Taiwan

The Shopping District of Ximending

It’s easy to get caught up in everything that you can see in Ximending: the food, shopping, sights, and if you’re lucky like us, a film shoot. I now believe it was for The Teenage Psychic and I realized that a few days after, when I discovered the show back home in Manila! How serendipitous! I just wish I knew about the said HBO original before I saw them filming in Taipei.

Anyway, let’s move on to more important stuff. There’s a whole lot of shops in the area if shopping is your thing. Even if it’s not you’re bound to find something interesting.

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Cosmetics! I didn’t go on a crazy shopping spree, I swear.
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Line friends masks!

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We chanced upon this procession on our last day.

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The food remains an attraction of course, especially if you’re a foodie like me. It’s just everywhere in Taipei! You don’t need to look far to find something to eat or drink.

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She was making dumplings when we arrived
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This wanton soup was delicious! The wrapper was silky smooth and the filling packed with flavor.
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People line up for this: the Ah Zhong mee sua. It’s thin noodles in broth flavored by bonito flakes, intestine bits, and cilantro. Click here for video.
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What? Free tasting again? Okay, fine. I’ll have the pineapple cake. And the taro cake. And the sun moon cake. And the red bean and taro cake. 😀 Click here for video.
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Milk tea with taro. This was quite filling! And it makes you forever young too! 😀
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Strawberry milk tea

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Deep-fried squid
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There was so much food that we decided to walk away from this famous stinky tofu!

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There’s so much character packed in this area! Will definitely want to explore more of Ximending next time. 🙂

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