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Taipei Travel Guide: Unusual Things to Do in Taipei (Part 2)

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Taipei has a quirky side. Oh yes it does. If you didn’t know it, there’s a handful of off-beat and unusual things to do in Taipei from museums, factory tours and theme cafes.   As always, my video give an inside peek into the experience as I report from that location.  The information between written post and video is made to complement each other.

Top 4 Unusual Things to Do Taipei

From a fishball museum, condom museum, Hello Kitty cafe to toilet restaurant, here’s a few that I experienced. If you ever wanted to walk on the wild side, check these out.

 

 Quirky and Unusual Things to Do Taipei  (watch this video for more!)

Theme Cafes & Restaurants

Taipei gained some of its popularity as a modern Asian city with interesting theme cafes and restaurants. A Barbie cafe, Ninja  and Hospital cafe,  an airplane restaurant,…  I tried to seek many of them out. Unfortunately, half of the coolest ones had folded. But a few good ones remain…

1. Modern Toilet

Modern Toilet is a restaurant with a theme around toilets. You’ll find the decor ranges from plumbing pipes, to toilet bowl seats, urinals, squat toilets and poo.  It’s a fun restaurant and the food is good.
I ordered a vegetarian hot pot set meal, which included a main dish, dessert and drink. My vegetarian hot pot came bubbling hot in a mini toilet bowl. Some of the meat-like foods in my dish looked like street foods (or 7 Eleven foods ) you’d find popular. They were likely made with soy product and each had their own taste (Watch the video). My dessert came as a chocolate-shaped poo in a squat toilet!   The restaurant isn’t easy to find being in the popular district of Ximending, but it’s definitely worth the effort.

Getting there: From  Ximen MRT station, take exit # 6 and walk straight along Chengdu Road. At the intersection of Kunming Street and Chengdu Road, turn right on Kunming Street. Pass the big parking lot on your right side. Immediately after the lot, take another right onto the side alley. You’ll notice that even the alley is kind of trendy and populated.  Take the first left down a side street alley, until you get to the intersection with a main walking street. The restaurant is on your right hand side, on the corner of the intersection.  The restaurant is 2-3 floors, so it takes up the corner of that block.

Address: 2F., No.7, Lane 50, Sining S. Rd., Wanhua District, Taipei City   Phone: 02-2311-8822. Hours:  11a -10p  Ximending distric

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2. Cat Cafes

The Taiwanese love their dogs, but there’s a handful of cat cafes around town. Many Taipei city dwellers live in apartments and not all  landlords allow pets. Thus, the concept of pet cafes has gotten popular. These are places where Taiwanese can play and adore their furry feline friends.

As the original cat cafe of Taipei, Cats & Cafe 1988 claims to have the most cats of cat cafes. The cafe also has two resident dogs and a bird!  There is no admission fee, but ordering something from their menu is mandatory.  Quite honestly, the cafe is not known for its food and is standard at most.  You can also buy cat food to bribe the cats to come over!

 

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Cats and cafe pet menu

Things to remember about cat cafes:

• The animals in these cafes get pet and pawed so often. Expect some de-sensitization with the animals to happen.

• Often, they’re well fed and can be aloof.  You may find they only go to the tables which offer food or sometimes, just prefer to be alone with themselves.

• The food at these cafes aren’t always that great. I’m pretty sure my cheesecake came straight out of the freezer with little warming. It was like an icee pop.

Getting There: MRT Zhishan, immediately turn right.  The cafe and its sign isn’t easily recognizable, but check out my photo below for added help .  The vertical sign is a sliver on the side of the building. Address: (129 Fuhua Rd, Shilin, MRT Zhishan, 02 2835 3335 

Other recommended cat cafes:  Yaboo cafe, Minimal Cafe, Mask Cat and of course, Taipei also has a  Hello Kitty Cafe (address: 90, Da-an Rd Sec 1, Taipei City, Ph: (02) 2711-1132)

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3. Fortune Telling Street

Fortune Telling Street is a line of fortune telling shops set in an underpass at Longshan Temple. Eat fortune telling shop has their own gimmick, style and many post photos of famous celebrities, they’ve had in their shop.

 Popular forms of fortune telling are with birthdate and time of birth, palm reading and having a white Java sparrows called bunjo.  The white sparrow way of fortune telling is interesting to watch.  The teller has them pull three cards, each referring to popular folk tales. The fortune teller then divines the meaning.   The main languages spoken are Chinese and Japanese, so if you’re hoping to give it a try, be sure to bring a translator!  Cost ranges: $1000NT – $2000 NT, depending on how many questions you ask.

Getting There:  Longshan Temple MRT (Underpass) (龍山寺捷運站地下街)

 

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Taiwan Factory Tours

Did you know that Taipei has factory tours?  Some factories open their businesses to give you a look inside. From foodstuff, leisure, craft , lifestyle or wine, there’s a list of businesses open to showing you around.  Call for hours as it is a working factory and may be closed on holidays and weekends.

Note: As English is still not a widely spoken language, tours might be conducted in Chinese and any written plaques may be in Chinese as well.  Website:  http://www.taiwanplace21.org/en/index.htm

Other budget tour options in Taipei here.

4.  Tengfeng Fish Ball Museum

 Fish balls are popular in Asia and Southeast Asia.  I thought I’d visit the Teng Feng Fish Ball Museum to get the inside peek at what it’s all about. Due to last minute scheduling, it wasn’t possible to visit, so I’ll leave the information here.  As a foodie capital, visiting a fishball museum in Taipei seems like a perfect idea.

Address: No. 117, Zhongzheng Rd, Tamsui District, New Taipei City, Ph:02 2629 3312  Hours: · 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM : More here: http://www.taiwanplace21.org/en/class_05.htm

Have you visited any off-beat or unusual  things to do in Taipei?  Any cool theme cafes you’d like to share? Leave details in the comments below.

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2 Comments

  1. I’ll skip the toilet and go to the cat cafe! Here in Manila, the rate is around $5 with one brownie and iced tea, and only 1 hour with the cats. I think I like it better so they can rest. I can imagine they’d get tired getting petted and pawed by so many people!

  2. Megan Indoe says:

    Ahh this is getting us so excited for Taiwan! I want to visit a cat cafe there too! I loved Korean cat cafes and want to see one in Japan and Taiwan as well! Some may say I’m kind of a crazy cat lady. How much were the cat cafes in Taiwan? I am noticing the ones in Japan are really expensive and have time limits (some wont even let you take photos) as opposed to around a $6 fee in Korea with a free drink and unlimited play time with the cats!

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