As the center for all things glamorous in Taipei, Xinyi District is famous for its luxury and sophistication. Taipei 101, the towering architectural icon of Taipei, overlooks broad avenues lined with designer brands and high-end department stores showcasing the latest offerings from Armani and Tiffany’s. Sparkling baubles are traded in for sparkling champagne at night, when the city’s largest clubs open their doors for hordes of party-goers. In spite of the urban glitz, pockets of peaceful Taipei still manage to thrive in Xinyi. The traditional Four Four South Village sits under the shadow of Taipei 101, while Elephant Mountain, just one metro stop away, offers one of the most visually stimulating hiking trails available in the city. They offer a bit of welcome rest in a neighborhood that glitters from day to night.
Shopping for luxury goods is made effortless in Xinyi’s commercial area, which is dominated by Shin Kong Mitsukoshi Life Place. Divided into four stores linked by sky bridges, the complex features perennial favorites like Bottega Veneta and Prada, as well as more niche brands. To the northeast, the palatial Bellavita, with walls made of Brazilian goldstone and a glass dome for a ceiling, houses exclusive brands like Hermès and Van Cleef & Arpels, as well as gourmet dining like l’Atelier de Joël Robuchon and Ton 28. Right across the corner from Taipei 101 is the Eslite flagship, the largest classical bookstore in Taiwan; spanning six levels, the store sells not only books but also home furnishings and clothing by trendy designers.
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Nature and exercise are no doubt excellent reasons to go on a hiking trip, but what makes Xiangshan one of a kind is the spectacular view of the Taipei skyline it offers from the observation deck. Photographers flock in early to compete for the best shooting spots, while couples come up at night for a romantic getaway. The best time to visit is just before the end of the day, when the rosy glow of sunset gives way to a symphony of neon lights against an inky black sky.
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For Taipei’s most fashionable parties, the nightclubs located in the ATT4Fun and Neo19 complexes are unbeatable. The newly opened department store ATT4Fun houses Myst, Halo, and Hive, while Neo19, just two blocks away, holds LAVA, Room18, and 18Lover. The close proximity makes it easy to hop from club to club for the truly adventurous spirit. Read more about the best clubs in our nightlife guide to Taipei.
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Situated among dated houses, old trees, and historic alleys, GoodCho’s offers solid, simple fare in a district known for its excess. Every day, freshly made bagels of cheese, cranberries, sweet potato, sweet basil, and many more exotic flavors are ready on the counter, awaiting eager visitors. Delight in GoodCho’s delicious food and squander a lazy afternoon away in this antique village, seemingly a world away from the chaos of the concrete jungle.
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Located in the heart of Xinyi neighbourhood near Taipei 101, Neo19 is a hub home to a wide variety of stores and restaurants, and even nightclub. One one side, As Neo19 aims at a unique position in the shopping mall market in Taipei, you will find either flagship store or exclusive brands here. Look for the largest Nike Run Concept store in Taipei on the ground and the second floor. On another side, most importantly, you can find restaurants offering different cuisines on the upper floors, Very Thai and Hakkai Shabu Shabu Buffet are popular and always packed with locals and visitors. Above all, if you are a club-hopper or a dance-lover, don’t miss three nightclubs – Room18, 18Lover, and LAVA in the basement floor. But for the healthy chaps, Neo19 also has got a gym room Fitness Factory on the fourth floor. All in all, Neo19 is a mall that you can do everything ranges from eat, play, to buy.
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Perched on the 85th floor of Taipei 101, Diamond Tony is not a place for those with acrophobia. However, if you’re undaunted by the towering heights, you can enjoy a savory course of lobster, filet mignon, or foie gras at this luxurious panoramic restaurant. With live band performances and an incredible view of Taipei City, Diamond Tony is among the best places for special celebrations or a romantic date. Be sure to make a reservation to secure a spot at the best window seats.
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A short walk away from the Xinyi Anhe station, the Park Taipei Hotel offers a clean and simple night.
For classy decor and lovely facilities, Hotel Eclat proves itself to be an elegant place to stay for the night.
The Pacific Business Hotel offers a clean and pleasant stay, located less than a kilometer away from the Xinyi station.
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