Taipei literally has so much to offer to its visitors. Even staying at one spot in Taipei would get you stoked with many places you could visit and food to try. The number of attractions in this city would literally drool you over especially if you are looking for an adventure within the city. Ximending is one of the top places you could stay at and still get to see almost every single attractions in Taipei. What are the must-visit spots near Ximending? One thing I can tell you, A LOT!
We spent 9 days traveling in Taiwan and two of our accommodations are located in Ximending (which we highly recommend) so we got to see what are the nearby spots in the area, by walking or by taking the bus and train.
Here are some of the must-visit spots when you are staying near Ximending.
1. Ximending Night Market
You can’t miss the sparkling night lights and lively jive at Ximending Night Market. Walk out from your hotel or hostel and you’ll be in a different scene where it is livelier with the overwhelming crowd. This night market almost has it all, from fancy stuff to the delicious food offerings, almost everything you could think of, you could find here!
2. The Red House
Also known as the Red House Theater. The Red House is a historical site located in Ximending. It was built in 1908 during the Japanese rule. It’s just across the other street from Ximending night market. This building has been over 100 years old. Walk a little further more and you would find the bars (especially gay bars) beside the theater. Must-Visit Spots near Ximending
3. Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall
To get there, ride the MRT Ximen Station (Green Line) and get off at Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall Station.
The most prominent historical monument in Taiwan, the CKS Memorial Hall was erected in honor and memory of General Chiang Kai-shek, the past President of the Republic of China, and was opened in 1980 as part of a national park and gathering area.
The name of the square is officially Liberty Square, however, the name change was politically motivated and most people in practice still refer to the entire complex as the CKS Memorial Hall.
4. Longshan Temple
One of the oldest temples in Taipei and just one station away from Ximending. It’s also one of the famous temples in Taiwan due to it being near the city center. To get there, ride MRT Ximen Station (Blue line) and get off at Longshan Temple Station. Must-Visit Spots near Ximending
We spent a couple of minutes in here. The crowd is usually overwhelming including those kids that are on tour.
5. Huaxi Night Market
Located about 3 km from Ximending. The fastest way to get there is thru the Longshan Temple Station and walk a few blocks northwest. It can be navigated easily thru Google Maps. Huaxi Night Market is one of the markets with the most exotic food offerings, from boas (snakes) to frogs or insects, those can be found in this market. Must-Visit Spots near Ximending
6. Bo Pi Liao Old Street
You can get here via a short walk from the Longshan Temple. Bo Pi Liao Old Street is a historical street with buildings that are very old. Popular among all walks of life. Must-Visit Spots near Ximending
7. Watson’s Ximen Store
The largest Watson’s store we have ever seen. It’s known in the area because it’s the only Watson’s store with four (4) floors of products and is located in the center of Ximending. You should check the store out!
8. 228 Peace Park
2/28 Peace Park is a historical site and a municipal park located few blocks away from MRT Ximending. The park contains memorials to victims of the February 28 Incident of 1947, including the Taipei 228 Memorial that stands at the center of the park and the Taipei 228 Memorial Museum.
9. Taipei Provincial City God Temple
The Temple is conveniently located at Wuchang Street, very close Taipei Main Station and MRT Ximending. Opposite the Temple is a market area where you can try the beef noodles in town. Taiwanese and Chinese people often visit here for a short prayer or wish. Must-Visit Spots near Ximending
10. National Taiwan Museum
Established in 1908, the museum is the oldest in Taiwan. A short walk from 228 Peace Park and a few meters away from Taipei Provincial City God Temple. We visited this museum to check a few of Taiwan artifacts and a bit of history. Entrance is $30 NTD only.
11. One Piece Mugiwara Store
One store you should visit if you are a fan of the hit anime ‘One Piece’. It’s one of the official One Piece stores in the world where you can buy original One Piece merchandise. I felt like a kid again when I got to the store. We didn’t expect it to be in the location as I have not even seen this in Google Maps.
Where to Stay in Ximending
Since Ximending is also a part of the city center, it is just advisable to book a room within the area. We have experienced the first two on the list so we definitely recommend you staying at those. However, we also put a list of other options in case you have budget constraints. Must-Visit Spots near Ximending
1. amba Taipei Ximending
Well-positioned in Ximending, Amba Taipei Ximending is the ideal point of departure for your excursions in Taipei. For sightseeing options and local attractions, one need not look far as the hotel enjoys close proximity to Mugiwara Store, Ximending Shopping District, Shi Zi Lin Mall. READ OUR REVIEW HERE.
