The immigration line was quick. We took the Kuo-Kuang bus to Taipei main station. It's one of the fastest bus with a good price (~$4 USD per person).
We washed up a bit after checking into our airbnb. Then we went out for food. We were going to go to 阜杭豆漿 but saw no line in front of Din Tai Feng, so we went there. It was yummy and so much better than the one in Arcadia. Happy to finally have tried it after having walked by it so many times while growing up. It was good timing too because there was a line by the time we came out.
Crab rose and pork xiao long bao*
Spicy vegetable and pork dumpling
Truffle and pork xiao long bao*
Steamed fish vegetable*
Vegetable and pork buns
Private hot spring for 1 hour. This was recommended to us by multiple friends. So nice to relax after a long flight.
Walked around the area and saw the natural hot spring stream where people hung out (you can put your feet in). Also visited the thermal valley. It was a cool scene! Very hot though. :) Pictures to come on the latter spot.
Met up with friends whom I met in Paris in 2009. We got blueberry chocolate waffle - which had mochi in it. Yum. The banana cream chocolate tart was good too.
Had beef noodle soup from a shop recommended by a friend. I like the wide noodles. The soup was lighter than expected but refreshing!
Walked around Ximending 西門町.