taipei Nightlife Guide for your 2018

The Marco Polo Lounge Taipei viewThe Taipei Nightlife Guide for Your 2018

The Taipei nightlife scene is considered by many expats as the one of the best in all of Asia. It’s commonly said that the busy and bustling city becomes livelier after dark than it is during the day. Offering everything from wild parties to chilled lounges with live music, it is a joyful combination of the best things Taipei’s night scene has to offer. A nightlife filled with modern venues, reasonable prices, friendly people and approachable singles, all waiting for you to experience.

Ensuring that most tastes are happily accommodated for, expats will find something entertaining to see or do every evening. This includes a thriving nightclub scene, a variety of bars and pubs, lively night markets and, of course, Taiwan’s karaoke (locally known as KTV).

Here’s the guide list. Tap any from below to go straight there:

Bars and Pubs

Cocktail Bars and lounges


Karaoke Bars (KTV)

Night Markets

Bars and Pubs

1. Revolver

Revolver Bar Art House Music Venue

Revolver is a popular nightspot for many locals and a growing number of foreigners alike. The bar serves some of the cheapest drinks you’ll find in Taipei, at just NT$80 for a draft Taiwan Beer and highballs during weeknight Happy Hour from 6:30pm – 9:30pm. They also offer a range of local and imported options that appeal to a variety of tastes. It has a second floor for their live stage performances with a dance floor which hosts local and international underground acts.

The main bar is on the ground floor, which often gets pretty packed on weekends that the crowd spills out onto the busy sidewalk with street-side seating. It’s conveniently located nearby the C.K.S. Memorial Hall station, between the MRT exits 4 and 5.

Revolver Bar inside 1st floor

What do their reviews suggest?

Revolver is commonly over crowded, you’ll quite possibly need to push yourself through the outside and inside crowds to get served at the bar. The place is very packed, but with friendly foreigners, so you are able to meet people and make a lot of new friends there. The music played is generally pretty loud which gives the alternative bar its lively atmosphere that caters to Taipei’s underground music scene while being surrounded by the offbeat but beautiful artwork that decorates the walls.

Check out what others are saying about it on TripAdvisor.

Revolver Bar & Music Venue

Revolver on Facebook


Mon – Thurs: 6:30pm – 3am

Fri – Sat: 6:30pm – 5am

Sun: 6pm – 1am

Phone: +886 (0)2 3393 1678

English Address: 1-2, sec 1, Roosevelt Road, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, 100

Chinese Address: 中正區羅斯福路一段1-2號 Taipei, Taiwan 100

Closest MRT: C.K.S Memorial Hall Station – Exit 5 (green & red line)

2. The Brass Monkey

The Brass Monkey sports bar in Fuxing

The Brass Monkey is a well renowned sports and party bar for expats in Taipei. In recent years, it has developed itself to become a spacious, Western-styled sports and dining bar offering a full restaurant menu. There are two of them in the city, located in the Fuxing and Xyni area, both having their own individual events, sports schedule and reviews. The Brass Monkey in the Fuxing area is the main and biggest branch of the two.

The popular sports bar manages to appeal to almost everyone while hosting parties and great sporting events on their surrounding large screens. You are able to enjoy craft beers on tap in addition to the usual tap beers, all whilst watching the live international sports, such as the US college football playoff games, 6 Nations Rugby, Superbowl, Formula 1 Racing and the English Premiership League. The Fuxing bar also has a full-sized football table at the back, along with a pool table, all free to play!

The Brass Monkey Sports Bar in Fuxing

Source: Brass Monkey

The Brass Monkey is well known for hosting some of the best Halloween, NYE and St. Patrick’s Day parties in the city, so it’s always worth taking a look on their updated weekly schedule. The schedule shows what’s going on for each day of the week, along with what sports games will be shown on their big screens. – Note: Be sure to check both of their bar schedules for the games you want. Some games are only shown at one of their bars, or shown without sound at one of their bars.

In addition to their TV sports events, The Brass Monkey also collaborates with various local Taipei groups to host events for foreigners to meet new like-minded friends and language exchange sessions.

The sports bar recently underwent a big change of management with the goal to remarkably improve their pub-grade food and drink. Now, their menu has transformed to be more at a restaurant-grade, serving delicious American Style food. This hasn’t stopped them offering amazing bargains on it either, such as their renowned stake and a side with a craft beer for just NT$599 on Wednesdays.

As for the drinks, The Brass monkey has a solid selection of liquors for cocktails or straight-up. Their draft beer selection is very impressive, with eights taps of exceptional craft beer and an additional six taps of macro-brews. You can enjoy a decent happy hour from 6 to 8 pm, and it’s not too expensive afterwards. They also have a 3 beer sampler (3x 250ml) costing just NT$360.

The Brass Monkey Bar

What do their reviews suggest?

