Top things to do in Kaohsiung

Top Choice Bakery in Kaohsiung

Wu Pao Chun Bakery

The flagship store of the talented Taiwanese baker who won top prize (bread category) in the Bakery World Cup in Paris. He did it with a wheat bread that contains Taiwan's millet wine, rose petals and dried lychees.…
Top Choice Taoist Temple in Kaohsiung

Tiánliáo Stone Temple

Tiánliáo Stone Temple is a fantastical, Gaudi-esque interpretation of a Taoist temple by a group of Southeast Asian migrant workers. The 500 workers were hired to build a highway in the area, but the contractor went…
Top Choice Area in Kaohsiung

Pier-2 Art District

An attractive area consisting of 25 warehouses from the 1970s that have been turned into galleries, boutiques and entertainment venues. Prices at the outlets are not low but that doesn't prevent Pier-2 from being a …
Top Choice Temple in Kaohsiung

Cijin Tianhou Temple

One of Kaohsiung's very few temples that made the national protected relics list is also its oldest mazu temple – constructed in 1673 when Cijin became a commercial centre and restored in the 1920s. There's a sense …
Top Choice Taiwanese in Kaohsiung

Ban Jiushi

An elegant modern teahouse that makes refined versions of classics such as braised pork and panfried milkfish. It's the kind of place where you can pore over a book or watch the world go by as you await your tea-inf…
Top Choice Seafood in Kaohsiung

Behind-the-Temple Seafood Congee

This wonderful street-corner shop with an iron roof whips up delicious soups and congee with fresh local seafood. The signature seafood congee (招牌海產粥; zhāopái hǎichǎn zhōu) is excellent with the oyster omelette (蚵仔蛋…
Top Choice International in Kaohsiung

Gien Jia

A clean, crisp-looking bistro that prides itself on using local produce as much as possible. Greens and seafood from Kaohsiung, pork from Pingtung and chicken from Tainan are given a French or Italian spin that work…
Top Choice Jazz in Kaohsiung

Marsalis Jazz Bar

A classy upstairs jazz bar featuring accomplished musicians from Taiwan and Asia performing almost every Friday and Saturday, from 8pm to 10pm. Tickets range from NT$400 to NT$800, with a minimum charge of NT$300 on…
Top Choice Museum in Kaohsiung

Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts

Set in a large park, this wonderful museum has many rooms showing the works of Taiwanese artists, including a four-floor-high sculpture room with skylight. Artists from the south and indigenous artists are frequentl…
Top Choice Cafe in Kaohsiung

Hsiao Ti Cafe

One of Kaohsiung's oldest cafes, Hsiao Ti was started by a Japanese-speaking Taiwanese woman 36 years ago and it seems nothing has changed since then – neither the aromatic siphon coffee, nor the artificial flowers …