“Rain rain, go away, come again another day.” This children’s song may work well for kids, but it might not be as useful for travelers coming to Taipei. Taipei is constantly shrouded in drizzles during winter and is occasionally visited by typhoons during summer. Either season, it’s best to have a backup plan in your pocket for a rainy day. Luckily, if you know where to go, you can still enjoy plenty of indoor cultural fun in the weather. Here is our assembly for A Rainy Day In Taipei.
● Breakfast: Fuhang Soy Milk
Fuhang Soy Milk presents traditional Taiwanese breakfasts at its best. It’s right beside exit 4 of MRT Shandao Temple Station, so you can safely avoid the downpour on your way to the restaurant. It is also the best way to shake off the blue mood of the morning of a rainy day Check this out for a detailed review.
● Morning: Shrimp Fishing
Genuinely Local Shrimp fishing is a genuinely local pastime. This was already a nation-wide hobby back when the last generation was still a kid. Even the NBA superstar Jeremy Lin chose this pastime to unwind when he’s on vacation in Taipei. Once you’re handed with a shrimping pole and seated around an indoor pool, then it’s all about patience and timing till you catch your rewards.
Victory will be sweet (or spicy, or both) as the shrimp you catch are then seasoned and grilled to perfection with the help of the resident chefs. If you’re unlucky in battle don’t worry, you won’t leave hungry. Win or lose, there is plenty of shrimp to go around.
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● Afternoon: Hot Spring Bath
Still, inside the Taipei city, Beitou will make you feel as if you’ve been transported to some countryside. Beitou possesses ambiances of a countryside resort town and is a hybrid of Japanese and Taiwanese history. Since it is a rainy day, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that it can be easily reached by the MRT. You don’t have to spend big bucks for a nice hot spring bath here. You can easily enjoy a string of four different temperature pools at the Beitou Outdoor Hot Spring Bath, with a mere 40NT fee. However the bath is outdoors, so if the weather is way more than a drizzle, feel free to choose from the dozens of indoor bathhouses on the main street.
The price ranges from 250NT for a relaxing public bath, to 3000 NT for a pampering and tranquil private hot spring experience. If you find them difficult to choose from, let us help you find a bathhouse that caters to your needs perfectly.
● Dusk: Xinyi District
Xinyi District is the area surrounding Taipei 101 and the Taipei City Government. The entire district is interconnected by footbridges between buildings, thus you wouldn’t need an umbrella even it’s raining cats and dogs. The district is home to several remarkable buildings, including the internationally acclaimed Eslite Bookstore, the army of high-end department stores that combine to be Shin Kong Mitsukoshi, the baroque styled Bellavita, and the newly arisen Breeze Center. Many of these are eligible for tax refunds.
In addition to being a shopping wonderland, Xinyi district also presents a jungle of delicacies. You can find a variety of international cuisines packed in this area, from indigenous Japanese ramen to Jamie Oliver’s Italian restaurant, and of course, all sorts of iconic Taiwanese dishes. Take the metro to Taipei 101 station to access Xinyi District on a rainy day and enjoy your time here.
● Night: Taipei EYE Performance
Finally, enjoy some authentic Chinese performing arts at the Taipei EYE. Immerse yourself in a 90-minute show consisting of traditional opera, folklore telling, local acrobats, folk music, and aboriginal dance. Programs are offered every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. Book in advance for the performance that will wrap up your rainy day.