AboutNatia > Travel Logs > Taiwan

Welcome to Taiwan!

I've wanted to go to Taiwan for ages - famed for fantastic food and it's fascinating history with China.

The food did not disappoint - though as I was only there for about 5 days, I felt like I barely scratched the surface.

It rained quite a bit when I went in January though but I'm still very keen to go back in Autumn (preferred) or Spring for warmer and drier weather!



  • Elixir Health Pot restaurant's Hotpot with ice cream tofu and squid balls (yum!!!)
  • Mochis in Taiwan at the base of one of the main buildings next to Chiang Kai Shek (maybe the National Theatre?!)
  • Japanese Whisky called Super from the Nikka brand
  • Hot & Cold Mochi Dumpling with Black Sesame Powder - yum!! Hot mochi dumplings tossed in peanut powder and black sesame powder and placed on a bed of shaved ice topped with a little condensed milk.
  • Tea Ceremony at Wysteria Tea House. Very elaborate preparation process. Multiple teacups and bowls. 15 sec wait. Small teacup. Beautiful full tea leaves. Had 2 types of tea (Dongding Oolong, Wysteria), dried star fruit and the most luxurious & silken mochi plate I’ve ever had. Amazing spot!
  • Delicious and colourful croissants - Sold at the croissant shop at the base of the 101 Building. Raspberry!!
  • Addiction Aquatic Development - Hilarious name for a fish market, amazing food at reasonably good prices for what you get.
  • Fried Dumplings (crispy-bottomed sheng jian bao), at the stall at the end of Linjiang Night Market (soooo good)!
  • Orange & lemon juice drink w matcha and pearls @ food court in eslite shopping centre in the business centre of the city.
  • Gua Bao pork buns. Yum!! Lan Jia Steamed Sandwich Shop | No. 3, Aly. 8, Ln. 316, Sec. 3, Roosevelt Rd.


  • Taipei 101 Building's "Super Big Wind Damper" (love the name, great views, very impressive building and engineering). A must visit!
  • Tea house experience - So many steps, so many cups, but the tea is the perfect drinking temperature by the time you have it.
  • "Like it Formosa" pay-what-you-can historic tour. Really great story telling!
  • Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Gate - So very impressive and what a beautiful blue colour!
  • Blues dancing night at Salsa! Salud.
  • Night wanders with Justin & Danielle (USA) and Nick. A visit to Nick's bar and awesome speakeasy R&D resulted in great fun!


  • Stinky tofu - Smells bad. Tastes less bad, marginally though. Not in a hurry to try again.
  • Very strong Japanese influence in the Taiwanese culture. Like the Italians in North America.
  • Taxi drivers out here are awesome. Very friendly, patient and diligent to making it work (call translation agencies), always friendly bye byes.
  • No garbage bins on the streets

If you've got loads of time, you could always check out my Taiwan travel diary.

Taipei - Food Experiences

Wysteria Tea House
Taipei, Taiwan

Night Food Tour
Taipei, Taiwan

Aquatic Addiction (Fish Market)
Taipei, Taiwan

Elixir Health Pot
Taipei, Taiwan

Taipei, Taiwan

Miscellaneous Moments
Taipei, Taiwan

Taipei - Architecture & Adventures

Chiang Kai Shek Memorial
Taipei, Taiwan

Taipei, Taiwan

Taipei 101 Building
Taipei, Taiwan

Sun Yat Sen Memorial
Taipei, Taiwan

Longshem Chinese Temple
Taipei, Taiwan

Miscellaneous Moments
Taipei, Taiwan