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Taipei is a city with many bizarre, gimmicky and quirky themed restaurants that are becoming increasingly popular with young locals and tourists. You can find eateries with themes such as Hello Kitty, magic, jailhouses, hospitals, aeroplanes and ninjas. If you are going to visit one themed restaurant during your visit to Taipei, make sure you do not miss the amazing Modern Toilet.
The Modern Toilet is a bathroom themed chain restaurant that has 12 branches across Taiwan and Hong Kong since opening in 2004, with more planned to open in Malaysia and China.
During our stay in Taipei in March 2016, we visited their large 3-story flagship branch, located in the fun and colourful shopping district, Ximending. The restaurant interior is kitted out like an interior of a bathroom, with wall tiles decorated with poo shaped cartoon characters.
The acrylic toilets seats act as dining chairs, with each one uniquely decorated with designs such as flowers, glitter and sea shells. The glass-topped sinks act as dining tables, and rolls of toilet paper are used instead of napkins. The decor is such good fun and so bright and colourful – perfect for Instagramers!
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The food served here is a mix of Italian and Asian cuisine. There is an English menu available that has photos of the food on (It is always great to find one of these whilst travelling in a non English speaking country!).
We ordered the clam and garlic spaghetti which was part of a set meal that also included a soup starter and an ice cream dessert. The soup was served in toilet shaped mugs, whilst the soft serve chocolate flavoured ice cream was presented in a squat toilet shaped plastic bowl. And the best part? The shape of the ice cream resembled…an …erm…nicely shaped poo…hilarious!
Other items on the menu included Asian curries and hot pots, which are served in mini toilet shaped bowls. The curries are runny and brown, made to resemble….well you know what (it’s so gross!). The bathtub shaped dishes are used for serving the seafood and pasta gratin meals in (which look a bit less offensive).
The food itself is a bit average and the prices are not as cheap as other local eateries – you are paying the extra for the experience. I totally would recommend a visit though for the LOLS (sorry), and for a few funny photos opportunities.
On your way out stop by the mini shop to browse poo related souvenirs! Thanks Modern Toilet – that was a quirky and hilarious night out. I’m already looking forward to returning again on my next trip to Taiwan.
Where to stay in Ximending near the Modern Toilet
Hostel accommodations that come highly rated include:
Oxygen Hostel Ximending
Highly rated hostel that offers a number of tours and fun events. Check out prices and availability for Oxygen Hostel Ximending.
Angels Hostel Taipei Ximen
Excellent hostel with dorm rooms. Check out prices and availability for Angels Hostel Taipei Ximen.
Space Inn Hengyang
Quirky space themed hostel with highly rated facilities. Check out prices and availability for Space Inn Hengyang.
Ximen Wow Hostel
Excellent hostel located in the middle of the Ximending district. Check out prices and availability for Ximen Wow Hostel.
If you are looking for something mid range then these hotels are in excellent locations with great reviews:
Green World Hotel
Clean and comfortable hotel in a great location. Check out prices and availability for Green World Hotel.
CityInn Hotel Plus – Ximending Branch
Quirky rooms a 5-minute walk from Ximen MRT Station. Check out prices and availability for CityInn Hotel Plus – Ximending Branch.
Just Sleep Ximending
Nicely designed rooms a 2-minute walk from Ximen MRT Station. Check out prices and availability for Just Sleep Ximending.
Swiio Hotel Ximending
Awesome decor and located in the heart of Ximending. Check out prices and availability for Swiio Hotel Ximending.
Alternatively if you are looking for something more special then treat yourself to a stay at one of these beautiful hotels in Ximending:
Contemporary rooms a 1-minute walk from Ximen MRT Station. Check out prices and availability for WESTGATE Hotel.
Quirky boutique hotel located 350 yards from The Red House. Check out prices and availability for Inhouse Boutique.
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