Gay Guide to TAIPEI

Vibrant, tolerant and tropical, Taipei exudes sex appeal. Add in some sleek skyscrapers,ancient temples and musclebound natives and you have the perfect mix for a city island escape!

Taipei Attractions, Longshan Temple

Taipei effortlessly combines the old with the new, a city at home with the past but constantly evolving and setting new trends.

Circuit Festival Asia, Taipei

Taipei Has some of the biggest circuit festivals taking place during annual holidays.

Discovering Taipei – Asia’s No 1 Gay Friendly Destination

Taipei is a city of contrasts. Surprisingly good ones at that! From the typical tourist attractions of night markets, temples and hot springs to the sophisticated hotel, restaurant and cafe scene, the city is emerging as one of the most gay friendly and welcoming destinations in Asia.

Home to more than 3 million people, Taipei City is also known as the San Francisco of the East. Tolerant, open and progressive, the city attracts guys and girls from all over Asia and beyond who want to be themselves without being judged or labelled.

Same sex sexual activity is legal. Workplace discrimination based on Sexual orientation is banned and the annual gay pride attracts more than 50,000 people each year.

Taipei’s Gay Scene and Districts

The gay scene is wild and vibrant. Combine tropical weather with gourmet food, stunning shopping experiences and a rich history of culture and art, Taipei is a city oasis that never ceases to surprise. Add in a cruising gay beach, gay hot springs, circuit parties and the hot and muscled native Taiwanese guys and you are set for a holiday to remember.

Taipei has become famous for its large scale circuit parties, usually taking place on public bank holidays. These events attract large number of visitors from other Asian countries including Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea and Thailand. These parties sell-out fast and hotels can be fully booked for weeks in advance so plan and book early.

Taipei’s main gay scene is centered around the Red House entertainment complex and Ximan, a veritable gay village full of bars with large outdoor terraces.

The main gay scene is centered around the Red House entertainment complex and Ximan, however there are many other gay venues dotted around the city, most notably in the Jhongshan area just north of Ximen, Zhongshan Dunhua and Taipei City Hall to the east.

The Red House district is home to more than 25 different gay bars, shops and restaurants. There is a bar for everyone, Karaoke to Leather and S&M to Bears and their admirers. Most of the bars have large outdoor terraces perfect for watching the hot guys walk by.

Getting around Taipei is quick and convenient. The MRT or subway makes getting around the city a breeze. Taxis are available 24 hours a day. Unless you speak Mandarin, make sure you keep a card of your hotel with its address so you can easily find your way back home after a night of partying as few drivers will speak English.

  • Where to Stay

    If you want to be in the heart of the gay area then stay close to the Red House entertainment complex and Ximan. Hotels here are cheap and cheerful. Book early as they tend to fill very fast!

  • Taipei - Party Capital.

    Some of the larger club promoters have closed recently creating a vacuum in the party market. Some of the clubs host special parties taking place during public bank holidays, attracting visitors from other Asian countries and beyond. Check out the events section for listings.

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Luxy Gay Pride Taipei Party

Taipei has many “Superclubs” which play host to one-night gay parties! Check local bars for details as the scene changes weekly.

Taipei Pool Parties

Pool parties are especially popular during gay pride and at annual festival events such as NYE.

Clubbing – Where to Party

The clubbing scene in Taipei is one of the hottest in Asia, most notably thanks to the efforts of the G5 party organisers. The party moves around different venues depending on the event with the most recent events taking place in the ATT4Fun complex. The queues can be long so go for a VIP ticket if you can.

Jump is a popular gay club hosting theme parties every Saturday such as Follow Me and Woof. The club plays a mix of house, electro, club and tribal. The space is divided into three main areas offering a different ambiance in each one. Tickets should be purchased in advance.

Circuit parties during public holidays, prides and long weekends, attract thousands to the island, so be warned and book tickets and hotel early.

Funky, one of the oldest gay clubs in Taipei offers a fabulous 70’s style disco complete with underfloor lighting, mirror balls and lots of kitsch!

Finally Luxy, Taipei’s luxurious night club and the largest in the city offers regular theme parties featuring top DJs, artists and performers. The bars and clubs section of the guide has full details of the best gay bars and clubs to see and be seen.

Taipei Saunas

Taipei has some of the best gay saunas in Asia. Aniki is one of the most famous in the region. The facilities and service are renowned and comes complete with an large dark room and 28 luxury suites which can be rented out per hour or overnight. The sauna attracts a mix of fit Asian guys and foreign tourists. Weekends are busiest with several themed parties and foam nights. The sauna is open 24 hours per day but is busy from 6pm onward. For more check out the detailed Sauna listings.

