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28 Reasons To Love Taipei

A toast to Asia's most laid-back capital city.

1. Family Mart, 7-Eleven, and other convenience stores have everything.

2. Before every election, the streets look like this:

3. Taipei has the coolest cafés.

4. Eslite Dunnan is the world's only 24-hour bookstore.

5. Karaoke is a 24/7 sport too.

6. Shrimping's also 24/7.

7. You won't recognize 50% of the things sold at your local market.

8. Beef noodle soup is Taipei's official religion.

9. Yonghe has the best breakfast.

10. There's a great bar called That Fucking Place.

11. There's a toilet-themed restaurant.

12. You can also dine at prison-, Barbie-, and hospital-themed restaurants.

Keep Taipei weird, yall.

13. Yongkang Street is a great place to get your Asian retro-chic on.

14. Zhongxiao has all the modernity you can want.

15. Taipei is the Chinese pop/indie music capital.

16. There's always some design or music festival.

17. The clubbing scene's no slouch either.

18. There's a whole street devoted to wedding photographers.

19. Yangmingshan National Park is a bus ride away.

20. Ximending is cosplayers and otakus galore.

21. The garbage trucks sing to you.

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22. If you piss off the students, you WILL hear from them.

23. GuangHua is basically a Tatooine junkyard of electronic bargains.

24. Night markets. All of them.

25. Beitou has great hot-spring spas.

26. Sick of the rainy north? You can get to Kenting Beach in four hours...

...on a Cartoon Network-themed bullet train.

27. Taipei 101 has the best New Year's fireworks.

28. F O O D