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Top Choice Market in Da'an

Tonghua Night Market

One of Taipei's liveliest night markets and all the better for being more local and less touristy. There's something for everyone. Food-wise there are steaks, sushi, animal-shaped biscuits, Thai, Vietnamese, candyfl…
Top Choice Microbrewery in Da'an

Something Ales

Owner Arvin has more than 200 different types of bottled craft beer and usually one on tap – local and imported brews, Belgian and American IPAs. He keeps a low-key, comfy bar and might as well have a PhD in craft b…
Top Choice Bar in Da'an

Ounce Taipei

This slick speakeasy-style bar is everything you'd expect it to be: hidden behind a secret door, heavy on the dark hardwood and dim lights, and serving top-rated cocktails. The establishment is fronted by Relax cafe…
Top Choice Noodles in Da'an

Yongkang Beef Noodles

Open since 1963, this is one of Taipei's top spots for beef noodles, especially of the hóngshāo (紅燒; red spicy broth) variety. Beef portions are generous, and melt in your mouth. Other worthwhile dishes include stea…
Top Choice Teahouse in Da'an

Wistaria Tea House

History, nostalgia and fine tea combine in this charming former Japanese-era wooden dormitory. Wistaria was built in 1920 for naval personnel and later used as a hangout for artists, literati and political dissident…
Japanese in Da'an

NOMURA

It's widely believed that outside of Japan, Taipei is the best place in the world for Japanese food. Several restaurants serving Edomae-style sushi (sushi that follows the Tokyo traditions) have a great reputation f…
Market in Da'an

Jianguo Weekend Holiday Jade Market

This giant market peddling jade and other semiprecious stones is under Jianguo Overpass. There are also beads, pearls, religious artefacts and copper teapots. Just south is a weekend flower market that smells heaven…
Food in Da'an

coco.Brownies

Rich, moist chocolatey squares of heaven. It's always worth stopping off for a slice of the unusual. Their bestseller is Earl Grey, and they also have some more unusual flavours including bacon and chocolate. You ca…
Teahouse in Da'an

Water Moon Tea House

With some of the city's oldest and finest teas, an elegant design and classes in tea appreciation, this is the place for the serious tea drinker, or for someone looking to learn more about the art. Sundays see a lar…
Jazz in Da'an

Blue Note

Taipei's longest-running jazz club, Blue Note has been in the same location since 1978. It's a moody little cavern in dark blue. Check its Facebook page (search for Blue Note 藍調) to see who's playing. Take Exit 3 fr…