Subtitles section Play video Print subtitles Taipei is considered the food capital of Asia but besides food this city has actually a lot to offer these are my 30 hidden secrets and best places to visit in Taipei. Now what better than to start off your Taipei adventure with an epic Taiwanese breakfast. Fu Hang Soy Milk is the most popular breakfast joint in town and it's so popular that people will wait hours in line just to get that fresh batch of bread. Breakfast at Fu Hang Soy Milk is very affordable and the quintessential breakfast for many locals here for 110 NT roughly $3.60 USD this is an incredible breakfast deal. Breadstick sandwich which is one of the highlights here so it's deep fried bread, deep fried bread on a bun I don't know how to come up with but it is actually really good. Yeah, I can see what the hype is all about this is amazing! All right so we're gonna top it off with some Dou Jiang which is the soy milk oh yes oh this works great with the bread and the pancake, that's an ideal breakfast here in Taipei. Now before we dive into the city take a quick day trip to Jiufen, a former gold mining town just an hour east of Taipei. This cute little mountain town has gorgeous scenery and delicious foods you must try like peanut ice cream rolls and stinky tofu, it is stinky because it's fermented tofu. Wow that is so good, it is a bit stinky but in the end it's well worth it. Just make sure to top off your Jiufen adventure with a little tea ceremony at the A-Mei teahouse, the most beautiful tea house in all of Taiwan. Fried chicken is one of the most popular street foods here in Taiwan so I had to drop by the famous fried chicken founding headquarters to pick up a batch of fried snacks I decided to enjoy these snacks at the Zhishan garden located right next to the National Palace Museum. True serenity outside the bustling city of Taipei. Alright guys so we're here at the National Palace Museum park and it's time to try the authentic Taiwanese chicken nuggets. Now one thing about the chicken nuggets these are completely different from McDonald's chicken nuggets, the main difference being is they keep little pieces of bone inside the chicken nugget so the meat stays nice and tender compared to the really dry taste you may get from McDonald's or KFC chicken nuggets. And they season it a little bit with basil. Oh oh I like this I like this a lot! Why McDonald's? Why can't you just do it right?! As you can see the inside looks just like a regular chicken nugget, oh my god! Another popular snack is rice sausage, I've never heard of it... wow, Taiwan really knows their snacks, nice and wet inside as a sticky rice should really be. The National Palace Museum has a permanent collection of 700,000 pieces of ancient Chinese artifacts and it is one of the largest Chinese art collections in the world encompassing 8,000 years of Chinese history. The nationalist leader Chiang kai-shek tried to safeguard these Chinese treasures during the Communist revolution on mainland China and have been here on Taiwan ever since 1949 and that's why this museum is considered very controversial. All right, time to go back downtown for some dinner! Taipei is the food capital of Asia but with that reputation comes a lot of strange foods and restaurants as well so what better than to have a delightful beef curry in a toilet bowl at the toilet restaurant. It's a toilet full of curry at least I hope it's actual curry, let's get it nice in there and into the curry sauce and scoop it out of the toilet. oh this is great that's actually really good curry. Don't forget to try their poop meatballs and poop ice cream as well. Another strange dinner activity is prawn fishing, here you can fish your own prawns at this bizarre indoor pool, once you captured a bunch, throw them on the barbecue and enjoy! And this is the final result, the first catch of today some of these prawn fishing shops are open 24 hours and the record holder at this place caught 43 prawns in one hour, my attempts to break this record we were miserable if you really want to step up your dinner party, head towards snake alley at the Huaxi night market, here you will find the most bizarre restaurants in the world but I came here specifically to try snake venom, snake blood and snake skin salad, but for that video you'll have to watch my complete snake alley episode. Supposedly there's a lot of health benefits to this... That was like a really strong alcohol but venom, VENOM! Moving on to the cutest cafe in Taipei the Rilakkuma cafe another famous themed cafe here in Taipei 00:05:24,449 --> 00:05:29,139 This cafe offers super cute lunches and dinner experiences. I ordered the omelet with rice and a coffee doesn't this just look adorable. "Don't you drown me!" As expected the meatballs and the omelet were rich and delicious, they also sell a bunch of cute desserts and merchandise. Top off all this madness with an incredible shaved ice dessert at the Ice Monster. Ice Monster is one of the best shaved ice shops here in Taipei, now they were about to close so I had the whole place to myself, usually you can expect long waiting lines, so either come super early or right before closing time. My recommendation, the almond shaved ice, which set me back 220 new Taiwan dollars. Dessert time, this thing looks amazing it's red beans, almond jelly and almond shaped ice, it's not even like icy it's more like flaky, flaky bits of almond. I'm digging a cave right here, I just want