Ximending

Taipei

Visit this district close to the historic western gate of the Old Taipei City to see how much this city has progressed since the days of the Qing Dynasty.

Ximending is a place where anything goes, according to the latest trends in Japanese pop culture. Come here to mingle with trendy locals and perhaps feel inspired to change your own looks before visiting one of the many pubs and clubs. You can also visit one of the district’s many theaters for a more classical evening out.

“Ximen” means “West Gate” and “dīng” means “district,” so Ximending indicates the area around the old city gate of Taipei west of downtown. An older variation of the name is “Hsimenting,” which you may see on local signs. Today Ximending includes not only Seimon-chō, but also Wakatake-chō and Shinki-chō.

No longer resembling the old Taipei in any way, Ximending is now an entertainment, design and fashion hub that attracts a younger, more outgoing crowd.

The district is also known as “the Ximending Pedestrian Area” because it was the first pedestrian mall in Taipei and the largest in Taiwan. The mall was first established under Japanese rule, more than a century ago. While vehicles may now enter the district, on weekends and national holidays the streets are still for pedestrians only.

Grab some sushi, have fun selecting a new wardrobe, or buy some anime souvenirs or tech gadgets. If you’re not into Japanese cuisine and entertainment, then go see a Taiwanese show. There are some 20 theaters in the area and street performers are always around as well.

Go clubbing or bar hopping to mingle with the more flamboyant Taipei locals. The neighborhood is home to the historic Red House Theater from 1908, which marks the heart of the LGBT district in Taipei.

Ximending is located in the northeastern part of the Wanhua District in Taipei. It’s easy to get here because many of the city buses connect on Zhonghua Road in Ximending. Exit 6 of the MRT Ximen Station along the Songshan-Xindian and Bannan lines will put you right in the heart of the district as well.

Take care when visiting at night because, with all those crowded clubs, shops and markets around, this is one of the few spots in Taipei where visitors are warned about pickpockets and street crime.


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Hotel Papa Whale
Hotel Papa Whale
3.5 out of 5
46, Kunming St., Wanhua Dist., Taipei
The price is ¥3,108 per night from Jan 19 to Jan 20
Located in Ximending, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Taipei Cinema Park, Lungshan Temple, and Ningxia Night Market. National Taiwan Democracy Memorial Hall ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,205 reviews)
"Good cp value"

Reviewed on Nov 3, 2021

Hotel Papa Whale
citizenM Taipei North Gate
citizenM Taipei North Gate
4 out of 5
No. 3, Sec. 1, Zhonghua Rd., Zhongzheng Dist., Taipei
The price is ¥5,520 per night from Feb 16 to Feb 17
Located in Ximending, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Taipei Botanical Garden, Lungshan Temple, and National Taiwan Democracy Memorial Hall. Sun Yat-Sen ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,676 reviews)
Technical difficulties
"There were some technical difficulties with my room iPad which controls multiple features in the room, including the air conditioner. I was moved to a new room after two attempts to fix it. When it’s higher volume of guests, you may get a lower room even though you requested a higher one."

Reviewed on Oct 3, 2021

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Hotel Midtown Richardson
Hotel Midtown Richardson
4 out of 5
No. 4, Xiushan Street, Zhongzheng District, Taipei
The price is ¥4,032 per night from Feb 17 to Feb 18
Located in Ximending, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Presidential Office Building, Lungshan Temple, and Ningxia Night Market. National Taiwan Democracy ...
3.8/5 Good! (2,722 reviews)
Nice Location
"Convenient from Ximen exit 5, the room was comfortable but with some dust on the TV screen and lamp. The gym was closed during covid-19."

Reviewed on Sep 15, 2021

Hotel Midtown Richardson
Green World Hotel Zhonghua
Green World Hotel Zhonghua
3.5 out of 5
13F., No.41, Sec. 1, Zhonghua Rd., Zhongzheng Dist., Taipei
The price is ¥4,778 per night from Jan 19 to Jan 20
Located in Ximending, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Zhongshan Hall, Taipei City North Gate, and National Taiwan Museum. The Red House and Presidential ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,193 reviews)
Comfortable stay and excellent customer service
"It was a good location with food and transportation convenient around Room was spacious and nice window view😊 Thank You Jane, Vera, Tiffany, Duncan, Jay, Jason, Patrick for the excellent customer service and they are really friendly and quick in handling check in to hotel guest👍👍👍😊 Thank you ..."

Reviewed on May 21, 2021

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Hotel Attic
Hotel Attic
3 out of 5
10F No.11 Sec.2 Changsha St. Wanhua Dist, Taipei
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥4,774 per night from Jan 26 to Jan 27
Located in Ximending, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Taipei Cinema Park and Lungshan Temple. National Taiwan Democracy Memorial Hall and Ningxia Night ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (133 reviews)
Clean room and helpful staff
"My room is clean and comfortable. We checked-in very late almost midnight but they are very polite and helpful to make all smooth."

Reviewed on Feb 4, 2020

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Just Sleep Taipei Ximending
Just Sleep Taipei Ximending
3.5 out of 5
5F, No. 41, Sec. 1, Zhonghua Rd., Taipei
The price is ¥6,183 per night from Jan 19 to Jan 20
Located in Ximending, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of National Taiwan Museum, Ningxia Night Market, and Lungshan Temple. National Taiwan Democracy Memorial ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (981 reviews)
Great hotel near XiMenDing!
"Great hotel with a good breakfast buffet!"

Reviewed on Jan 11, 2021

Just Sleep Taipei Ximending
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