As the only democracy in the Chinese-speaking world and the most progressive city for LGBTQ + rights in Asia, a legacy of artists and activists has helped make Taiwan's capital a place where culture, progress and creativity thrive.
In recent years, a new wave of resident creatives has revitalized the city. These days, cutting-edge art galleries stand next to traditional teahouses, and basement club techno still murmurs in the streets, while local markets set up their fare as the sun rises. Affordable, safe, efficient and exciting, this sea of glass, concrete and palm trees is a dreamland for urban explorers. For travelers looking to explore Taiwan's underground scene, here are eight tips on how to discover cool Taipei at its best.