8 Must-See Spots in Taipei
February 10, 2014
Architect Arthur Huang, of leading sustainable design firm Miniwiz, guides you through the urban jungle of Taipei. By Lim Sio Hui
Published on Feb 10, 2014
Amba Hotel (77 Wuchang St., Section 2) is a quiet place to stay in the middle of Ximending. The hotel worked with leading LEED firm Steven Leach for its air quality system. On the higher end of the price spectrum, W Taipei (10 Zhongxiao East Rd., Section 5) collaborates with us, using post-consumer materials collected from W Hotel’s waste to make products like moon cake gift boxes.
For a casual setting with great coffee, snacks and mouthwatering waffles, check out Dears Waffle, Bakery & Cafe. (8, Ln. 71, Section 4, Ren Ai Rd.; +886 2 2773 110), which has nice interiors with an eco edge. Nearby, Nonzero (5, Alley 4, Ln. 27, Section 4, Ren Ai Rd.; +886 2 2772 1630) is home to repurposed furniture and uses organic ingredients in its food.
The Taipei Fine Arts Museum (181, Zhongshan North Rd., Section 3) is a must see. Next door is the colossal Eco-Ark (1, Yumen St.) in Yuanshan Park—the jewel of Miniwiz and Taipei city. It is the world’s first pavilion structure of this size, curtained with 100 percent recycled PET bottles (your water and soda bottles).
Eco-Ark, built out of recycled bottles
You can always find everything you’ll need in Taiwan’s night markets, like Shihlin Night Market (101 Jihe Rd.). For those looking to buy a gift, Taipei 101 (45 Shifu Rd.) features boutiques from around the world, so you’ll be spoiled for choices, and for a spectacular view of the city, ride to the top of Taipei 101 and take in the skyline.
Browsing Shihlin Night Market