The Brass Monkey appeals to the older expats in Taipei, but caters to all drinking ages. Their food gets a lot of positive feedback due the amount of effort and quality that they put into making it delicious, especially their renowned ‘Monkey Ribs’ which has been said to be as good as, if not better than, a lot of ribs in the US. The food menu of The Brass Monkey has become a big part of who they are in Taipei’s bars and clubs scene.

Entering the sports bar will make you feel as if you’ve just transported straight into America, with a highly energetic party-mood atmosphere. The Brass Monkey has came a long way from the improvements made by their new management. Now managed by super helpful, efficient and attentive staff, suggests that they should be rated higher than average online, implying their old ratings may of pulled down their score.

Check out what others are saying about it on TripAdvisor.

Brass Monkey & Events

Brass Monkey on Facebook


Sun – Weds: 5pm – 1am

Thurs: 5pm – 4am

Fri & Sat: 5pm – 2am

Phone: +886 (0)2 2547 5050

English Address: 166 Fuxing North Road, Taipei 104, Taiwan

Chinese Address: 台北市中山區復興北路166號

Closest MRT: Nanjing Fuxing Station (green & brown line)

3. On Tap

On Tap Entrance in Taipei

On Tap is a popular English Pub for both expats and locals alike to grab a pint in the Zhongxiao East Road area. Located in the heart of Taipei, the pub is conveniently situated between the Sun Yat-Sen and Zhongxiao Dunhua MRT. They have two floors with, 2 bars and a decent-sized beer garden, serving 12 Draft Beers & Ciders, a huge selection of cocktails, spirits and shots.

Due to its spacious floor space and many large TV screens, the British style bar is among one of the best places in Taipei to watch the sports, especially the Premier League and NFL games. On Tap has a variety of fun filled entertainment options for their drinkers, such as a towering Jenga that stands over 2 meters, a giant Connect 4, and most importantly, a standard-sized pool table and dartboards.

On Tap Pub in Taipei

Regular prices for draft are as follows: Hopping Hare $199, Fursty Ferret $199, Long Dong Lager $190, Redpoint Tai.P.A $220, Rock Monkey Stout $230, Carlsberg $190, San Miguel $190, Stella Artois $220, California Craft Beers $280, Kronenbourg Blanc $290, Guinness $290, Somersby Cider $290. Be aware that On Tap tacks on an additional 10% to every bill as a service charge!

You can enjoy On Tap’s happy hour every weeknight from 5pm to 8pm, and 11am to 8pm on weekends:
Badger English Ales $150, Long Dong Lager $150, Redpoint Tai.P.A $180, Rock Monkey Stout $190, Carlsberg $160.

In contrast to the common trend, On Tap runs amazing daily specials each night:

Monday is burger night, get a classic burger and a beer (or soft drink) for just $199, (usual price of $450).
Tuesday is pasta night, buy one get one free on all of our delicious pasta dishes all night.
Wednesday is lads nightmeaning happy hour prices on beer all night.
Thursday is NT$10 chicken wings night, offering chicken wings at just NT$10 each all night, with 6 sauces to choose from.
Friday is ladies night, NT$100 cocktails for ladies all night.
Saturday is weekend madness, happy hour 11am – 8pm, brunch and live sports all weekend.
Sunday is spicy Sunday, Mexican dishes + a beer or tequila shot for $199.

On Tap Pub in Taipei

What do their reviews suggest?

Many expats totally agree that On Tap is one of the best English style pubs that you can find in Asia (outside of Hong Kong) that lives up to the common sports bar standards. The location gets praise for being in a convenient spot, and for being a perfect place for some after work beers on the early evenings in their relaxing and spacious beer garden patio.

The food served there is above the typical ‘pub-grub’ grade. The quality is more liken to an average restaurant standard as many expats strongly recommend their Thursday night chicken wings due to their delicious taste and promotional prices.

The main drawback, however, is that many have stated that the drinks are slightly overpriced outside their happy hours. While the price range is essentially in line with the local area of Taipei, the beer list is fairly basic for what it’s priced at. As for the whiskeys that they have on offer, many have found them to be pretty impressive, of which, their scotch stands out and has been strongly recommended by the pub’s regular drinkers.

Check out what others are saying about it on TripAdvisor.

On Tap & Upcoming Events

On Tap on Facebook


Mon – Sun – 5pm until late, daily

Phone: +886 (0)2 2741 5365

English Address: No 21, Alley 11, Lane 216, Zhongxiao East Road, Taipei, Taiwan

Chinese Address: 106台北市大安區忠孝東路四段216巷11弄21號

Closest MRT: Between Zhongxiao Dunhua – Exit 3 & Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall – exit 2 (blue line)

4. Carnegie’s Bar & Restaurant

Carnegie's Bar Restaurant in Taipei

Source: Carnegie’s

Since it first opened in 2001, Carnegie’s has successfully established itself as the leading western bar & restaurant in the city that immediately became a well-known expat hangout in Taipei. The bar is located within the Da’an district, which you are able to get there after a short walk from the Xinyi Anhe MRT station.

