Indian Food – Masala

Masala Indian Restaurant (Edit – This place has been renamed Maharajah. It looks the same from the outside, but I haven’t been in for a while so I don’t know if it has changed at all from the original post below.) Near the Temple of the Five Concubines on Wufei Street is a small Indian restaurant … Continue reading

Temple of the Five Concubines

Temple of the Five Concubines (Wǔfēi Miào 五妃廟) Unlike urban cemeteries in Europe where you can find people sitting next to grave stones and reading books, Taiwanese people are far too superstitious to treat a grave site as a park. The very idea of entering a cemetery for any purpose other than to clean the tomb and … Continue reading

DVD Movie Rentals – Hakataya

Hakataya You wouldn’t have to go very far to find a place that rents DVDs in Tainan. DVD shops are in every neighborhood. Blockbuster Video has several locations and there are hundreds of mom and pop shops. However, regardless of location or an international name brand, the sad reality is that most of these shops … Continue reading

Movies – Chin Men Theater

Chin Men Theater (Quánměi Xìyuàn 全美戲院) While most of Tainan’s movie venues are of the modern cineplex variety, a theater with some history still exists. The Chin Men Theater is in an old three-story building with architecture that looks influenced by old American art deco theaters. You would have to look hard to see the surface of the … Continue reading

Taikoo – Retro Bar and Furniture

Taikoo (Tài Gǔ Bǎihuòdiàn 太古百貨店) Retro bars are becoming a popular trend in Tainan. This one falls on Shennong Street, an arts street where many of Tainan’s oldest surviving houses have been re-ferbished. This bar is built into one of them near the intersection of Kang-le Street. Subtitling itself Mid Century, this bar aims at reviving the 50s … Continue reading

Mutton – Lao Shen (Lao Tzeng)

Lao Shen Mutton Shop (Lǎo Shēn Yángròudiàn 老珅羊肉店) If you like the meat of sheep or you just want to fill your belly without spending a fortune, here’s a good spot to try. Lao Shen specializes in mutton and serves up generous portions for very reasonable (some would call it cheap) prices. You can get yáng ròu biàn … Continue reading

Haian Road

Haian Road (Hǎi ān Lù 海安路) If you want to enjoy some local street nightlife, there’s no better place in Tainan than Haian Road. This is the one place in town where the sidewalks are wide enough to support seating, and several blocks of bars and restaurants are exploiting this. Here you can enjoy your barbecue and … Continue reading

Tainan City Immigration Office

Tainan City Immigration Office Tainan has one of the quirkiest little government buildings I’ve ever come across. This posting of the Taiwan Immigration Agency is inside what looks like a Euro-themed love hotel. Decorated with classical statues and rococo ornamentation, this is a building that begs to be either loved for its eccentric charm or scoffed at for its laughable ostentatiousness. … Continue reading

Beach – Chiao Tou Beach Park (Anping Beach)

Chiao Tou Beach Park (Qiáotóu Hǎitān Gōngyuán 橋頭海攤公園) Being both on the coast and in the tropics, visitors and newcomers might have big hopes for Tainan to have lovely white sand beaches complete with swaying palms and turquoise blue water. Well, it doesn’t. But there are a few beaches in the vicinity of Tainan that are pretty decent. … Continue reading

Blue Print

Blue Print This iconic bar gains more attention for its exterior than its interior. The facade is an art piece with a design inspired by architectural blue prints (thus the name of the bar). The buildings exterior, which is ironically an interior wall of a former residence, attracts curious locals and tourists alike who all get … Continue reading