[TAIPEI 台北] Day 7:Shop and eat at Ximending 第七天:西门町逛街和美食

Known as the "Harajuku of Taipei" and "Shibuya of Taipei", Ximending has been listed as one of the must go place in Taipei. It is famed as a centre of fashion, food and entertainment that allure large number of visitors from both local and international. Walking around in Ximending is not a big hindrance as the it has been gazetted as a pedestrian zone, and the only stumbling block would be the crowd of people.

西门町有着“台北原宿”和"台北渋谷“的美称,也被列为来台北一定要去的地方。他聚集了时装,餐厅和娱乐,所以吸引了很多外国游客和到地人前来。要在西门町游走不是问题,因为备有人行道,但这地方人潮汹涌。

To get to Ximending, take MRT blue line to Ximen station and get out from exit 6.

小贴士:乘南港线捷运到西门町站,然后从第六出口出站。

[TAIPEI 台北] Day 7:Shop and eat at Ximending 第七天:西门町逛街和美食
Ximending from distance away 远看西门町



[TAIPEI 台北] Day 7:Shop and eat at Ximending 第七天:西门町逛街和美食
Ximending pedestrian area 西门町人行道
Ximending opens 11:00am in the morning and closes at 11:00pm at night. However we feel the environment only get spiced up at night, contributed by the colourful lighting.

西门町的店铺大概早上11点营业到晚上11点,但我们觉得气氛还是在晚上会更加的热闹,当然也有靠五彩兵分的灯饰效果。

[TAIPEI 台北] Day 7:Shop and eat at Ximending 第七天:西门町逛街和美食

[TAIPEI 台北] Day 7:Shop and eat at Ximending 第七天:西门町逛街和美食

The name Ay-Chung Mian Xian (flour rice noodles) has long lingered in our brain prior coming to Taiwan. It was deemed as one of the best mian xian in Taiwan, to the extent that no tables are needed while people could just stand and saviour the mian xian in front of the shop.

还没来到台湾之前,阿宗面线的大名已经记在我们的脑海里了。好像来到台湾,没吃到的话算是没来过一样。我们是不信啦,但他们有着台湾最好吃的面线称号,我们当然要尝尝看啦。哇!店前排满人,而店里店外都没有座椅,所以每人都是站着享受面线。

[TAIPEI 台北] Day 7:Shop and eat at Ximending 第七天:西门町逛街和美食

How could we missed such a delicate since we were here? We joined in the queue and the queue moves pretty fast actually. During our short instance there, the queue never disperse as more and more people keep joining just to savour a bowl of mian xian.

都来到了,好吧排就排!阿宗的员工很有效率,一下子我们就拿到我们的面线了。直到到我们吃完,人潮都没停过,厉害!

[TAIPEI 台北] Day 7:Shop and eat at Ximending 第七天:西门町逛街和美食

 A small bowl of mian xian is 50 NTD while a big bowl is 65 NTD. The mian xian soup was heavily seasoned with pepper and pork intestines were added but then it is not something that will excite us and make us go back for a second bowl.

一小碗面线要价50新台币,而大碗的65新台币。面线汤调得很重口味,尤其是胡椒味,里面只有猪肠和面线而已。我们个人觉得没那么震撼啦。

Various condiments such as chilli and vinegar are prepared at the corner at your e expense. We prefer the version after lots of chilli added.

他们提供很多种酱料,比如辣椒和醋,放在店前让客人任拿。我们比较喜欢加多多辣椒。

阿宗面线
西门店:台北市峨嵋街8之1号
士林店:台北市文林路101巷24号
忠孝店:台北市忠孝东路4段17巷2号

Ay-Chung Flour-Rice Noodle/Ah Zhong Mee Sua
Ximending Branch: No.8-1 Emei Street, Taipei, Taiwan (Wanhua District)
Shihlin Branch: No.24, Lane 101, Wenlin Rd., Shilin District, Taipei City
Zhongxiao Branch: No. 2, Lane 17, Section 4, Zhongxiao East Rd, Daan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106
Phone:+886 2 2721 9899

营业时间大概10am - 11pm
电话:02-23888808

[TAIPEI 台北] Day 7:Shop and eat at Ximending 第七天:西门町逛街和美食

Next we headed to Sushi Express to get something to fill our stomach. Though it may sounds illogical to take Japanese food in Taiwan but Japanese food is popular at Ximending, judged by the abundance of Japanese eateries here.

过后,我们就前往争鲜找米吃。你会不会觉得来台湾干嘛吃日本料理呀?但日本料理在西门町很受欢迎,因为有很多日本料理店。

[TAIPEI 台北] Day 7:Shop and eat at Ximending 第七天:西门町逛街和美食

Good thing about Sushi Express is every plate comes in a standard prize - 30 NTD. Although the shop is spacious but it was full, thus we got to wait for a while before get seated. Sushi is served on the conveyor belt or some hand rolls can be ordered to the servers. Tea is provided complimentary.

