There is something exciting at every corner in Taipei! Something new, something cool, something you may want to try or something you may want to keep distance from it.
Get lost at night wandering through night markets, snake alleys and massage parlours. Try a snake soup or enjoy a dinner in a toilet restaurant! 8 strange and cool Taipei experiences.
“What I love most about this crazy life is the adventure of it.” – Juliette Binoche
Dare to venture to the “Snake Alley” for some snake blood or snake meat, or even deer penis wine?!
The “Snake Alley” or the Huaxi Street Night Market is located near the Longshan Temple in the oldest district of Taipei, Wanhua.
The snake restaurants are aligned on both sides of the alley. There are more snakes than customers. The live snakes, small and big – including cobras and pythons – are inside glass or wire cages. Bottles of snake wine are displayed on shelves.
After a second visit to the area, I decided to try something “snakey”. The only affordable choice in the menu was the snake soup. What kind of snake? I don‘t know. The owner of the restaurant wasn’t too welcoming. “Shut up and eat.” And I eat.
How the snake tastes? Not bad at all! More like chicken with many small bones.
Note: taking photos of the snake restaurants is not normally permitted. A small point and shoot camera, such as Ricoh GR helps a lot in going unoticed.
Eating out of a bathroom toilet may not be your fine dining dream, but for sure it is one of a kind experience.
Naughty souvenirs: fresh baked penis-shaped waffles! Found at Shilin Night Market and Ximending area.
These drinks are called “Wow Frog Eggs”. Are the drinks really made from frog eggs? Hmm, let it be a surprise!
At Shilin Night Market I found these man and woman body shaped containers of soya milk.
Big teddy bears can be found in many places in Taipei, sitting alone or in pairs at a table in a restaurant or bar.
Easy to photograph, hard to touch and unthinkable to eat!
Cool use of technology! An electronic display of the availability of the toilet seats, both for men and women washrooms: ‘in use’, ‘not in use’, ‘not available’ and ‘investigation alert’.