Taiwanese/ Mandarin collision
Taipei was relaxed, big enough that there is plenty to see and night markets to try but I found it hard to find the good eats in English. I met some great Taiwanese friends and they showed me some of the best places but couldn't have found them on my own. Plenty of shopping and good street food in Ximen. Also all the illegal carts scurry when the motorcycle cops come in Ximen at night and is quite fun to observe.
Insider Tip:Best Pineapple Cakes at a bakery known as Chia Te. They have a website and usually a waiting line outside the bakery! Everything is fresh with no preservatives. Brought some back for friends and family in the US.