You’ll notice from the instruments and album covers of well-known bands decorated on their walls, that Carnegie’s lives up the 70’s spirit of Rock ‘n Roll. The spacious and authentic looking (and even smelling) bar is fully stocked with beers, wines, a huge range of cocktails, spirits and liquors, so much so, they require a ladder to reach all the stock. With over 300 shooters on their drink menu, they need that ladder!

Carnegie's Bar and Restaurant in Taipei

Source: Carnegie’s

They offer long Happy Hours from 11:30am to 9pm, and all day on Sunday. They also offer what is known as Asia’s original “Crazy Hour”, which prices their beers, house wines & standard cocktails all at NT$99 each from 6 to 7 pm. Carnegie’s also has an impressive and highly acclaimed western food menu, including a wide selection of steaks and pastas with NO 10% service charges!

Carnegie’s has ‘club’ nights on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, which is when the bar and restaurant turns into more of a rowdy nightclub, with dancers on the bar and DJs spinning discs until 4am in the morning. Along with that, Wednesday is their ladies’ night, allowing women free unlimited champagne sparkling wine after 9:00pm.

On Friday & Saturday Night: it’s NT$300, which also includes one free drink after 10pm.
On Wednesday (Ladies Night): Ladies enter for Free while men pay NT$300, but get one free drink after 10pm.

Carnegie's Bar and Restaurant in Taipei

Source: Carnegie’s

What do their reviews suggest?

What makes Carnegie’s such a popular place with the long returning patrons is its ultimate nightlife that Carnegies offer on their rowdy club nights. However, many have spoken out about the NT$300 entry fees being quite steep to get in. On the upside, the fee would approximately be about $10USD, which does include a first free drink, making it not that bad of a deal at all considering it’s also in the capital city.

Although it still has a lingering reputation of having an older-male dominated environment that had once driven away much of the younger crowds in the past, Carnegie’s are starting to see those healthy crowds return with their attractive ladies’ night offers and successfully lively club nights.

Check out what others are saying about it on TripAdvisor.

Carnegie’s & Latest News

Carnegie’s on Facebook


Mon, Tues, Thurs: 11:30am – 2am

Weds, Fri: 11:30am – 4am

Sat: 10:30am – 4am

Sun: 10:30am – 2am

Phone: +886 (0) 2 2325 4433

English Address: 100, Section 2, Anhe Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, 106

Chinese Address: 安和路二段100號1樓

Closest MRT: Xinyi Anhe – Exit 2 (red line)

Cocktail Bars and Lounges

2. Woobar

WooBar Cocktail Bar in Taipei

Woobar is located on the 10th floor of the W Taipei, which is just outside the Taipei City Hall Station. It claims to deliver the most exquisite nightlife experience in Asia. The trendy cocktail and lounge bar has a poolside lounge, complete with comfortable lounge sofas, infused with their minimalist decor to provide you with the perfect place for a night out in Taipei. You are always bound to find their chalkboard schedule full of nightly events in addition to their stylish pre-club crowd on the weekends.

Their skilled bartenders at Woobar mix up some of Taipei’s most innovative cocktails at the aims of pleasing everyone. Their signature drinks include W-made citrus-infused vodka, orange liqueur, fresh lime and cranberry juice topped with cotton candy; hipped chocolate vanilla vodka atop a shaken mixture of our W-made vanilla-infused vodka and premium chocolate crème and many more mouth-watering indulgences.  If you’re just looking for a beer, then they’ve also got you covered! Their menu includes a wide range of European lagers alongside Taiwan Gold Medal Beer, priced at NT$190 a bottle.

WooBar Outdoor Pool in Taipei

What do their reviews suggest?

Unlike what you’d expect at most bars in Taipei, Woobar isn’t that crowded, even for a typical Friday night. As much of this really improves the overall experience at Woobar, it maybe a result of the fact that their drinks are quite pricy and, despite being 10 floors up high, it doesn’t give much of a stunning view of Taipei.

Appreciating that Woobar is affiliated with a 5-star luxury hotel, their Taiwan Gold Medal Beer is priced at a steep NT$190 for a small bottle. Despite the hefty prices of their drinks, Woobar never fails to deliver a high-class and attractive atmosphere that one has come to expect from the W Hotel brand. The outdoor poolside balcony is arguably Taipei’s best place for the summer when you are able to relax there for a summer drink.

Check out what others are saying about it on TripAdvisor.

