Sanhoyan, Taipei

To be honest, my friends are more foodie than I do. I was having this realization that whenever I’m with friends, I tend to eat more. Truthfully speaking, our whole itinerary in Taipei were arranged by my friends and I was just tagging along wherever we go.

One of the restaurants in Taipei that are best reviewed is Sanhoyan. From Shilin Night Market to Shifen Old Street, we took the next level of foodie adventure by dining in at a casual fine dining restaurant.

The Sanhoyan Fried Rice with Egg ($327) is a show stopper. It was served to us in a pyramid shape. It is moist and delectable and so is their bestseller.
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Sanhoyan Fried Green Beans $227 (on the left) is a dish with a twist. It is fried with a distinct appetizing flavor. It was a bit dry but we really did not care as we were looking to balance our meal with a vegetable dish.
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Stir Fried Prawn Balls with Salty Duck Egg Yolk $327 has a subtle but addicting taste. It is crunchy and the surprising soft bite completes the meal.
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The Spicy Deep Fried Chicken $287 is freshly fried until crispy and so are the vegetables that come with it. It’s tasty and we liked it. Most of the veggies are chilis.sanhoyan (1)-1024x1000

Look at how cute these buns are! Here are the sesame bun (black and white), sweet green bean, and the last, salty duck egg yolk & sweet milky bun (gold) won our heart.
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Sanhoyan is located on the lower ground floor of a building. The ambiance is sophisticated in a modern way. It is pricier than the normal food we have eaten during our stay in Taipei so we prepared ourselves to spend more money dining in here. As for the serving, it was good enough for us three. The waitstaff can comprehend English but not quite. Nonetheless, they have given us good service that they accommodated us very well. Sanhoyan is a Taiwanese fusion cuisine so it’s really good that we were able to try it. I can tell that it has become one of the best ratings because of the food presentation.
This photo of SANHOYAN-Breeze Nanjing is courtesy of TripAdvisor

Ambiance: 4/5
Price: 5/5
Serving: 5/5
Service: 3.5/5
Taste: 4.5/5
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Sanhoyan Breeze Nanjing
Address: No.337, Sec.3, Nanjing E Rd, Songshan Dist | B2Taipei 105, Taiwan


Diary of Ximen Hotel

My friends and I booked a 2D 1N for our stay in Diary of Ximen Hotel since we were initially planning to roam around in Taipei by the time we arrived by midnight, 3 AM, and check in at 2 PM. However, we were very sleepy from the flight so our friend sponsored us and availed another day for our stay in Diary of Ximen Hotel to rest well and cancel the plan of hanging around in the city by midnight.

Diary of Ximen is a hotel that is walking distance to Ximending, a shopping hub of Taiwan. Meaning… restaurants are near, vendors are few steps away, everything we need is within reach. The hotel is accessible that we can take a bus or a train. The hotel is near the Ximen MRT Station.

Note: The cons will be colored orange since cons are not quite many.

I am not sure with how much my friend was charged, all I know is we were able to book a 2D 1N PHP 3,100+ / TWD 1,700+ for a room good for four. It’s a 3-star hotel so we could not expect for an extravagant lobby and it was okay. The lobby is located on the twelfth floor which is quite confusing at first. The front office though was not smiling but speaks fluent English.
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Our room is on the ninth floor (if my memory serves me right) and another front office with simpler aesthetic welcomed us. From there, we can have free water, free coffee.
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The room is not cramped but it’s not spacious, either. There is no window. There is a just a right room for the pieces of luggage, shoes, etc. What I have noticed is we don’t have a cabinet, just a hook to hang some of our clothes. The aircon and the lights are functioning well and so is the TV. There is also a safety box for your important things to keep and a mini refrigerator.
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Of course, what matters the most is the bed. It’s a two queen size bed and the linens are clean. The towels are also neat plus some toiletries are placed on the desk of the TV.
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When we arrived from our tour, we liked that our bed is arranged again. Housekeeping did their work well. During the day, we noticed that we can hear the people from the other side of the room so we minimized our music player a bit.

As for the washroom, don’t expect a bathtub but a shower. It has a dispenser for the shampoo and body wash which is cool since I don’t see that often in the hotels
in Manila.
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By morning, we had our buffet breakfast at the topmost floor. Most of the food served is vegetarian with no specific cuisine, I may say. There is nothing special on the top floor, just a view of the city.


For a frugal traveler like me, a 3-star hotel is good enough to have a good room after exploring the city. I like that it is very near the shopping area and the WiFi works well, too!

Value: 4

Location: 5

Cleanliness: 4.5

Service: 4

Room: 4.5

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Where to Shop in Taipei

Aside from the places and food, one thing that tourists like me aim for is to have a souvenir from the places I’ve been to. It’s a living evidence that I set foot in a foreign country. Others find shopping to a different country as an opportunity to have unique finds or to have things that are cheaper there than to their home country.


Shilin Night Market is one of the attractions in Taipei when it regards to shopping. Indeed, there are a lot of bargains I found – from their merchandise to international brands. The food is also overflowing! What I like it the most are the friendly sellers/vendors that undoubtedly gave me a free taste of what they sell. Be it fresh or from the packaging. Along the alley, what I usually saw is food, ref magnets, clothing, shoes, cosmetics, home decorations, etc. The stores are not arranged how it should be classified so my friends and I have already prepared ourselves for a long walk.

Roast beef – 100 (Taiwan Dollar) – 5 stars
Roasted Beef

The legit Takoyaki? – 5 stars

Mushroom – 4 stars

Octopus Tentacles – 4 stars

A tea I don’t know
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We thought it was over until my friend was looking for a comfort room and she accidentally discovered a place where there are games, bring home-packed food, and Taiwan shirts.
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That part of night market was full of energy! It is located in the inner part of the market. There are darts, shoot the ball, catch the shrimp, play the cards, and many more. We should be playing but we’re totally running out of time since we have to sleep for preparation of tomorrow’s itinerary. Check out my raw video how happy this place is.

This is we shopped most of the “pasalubong” or take home for our friends and family. As I have said, choosing what to buy won’t be a problem because they let me have a free taste of what they sell. I like all of what I bought!


Ximending is the shopping district in the Wanhua District of Taipei. It is where Taiwan’s fashion source can be found. Ximending was the first pedestrian zone in Taiwan. Imagine Shibuya of Japan. Movie theaters, hair salons, restaurants, etc are here. This is where we also bought our gift for our friends. Ximending is very near in our hotel, Diary of Ximen Hotel. Check our video our Ximending experience.


Food, and unique finds are found in Jiufen. More elaborate post here.


All branded shops can be found in Taipei 101. There’s also a food court on the lower ground floor. More info here.