to live in it. The most iconic building in Taiwan is Taipei 101 and the best place to observe this Marvel of a building is the Elephant Mountain but to get to the top you'll need to take these super steep stairways so make sure you take many breaks to catch your breath and drink plenty of water especially during the scorching summer heat but once you reach the top you can enjoy these mesmerizing views of Taipei 101 as you can see it's an absolute boiling day it I think it's like 36 degrees with an insane humidity, sweat is literally dripping off my skin here next up the observatory deck of Taipei 101. Did you know Taipei 101 used to be the world's tallest building between 2004 and 2010 from Taipei 101 you can take in these stunning views of the entire city although the entrance fee is a bit pricey, 600 new Taiwan dollars per ticket which is roughly 20 US dollars so make sure you come and visit on a very clear day otherwise it's not worth your hard-earned dollars. In the basement you will find Michelin star dumpling restaurant Din Tai Fung, this place is absolutely massive notorious for its Xiaolongbao better known as soup dumplings so this is the Xiaolongbao, you pick it up from the top and you put it in your little spoon then you poke a hole, so the soup base will fall in your spoon. Oh that's so good, almost like creamy pork but it's delicious the heat and temperature is absolutely on point. So another way to eat the dumpling is with soy sauce, vinegar and ginger. Wow Taipei, you nail it out of the park! This is incredible! This place may be a bit pricey but trust me you'll be blown away by the most delicious dumplings in Taiwan, quality over quantity. If time permits, check out the bizarre Core Pacific shopping mall which looks identical to the Death Star. Because it looks exactly like a Death Star. Even the entry points, that's just nuts. Kick off the next day with a seafood adventure. Now I am really big into seafood so I had to venture out to the most high-end fish market in town, the Addiction fish market. This fish market has an incredible selection of fresh seafood, so fresh that it may even run away. You won't find this level of freshness in most parts of the world so time to try out this fresh batch of Taiwanese seafood products. I'm super stoked, it's morning, I'm having some lunch. All right, time to start off with the fresh sashimi, look at this box my god what a presentation. salmon sashimi oh my god that literally melts on the tip of my tongue that is absolutely perfect. Really good tuna is usually really hard to come by. oh wow, that is so juicy for fish. It's not dry it's absolutely perfect, like it literally just came fresh out of the sea they nailed this out of the park. I'm really impressed with this sashimi. Spicy fish eggs this is the part of the salmon where she stores the eggs. Whoa, that's a very unique taste all the little eggs popping in my mouth. I can see why this is one of the best fishery markets in the country. Nothing beats grilled eel, BBQ grilled eel. Oh man, it's still warm, it's still warm. I just, I want to eat this whole thing. I am little heaven heaven, unagi heaven. This gorgeous place is the Chiang kai-shek memorial hall. Chiang kai-shek can be considered the founder of modern Taiwan. He took the Chinese Nationalist government from mainland China to Taiwan during the Communist revolution. This is the main plaza in downtown Taipei. We got the main memorial of Chiang kai-shek in the background and this is the national theater. Moving on to the Ximending shopping district which many have compared to Tokyo's Harajuku district for its funky fashion and youth culture. Inside of the Ximending district you will find the Ay-Chung rice noodle shop. This place is always packed with customers which is a good indicator for quality. I got myself a small portion 450 new Taiwan dollars which is around $1.60 USD. Thick gravy, thin noodles and bits of pig intestine making this snack a must try and Ximending, oh that's hot but it's delicious, that broth is so good it's so thick and the pork intestine really adds quite the flavor. Another good spot in Ximending district is Laotian Lu for its wide selection of braised duck from duck tongue, duck feet, duck hearts, duck intestines to duck head. Go watch my entire duck episode for my complete braised duck review, the link will be in the description box below. Oh man, this is pretty intense. What am I doing? Now a hidden secret here in Taipei is ice cream shop Snow King especially if you want to challenge yourself. One thing guys the ice cream flavors are quite expensive, around $4 bucks a scoop. Chili pepper, pork knuckle, how about some soybean curd. Hey, and if you're at it some Taiwan beer @ 3.5%, not that bad. I'm gonna get drunk off ice cream today. They have 73 flavors, check these out this is Taiwan beer @ 3.5% and Kaoliang @ 58%. Kaoliang is a strong distilled Chinese liquor with an alcohol percentage ranging from 38% to 63% that's why Kaoliang smells extremely strong. Stings the nostrils. That's just insanity, so you wanna get wasted this is the right place to come to. Oh man, those are puke reflections kicking in, that's too strong I don't think I can take much more of that. You can always settle for some sesame oil chicken ice cream. Oh, I'm not liking that. I'm not liking that, it's like big pieces of chicken are in the ice cream. You can 't make you stuff up, I give them a 10 for at least trying. So yea guys after all