I prefer New Taipei City to Taipei City, specifically Sanxia. It’s newer, has real honest to goodness sidewalks with no scooters on them. Fantastic parks and open university grounds. Quiet and has fantastic views. About a half hour drive to Nangang. The new MRT line will be finished in a few years, they’ve already started it. Sanxia has a distinct western feel to how the city was planned out. The homes are modern and affordable and new businesses are opening up every day. Jason’s Supermarket just opened a street level store. First time I’ve seen one that wasn’t in a department store. Sanxia has a big Carrefour, Hola and B and Q. It has the old street on the other side too. A movie theater is also being built.
Maybe, if you like the western feel, give it a shot.
Sanxia is split into two, Old Sanxia and New Sanxia. Here are two pictures of the old area and new area. See? Sidewalks!!!