Lay of the Land
Daan: Wide, tree-lined boulevards, the city’s largest park, and an endless array of restaurants and boutiques make the Daan district Taipei’s most coveted address.
Datong: Once a mighty economic center, Datong is now home to Japanese colonial architecture, the Ningxia Night Food Market, and the resurgent Dihua Street.
Xinyi: Skyscrapers continue to rise in what used to be the quiet western part of town, as Taipei’s financial and retail hubs move into the area.
Zhongshan: Not to be confused with neighboring Zhongzheng, this area is known for its upscale fashion flagships, the Fine Arts Museum, and the National Revolutionary Martyr’s Shrine.
Taipei’s mass rapid transit system is fast and convenient, with signs in English on trains and in stations. Taxis are also plentiful and easy to hail.
#TLMoment: Taipei Railway Sprint
Taipei’s hottest new hotels, and some classics.
Humble House: The just-opened Humble House, with its welcoming staff and notable work from international artists such as Zadok Ben-David, has already become one of Taipei’s most desirable places to stay. Rooms come with high ceilings, modern furniture, and silk velvet bathrobes. $
Regent: The Regent has hushed, dimmed hallways and formal accents of marble and wood—and the 20th-floor spa, with its suite- size treatment rooms, is an oasis of light and calm. Beneath the hotel, there’s the Regent Galleria, full of high-end shops, including a Goyard boutique. $$$$
VVG BB+B: Situated in nondescript residential buildings, these three flats designed by local lifestyle impresario Grace Wang are part of the VVG (“Very Very Good”) mini-empire of beautifully curated restaurants and shops. Furnishings reflect Wang’s obsession with comfort and craft, from the Chiang Mai–made four-poster bed in the Francia suite to the deep copper tub in the London-inspired June room. $
Mandarin Oriental: Taipei’s newest big-ticket hotel has walk-in closets in every room, a 50,000-crystal-bead lobby chandelier, a Yabu Pushelberg–designed spa, and a patisserie serving chocolates by World Chocolate Master Frank Haasnoot. $$$$
W: This hotel in the Xinyi district has all the signature W touches—thumping bass in the lobby; shag rugs and tilde-shaped leather chaises; a pool scene that doesn’t quit—and a young staff in slick black suits. $$$
WXYZ: The “W” in WXYZ stands for Woolloomooloo, the burgeoning artisanal hospitality company named after the Sydney suburb and founded by Jimmy Yang, a 41-year-old architect. His first boutique property feels like an updated, DIY Japanese ryokan. A former love hotel, it has only six rooms with simple wooden headboards and vintage maps on the walls. $
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