Taipei has become something of a food lover’s Mecca with its incredible diversity of cuisines on offer. From local street food to fine dining, there’s something here for everyone, but with so many areas to choose from, where should the traveling gastronome stay in a city brimming with culinary delights?
Located just a short walk from Daan Park, Ark Hotel is the perfect location for foodies that want to sample the many delights of Taipei’s famous Yong Kang Street located directly opposite the hotel. Guests here are just steps away from one of the best streets for local cuisine where they can sample everything from shaved ice to beef noodles.
The hotel is also ideally located for public transport, as there are many bus stops outside and Dongmen MRT station is right on its doorstep. But it’s the sheer number of restaurants and cafés in the Daan neighborhood that make this one of the most convenient hotels for foodies.
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The Grand Hyatt is one of those hotels that provides everything a food lover could want; easy access to some fine dining establishments, a short walk to one of the city’s most popular night markets, and incredible on-site dining options. In fact, stay at this hotel, and the food lover won’t need a taxi or bus throughout their stay.
The hotel is well known for its buffet dinner service and afternoon tea, but it’s the proximity of Tonghua Night Market that makes it ideal for those with a passion for local street food. It’s just a fifteen-minute walk to the many vendors and stalls of the market, while Taipei 101, just a few steps away, offers both fine dining on the upper floors and a food court in the basement.
The Grand Hotel is another five-star hotel that is famous for its afternoon teas and fine dining, but again it’s the neighborhood surrounding the hotel that makes it a food lover’s paradise. The hotel is just a short walk from Shilin Night Market where oyster omelettes, Taiwanese sausage, and grilled squid on a stick are just some of the delightful snacks on offer.
A two-minute cab ride will take guests to the Yuanshan Expo Park, where there is a covered outdoor food court serving up a variety of both local and foreign cuisine alongside several Western-style restaurants.
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Located in one of Taipei’s coolest neighborhoods, Gongguan, this hotel is the perfect base for exploring the many street vendors in the maze of alleys directly opposite the hotel. There are even a few bars within walking distance, and innumerable hole-in-the-wall restaurants and food stands.
Just a one-stop ride on the MRT takes guests to Shida Night Market, which also boasts quite a few restaurants, many of which specialize in foreign cuisine. And although there aren’t as many food stands here as there once were, it’s still one of the first stops on any food lover’s Taipei travel itinerary.