those crazy ice creams let's top it off with something nice, the custard apple ice cream. Mmm oh that's nice, the good thing about this place is the ice cream in general isn't as sweet this is actually real ice cream. If the alcohol drenched ice cream was an extreme enough for you how about a knife massage. All right guys we're doing a little warm-up here, before we go into the knife room. The zen is coming to me, now it's time for the knives! I consider this another hidden secret here in Taipei most tourists do not know about. Enjoy a one-hour knife massage with a knife massage practitioner. So here are the knives, they're real cleavers Don't try this at home you may injure yourself. Luckily, their training is very strict they required to be vegetarian and meditate on a daily basis although when it came to my skull I got a little freaked out. So another procedure will involve the skull, let's see how that's gonna go. My bum feels great, my bum feels absolutely great! This is actually really enjoyable I had no idea! After all these mind-blowing experiences you may be in a need for a bit of zen, so visit one of Taipei's many temples Longshan is the most popular temple here in Taipei and it's often visited by many locals praying to a specific deity. This temple is also called the meeting place of the gods that's why you'll see many offerings here with rituals taking place every single day. Alternatively you can check out the temple of Hsing Tian Kong, you'll be able to find many businessmen here looking for good fortune. To really take some time to relax rent a bicycle in the northern tip of Taipei and cycle along this gorgeous waterfront next to the Keelung River. So yeah guys, so why not rent yourself a bike and go biking in the northern parts of Taipei, on a nice sunny day like this, this is where a lot of people from Taipei spend their weekends. These Ubikes are available all over the city plus they are super cheap to rent just 20 NT per hour, that's 60 cents USD, that's crazy! not YouTube but YouBike. If it is a hot and sunny day you need to take a pit stop at the Moonlight Riverside Cafe for an epic mulberry smoothie one of my hidden secrets here in Taipei. Wow, that's amazing, it's like raspberry but better, way better! Only 80 Taiwan dollars for this massive amount of mulberry smoothie. Nearby you can find these bizarre century eggs which gotten their green color from fermentation, these acts can take up to four to five weeks to make. Traditionally these eggs were made with the mixture of salt, lime and ash. So make all your fantasies a reality at this little tea egg shop. The century egg, fermented duck egg. Quite the delicacy here Yeah, actually really good, it still tastes the same as the yellow chicken egg but the gelatin base around it actually adds as a certain smoothness. A very unique building just north of downtown is the Grand Hotel one of the world's tallest Chinese classical buildings and a great place for photography, fun fact this building has been decorated with two hundred thousand dragons. For dinner you should consider A-Cheng Goose one of the best goose restaurants here in Taipei for a quick delicious bite of chopped goose, my order consisted of Chinese cabbage, a very strange duck blood soup and of course delicious chopped goose. But no meal is complete without a refreshing Taiwan beer. This is actually very good, it's really good. Taiwan is most famous for its many night markets which run from the late afternoon until midnight every single day. At these night markets you should try the hot star large fried chicken, an oyster omelet, delicious pig blood cake, pepper pork buns and some fun street games. These night markets are so massive that they required their own Reformatt episode so make sure you check out my full review by clicking the link in the description box below. One thing that truly blew me away was the Taipei nightlife, I have no idea Taipei had so many great bars and nightclubs I will go as far to say that this was the best nightlife scene I've ever experienced at great nightclubs like VIBE, Electro, Babe18 and Omni. With an epic after-party meal at HaiDiLao but for that video go watch my entire Taipei nightlife guide, again the link is in the description box below! Now it is finally bedtime and where better to stay than at Hotel Royal in Beitou. Hotel Royal is best known for its incredible hotel rooms complete with their own private hot springs bath. Taiwan has a lot of tectonic activity which is why Taiwan has the highest concentration of thermal hot springs in the world making the Beitou region pure hot springs heaven. Now i still have a bunch of bonus tips but first navigate to Reformatt.com to download a detailed map of all the places i mentioned in this video complete with the exact addresses, prices, photos and all my personal advice. OK, now here are my bonus tips, since I'm Dutch I found this particular restaurant really interesting, a poffertjes restaurant downtown Taipei, which are mini Dutch pancakes, what are odds?! Not your average Dutch pancakes. Oolong tea poffertjes. Speaking of Dutch... Did you know that Taiwan used to be an old Dutch colony called Formosa, expect a full Reformatt episode on the Dutch colonial history of Taiwan. And this is the guy that kicked out the Dutch, Koxinga. If time permits, check out the South Village where the soldiers of the nationalist army were relocated after escaping the Communist revolution on mainland China.