There are day trips and overnighters, but I’m talking about places to go in the evening after work, especially mid-week.
A few that I have enjoyed recently:
Maokong teahouses and restaurants. When the gondola opens these will be easily accessible to you all. Float up one night and have a meal on a veranda overlooking the city. Listen to crickets and cicadas chirp while far in the distance, Taipei-ers are choking on exhaust.
Bitan. Vastly improved in the last year. And now there’s that pizza place Sandman mentioned. Right at the end of the Xindian line. As convenient as can be.
Jiaoshi. If you have a car it’s only 30-40 minuites through the new tunnel. The hot springs out there are good and cheap. Went to a place and got a nice room for two hours with a big jaccuzi tub (and hot spring water) for NT650. A private stone tub room costs NT250 for 50 minutes. Forget Wulai, go to Jiaoshi. Lots of nice restaurants around too.
Jinshan. I was there tonight again sitting on an open deck eating dinner not 30m from the water. Take the number 3 toward Keelung and then the 2 to Jinshan. About 40 minutes from Muzha. Just north of town is a stretch of beachside cafes and restaurants. I like the ones on the right, overlooking the water. Surf Beach is an elegant restaurant, while the Coffee House beside it is a more laid back place. Both have good food. Surf Beach shines spotlights on the water at night so you can see the whitecaps as the crash on the shore, and the lights of Jinshan Cape shine to the south. Very lovely spot. My only complaint is you get styrofoam and stuff washed up on the beach. But at night you can’t see it.
So, where else can we go hang out at night?