Like other major cities in Taiwan, Taichung City is a lively 24-hour city with numerous nightlife and dining options ubiquitously available. From local options like Taiwan-style beerhouses and KTVs to stylish restaurants and sleek cafes, you can see these establishments in almost all corners of Taichung. The city is also not limited to local servings as many eating spots serve various international cookeries to cater to foreign taste buds. Needless to say, eating and drinking in Taichung is certainly one of the best activities when traveling in this place.
Taichung is an ideal place to sample both local and foreign cuisine. In the last decade, an explosion of interest in different kinds of global cuisine has been observed in Taichung, due perhaps to its growing tourism industry. Today, wide options of food can be seen all over the city for food lovers of various cuisine types. From Mexican to Teppanyaki, Hakka to Italian, Taichung is popular for tasty and authentic cuisines that could beat those available in the capital and other nearby metropolises. Amongst popular restaurants include Little Italy and Pisa Pizza for Italian food, Cacti for Indian cookery, Jinjiang Korean and Yellow crane Korean Cuisine just to name a few.
With the rise of street vendors and noodle shops selling almost anything from peculiar food to typical house dishes, there are limitless choices of local delicacies, which foreigners should not miss to sample. Street foods are a very common sight in Taichung night markets and business districts and one can locate various non-Taiwanese delicacies, from Japanese, Indian to continental and Indonesian. The best part is that these foods are very cheap and Taiwanese sellers are quite used to non-Chinese speakers, so doing simple hand gestures will get you on what you want.
Eating and drinking in Taichung is good at night, as the nightlife scene is lively, active and up all evening. The pubs and bars can be an essential place for meeting and getting along with the community, especially for foreigners. Every night, hundreds of people are going out to meet with friends and make new friends over the nightlife spots in the city. The foreign community in Taichung even has 10 different pubs known as ‘foreigner hangouts’. Oftentimes, these places are cafes, restaurants and bars serving Western food.
KTVs are extremely popular and a significant part of the Taiwanese socialization. KTVs in Taichung come in different types, with family-style KTV and hostess KTVs where girls enter the room to chat and sing along with customers. Almost all people from all ages socialize by getting into KTVs, from student bonding to business get-togethers with clients and colleagues. KTVs are typically easy to locate, as they appear to be huge neon-lit establishment with a large KTV sign prominently showed in front.
With the increasing expat community, Taichung City enjoys a broad selection of foreign-owned restaurants, bars, beerhouses and lounges. Indeed, eating and drinking in Taichung is a great experience, especially for tourists as you can get along with the locals and meet new friends.