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Xinyi District Backstreets Food Tour

4 hrs    •    12 Tastings    •    $70 USD

Navigate small alleys of a district typically associated with sleek shopping malls, convention centers, and Taipei 101. Excite your taste buds with classic Taiwanese flavors created from award winning chefs to local mom and pop restaurants.

The tour begins at a bustling traditional market; from seasonal fruits to piping hot green onion bread, you’ll taste the best the market has to offer. We then wind through back alleys in search of local favorites; from refreshing cold sesame noodles and pork belly stuffed Taiwanese burgers – and onto the more adventurous stinky tofu and betel nut!

Witness modern Taiwanese creativity in a stroll through Eslite Songyan Culture Park, then fly-by Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall for a taste of Taiwan’s past – all topped off with old-school Taiwanese icy treat caps. Sound enticing?

  • Explore Xinyi district lengthiest and busiest wet market, where locals visit on a daily basis for the freshest ingredients
  • Savor the best Taiwanese burger (掛包 – gua bao) the city has to offer. Taste for yourself why her gua bao has won multiple awards!
  • Learn and sample stinky tofu fermented the old fashioned way at a unique stinky tofu specialty restaurant.
  • Taste the creations of Taiwan’s master baker, who took home the industry’s top prize in Paris. We try a pineapple cake – Taiwan’s favorite, flakiest way to consume fruit.
  • Walk through SYS Memorial Hall, enjoy views of the memorial that was completed in 1972 and an excellent Taipei 101 photo-op.
  • Discover the historical SongShan Tobacco Factory and all its fun facts.
Xinyi District Backstreets Food

Duration: 4 hours

Tour Style: Casual Walking for all fitness levels.

$70

ADULTS
(13+ yrs)

$50

CHILDREN
(12– yrs)

Tastings are subject to vendors’ availability. Please note we generally won’t sample stinky tofu on Tuesdays, but will have a creamy bubble tea as substitute. Prices do not include tax or booking fees. All sales are final and non-refundable.
  • Departs Wednesday, Friday, Saturday from 11:00 to 15:00. Experiences happen rain or shine.
  • Starts at Yongchun MRT; Ends in Eastern district near Zhongxiao Dunhua MRT.
  • Vegetarian friendly: Substitutes are available
  • Suitable for all ages and fitness levels.
  • Small group size: 1-8 people.
  • 12 Tastings

309 REVIEWS | Rated “Excellent” by 295 Travelers

“My favourite thing about this tour is that as a big food researcher, I already had many places on my list to visit. But this tour ventures to places I would never find (mum and pop operations) in an area that the tourist path will not take you. “

Awarded Tripadvisor 2017 Certificate of Excellence

What’s Included

  • Walk through new and old Taipei. See how Taipei’s landscape and architecture has changed over the past 50 years
  • Taiwan’s most famous dishes, stinky tofu will be sampled at “the stinkiest place under the sky”
  • The chance to learn about what is Taiwanese food and the melting pot of cultures that it’s influenced from.

About Our Expert Guides

Your tour will be lead by one of our expert, English-speaking guides. They’re all gifted storytellers who are smart, passionate and talented and whose excitement for this country is contagious!

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Our tours run rain or shine. It does rain quite often in Taipei, so please prepare necessary clothing and/or equipment you might need to stay dry. Don’t worry, the food taste the same! 🙂 If the Taiwan government issues an official alert shutting down businesses or we deem conditions unsafe for our guests, tours will be cancelled. This is the only situation where guests can decide whether they would like to reschedule their tours or receive a full refund.

Gratuities are not common in Taiwanese culture, however if you really enjoyed your time and want to show your guide how much you appreciate him/ her, they’ll be extremely happy!

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If you are bringing an infant / very young child and they will not be participating in the tastings, you do not need to purchase a ticket for them. However, please do let us know if you will be attending with an infant or young child when you purchase tickets in the notes section.

If you contact us at least 14 days prior to the start of your tour, we can help you reschedule your tour. However we do not allow cancellations as we have limited space on our tours and once a ticket is sold, it cannot be filled by others.

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About Xinyi District

Anchored by a slew of massive shopping malls and the towering Taipei 101, the Xinyi District is Taipei’s most cosmopolitan district. The presence of the Taipei City Hall and the World Trade Center, as well as many corporate offices, make Xinyi Taipei’s de facto financial center. As a center of nightlife, Xinyi’s sleek buildings are home to scores of clubs, lounges and a wide variety of both fine dining restaurants and chain restaurants. The name of the game is “new”: the offerings of the area constantly.

However, Xinyi also has quieter corners, away from the tourist crowds radiating from Taipei 101. The alleys around Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall teem with independent boutiques, cafes and eateries; while other sections (including the area our tour covers) has retained an old-school charm – with vendors and customers going about their business the way they have for decades, unfazed by the commercial bustle occurring just minutes away.

Traditional Taiwan Wet Market

A visit to one of Taiwan’s traditional “wet” markets can be both shocking and invigorating for the senses. Noisy, crowded and overwhelmingly lively, the wet market has long been a source of traditional street eats that far outstrip the tastes of the more touristy night markets. Although most markets are busiest in the morning, some go on until well into the afternoon. It is at Taiwan’s traditional markets that one can nab the best deals on local vegetables, free-range meat, and a mind-boggling selection of cooked foods. The markets are called “wet” due to the ever-damp floors, hosed down frequently. The vendors are largely independent, and transactions are mainly done through cash. Bargaining is not only allowed, but encouraged. Discerning housewives sift through piles of fruit with quick precision.

Once a vital part of Taiwanese domestic life, wet markets are now fading with the rise of supermarket chains and fast-food options. Combined with longer working hours and changed family dynamics, the practice of an early morning or late afternoon shopping stroll thorugh the neighborhood market is rapidly dwindling. On the Taipei Eats Xinyi food tour, we’ll take you through one of Taipei City’s lengthiest and busiest traditional markets, still drawing a healthy number of local shoppers each day.

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