2. WESTGATE Hotel
WESTGATE Hotel offers impeccable service and all the essential amenities to invigorate travelers. This hotel offers numerous on-site facilities to satisfy even the most discerning guest. This modern hotel is in the vicinity of popular city attractions such as Tien-Ho Temple, Vigor Bakery Ximen, Ximen Red House – Ximending. READ OUR REVIEW HERE.
3. Hotel Midtown Richardson
Located in the lovely area of Ximending, Hotel Midtown Richardson enjoys a commanding position in the nightlife, restaurants, shopping hub of Taipei. From here, guests can enjoy easy access to all that the lively city has to offer. 430 rooms spread over 9 floors provide a warm and pleasant home away from home. Modern comforts such as television LCD/plasma screen, carpeting, complimentary instant coffee, complimentary tea, linens can be found in selected rooms. Must-Visit Spots near Ximending
4. Just Sleep Hotel Ximending
This Just Sleep branch is located in one of Taipei’s oldest districts, which has fast become a modern and prosperous area. Visitors can experience the historical culture of the charming city, and that is made easy thanks to a two-minute walk to the Ximen MRT station.
5. Go Sleep Hotel Hankou
Go Sleep Hotel Hankou offers impeccable service and all the essential amenities to invigorate travelers. Free Wi-Fi in all rooms, 24-hour front desk, luggage storage, Wi-Fi in public areas, airport transfer is just a few of the facilities that set Go Sleep Hotel Hankou apart from other hotels in the city.
The ambiance of Go Sleep Hotel Hankou is reflected in every guestroom. television LCD/plasma screen, internet access – wireless, internet access – wireless (complimentary), non-smoking rooms, air conditioning are just some of the facilities that can be found throughout the property. Besides, the hotel’s host of recreational offerings ensures you have plenty to do during your stay. Must-Visit Spots near Ximending
6. Via Hotel Ximen
For travelers who want to take in the sights and sounds of Taipei, Via Hotel Ximen is a perfect choice. The hotel is not too far from the city center. All guest accommodations feature thoughtful amenities to ensure an unparalleled sense of comfort. Besides, the hotel’s host of recreational offerings ensures you have plenty to do during your stay. Via Hotel Ximen is a smart choice for travelers to Taipei, offering a relaxed and hassle-free stay every time.
7. Diary of Taipei Hotel
Diary of Taipei Hotel is a smart choice for travelers to Taipei, offering a relaxed and hassle-free stay every time. Guests of the hotel can enjoy on-site features like free Wi-Fi in all rooms, convenience store, daily housekeeping, grocery deliveries, portable wi-fi rental. All guest accommodations feature thoughtful amenities to ensure an unparalleled sense of comfort.
8. One Plus One Hotel
If what you’re looking for is a conveniently located hotel in Taipei, look no further than One Plus One Hotel. A well-kempt environment and its proximity to Shi Zi Lin Mall, Bafa Tea House, Mugiwara Store give to this hotel a special charm. One Plus One Hotel is home to 16 bedrooms. All are tastefully furnished and many even provide such comforts as television LCD/plasma screen, mirror, towels, internet access – wireless, internet access – wireless (complimentary). Must-Visit Spots near Ximending
9. TANGO INN TAIPEI XIMEN
For travelers who want to take in the sights and sounds of Taipei, TANGO INN TAIPEI XIMEN is a perfect choice. Step into one of 41 inviting rooms and escape the stresses of the day with a wide range of amenities such as television LCD/plasma screen, bathroom phone, carpeting, clothes rack, complimentary instant coffee which can be found in some rooms.
10. Burgary Hotel
Visitors to Taipei’s Ximenting District should not miss a chance to stay at this charming, old-fashioned hotel with a unique concept.
Decorated in a cool color theme of gold, silver, black, and white, the Burgary Hotel is effortlessly chic with its 46 stylish guestrooms. Each of the hotel’s 15 floors features a different design concept, while most of the units provide amazing views of the Ketagalan Boulevard, CKS Memorial Hall, and Taipei 101.
How to stay connected while in Taiwan
We availed the 5 Days Unlimited Data SIM Card for Taiwan via the Pinoy Traveler’s Unlimited Sim Card. Read our review and why we love this particular product sold in the Philippines. As a digital nomad, being connected all the time is my number one priority. REVIEW and HOW TO AVAIL.
Alternatively, you may opt to choose a WiFi device rental via Klook or KKday.
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