This is a short itinerary post for all who are interested in what to do in Taichung (台中) for 3 days 2 nights.
Taipei Taoyuan Airport > Tze-Chiang (自强号) ＞Taichung (台中)
Reloading Hostel (绿柳町) > Yizhong Street 一 (中街商圈)
Arrived Day 1 – Taipei Taoyuan Airport > Taichung Reloading Hostel
Upon touching down on Taipei, I took the train Tze-Chiang (台铁 自强号) from Taipei to Taichung (台中) and the scenery was fantastic during this 2 hour train ride. One thing I love about taking the trains in Taiwan is that we can bring our own food and drinks onto the train rides so that we don’t feel hungry during the journey.
After 2 hours of train ride, I finally reached Reloading Hostel (绿柳町). The decoration was unique and gives you a homely feeling. The receptionist was very helpful as well as she gives me locations of all the yummy food and places to visit nearby. Below are some photos of the hostel itself.
Reloading Hostel (绿柳町)
Address: No. 55, Zhongshan Rd, Central District, Taichung City, Taiwan 400
Day 1 Night Time – Reloading Hostel > Yizhong Street
After settling down in the hostel for 20 mins to rest and recharge, I set out to the nearby Yizhong Street for some food as I was starving. It was a pretty walkable distance from the hostel according to Google Maps (estimated 1.5km), however I decided to take a cab as I didn’t want to get myself lost on my first night here.
Overall, Yizhong Street is a pretty good first stop to start your Taichung trip, the crowd here are mainly students as there is a university nearby. However, it seems considerably small to me as I finished walking the whole place in 1 hour.
Breakfast shop (謝氏早點豆花專賣店)
Shin Kong Mitsukoshi (新光三越)
Top City (大远百)
Park Lane (勤美 诚品绿园道)
Fengjia Night Market (逢甲夜市)
Thanks to the recommendation by the Reloading Hostel’s receptionist, I had my breakfast at this traditional breakfast shop (謝氏早點豆花專賣店) which is only a short walk away. All I can say is that it totally blew my mind, how I crave for such traditional and affordable breakfast whenever I wake up.
Address: No. 136, Jiguang St, Central District, Taichung City, Taiwan 400
Next stop, I visited Shin Kong Mitsukoshi (新光三越) and Top City (大远百) for some shopping. These are basically your run of the mills shopping malls with some unique brands that you can only find in Taiwan.
Address: No. 301, Section 3, Taiwan Blvd, Xitun District, Taichung City, Taiwan 407
Next, I went to Park Lane, this is basically a books cum shopping cum dining super complex. From what I can understand from the description available, the entire building features unique “green” architecture throughout, including tons of living plants and natural lighting. You can come here if you are into books, otherwise, I can suggest you to give it a miss.
Address: No. 68, Gongyi Rd, West District, Taichung City, Taiwan 403
The highlight of the day definitely belongs to this next attraction I am about to mention, which I believe to be the number 1 night market in Taichung – Fengjia Night Market!
For the last day, I visited this very touristy spot Miyahara (宫原眼科), and boy was it crowded, it was packed with both locals and tourists. I could be wrong but I read somewhere that Miyahara used to be a hospital and it was refurbished in 2010 to become a drinks, desserts, ice cream establishment. People who visit here can have a glimpse of its’ illustrious past and well preserved buildings, I like how you have this feeling of being caught in between a modern and old school era at this place.
Address: 400, Taiwan, Taichung City, Central District, Zhongshan Rd
Opening Hours: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
This concludes my short 3 day itinerary of what to do, see, eat and play in Taichung. Comment more below if you have more places to recommend!