WooBar’s Official Website

WooBar on Facebook


Sun – Thurs: 10pm – 2am

Fri & Sat: 10pm – 3am

Phone: +886 (2) 7703 8887

English Address: 10th floor, No. 10, Sec. 5, Zhongxiao E. Rd. Taipei, Taiwan

Chinese Address: 忠孝東路5段10號

Closest MRT: Taipei City Hall Station – Exit 2 (blue line)

2. The Marco Polo Lounge

Marco Polo Night View of Taipei

For those who wish to spend a relaxing evening with others in front of the beautiful cityscape of Taipei and the Taipei 101 building, then the Marco Polo Lounge would be a fantastic and fancy option. It’s one of Taipei’s most scenic dining spots. If you’re looking to unwind after a long week, you can enjoy the live music by their young and skilled DJs as they play every Friday and Saturday evening from 9:30pm to 12:15am. Marco Polo’s happy hour deal is a buy-one-get-one-free on selected drinks, such as NT$200 for 2 glasses of wine, or NT$150 / NT$180 for two beers. The happy hour runs from 6pm to 9pm (Tues – Sun).

The Lounge is on top of the Shangri-La Far Eastern Hotel, located on the 38th floor of the Shangri-La Far Eastern Plaza Hotel. As they are managed by a 5-star luxury hotel, smoking is not permitted in Marco Polo Lounge, and there is a dress code policy of smart casual.

You are able to sit back with a dazzling variety of drinks and cocktails, served by their friendly staff. Alongside a good assortment of wines and champagne options, they also serve Tea-infused Cocktails and whiskey getaways. If you are bringing your own bottle of alcohol, there will be a corkage fee of NT$1000 per bottle.

Marco Polo Lounge Cocktail Bar in Taipei

The Marco Polo Day View of Taipei

What do their reviews suggest?

The staff and service are frequently said to be slow, and perhaps less professional for what you’d expect for the standards of a 5-star hotel. Despite that, they are steadily improving. It is strongly suggested that you order your next drink much ahead of time while at your table. It’s a widely shared opinion that they have a good selection of wines and enjoyable cocktails at the lounge, but they are rather pricey outside their happy hour period.

The vibe is a mix of warmth and coziness at a luxuriously posh atmosphere. What really boosts (saves) their online ratings and reviews, is their astounding and unbeatable view across Taipei, however, it’s said to be more spectacular during the day.

Check out what others are saying about it on TripAdvisor.

The Marco Polo Lounge


Mon: Closed

Tues – Sun: 2:30pm – 1am

Phone: +886 (2)7711 2080

English Address: Level 38, No. 203, Section 2, Dunhua South Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, 106

Chinese Address: 台北市大安區敦化南路二段203號38樓

Closest MRT: Liuzhangli Station (brown line)


Some quick nightclub tips for Taipei Nightlife.

At the time of writing this guide, it is still currently allowed for people to smoke inside clubs despite the ever growing political pressure. Many notice that there are a lot Taiwanese girls smoking in Taipei, which is said to be pretty uncommon for the rest of Asia.

Dress codes
If in doubt, go smart casual. Even though many clubs are not that strict, it’s strongly advised that you DO NOT wear shorts or sandals. You would most likely be branded as a tourist which won’t help you so much with socializing with the women in Taipei.

Mixed alcoholic drinks on average are about NT$200, Cocktails can be typically bought for around NT$300, depending on the club, the entrance fee will be between NT$500 and NT$1000 with one or two free drinks. As for men, they can often get free / cheap entry by showing up before 11pm, and most clubs will let in the ladies for free before 11:30pm.

ID Requirements
**Important – You should always bring an official photo ID with you, even if you look 45. As for foreigners, only a passport is accepted and the bouncers are very much likely to ask you for it. The police also do occasional ID check raids in most clubs in Taipei from time to time. This is where the nightclub lights will all come on abruptly as the police raid in and carry out searches which can take anything up to an hour.

1. Babe18

Babe18 Nightclub in Taipei

Source: Babe 18

Babe 18 is a daughter club of Room 18, and is one of the most popular all-you-can-drink venues in Taiwan for the local and foreign student market. It’s located by the Neo19 complex, and it’s about an 8 minutes’ walk from the Taipei 101 MRT Station. With the highest quality alcohol, Babe 18 holds sway as one of the hottest places for the younger night lifers due to adopting the trendiest Japanese hip hop vibes.

Babe 18’s door entry schedule:

Ladies: Free before 1am, NT$200 afterwards.
Men: NT$300 before 1am, NT$500 afterwards.

Ladies: Free before 1am, NT$200 afterwards.
Men: NT$300 before 1am, NT$500 afterwards.

Friday & Saturday:
Ladies: Free before 11:30pm, NT$400 afterwards.
Men: NT$500 before 11:30pm, NT$700 afterwards.

Ladies: Free before midnight, NT$200 afterwards.
Men: NT$300 before midnight, NT$500 afterwards.

Babe18 Nightclub in Taipei

Source: Babe 18

What do their reviews suggest?

Babe 18 plays pretty decent music, such as hip-hop and Rn’B. The waiting time in the queue to get in isn’t generally that bad for a Taipei nightclub, but it’s usually packed with guys. One of the reasons why people flock to this place is due to the unlimited drinks one can order. You just have to line-up and make sure you always keep your glass with you as that’s what they refill with to get your unlimited drinks.