我们喜欢争鲜的寿司每盘都份量充实,一律30新台币。虽然店面很大,但还是客满,我们得等会儿才有座位。玲琅满目的寿司在输送带上跑着,看到我们想一直拿来吃。可是,我们得控制不可以在一个地方吃得太饱。菜单上还有手卷,可以跟师傅加点。绿茶免费让你冲。

[TAIPEI 台北] Day 7:Shop and eat at Ximending 第七天:西门町逛街和美食

[TAIPEI 台北] Day 7:Shop and eat at Ximending 第七天:西门町逛街和美食

[TAIPEI 台北] Day 7:Shop and eat at Ximending 第七天:西门町逛街和美食

We spent 270 NTD for 9 different types of sushi. Overall the experience and food were okay. Well worth the money spent.

我们花费了270新台币吃了9中寿司。终结来讲食物蛮不错的,物有所值。

[TAIPEI 台北] Day 7:Shop and eat at Ximending 第七天:西门町逛街和美食

[TAIPEI 台北] Day 7:Shop and eat at Ximending 第七天:西门町逛街和美食

[TAIPEI 台北] Day 7:Shop and eat at Ximending 第七天:西门町逛街和美食

[TAIPEI 台北] Day 7:Shop and eat at Ximending 第七天:西门町逛街和美食

See the waiting area. They are actually expecting a long queue. It was taken at 10pm+ so the crowd has subdued.

看看这可爱的地方,是让客人等待的地方,图片里空空是因为那时已经晚上十点多了,人潮退了。

[TAIPEI 台北] Day 7:Shop and eat at Ximending 第七天:西门町逛街和美食

As mentioned earlier, Ximending is full with Japanese eateries. There was a corner stall which sells roasted mochi and it seems really interesting to both of us. It was late and we were lucky to grab the final piece of roasted mochi!

刚刚我们不是说西门町很多日式食物吗?我们走着走着就看到这档日式烤麻糬,名字很特别。那时候时间不早了,他们剩下最后一串麻糬,很庆幸的让我们买到!

[TAIPEI 台北] Day 7:Shop and eat at Ximending 第七天:西门町逛街和美食

[TAIPEI 台北] Day 7:Shop and eat at Ximending 第七天:西门町逛街和美食

It seems like a big chunk of mochi as opposed to the conventional small size mochi is being roasted or grilled, then it was doused with cheese.

和平时看到的圆圆一颗一颗麻糬不一样,他们的是一大串,放在小火上烧烤,然后淋上你选择的酱料,我们选择了起司口味。

[TAIPEI 台北] Day 7:Shop and eat at Ximending 第七天:西门町逛街和美食

We really like this roasted mochi (30 NTD) ! It was gooey but at the same time the mochi was bouncy. The inner filling was a little sweet and it forms a nice combination with the slight salty cheese.

我们超爱这烤麻糬(30新台币),软黏得来很有弹性,虽然有点甜但加了咸咸的起司变成很完美。

[TAIPEI 台北] Day 7:Shop and eat at Ximending 第七天:西门町逛街和美食

Newspaper reporting that they could sell about 600 pieces of roasted mochi a day and looking for franchise. If I were in Taiwan, perhaps I could do this as my part time job. Haha!

店旁贴的剪报写着他们一天会卖到六百串麻糬,还招加盟呢。如果我是住在台湾,也许可以考虑把这当副业。哈哈!

[TAIPEI 台北] Day 7:Shop and eat at Ximending 第七天:西门町逛街和美食

This shop at the entrance of Ximending has caught out attention earlier on as there was a long queue waiting for it. Must be something good again huh. We passed by here at 10:40 and there was still a queue though shorter.

这家1973继光香香鸡在西门町路口,在我们走入西门町就很吸睛。十点四十分经过时,还是看到很多人排队买,虽然比起较早时队短了些。

[TAIPEI 台北] Day 7:Shop and eat at Ximending 第七天:西门町逛街和美食

There were only a few options available - fried chicken (60 NTD), fried cuttle fish (65 NTD) and fried abalone mushrooms (65 NTD). We went for the fried chicken and fried cuttlefish.

选择不多,香香炸鸡(60新台币),鲜炸鱿鱼(65新台币)和蒜炸杏鲍菇(65新台币)。我们点了炸鸡和鱿鱼。

[TAIPEI 台北] Day 7:Shop and eat at Ximending 第七天:西门町逛街和美食

[TAIPEI 台北] Day 7:Shop and eat at Ximending 第七天:西门町逛街和美食

The fried chicken come in small pieces, something alike chicken popcorn but with presence of bones. It was well seasoned with the chilli powder. The quantity of chicken and cuttlefish given was a lot, and if we to bring them into cinema definitely it will be an enjoyment!

