A Word from the Concierge: Joshua Kirkland, Taipei Marriott

  • Marriott Taipei's guest relations manager, Joshua Kirkland.

    Marriott Taipei's guest relations manager, Joshua Kirkland.

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Marriott Taipei guest relations manager Joshua Kirkland narrows down some of the places to check out in Taiwan’s busy capital, from live music venues to the best running route for those looking to stay fit.

What’s the best place to go to enjoy live music gigs?

It really depends what genre of music your into but Sappho has always brought me and my friends to our feet!  It is a cool, friendly, laid back music venue with the finest in jazz/blues/world music and all-night jam sessions.​

What’s a local dish visitors should not miss when in town and where  is the best place to find it?

My favorite Taiwanese dish is ​Shinyeh marinated pork and one of the best places to get it, along with some other fantastic Taiwanese dishes, is at the Shin Yeh  ​original restaurant located at No. 34-1, Shuangcheng St., Zhongshan Dist., Taipei City​. Other than that, beef noodle soup is a must-try when visiting Taipei and King Beef is the oldest beef noodle restaurants in Taiwan, founded in 1897. They serve a wide variety of beef dishes that you definitely can’t miss!

When feeling adventurous, one should…

Definitely explore the beautiful mountains surrounding Taipei.  These areas are home to several national parks (Yanmingshan, Beitou, Xiang Shan) and once your ready to cool off—or get a little warm—you’ll have no trouble finding natural hot springs close by.​

Taipei's Yanmingshan National Park.

Taipei’s Yanmingshan National Park.

What’s the best place or route for a morning run?

Just next to the hotel is a beautiful​ Dajia riverside park​ pathway built alongside the Keelung River that goes on for miles both to the east and to the west.

Any nice rooftop bars or cafe in town?

Very shortly, ​Taipei Marriott will be opening the most fantastic venue​ on the 20th floor of the hotel, with a beautiful​ panoramic​ view of Songshan airport and the Taipei 101, overlooking the Keelung River​​.​

A view of the Taipei 101.

A view of the Taipei 101.

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