The nightclub has garnered a lot of positive reviews since it first opened, and is hugely popular among younger Taiwanese, mostly because of the all-you-can-drink concept that also brings many foreigners on a budget here as well. However, as you would expect from the all-you-can-drink club, you are quite likely to see a few people passed out during your night there. If you’re looking to party it hard and get messed up while you dance the night away to oblivion, then it’s not a bad place to go. It is suggested that the best night is on Sunday as the other clubs are closed.

Check out what others are saying about it on TripAdvisor.

Babe18 on Facebook


Weds – Sun: 10pm – 4am

Closed on: Mon – Tues

(If special events arise, the schedule will be adjusted accordingly, so please check their Facebook events schedule).

Phone: +886 (0)930 785 018

English Address: B1, No.18, Songshou Rd, Xinyi Dist, Taipei 110, Taiwan

Chinese Address: 信義區松壽路18號b1 Taipei, Taiwan 110

Closest MRT: Taipei 101 – Exit 4 (red line)

2. Triangle

Triangle Nightclub in Taipei

Source: Triangle

If you’re unsatisfied with the standard Xinyi clubbing scene, and prefer something more alternative, then Triangle is exactly what you’re looking for. The club is located in the Yuanshan Flora Expo Park, placing it far away from most other nightlife destinations in the city. Rest assured though, it’s easily accessible on the Yuanshan MRT Station, and let’s face it, the taxi fares in Taipei aren’t that bad after midnight when the MRT closes.

Triangle takes its name from the physical shape of the club, despite being relatively small by Taipei club standards, Triangle boasts the vibe or an industrial warehouse club. Triangle’s small size also makes it an excellent intimate venue for DJ’s, which is why the music at Triangle is worth going out of your way to pay it a visit. As for the drinks, they are a fully stocked bar. Offering all types of highballs and cocktails at very reasonable prices, however, the beer selection is limited to macro lagers.

Triangle Nightclub in Taipei

Source: Triangle

What do their reviews suggest?

Triangle is seen as a very foreigner friendly spot within the Taipei nightclub scene. A result of the hard work its owners have put into the club to attract a large range of niche groups, it holds a respectable reputation with students, foreigners and the rest of the younger generations.

With a combination of reasonably priced drinks and the place not being that big, the dance floor is pretty lively most of the time. It’s also known as the go-to after party spot for most foreigner-targeted events such as summer pool parties and Halloween.

Check out what others are saying about it on TripAdvisor.

Triangle on Facebook


Mon – Tues: Closed

Weds & Thurs: 8pm – 2am

Fri: 8pm – 4am

Sat: 3pm – 4am

Sun: Closed

Phone: +886 (0) 970 397 200

English Address: No. 1, Yumen St, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 104

Chinese Address: 104台灣台北市中山區玉門街1號花博公園

Closest MRT: Yuanshan Station – Exit 1 (red line)


ONMI Nightclub in Taipei

Source: OMNI

OMNI took over the once most renowned nightclub in all of Taipei, Luxy. In their aims to live up to their predecessor nightclub, OMNI had renovated the club with plenty of lasers, fog to give you an impressive and blown away clubbing experience and with an award-winning design 360° LCD panel that circulates the dancefloor. After Luxy, the club has expanded to a second floor to include a lounge area, providing more space for those looking for a break from the intense and pulsating dance floor madness. The music the club usually plays is EDM, trance, hip hop or house. As for their DJs, they’ve previously had guests from the DJ Mag Top 100!

The entry fee is free for ladies on Wednesday nights, and Men can expect to pay an average of NT$800 at the doors. On weekends, women pay NT$800, and men are expected to pay a whopping NT$1000 at the doors. Note that prices are expected to increase for their special occasions and events.

If you are ordering champagne, sexy sailor girls may even bring it to you with sparklers! It’s clear to see that OMNI is living up to retain Luxy’s splendid seductive dancers, who stage sultry performances in a variety of costumes on a nightly basis.

ONMI Nightclub in Taipei

Source: OMNI

What do their reviews suggest?

The obvious must be expressed, the city’s leading nightclub with an extravagant lighting and visuals system won’t cater to those on a budgeted night out – So, yeah, OMNI is far from cheap. If OMNI is in your plans for a clubbing night out, it is suggested to go with many friends, and, if you don’t mind spending a few hundred US dollars for the night.

We couldn’t find OMNI on TripAdvisor, but we found them on Yelp!

OMNI Official Website

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Weds: 10:30pm – 4:30am

Fri & Sat: 10:30pm – 4:30am

Phone: +886 (0) 2 2772 1000

English Address: 5F, No. 201, Sec. 4, Chung Hsiao East Road, Taipei, Taiwan

Chinese Address: 台北市忠孝東路四段201號5樓

Closest MRT: Zhongxiao Dunhua – Exit 1 (blue line)

Karaoke Bars (KTV)

The Taiwanese karaoke is quite different to what you’re used to in the Western world. Karaoke houses give you and your group of friends a private room with an unexpectedly awesome stereo system. You can sing from a selection of songs, order drinks and food, and even add time to your booth (usually by the hour) to your heart’s delight.

