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“Not Shibuya or Picadilly Circus or Time Square but good for Taipei to have a night happening”

Ximen Red House - Ximending
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Owner description: Full of tourists, but with street performances and shows to entertain kids and adults alike. A fun and affordable place to shop for souvenirs and eat street food.
Reviewed 28 June 2014

Comes alive at night but the Red House is not real deal but the neon lights and lively atmosphere and the crowds of young people make XiMenting special. Not Patpong, Leicester, Time Square or Ikeburo nevertheless the sea of people mostly young give vibrancy as with the night markets (for the older crowd).

There are cinemas, shops to cater for the youth segments,restaurants, side streets with food stores, stall selling souveniers and street performers/mimes.

There is a night market somewhere which we missed. If you have time to spare and been to all the major night markets, come to XiMenting to chill out or go back to your hotel room and watch TV !.

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Reviewed 28 June 2014

ximen was a commercial district decades ago. The city government redesigned the flow of the streets and alleys to make it a much more interesting area focused for those looking for fun and recreation and good foods. I find lots of eating places,, each with its own characteristic, Japanese, Mexican, Korea, Italian, apart from typical Taiwanese snacks. Also there are small shops or street stands selling what's in, mostly Korean stuff. Many brandname stores are found here too. Window shopping is a pleasure. There is an especially area separated for pedestrians to walk on and stroll along relaxedly. On holidays and weekends, beware of the crowds! A few movie theaters are found in this district. It contains all kinds of fun to satisfy the need of getting involved in a vibrant groove. Best of all, the transportion is convenient. I would recommend the MRT, which will take you there in just a few minutes.

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Reviewed 27 June 2014

For Youths from oversea, Here is one place for adventure exploration.

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Reviewed 27 June 2014

Vibrant place with good variety of shops. Cater mostly to youngsters. There's a Uniqlo store somewhere in the middle and cinemas at other end. There's a good bittergourd juice stall and diagonally across this stall at the other side of the road, is a good lu rou rice stall.

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Reviewed 25 June 2014

It was a Sunday and Ximending was just 2 stops away from our hotel. It seems like a fine day when we left, but when we arrived and came out of Ximen station, it was raining cats and dogs! We did not bring an umbrella and had to run across to the nearest building for shelter. There were some tent vendors set up around the red house and some were packed up for the day. Mostly selling little handicrafts and t-shirts, souvenirs etc. We ran for the red house and there was a long Q of people at its entrance and many who were, like us, trapped and seeking shelter at its main entrance. There's a small tea cafe inside and a souvenir shop selling expensive quirky stufff - korean sticky note pad in the form of a tree log, handsewn coin purses, tshirts, overpriced iphone screen protection, postcards etc. I think there's a comedy act showing that day and hence the long line. We thought its quite unbelievable to make your customers queue in the heavy rain. Anyway, most of the shops just outside the red house were closed and so we toured the surrounding Ximen area. We grabbed a takeaway latte each and found out it is SO damn difficult to find a trash bin in Taipei city! We had to buy bread from a bakery shop on the pretext of using their trash bin. The cashier lady was not happy about it at all. If you have been to Singapore's Bugis Street, Ximen is the similar, perhaps only occupies a larger area. If you are a yuppie/teen/just want to do the "been there, done that", feel free to drop by. For us (first timers in Taipei), the experience felt like a waste of time with nothing fancy, really.

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