Taipei City Guide

Gay Taipei Taipei City Guide

Curation by Yasmina Rodríguez, words by Laura Tucker

A teeny weeny nation of down-to-earth people, dominated by lush mountains and a year-round humidity that soaks into your soul and dizzies your perspective, Taiwan is one of Asia’s most endearing and underrated travel destinations. The cosmopolitan capital of Taipei is the best jumping off point; a chaotic yet slow-moving city, modern yet deeply authentic with proximity to awesome hiking trails, natural hot springs and off-track waterfalls. The orderly roads of Taipei stream with scooters, upon which you’ll see whole families, pets and various health and safety hazards hitching a ride. Betel-nut stained teeth smile eagerly back at you as you shuffle through thronging street markets heady with the smells of exotic food stuffs, from stinky tofu to papaya milk. Decidedly not China, Taiwan is everything the motherland isn’t; democratic, gay-friendly and open to all – holding a loud and proud Pride Parade each October and recently becoming the very first Asian country to legalize gay marriage. Read our definitive Taipei gay travel guide to discover the secrets of this glorious island capital.

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The best hotels in Taipei

Let’s start this Taipei gay city guide with a roundup of the best places to stay in Taipei. Located in the chic Zhongshan District, the Okura Prestige Hotel is understated elegance at its finest. Lounge in the heated rooftop pool while enjoying panoramic views of Taipei’s mountains and cityscape, or indulge in the neighbourhood’s up-and-coming restaurants and one-of-a-kind boutiques. Easy access to public transportation and top museums are an added plus.

You can never go wrong with a stay at Taipei’s Mandarin Oriental. Considered by many to be the most luxurious hotel in the city, it only takes one visit to the sweeping five-star property to understand why. This is the largest hotel spa in Taiwan where you’ll find exquisite service, generous rooms, and exceptional attention to detail.

With a convenient location in central Da’an, Les Suites Taipei is another accommodation choice providing a fantastic base to explore the rest of the city without sacrificing comfort and style. Guests continually return to this boutique hotel for its impeccable service and modern facilities.

Photo: Winston Chen

Photo: Winston Chen


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