1. Party World

Party World KTV in Taipei

Party World, also known by its official name, CashBox, is a chain of karaokes offering private room rentals in Taipei. There are two main branches in Taipei, the original branch is in the Ximending District, at the Dunnan Store (Dunhua South Road), and the other is in the Da’an District, nearby the SOGO mall. Party World are pretty much the dominant player within the popular KTV scene, with the other smaller competing players being New CB Party and Holiday KTV. They are however, less foreign friendly and only having Taiwanese / mandarin songs.

The rates can vary between each branch, with weekend prices costing approximately NT$400 per person for three hours of singing. You are able to order more time, drinks and food from your KTV booth by a touch screen computer.

Party World KTV in Taipei

What do their reviews suggest?

If there’s one consistency in what the reviews say about Party World, it’s that the KTV is exceptionally good value for money, you would most likely get your very own private washroom! It doesn’t end there, the alcohol is also cheap which is why many party goers use this advantage to pre-drink here before a night out on the town, or even to carry on the party post-clubbing.

Many expats have a lot of fun with friends here as they compliment how the rooms are very spacious and clean, and how the sound system works very well and is easy to use. The only issue you’ll find with Party World, is that they still strongly target the Taiwanese market, meaning not all of their karaoke systems will have a full English translation. To make matters slightly wore, most of the English songs are said to be quite outdated! As the leaders in the KTV market for Taiwan, Party World are increasingly developing this market for foreigners as an increasing amount of only English speaking groups do go there and have a great time nevertheless.

Check out what others are saying about it on TripAdvisor.

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24 hours, daily

Phone: +886 (2) 2361 9898

English Address: No. 55, Section 1, Zhonghua Road, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, 100

Chinese Address: 台北市中華路一段55號(中華路衡陽路口; 捷運西門站4號出口)

Closest MRTs:

Zhongxiao Branch (SOGO): Zhongxiao Fuxing Station – Exit 3 (blue & brown line)

ZhongHua Branch: Ximen Station – Exit 5 (blue & green line)

Night Markets

The Taipei nightlife doesn’t just end at the clubs and bars, as the best quality of the night scene can be found at Taiwan’s iconic night markets. The Taiwanese have a penchant for snacking and a desire to eat with friends all night long.

To get a real Taiwanese cultural experience, skip the high priced and unhealthy and Western influenced convenience stores, and head out on the town for a night market excursion at these must-visit night spots in Taipei!

1. Shilin Night Market

The Shilin Night Market in Taipei

The Shilin Night Market in Taipei is one of the largest and most popular night markets in Taiwan with regards to food, it is also one of the most popular points of Taipei’s nightlife among its visitors. Located in Taipei’s Shilin District, a mere 70 metres from the MRT Jiantan Station between Dadong Rd, Danan Rd, Wenlin Rd, and Jihe Rd. The maze of alleyways is filled with a variety of local, traditional, and international merchandise that attract a lot of locals and foreigners alike.

The renowned night market does a great job of showcasing Taiwan’s culture with its vivid colors, along with the friendly atmosphere. You’ll find the friendly vendors offering food for you to taste to prove its deliciousness.

The Shilin Night Market in Taipei

Many of Taiwan’s traditional foods can be found and bought for reasonable prices from the tourist-friendly locals who are eager to let you sample a taste of the unique flavours of their traditional recipes, such as Giant Fried Chicken SteakTempuraBubble TeaOyster Vermicelli Oyster OmeletteFried Buns and of course, the most notorious Taiwanese goodie, Stinky Tofu.

There’s also a carnival-like area where kids can play games and win prizes. Aside from the food vendors, there is an actual food court in the basement floor (B1), under the carnival area where there are as many as 94 food vendors offering wide selections of Taiwan snacks.

What do their reviews suggest?

If you only have time to go to one market, Shilin is definitely highly recommended for its cheap prices on a variety of food and souvenirs that are cheaper than the other night markets. As it’s the largest night market in the whole of Taipei, many expats advise others to go back again and again to truly get the most out of Shilin, as you simply can’t enjoy all that it offers in one trip.

Although the market usually begins bursting with activity every day in the late evening, it doesn’t stop until past midnight. Most food vendors will have left by midnight, so if you want to get a taste of this unique dish, you need to get there early!

Many have claimed that shopping at this night market is much cheaper than the markets in Ximending, and before you wonder, yes, the quality is pretty much the same. The Shilin Night Market is one of Taipei’s top attractions that is recommended to be visited when visiting the city. The sites, scents and bargains are enough to plan a second visit as apparently, the crowds can never get enough! If you do go to the this night market, many suggest to try the grilled squid, fried milk, and lemonade!

