A Quick Trip to Taipei

Taipei station

This was my second time visiting Taipei, Taiwan. The first time was on a business trip, so I did not get to see much. This time around, I had ili and I decided to explore Taipei by myself.

I started the day by walking around my hotel near Taipei station. There were many food vendors and lots of people were riding on the bikes. I used ili to ask a local, “where is the best restaurant around here?” Thankfully, the Taiwanese lady took me to a local restaurant around the corner.

They didn’t have an English menu, so using my Chinese translator I asked, “what is your recommendation?” In return, I received a bowl of delicious noodle soup.

After my meal, I used ili to ask a couple more questions.

“Where can I see temple?”


“Which direction should I go?”

The waiter showed me by pointing to my phone’s Google Maps. So off I went.

228 Peace Memorial Park (Taihoku New Park)
Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall and the Taiwanese flag

After my long walk in Taipei, I wanted to find some popular Taiwanese snacks so I used ili again to ask, “Where is the shaved ice?”

One of the locals pointed to a small shop that served shaved ice. Safe to say, I was not disappointed.

Afterwards, I went back to my hotel to take a rest. I was happy that I got to try some of the local foods and attractions.

Oh, and ili definitely made things a lot easier!

Scooters are everywhere in Taiwan