1. Family Mart, 7-Eleven, and other convenience stores have everything.
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.
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.
15. Taipei is the Chinese pop/indie music capital.
From C-pop megastars to symphonic metal, hip-hop, post-rock, and folk singer-songwriters, Taipei exports the best Mandarin pop music in the world. You’ll also catch bands like Neutral Milk Hotel at surprisingly small venues (The Wall and Legacy). For schedules, check GigGuide Taiwan.
19. Yangmingshan National Park is a bus ride away.
On the rare occasion the sun’s out, you can take day hikes on a whim.
21. The garbage trucks sing to you.
…on a Cartoon Network-themed bullet train.
27. Taipei 101 has the best New Year’s fireworks.
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.
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