You wouldn’t necessary think that a French-style bakery would be worth your time in Taiwan, but pretty much everyone agrees that Wu Pao Chun Bakery is a must-visit in Kaohsiung.
Here’s something you should definitely do if you’re going somewhere: double-check to make sure that it’s open.
Now, I know what you’re thinking: “Of course I do that. I’m not a moron.”
The Liuhe Night Market has been around since the ’50s, and whether it’s a fun way to spend an evening or an overpriced tourist trap is a matter of some debate online. I will say that I saw more white faces at that market than in any other place in Taiwan, so there’s that. But I also ate some tasty food.
There’s a place called Cijin Island in Kaohsiung that’s a very quick ferry ride away from the city, and it makes for a perfect day tip (or even a semi-day-trip — it’s so quick and easy to get there that you really don’t have to carve out a full day).
Beef noodle soup is a classic Taiwanese dish, and at Gang Yuan, they serve it with a bit of a twist — you can order it dry (though the classic soup version is also an option).
It’s tasty, but I’ll admit it — I kinda missed the soup.