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TAIPEI -- area code +886-2


General Information

Taipei (c) 2006 by John Goss

    Taipei has one of the most vibrant gay scenes going now in Asia. Tropical weather, great food, and plenty of shopping opportunities combine with some of the sexiest social experiences to be found in the region. There's a cruisy gay beach, two gay-popular hot springs, WILD parties, swinging saunas, and hot native Taiwanese guys whose dark, rugged and hirsute physiques appeal to many...there's even an S&M bar, a rarity in Asia outside of Japan. But it's the relaxed, easy-breezy lifestyle that makes Taipei the go-to destination for gays from neighboring countries. Here, they can be themselves without feeling like someone's looking over their shoulder. There's also huge number of very visible muscle bears proudly strutting their pumped up torsos and huggy panda chubs who have developed their own home-grown tea house hangouts.

Ximen temple (c) 2013 by John Goss

    Public rapid transit makes getting around the city easier than ever. Cabbing is convenient - have your hotel write down the address in Chinese, or show the cabby a business card you've picked up. Clusters of rainbow life are are expanding along the transit lines. Most notably, the Ximen area around the heritage Red House entertainment complex (a virtual gay shopping mall), the Zhongshan area just north of that, plus Zhongshan Dunhua and Taipei City Hall to the east.

gayke in Shilin Night Market (c) 2006 by John Goss

    Super popular with gays from neighboring Japan, Korea and China, Taipei is ready to be discovered by the rest of the world.

    Metropolitan Taipei's population is nearing 7 million (that's close to 300,000 Utopians).

    Navigating the local gay scene is easy with our interactive Utopia Map of Gay & Lesbian Taipei:

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Businesses

  • GOTUCOOK Taipei Cooking Class UTOPIA VERIFIED JAN 2016
      Ln. 38, Danjin Rd, Tanshui
      8626-8870, email

      Gay-owned, easy-to-learn cooking courses, designed for people with a love and interest in cooking and tasting food with a unique Taiwanese flavor. Classes can accommodate LGBT couples and groups. A discount will be offered to any member of the LGBT community who places a booking, so be sure to notify us that you qualify for our discounted rates. Class sizes are designed for 2-6 people with a minimum of two people required per class. Our classes are designed for all levels of students from novice to advanced. Great value for money by including more dishes to be prepared than other cooking classes in Taipei.
      Utopia Member Benefit: 10% DISCOUNT off VIP discount on any GOTUCOOK cooking classes.
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Organizations

Popular Spots

Accommodations

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Bars and Clubs

Bookshops
    • Eslite (Dunhua store) UTOPIAN VERIFIED MAY 2013
        2/F, 245 Dunhua S. Rd, Section 1, (near Jen-Ai Circle)
        敦化南路1段245號(仁愛圓環)
        2775-5977

        Flagship store of this upmarket book chain is open 24 hours every day, with a fairly well-stocked gay and lesbian section. MRT Nan-kang line, Zhong-xiao Tun-hua station.
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    • Eslite (Xin Yi store) UTOPIAN VERIFIED MAY 2013

    • Eslite (NTU store) UTOPIAN VERIFIED MAY 2013

    • GinGin's UTOPIA VERIFIED JUN 2015
        1/F No. 8, Alley 8, Lane 210, Roosevelt Rd, Section 3 (close to Taipower Subway Station and 10-minutes from National Taiwan University), Utopia Map
        羅斯福路3段208巷8弄8號1樓
        2364-2006, email

        Next to the gay Hours café and across from Love Boat lesbian shop. Gay and lesbian book shop with pride goods, DVDs, gifts, and gay magazines from the region. They welcome visitors from all over the world. Friendly staff, some English spoken. Open 1:30-9:30pm Wed-Mon and on bank holidays.
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Karaoke


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Meeting Places

    • 228 Park (formerly called New Park) UTOPIA VERIFIED JUN 2015, UTOPIA VISITED AUG 2014
        Utopia Map
        公園/新公園

        Evenings. Famous setting of Taiwan's first gay novel, Crystal Boys, which was also made into the feature film, The Outsiders. Although the Net and Apps have largely replaced parks as a method for social contacts, cruising still takes place in the evening all around, especially near the facilities, although the park is well-lit and trimmed these days so it's less busy now. Open all night long.
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    • Eslite Bookshop UTOPIA VISITED JUN 2015

    • Sha Lun Beach UTOPIA VERIFIED JUN 2015, UTOPIA VISITED MAY 2012
        Tamshui, Utopia Map
        淡水沙崙海灘

        Take the MRT Red Line to Tamshui Station. Then take a local bus to Fisherman's Wharf and get off at the stop called Observatory Deck (one stop before the gated entry into the wharf). If you miss the stop, it's just a short walk back and you can also enter the gay area from the pathway to the ocean near the gate. At the Observatory Deck you will see wooden stairs going up and over the wall alongside the road and a wooden gazebo on top (also, motor scooters parked alongside the road will give you a good indication of where the gays are cruising). Rather than heading straight for the ocean, turn left into the woods (or turn right if entering from the wharf gate path) to find the cruising area. A fabled gay beach in Taiwan and, although less popular in the age of phone apps, still sees some action in good weather, during the day and afternoons. Some nude sunbathing.
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    • Starbucks UTOPIA VISITED JUN 2015

    • Youth Park swimming pool UTOPIA VISITED MAY 2012
        Shuiyuan Rd, Utopia Map
        青年公園游泳池 水源路

