Taipei’s Zhongzheng District is one of the most popular areas for tourists. Home to the Presidential Palace, C.K.S Memorial Hall, 228 Peace Park, and the National Museum of Taiwan, to say the neighborhood has a lot going for it would be a bit of an understatement. Add to that the fact that there’s a couple of department stores and Taipei Main Station and you have the ideal location for a weekend in Taipei.
Where to stay
As a business hub and a major tourist destination, the city center is full of accommodation options to suit any budget. Here are some of the best.
On a budget – UINN Hostel
UINN Hostel is a relatively new hostel that is perfectly located just a short walk from the Presidential Palace and C.K.S Memorial Hall. Painted bright yellow, this place is hard to miss so you’ll have no trouble locating it in your taxi from the train station or airport. The rooms are clean and very modern and you get all the usual comforts you come to expect from budget accommodation these days.
Mid-range – Finders Hotel
If you’re in the mood to spend a little more, Finders Hotel is a wonderful option. The location is ideal as it’s just a few steps from 228 Peace Park and the National Museum but it’s the stunning decor that really sets this place apart. The lobby is an ode to nature with deer sculptures and faux greenery hanging from the ceiling making it something of an oasis in the city center.
Luxury – Sheraton Grand Taipei Hotel
Feeling like a baller? Complete with a swimming pool, gym and even a limo service, the Sheraton Grand Taipei Hotel is a property that is popular for its location as much as its luxurious extras. Located just a few steps from Shandao Temple and the MRT station, this hotel gives guests excellent access to the rest of the city.
Sheraton Grand Taipei Hotel, 12 Zhongxiao East Road Section 1, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan
Where to eat
In a city like Taipei, you’re spoiled for choice when it comes to food. From street food to international cuisine, you’ll never eat the same thing twice in this neighborhood.
Nanjichang Night Market
This night market is a little smaller than the typical places recommended for tourists but that just means that there are less people. There are still plenty of food stalls where you can sample some of Taipei’s amazing street foods and a couple of restaurants too.
Jin Feng Braised Meat Rice
Although this place is famous for its braised pork over rice, there are so many local dishes to sample – all of which are incredibly tasty. There’s no physical menu so if you don’t speak the local lingo, you’ll have to point at the dishes and hope for the best.
Second Floor Cafe
Located just a short walk from C.K.S Memorial Hall you’ll find Second Floor Cafe. This place specializes in Western food and does it well. The menu is extensive and there’s plenty of very comfortable seating to rest after all that sightseeing.
Where to drink
Drinking and eating usually go together in Taiwan so there aren’t as many pubs and bars as there are restaurants. However, you’ll find a few joints in the neighborhood where you can enjoy an alcoholic beverage.
Revolver is a cozy little bar that does great deals on happy hour drinks, with live music most weekends. The staff are friendly and what’s more, it’s right beside C.K.S Memorial Hall.
B Line by A Train
If cocktails are your thing then B Line by A Train is the place for you. It’s another atmospheric place with an incredibly friendly vibe and a huge selection of drinks on offer.