W Hotel Taipei

What to see & do in TAIPEI

Taipei is a true feast for the senses, perfectly combining the old with the new. This trendsetting tropical city is full of wonder. Most of the major attractions are based in and around Taiwan. All of them are busy year round, especially with the influx of mainland tourists from China, so expect some queues, however this is all part of the experience. From the bustle of the night markets to the peace and tranquility of the memorial hall, Taipei’s cultural and historical attractions are some of the most famous in the world.

Taipei 101

No trip to Taipei would be complete without a visit to one of the world’s tallest buildings, Taipei 101.

Long Shan Temple

The night tour of Taipei includes a trip to the ancient Longshan Temple.

National Museum

Some of the finest pieces of Chinese Cultural Heritage remain perfectly preserved in the National Museum

Chiang Kai Shek Memorial

Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall, in downtown Taipei, paying homage to the late President Chiang Kai-Shek.

Where to stay in TAIPEI?

The Taipei Hotel Scene is extremely diverse, from chic designer budget hotels to international palaces. Over the past 10 years the major hotels have been vying for the title of Taipei’s most trendy…

Hotel rooms in the lower grade hotels can sometimes be smaller than their Western equivalents and some may not even have a view or a window, so it is often worth the upgrade. That said, prices for 4 and 5 star hotels here are lower compared to other international cities and service is efficient and attentive.

Les Suites Da’anl

Best up and coming Neighbourhood

Taipei’s Da’an district is located in between trendy Xinyi and gay area of Ximen. Known for its under the radar gay bars and trendy independent shops the Suites Taipei is comfortable, uncluttered and functional.

Check for the lowest rate for the Suites Daan and book now.

Les Suites Da'an

Inhouse hotel taipei

Best for the Gay District

For those preferring to stay close to the gay venues in Ximen, check out the In House Hotel.

The 60 room hotel is the creation of nighclub empresario, Ted Su and uses a clubby chic decor. It’s Lounge bar on the ground floor is the popular “Prive” bar.

Check for the lowest rate for the InHouse Taipei and book now.

Inn house taipei

The Shangri-La’ Far Eastern Plaza

Most Impressive Pool & View

Head to the Marco ‘Polo Lounge  and sip on one of 101 martini’s as you watch the sun set over Taipei. Definitely the best views of the city and one of the few outdoor pools where you can  soak up the sun during the hot Summer months.

Check for the lowest rate for the Shangri-La Far Eastern Plaza and book now.

Shangri La Taipei

Inhouse hotel taipei

Best for the Gay District

For those preferring to stay close to the gay venues in Ximen, check out the In House Hotel.

The 60 room hotel is the creation of nighclub empresario, Ted Su and uses a clubby chic decor. It’s Lounge bar on the ground floor is the popular “Prive” bar.

Check for the lowest rate for the InHouse Taipei and book now.

Inn house taipei

Shopping IN TAIPEI

Taipei is a city that likes to set trends. Shopping here is almost a religion and while many designer labels are more expensive than in their European homes, you can still find some great bargains especially during the sales.

Eslite bookstore taipei

Eslite bookstore is open 24 hours a day and is truly a template to shopping, featuring 1 million books over 8 floors.

Jiufen Village Taiwan

Take a day trip from Taipei and head to Jiufen Village for an experience you will never forget.

Taipei Night Markets

No trip to Taipei would be complete without a visit to one of its famous Night markets.

Chill out from shopping at hours cafe, with great insider tips from local young guys in the know!

Chill out from shopping at hours cafe, with great insider tips from local young guys in the know!

Shopping & Nightmarkets

Taipei is a city that likes to set trends. Shopping here is almost a religion and while many designer labels are more expensive than in their European homes, you can still find some great bagrin especially during the sales.

One particular shopping phenomenon is the Eslite Bookstore, which is open 24-hours and has become a very gay friendly destination.

Ximending is also know as Taiwan’s Fifth Avenue. The towering billboards and neon lights resemble something more akin to Tokyo or Time Square. If you can’t find what you are looking for here, then head over to Taipei 101, formerly the world’s tallest building, attracting more than 20,000 visitors per day and offering exclusive fashion brands not available elsewhere in Taipei.

For a glimpse of the city’s past, head to Dihua Street Market. This old town market offers dozens of shops selling traditional items such as Chinese herbal remedies, spices and wooden crafts. Huaxi (Huasi) Street Night Market is located nearby Longshan Temple. The night market, together with night markets on Guangzhou Street, Wuzhou Street and Xichang Street, has formed a large unique market. Various items are sold here and it is one of the favored sites of tourists.

You will find all sorts of strange and wonderful foodstuffs here… But for those of you looking for something more tradition, try some of the shaved ice here, its some of the best we have tasted in Taipei.

Take in Huaxi Street Night Market on the Night Tour of Taipei. Book Now.

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