Top 10 Reasons to Stay in Ximen, Taiwan

What to do in Taipei

The weather was perfect, the sun was shining brightly over the sky and everyone looked happy. We did a half day river trekking tour afterwards we took the afternoon train from Hualien to Taipei Main Station. Our Last Day in Hualien was a memorable one and here we are on another epic adventure to the capital city of Taiwan. Let's go! 

Normal Rates: Tze-Chiang Limited Express  NT 440 / $20
Discounted Rate for 3 persons: NT 1254 / SGD 56  
Hualien to Shulin travel time: 3 hours and 21 minutes (depends on the train timing)

We arrived late in the evening and painfully searched for our hotel's location. It really took most of our time that night and all along it was just right there infront of us. We passed by that specific street a few times and didn't recognized that was it. It's a small corner street with a tiny street sign so I guess we have a slight reason to be lost. Despite the misery of getting lost we've found something great on that very same establishment, there was small menu board showing a special cheap rate in a nearby hostel. We took the special offer, the amount was way cheaper than our booked hotel, less headcount means less cash on hand, so all adds up that it was an offer we can say no to.

Where to Stay

Check in: Here-There Hostel
Address: No. 28, Emei St, 4F.-1, Wanhua District, Taipei City, Taiwan 108
Phone:+886 2 2361 2061
4 days 3 nights
NT 3,800 - 2 bunk beds ( mixed room )

How to get there: 
Alight at Ximen MRT Station, take Exit 6, Cross the little pedestrian lane and once you see Watson keeping walking straight, passed by the 7'11 shop, a wide transparent door to a Hotel and the small street after that leads to the hostel. 

Ximen is a great place to stay when you're in Taipei for a lot reasons:

1. Food Market
There's a variety of foods to choose from the night market bonanza down to the best milk tea in town. I always make sure I try something new in every places I go to. This time around I tried goose meat, something new and surprisingly delicious. 

The night market starts late in the evening but when we got there the stalls we're already set-up for business. No wonder they all started running out of nowhere I guess a patrol car passed by . We had to rush with them, as our ordered food wasn't ready yet. I laughed like a crazy person running after the food thief. That really spiced up our night! The vendor stop inside an establishment, she was confused to see us there tailing her all the way to her pitstop. We laughed all night with a full stomach.

Taiwan is famous for their milk tea, don't go home empty handed. Try the classic milk tea with pearls and feel the refreshing goodness. 

2. Modern Toilet Restaurant 

Address: 108, Taiwan, Taipei City, Wanhua District, Lane 50, Xining S Rd
Opening Hours: 11:00 Am - 9:00 Pm

How to get there: ( use the map in number 9 to find the restaurant )

From Ximen Mrt Exit 6, find the tattoo street. From there just keep walking straight. The restaurant is right infront of the 7'11 outlet.

People come to this place not just for the night market but for this specific and unique restaurant. The Modern Toilet Restaurant opened its doors to the public last 2004 and it has become a booming success up to this date. It's a one of a kind toilet-themed dinning experience. Be prepared to sit in a toilet bowl, with delicious food serve in a toilet bowls as well and even the chocolate dessert is shaped like an authentic poop. 

They have reasonable prices for combo meal that ranges from NT 250 - NT 350. We ordered the classic meal which comes with a main dish, bowl of rice, green tea juice and a chocolate dessert. 

3.Tattoo and Piercing Outlets
If you're looking on adding more art to your body or pierce your ears if your parents haven't done so, then this street is for you. The street itself is named according to the shops designated in that area. 

How to get there: Tattoo street 
Ln. 50, Hanzhong St., Wanhua Dist., Taipei City 108, Taiwan (R.O.C.)

4. Shopping 
The place is surrounded by boutique outlets, a mall and all kinds of tailored clothes for men and women. There are so much to choose, from branded clothing line to independent names, sports to formal attires, even bags and accessories are available too. 

5. Souvenir Stores
I wanted something new for my souvenirs. Good thing we passed by this street vendor selling creative keychains using wires. It was a perfect gift for my brothers. 

6. Massage parlor
I found one around the area. A good foot massage to loosen the tight muscles from all the walking and running during the city tour. 

7. Hair and Nail Salon
If you want your hair and nails done there are plenty of salons around the area. 

8. Street Performers
All kinds of entertainment are all around the place. An incredible talented artist is just around the corner showing off his skills in mixing spray paints while on another street a harp player blissfully plays her song. Street dancers performs in the middle as the crowd pumps up with every beat of the music. 

9. Great location
Once the sun goes down head to Ximen MRT station, once you get out from Exit 6 don't cross the road and just follow the crowd. You won't miss this part of the party as people flock to this area to shop, dine and have some good fun time. The Ximen Mrt station is the blue and green circular sign on the right side of the map.

10. Cheap Accommodations
There are plenty of cheap accommodations around Ximen. Most of the hostels are a walking distance from Ximen MRT too. We stayed in Here-There Hostel which is just 5 minutes away from the station. Aside from that Ximen is just one stop away from Taipei Main Station, where all the trains and bus rides are located. 

Check out more cool places in Taiwan:
Top 10 things you can do in Jiufen's Old Street

Itinerary Reminders:

1. Flight Details
Make sure to write down your booking reference number, be at the airport two hours before your flight and allocate time for your travel to the airport.

2. Accommodation Details
Write down your hotel/motel/resort/bnb booking number. Contact your place to inform them around when you'll be arriving — it really does help.  Also, ask if your accommodation has any discounted activities.  You'd be surprised!

3a. Transportation
List possible times your bus/train/boat arrives and leaves so you don't miss an activity.  Always give yourself an extra 30-45 minutes in case you get lost, get stuck in traffic, or are looking for parking.  Better early than late.  Of utmost importance: check for the last trip and fares!  So you still have time and money to get back.

3b. Car Rentals
Take note of your pick-up address and time allotted.  Our last car rental told us to bring the car back by a certain time with a certain amount of gas.  Allot money for fuel and parking.

4. Budgeting
Set aside a minimum and maximum spending amount for: meals, transportation, entrance fees, activities, souvenirs and emergencies.  3 meals a day + snacks adds up quickly, so keep track!  As well as tips for restaurants and activities.

5. Activities
Call to confirm your booking(s) a day or so beforehand.  Set alarms and/or calendar reminders for things you plan to do (i.e- bungee-jumping, river-rafting, or even city / food tours).

Do you want more adventure?
If you still have one more day to spare why not go visit Yangmingshan National Park, Taipei, Taiwan and spend some time with nature.

Where am I going next?
My next adventure is to visit my sister in South Korea and visit the land where my favorite Korean dish "bibimbap" materialized in this world. 


  1. Great post! :)
    Thanks for sharing!
    Been wanting to visit Taiwan again and now I have a lot of reasons to do so! :)


    1. Hello Regine,

      Taiwan is such a wonderful country that offers a variety of activities. I wanted to stay long and just have milk tea all day long. I would love to visit this country again in the nearby future too. Cheers to that!

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