Check out what others are saying about it on TripAdvisor.


Mon – Sun: 3pm – 1am

Phone: +886 (0) 2 2881 5557

English Address: No. 101, Jihe Road, Shilin District, Taipei City, 111

Chinese Address: 台北市士林區基河路101號

Closest MRT: Jiantan Station – Exit 3 (red line)

2. Raohe Night Market

The Raohe Night Market in Taipei

The Raohe street night market is arguably Taipei’s second best night market after Shilin. It is one of the oldest night markets in the city, making it an ideal top list must visit destination for that authentic Taiwanese experience. The bustling market is a stone’s throw away from the Songshan MRT Station, hence making it an easily accessible attraction.

As an epitome of a traditional Taiwanese night market, Raohe is packed with fun and interesting night foods and snacks, quaint shops and stalls, and carnival games with prizes. The market is ultimately one long street with two walking lanes, all going in a single direction that U-turns at the end to take you back to the beginning of the street. Each side has food vendors and storefronts for merchandise. The center of the night market is full of stalls and sitting areas where visitors can rest and eat as the crowds pass by them.

Without a doubt, Raohe predominantly sells Taiwanese and other Asian delicacies like rice noodles and seafood, but that’s not all. You can also expect some Western-inspired dishes, too, such as baked pastries and French tarts.

The Raohe Night Market in Taipei

What do their reviews suggest?

Raohe is another famous night market in Taipei, and it’s hugy popular with foreigners and locals. This of course means it can be very crowded on the weekends and holidays after 5pm, so it is advised to avoid those days if at all possible.

What makes this night market so popular and ideal for everyone who goes, is that it offers all kinds of street food, all lined up so you are able to look at them all easily in one stretched straight line of food, without missing anything delicious! It’s safe to say, Raohe is a fun place with lots of energy, and should be on everyone’s night market to do list!

Check out what others are saying about it on TripAdvisor.


Mon – Sun: 4pm – 12am

English Address: Raohe Street, Songshan District, Taipei City, 105

Chinese Address: 台北市松山區饒河街

Closest MRT: Songshan Station – Exit 3 (green line)

3. Linjiang Street Night Market

The Linjiang Night Market in Taipei

Linjiang Street Night Market, (also known as Tonghua night market), is one of the markets that cater to those looking for a more authentic night market experience without leaving the inner city, as it’s located in central Taipei, in a residential area of the Da-an District. The market doesn’t just feature local foods, but also dozens of exotic delicacies, including inexpensive Malaysian, Japanese and Taiwanese snacks. Having more than 100 vendors, The Linjiang Night Market offers all kinds of products besides food such as clothes, shoes, accessories and other snacks.

The market is open from 6pm to 2am, from Monday to Saturday, making it a perfect spot for hungry nocturnals. Among the tasty popular dishes sold there, one can find such delicacies, such as ganban noodles in meat broth, oyster noodles, oyster omelettes, barbecued sausages, soy stewed meats, peanut powdered pigs blood rice cake, Taiwanese-style hamburgers with stewed meat, rice noodle soup, sponge cake, and just about anything else you may be hungering for.

The Linjiang Night Market in Taipei

What do their reviews suggest?

Linjiang Night Market is said to be pretty low key but still quite lively. Despite its proximity to Taipei 101, it’s rarely visited by tourists, so it feels more local than the others. You won’t get that shoulder-to-shoulder claustrophobia like you do at the Shilin or Raohe night market. It has a very nice variety of local and international food options, and also a fun selection of clothing and accessories shops.

Check out what others are saying about it on TripAdvisor.


Mon – Sat: 6pm – 2am

Sun: 6pm – 12am

English Address: Alley 1, Lane 40, Linjiang Street, Da’an District, Taipei City, 106

Chinese Address: 台北市大安區臨江街40巷1弄

Closest MRT: Xinyi Anhe – Exit 4 (red line)

Updated: January 2, 2018 – Taipei.Expats


The Mitsui Outlet Park

The Mitsui Outlet Park

No more than a few days ago, I had learned about a completely brand new and huge outlet park with a lot of good publicity in the media. The Mitsui Outlet Park, which had recently opened up in the west of Taipei City, is operated by the Japanese Mitsui Group (三井グループ). The outlet is located in the Taipei Metro area, in the Linkou District, a distance of around 40 – 50 minute drive from setting off with a group of friends nearby Taipei 101.

Feeling generally interested to see what such an outlet store would offer, as I had previously visited similar sized outlets in Kyoto, New York and in London. Typically, outlets house many retailers of top brand names with an across-the-board range of products, such items as clothing, sports gear to popular household items. The unique qualities of an outlet, (which puts itself above malls and shopping centers), is that outlets are typically much bigger with many of their top branded retailers offering various discounts from anywhere up to 90% off their products.