        Very popular in summer. There are three pools here. Go to the outdoor pools (the indoor pool is for training athletes). This is where local guys like to hit the catwalk in their Speedos. Not as popular following the close of the sunbathing area, but still attracts many gays in the afternoon. Check out the shower room and facilities. Wear your sexy swimwear. Swimming cap and goggles required (they will sell to you if you don't have). Open May-Sept. Closed Mon.
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    • Yuchen Park swimming pool


Restaurants and Cafes

      XIMEN -- Red House

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    • Alleycat's (pizza) UTOPIA VISITED JUN 2015

    • INS Cafe (mixed) UTOPIA VISITED JUN 2015
        No. 10, Sec 2, Guiyang St, Wanhua, Utopia Map
        萬華區貴陽街二段10號1樓
        02-2312-2295, email

        Modern and cozy coffee and snack shop run by friendly gay couple, Mori and Daniel. Mixed crowd, but primarily a local bear habitat. Free Wi-fi. Open Wed-Mon 1-9pm, closed Tue.
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    • O.S. (western and Thai flavors) UTOPIA VISITED JUN 2015
        172 Kungming St, Ximen, Utopia Map,
        西門昆明街172號
        2371-0360

        The name stands for Omelette and Spaghetti. This small, homey restaurant serves a local version of comfort food with western and Thai flavors thrown in. Dinners come with soup and rolls. Friendly and popular with gays, especially bears (perhaps attracted by the couple who run it).
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    • Taoyuan Street (dumplings and noodles) UTOPIA VISITED JUN 2015
        Utopia Map
        寶慶路桃源街

        Two blocks directly east of the Exit 1 MRT Ximen Station. This one block stretch of side-by-side shophouses offers a huge variety of hand made dumplings and noodles. Particularly famous are the beef noodle bowls, but there are also plenty of vegetarian treats.
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    • Trendy's Restaurant (shabu-shabu and sukiyaki) UTOPIA VISITED MAY 2013
        2F No.114-4, Sec. 2, Wuchang St (above the 7-11), 2314-6969, Utopia Map
        武昌街2段114-4號2樓 (7-11樓上)

        Gay-owned and staffed restaurant opened by the owners of So Young Men Spa, two floors above. Vibrant, contemporary Asian design and excellent service from the hunky waiters! Order whatever hot pot ingredients you'd like and mix your own dipping sauce from more than a dozen savory and spicy items on their sauce buffet. A fun place to head with a group of friends or to book for your next birthday or special event. Walkable from Red House or nearby MRT stations.
        Utopia Member Benefit: 5% DISCOUNT.
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      ZHONGXIAO DUNHUA

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      Tu Hsiao Yueh (southern Taiwan cuisine) UTOPIA VERIFIED JUN 2013, UTOPIA VISITED MAY 2012
        No. 12, Alley 8, Lane 216, Sec 4, Zhongsiao E. Rd, Utopia Map
        忠孝東路4段216巷8弄12號
        2773-1244

        There is a rags-to-riches story behind the success of Tainan's oldest restaurant, of which this is the capitol city's main branch. Conjurers of tan tsai noodles, a fragrant pork stew ladled out of a wasp-nesty-encrusted cauldren that looks like its been in continuous use since Yu Tou started dispensing his dish to fellow fisherman in 1895. Combined with fresh noodles, shrimp and a stew-infused, hard-boiled duck egg, the taste is complex and surprisingly mild, once spooned into your mouth, given the aromatic 5-spice watusi going on in your nose. Side dishes include stir-fried Ping-tong Areca flower and betel nut heart stir-fry; plump, juicy fried oysters dipped in spiced salt; and crispy intestine.
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      OTHER AREAS

    • Cafe de Jasper Junior UTOPIA VERIFIED OCT 2014
        Changchun Rd 258 Lane 26-3, Utopia Map
        2503-4336, FAX 2503-4336, email

        Gay and lesbian-friendly cafe offering a great range of different drinks and snacks, from a classic savory Italian ciabatta panini to authentic pasta and homemade waffles. A variety of coffees are served up using only Lavazza coffee beans, including their signature latte cafe and cappucino. Enjoy a long brunch or afternoon tea, indoor or al fresco in the sunshine. Watch the world go by while enjoying your coffee time.
        Utopia Member Benefit: 10% DISCOUNT on all beverages.
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    • Dark Palace Taiwanese Gourmet (local specialties) UTOPIA VISITED MAY 2012
        Utopia Map

        Foodie Alert! If you are heading out for a day at Sha Lun Beach, drop by and fill up at this famous foodie hot spot. Famous for both their fresh pork preparations (freshly slaughtered each morning) and vegetarian deliciousness like springrolls and marinated tofu skin. Order from the counter on big plates of either steamed or fried rice. The pork chops are tender as can be. If you're more adventurous, try a side of thinly sliced pig's ear, or unctuous chunks of head, feet or snout.
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    • Guangzhou Street night food market UTOPIA VISITED MAY 2012

    • Hours UTOPIA VERIFIED MAY 2012

        Right next door to GinGin's gay shop and across from Love Boat, Utopia Map, 2364-2742. This very popular gay café is run by a young gay couple. They also have a selection of music and books. Open 2pm-11pm daily except Tue.
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    • Shenkeng UTOPIA VERIFIED MAY 2012
        新北市深坑區深坑老街

        Nicknamed "stinky tofu village" (for their most popular and spicy specialty), this street market 20 minutes outside Taipei (drive with a friend) is jammed with utterly unique local food specialties as well as traditional crafts and useful items for everyday life (the widest variety of backscratchers we've ever seen, for example). You'll be able to try free samples of at least a dozen types of foods and sweets that you may never have encountered: almond and walnut milk, black sesame butter, semi-liquid lollipops, do-it-yourself cotton candy, tofu ice cream, fresh cherry juice and much, much more. A photographer's dream.
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