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If you think you've seen everything in Taipei, think again

Located just less than two hours from Hong Kong by air, Taipei has evolved greatly from a cultural destination to one of the trendiest cities in Asia for luxurious experiences, home to high-end restaurants, award-winning bars and world-class shopping malls.

Perfect for a quick weekend getaway, here are the newest spots to dine, drink and shop in Taipei that you shouldn’t miss.

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Breeze NanShan

This new mall has been deemed one of the most exciting new openings in Taipei this year, as it is the newest and second tallest skyscraper in Taipei.

Breeze NanShan is home to a few international fashion brands debuting in Taiwan for the first time, such as Linda Farrow, Georg Jensen and Alexander Wang. You’ll also find boutique brands such as Polish make-up brand Inglot (Jennifer Lopez is a fan) as well as NYC steakhouse Smith & Wollensky’s first branch in Asia—just one of many deliciously diverse diverse dining options available.

Breeze NanShan, No. 17, Songzhi Road, Xinyi District, Taipei City, +886 2 2723 3468,

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The Tavernist

Located inside the first Kimpton hotel in Asia, The Tavernist’s bold approach to food reflects the US hotel brand’s ambition to make a mark in the region. Inspired by his travels, the menu is chef James Sharman’s take on Taiwanese street food with a modern twist.

Having trained under the likes of Tom Aikens and Noma’s Rene Redzepi, Sharman is taking local eats to the fine dining table through innovative creations such as taro and cognac baked alaska and fried chicken with roasted kelp. Also worth mentioning is the Sharman’s signature from his One Star House Party days—chicken breast cooked with barley, chervil and smoked egg yolk.

Kimpton Da An Hotel, 12/F, No. 25, Lane 27, Section 4, Ren'ai Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, +886 2 2779 0688,

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After the success of CÉ LA VI Singapore, Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur, the brand has launched its Asia flagship in Taipei with a rooftop restaurant and bar set atop the roof of Breeze Nanshan.

Featuring unbeatable views of Taipei 101 and downtown from the 48th floor, a modern sky deck, a stylish dining room and copper bar, CÉ LA VI Taipei is a must for experiencing the best of Tapei nightlife.

CÉ LA VI, Breeze Nanshan, 48/F, 17 Songzhi Road, Xinyi District, Taipei City, +886 9 0995 6000,

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Sky19 Spa

Located on the 19th floor of Taipei Marriott Hotel, Sky19 is a wellness sanctuary in the heart of Taipei, boasting unobstructed views of the city and a relaxing atmosphere that will make you feel right at home.

Using only the most luxurious skincare products from Valmont and Kerstin Florian and Thai boutique spa brand Organika, Sky19 offers a luxurious oasis to escape from urban life.

Sky19 Spa, Taipei Marriott Hotel, 12/F, No.199 Lequn 2nd Road, ZhongShan District,Taipei City, +886 2 8502 9999, ext. 2233,

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Jut Art Museum

Located in the cultural district of Da’an, the Jut Art Museum (JAM) embodies three visions: future, urban architecture, and contemporary art. With an ambition to become “the first museum in Taiwan to focus on ‘future’ and ‘city’”, the cutting-edge art landmark facilitates conversations around urban development through lectures, forums, exhibitions, workshops and publications.

With greenery scattered throughout the space, the slow-paced JAM creates a tranquil hideaway from the bustling city.

Jut Art Museum, 10666 No.178, Sec. 3, Civic Blvd., Da'an District, Taipei City, +886 2 8772 6757,


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Short for ‘Mall Of Tomorrow’, MOT is an art and design lifestyle brand with a collection of chic designer furniture and contemporary art by world-renowned artists. MOT Casa located in Da’an district is a luxury concept store featuring international design brands including Barovier & Toso, LE Belgium, moooi and more.

Only a few steps away, MOT Cafe in Jut Art Museum has a minimalist design and floor to ceiling windows to allow plenty of natural light to go with a relaxing cup of your favorite beverage.

MOT, Section 3, Civic Blvd, Da’an District, Taipei City, +886 2 8772 5508,

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Le Palais

Five-star Palais de Chine Hotel’s Le Palais may not be the newest dining outlet in town, but we have every reason to visit this restaurant, considering it’s the only restaurant in Taiwan to be awarded three Michelin stars in 2018 and 2019.

Specialising in Cantonese cuisine of the highest quality, Le Palais’s famous Cantonese-style crispy roast duck, dim sum and baked egg custard tarts are cooked to perfection and served in a lavishly furnished dining room with touches of traditional ceramic art, calligraphy and paintings.

Le Palais, 17/F, Palais de Chine Hotel, 3, Section 1, Chengde Road, Datong, Taipei City, +886 2 2181 9985,

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