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  • First Time to Taipei: Where Should I Stay?

    Where Should I Book My Hotel in Taipei?

    When it comes to planning your first trip to Taipei, it’s definitely worth time looking into which area is best for you. The city’s districts each have a unique atmosphere, with a unique array of attractions. Choosing a hotel in an area which does not suit your needs can mean spending a lot of time and money on transport to the right areas each day. Location really can make or break your holiday.

    Taipei a massive city, and figuring out exactly where to stay can seem about as easy as learning to read all those Chinese street signs. Fortunately, we’ve done the hard work for you. Take a look at this quick guide to the key parts of the city to get a feel for what each can offer, then click the links for more detailed information to help you draft your itinerary and enjoy your holiday.

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Ximending: How to decide...

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Ximending is known as a popular shopping neighbourhood, particularly focussing on teen fashion and Japanese culture, giving the area its nickname of the “Harajuku of Taipei” (after the district of Tokyo which shares a similar culture). The riverside area in the west of Taipei is the oldest part of the city and is home to numerous historic buildings and important cultural sites. It also has one of the densest concentrations of hotels and guesthouses in the city. The Green (3) and Blue (5) MRT Lines run through Ximending.

Who is it For:

  • Budget travellers
  • Shoppers
  • Young travellers
  • Sightseers

What's Good:

  • Many cultural and historical attractions
  • A huge choice of cheap hotels and hostels
  • A lively place, popular with young locals

What's Not So Good:

  • Very busy and densely populated
  • Very few high-end restaurants, shops or hotels
  • Some of the area’s nightlife is notoriously seedy

Daan: How to decide...

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Daan District contains the East Zone Shopping Area and is best known for its impressive range of modern shopping malls, boutique stores and local markets. With the southern part of the district containing two universities, there are also many budget stores and eateries to choose from, covering both ends of the price spectrum. Daan is also home to some of the city’s high-class restaurants and lounge bars, as well as mix of mid-range hotels and budget hostels. The Brown (1), Red (2), Orange (4) and Blue (5) MRT Lines all cross through Daan.

Who is it For:

  • Extreme shoppers
  • Budget travellers
  • Families

What's Good:

  • A wide variety of shopping options
  • Family-friendly attractions
  • Sophisticated nightlife
  • Good choice of high-quality dining

What's Not So Good:

  • Few traditional touches left
  • Attractions are widely spaced

Xinyi: How to decide...

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In spite of being the newest of the city’s districts, the presence of Taipei 101 at its centre makes Xinyi one of the most popular places to go. It is home to the liveliest of the nightlife and the finest of the shopping malls, as well as excellent restaurants and popular attractions. The people here are particularly sophisticated, as are many of the hotels, which include top international brands. In the southeast corner of the city, this urban centre is steps away from some of the more natural attractions and activities. Xinyi is mostly served by the Red (2) MRT Line, with the Blue (5) Line running through the northern part.

Who is it For:

  • Luxury travellers
  • Couples
  • Shoppers
  • People who like to party

What's Good:

  • Taipei 101, with great views of and from it
  • Energetic nightlife
  • High-quality shopping and dining

What's Not So Good:

  • Few budget options
  • Limited direct transport to other areas

Zhongzheng: How to decide...

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As well as being the political heart of the city, Zhongzheng’s large parks, ancient temples and significant museums make it a contemplative district and a portal to Taipei’s fascinating history and culture. It is also home to Taipei’s main train station, which is surrounded by a number of well-known shopping malls and restaurants. The majority of the accommodation here is in the budget range, including numerous hostels, though there are also one or two major international brands represented. The MRT’s Red (2), Green (3), Orange (4) and Blue (5) Lines all pass through this central district.

Who is it For:

  • People who want to be at the centre of the city
  • museums and culture fans
  • Budget travellers
  • Families

What's Good:

  • Well connected to the rest of Taipei
  • Convenient for Taipei Train Station
  • Lots of parks and quiet open spaces
  • Good selection of shopping malls

What's Not So Good:

  • Very limited nightlife
  • Traffic can be intense

Zhongshan: How to decide...

The northwestern district of Taipei is best known for its history and culture. As the economic heart of the city before Daan and Xinyi grew in prominence, there are architectural highlights from the Qing Dynasty and Japanese colonial eras of Taiwanese history alongside more modern attractions. Zhongshan covers every part of the spectrum, featuring the quiet peace of the riverside parks and the Martyrs Shrine alongside a bustling pub and bar scene, as well as a wide range of accommodation options. The MRT’s Brown (1), Red (2), Green (3) and Orange (4) lines all pass through the area.

Who is it For:

  • People who like museums and culture
  • Bar-hoppers
  • Those who want to be at the centre of the city
  • Couples

What's Good:

  • Popular pub and bar scene
  • Romantic and relaxing riverside locations
  • Highly-varied range of attractions

What's Not So Good:

  • Some parts of the nightlife are notoriously seedy
  • Very crowded

Shilin: How to decide...

This more rural northerly district of Taipei has a very traditional, local feel. It is famous for its hot springs, sprawling night market, first-rate museums and its close proximity to Yangmingshan National Park. Shilin’s relaxed atmosphere makes the area popular with expatriates and there are a number of boutique and spa hotels. Only the Red (2) Line of the MRT reaches into this quite sleepy area. Being out of the city, the number of restaurants and nightlife options is very limited.

Who is it For:

  • Luxury travellers
  • Couples
  • People who want to experience local customs and traditions
  • Hikers and nature-lovers

What's Good:

  • World-famous hot springs
  • Close to Yangmingshan National Park
  • Quiet, relaxing environment

What's Not So Good:

  • Few transport connections to the rest of Taipei
  • Very limited nightlife

Songshan: How to decide...

In the northeastern corner of Taipei, Songshan District is the home of one of the two Taipei airports, as well as numerous businesses and factories. Blending the old with the new, the area has the city’s oldest market alongside modern shopping malls, traditional eateries and contemporary restaurants. In spite of its numerous attractions, the area is still relatively unknown to the tourist-world, though the small selection of hotels includes some top-rated boutique properties. Songshan is served by the Brown (1) and Green (3) MRT Lines.

Who is it For:

  • People who want a lot of choice in one place
  • Adventure seekers
  • History and culture buffs
  • People who like to holiday like a local

What's Good:

  • Convenient for Songshan Airport
  • Easy to experience local living
  • Traditional and modern close together

What's Not So Good:

  • Very limited nightlife
  • A bit of aircraft noise through the day
  • Attractions are widely spaced, with limited public transport



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