炸鸡,炸成小片小片,有点像鸡丁爆米花,但可惜没去骨,后再撒上很多辣椒粉。炸鸡和炸鱿鱼的份量超多的,如果拿进戏院,一边看戏一边吃肯定很爽!

Since most of the Ximending shops only operate till 11pm, what if the stomach is growling at midnight. Fret not, let us guide you through what to eat after 11pm at Ximending.

西门町的店多数开到十一点而已,那么住在西门町,半夜肚子饿怎么办呢?就接下来看看我们半夜吃什么吧。

[TAIPEI 台北] Day 7:Shop and eat at Ximending 第七天:西门町逛街和美食

Wang Ji Rice Dumpling would be a decent choice for a heavy supper. There are various dumplings being offered and we went for the most basic and tasty ones - pork rice dumpling.

王记府城肉粽会是一个重量级宵夜。他们有很多粽子选择,但我们还是选最原始的-猪肉粽。

[TAIPEI 台北] Day 7:Shop and eat at Ximending 第七天:西门町逛街和美食

A meat dumpling cost 60 NTD and it was special in a sense that peanuts were embedded within the dumplings. It was well doused with sweet sauce which ain't sweet at all and serve the purpose to wet it only. 

一颗肉粽60新台币,很特别因为糯米里还有花生,再淋上甜酱,不会太甜,还让肉粽吃起来有些湿感。

王記府城肉粽 西寧店
地址 108台北市萬華區西寧南路84號
Phone: +886 2-2389-3233
Operation hour: 10 am - 3 am

王记府城肉粽 八德店
台北市松山區八德路二段374號
No. 374, Section 2, Bade Rd, Songshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 105
Phone:+886 2 2775 4032
Operation hour: 10 am - 1 pm

Otherwise, MacDonalds always be there 24 hours. The menu here is slightly different from Malaysia, notable the Italian style green sauce chicken thigh burger and French style beef mushroom burger.

要不然,可以考虑麦当劳,二十四小时营业。菜单也有别于马来西亚,我们尝了法式覃菇牛肉堡意式青酱鸡肉堡




Chicken burger is good. It is special in a way that we like it.

意式青酱鸡肉堡特别的来我们蛮喜欢的。



The beef burger is nice as the beef does not have the strong smell. 

法式覃菇牛肉堡也不错,牛肉味不会太骚。


Instead of a regular drink, we choose corn soup. What a surprise offered by MacDonalds! 

不想点汽水,我们换成玉米汤试试,麦当劳给了我们惊喜!



Another option would be 7-11 as there are plenty of 7-11 within the vicinity of Ximending. A variety of food is available, from fishball, sausages, noodles and even dim sum. The staff is very friendly to attend to all the heating requests.

另一个选择就是seven了,西门町很多家seven。里边很多热食,有鱼丸,香肠,面,还有点心。员工也很亲切的迎合客人叮热需求。


The spicy beef noodles (53 NTD) is good. 

麻辣牛肉杯面(53新台币)好吃。


Siu Mai (69 NTD) is a major disappointment though. It was hard, pretty much tasteless and we feel it was quite expensive.

烧卖(69新台币)就让我们很失望,又硬又淡而无味,还有蛮贵的。

Aside from food, Ximending is a centre of entertainment and shopping. Ladies would love here the most as the shops selling cosmetics and beauty products are plenty here!

除了好吃的,西门町是个购物和娱乐天堂。女性们肯定喜欢这儿,因为还有很多店卖化妆用品。

[TAIPEI 台北] Day 7:Shop and eat at Ximending 第七天:西门町逛街和美食

[TAIPEI 台北] Day 7:Shop and eat at Ximending 第七天:西门町逛街和美食

KTV and cinemas could be a nice stop to rest the tired walking legs. We regretted for not watching a local Taiwan movie here. 

走到脚累了,还可以到KTV休息唱唱歌,或者到戏院休息看戏。我们有点遗憾没争取时间看场台湾制作。


Forgot to buy souvenirs back to hometown? No worries, homemade pineapple tarts are available here.

忘了买伴手礼会家乡?不怕,这里有卖手工凤梨酥


86 shop is a must go shop for ladies!

86小铺必逛!


If you are looking to leave a special mark to remember your trip in Taiwan, tattoo might be a good choice.

如果想在身上留些台湾纪念品,可以在这儿刺青哦。


Clothes are never scarce here. The only scarce thing is money.

衣服店铺多得是,只怕口袋没钱而已。


How about striking a lottery at Taipei? Hope the luck is by your side.

不然来张公益彩卷?试试你在台湾的手气如何。



The Redhouse at Ximending is located at the exit of Ximen station. It is Taiwan first public market and historical site, now transformed to cultural art exhibition centre and a market for designers and artists。

西门红楼就在西门站出口不远,是台灣第一座官方兴建的公营市场,现在已变成文创艺术场所及展演空间了。

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