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28 Reasons To Love Taipei

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

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

Via facebook.com

One of the highest per capita concentrations of convenience stores on earth. Where else can you pay your college tuition, eat dinner, print Mayday concert tickets, send express mail, and buy a handle of Johnny Walker at 4:30 a.m.?

3. Taipei has the coolest cafés.

Via sugarednspiced.com and creativepeopleprojects.com

Eat it, Seattle. Boomers worry that today's Taipei kids don't want to conquer the world — they just want to open cafés with their friends. Coffee shops are basically bars in Taipei. Check out Sugared n Spiced for some choice spots.

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

Via tbnf.com.tw

Taipei hosts a Beef Noodle Soup Festival every year. Everyone swears a blood oath to their favorite shops. If you don't like beef noodle soup, you are a disgusting pervert and I don't want to know you.

11. There's a toilet-themed restaurant.

Via commons.wikimedia.org

Please kindly invite your friends to eat shit. Modern Toilet offers enticing fare like "baby's explosive diarrhea" (actually just green curry) served in mini toilet bowls.

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21. The garbage trucks sing to you.

View this video on YouTube

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

Via cg2010studio.wordpress.com

Camping out at a park near Taipei 101 with your friends, drinking 7-Eleven whiskey, watching fireworks, then seeing the flag-raising ceremony at sunrise at the Presidential Palace = best way to start a year.