We arrived at the Mitsui Outlet Park

It looked magnificent, with many big entrances to the complex, the outlet can be roughly divided into two sections, inside and outside section shopping sections. The inside section is all indoors, which contains a wide array of shops and a large food court area as well as supermarket. The outside section is all outdoors and extends outward from the Center Plaza. Both sections are 2 stories high and converge in a loop nearby the plaza area.

Ummm, not really what I had expected

The Mitsui Outlet Park has fantastic and impressive first impressions. For those that had ever visited the Taipei 101 mall in the Xinyi District, can at least agree on the modernized high-class standards that they both closely share. It had a comfortable and luxurious feel towards the environment and facilities. Throughout the building, it wasn’t as crowded as I had initially anticipated for a new shopping center.

West Gate to Outside Shopping outlet goes, we were met with many top branded retailers from every direction, along with all their high quality products that were subjected to their advertised fantastic outlet-discounts. Then, we were all hit with much disappointment. We noticed most, if not all, prices weren’t what they seem. It’s an old retail marketing black-hat trick. Jack your prices up to then put them down to whatever discount percentage off the price to give that outlet feel.

Center Plaza from South Gate

We noticed that most of the top branded retailers within The Mitsui Outlet Park were doing this, which left their prices to be what you’d expect in any of their high stores in Taipei. As a British man, I know this trick to be an illegal act in the UK. The Sales of goods act state that the prices MUST BE sold at the ‘pre-discounted’ price for at least 6 months before advising customers that it has been reduced to the stated promotional price. This is a law on all goods and services traded in Britain to protect their customers from being tricked into getting a seemly good bargain. However, this is Taiwan.

You can say that our experiences only got worse…

After spending a few hours in the so called outlet, we decided enough was enough of looking around, and get something to eat. Most of my group of friends fancied a burger based meal, so we didn’t eat at the food court. Instead we found a really nice looking restaurant near the entrance, called ‘Kua’aina’, a Hawaiian themed burger & sandwich restaurant.Outside Kua’aina


The waiting outside before going inside and being asked for your order is about 30 minutes. This is nothing out the ordinary when waiting for a table at a restaurant in Taipei. When we finally got in and was given a table, we sat down, ordered and waited with our soft drinks for about a good 15 minutes until the waiter had came to apologies with some bad news. They had run out of burger buns and politely asked us if we’re okay with toasted bread instead.

Inside Kua’aina

No, we weren’t happy. I just couldn’t see myself enjoying a meaty burger as I crunch through the toast. It was just an uncomfortable feeling. What made things worse, was the people behind us had buns! Confused and upset about this, they had advised us it was yet another mistake of theirs to make and serve the group behind us before us. It was the insult after injury. We got a full refund (even our half-finished drinks). It was only too late that I had checked the reviews for the burger restaurant, to which most were horrendous. It highlights how important reviews are these days when trying to avoid disappointment from so many seemingly great products and services. Proof truly does come from the pudding. *See their Facebook reviews for yourselves.

Food Court

After.that.ordeal, we ended up eating at the food court. The food court was actually a rather pleasant experience with many delicious food choices, and was a lot more spacious and less crowded than many of my previous experiences in the Taipei 101 mall and living mall.

On a last but positive observation…

Before we retreated home, the outlet proved to offer one more modern and beneficial feature with the use of their increasingly smart technology. Every car owner, who parks in the outlet car park of The Mitsui Outlet Park, is provide with a small plastic token. Yes, it’s yet another gimmick to encourage you to spend more. This does, however, prove its usefulness and above the norm of unique services to save you money on your overall car park fees. You earn points from any transactions at any retailer or restaurant within the outlet, which get added to your token. You just hand it over to the servicing staff at the checkout to have the earned points added.

So, what are my final thoughts of the Mitsui Outlet Park?

Other than the convenience of having all the branded retailers in one place, there wasn’t much more of a unique value of going to this outlet, which therefore, was more like an unusually large mall than an outlet in my opinion. Would I go again? No, I’d just take the even more convenient option of shopping on the internet to get, more likely, a ‘real’ discounted price from what typical online prices get you these days.

For more information on The Mitsui Outlet Park:

 Official Website (English): Mitsui Outlet Park Linkou

 Phone Number: +886 2 2606 8666

  • Opening hours:

Monday – Thursday: 11:00 am-9:30 pm
Friday Saturday: 11:00 am-10:00 pm
11:00 am-9:30 pm

  • How to get there:

 From Taipei Main Station (台北車站), take bus route 1209 or 1210 to Lilin Elementary School (麗林國小). After alighting, walk two blocks west to the intersection of Wenhua 2nd Road and Zhongxiao 2nd Road.

 The Mitsui Group operates a free shuttle bus at 20-30 minute intervals between the outlet and the following locations: MRT Yuanshan, MRT Taipei Bridge, MRT Xinzhuang, MRT Nanshijiao, MRT Xinpu, HSR Taoyuan. The shuttle bus schedule can be found here, (only in Chinese).

 Take the Airport MRT to station A9 – Linkou.

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