A cold beer on a summer's evening at a roadside teppanyaki joint in Dongmen is a must-do drinking experience. Otherwise, Da'an has some of Taipei's best bars. For classy cocktails try the establishments around Xinye Anhe; for a pub experience or cheap preclubbing shots head to Zhongxiao Dunhua.

Da'an also has some of the capital's best cafes. Stylish coffee shops with private decks and patios dot the blocks south of Yongkang Park, while the boutique-filled lanes north of Zhongxiao Dunhua hide some creative spaces for sipping caffeine.

For traditional Chinese teahouses try the area around the southern end of Da'an Park and towards Technology Building MRT.