I was impressed so far with Taipei. It was a beautiful city, and the people were super-friendly. It was a completely different experience from Japan, where there is a huge amount of “tourist fatigue”.
It was still a working day, so plenty to do. I stopped at a local convenience store. They have some odd snacks that I haven’t seen in a “7 Eleven” before…
These guys take healthy snacks to the next level.
I must admit. I’ve never thought to get a sweet potato, or egg in a shell to-go.
It was still a rainy day, as the Typhoon was hanging around.
Since the Phoenix Coffee shop was empty, I just sat in all morning to get work done.
Soon it was lunch time.
Mr Brown Coffee Nanjing Store
This is a very popular, spacious chain of cafes in Taipei. I would not drink the coffee, but I decided to sample their set menu.
It wasn’t too bad.
I headed back to work.
I decided to try the public transport and go back to Taipei Main Station to explore.
Travelling on public transport is super-easy. You can buy a EasyCard from any convenience store, and add credit.
Even with grey skies, I could see the impressive buildings and get more of a feel for the city.
There was a food court under the main train station that had a few different places to eat.
I found one that looked popular.
The soup and dumplings were delicious.
After dinner, I wandered around the mall area, curious to see the kinds of things being sold there. I saw lots of uniquely made bags and trinkets.
Via the main train station, it was possible to visit Taipei City Mall.
I am still not 100% sure what a Knife Massage is?
It was a strange, yet wondrous place.
It was getting late…. so time to head back.
I decided to catch the bus back again.
I was starting to feel at home in Taipei. It captured me unlike any other Asian capital I had visited.
Starbucks near my hotel had a delightful rose tea…
I love how chains like Starbucks embrace local flavours to change up their menu.