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Cost of Living in Taipei, Taiwan (Spending Report)

Taipei is an amazing city! I spent 33 days there, where I mainly played games, worked on my music, hung out with old and new friends, and ate food. I had been here twice (a month each time) so I kind of knew what to expect.

Taipei is quite affordable but still clean and nice. It’s a great destination for its food and nightlife. Accommodation prices are getting more and more expensive now as its become a popular destination, but you can still live decently for under $1,500 a month (I hear of average salaries in Taiwan being around $1,000-1,500 a month).

I documented my costs so you can see how my spending was broken down. Hope this helps!

Cost of Living in Taipei, Taiwan

Food

I didn’t end up eating as much Taiwanese food as I should have. I didn’t even hit up the night markets because most of my time was spent working on music. The recording studio I visited was in the basement of a taco restaurant so we ended up eating there a lot. I also ate at the cyber cafe or whatever was around my accommodations.

Food NT USD
Noodle Soup (and gaming) 165 $5.50
Beef noodle soup 330 $11.00
Beef noodle soup & Drink 250 $8.33
Pizza and Drink 500 $16.67
Momo’s 500 $16.67
Tacos 210 $7.00
Drink 60 $2.00
Snacks 130 $4.33
Drink 50 $1.67
Tacos 200 $6.67
Korean food 200 $6.67
Beef noodle soup and dumplings 320 $10.67
McDonald’s 105 $3.50
Snacks 200 $6.67
Drinks and food 500 $16.67
Lunch 156 $5.20
Beef noodle soup 170 $5.67
Pork rice 150 $5.00
Watermelon drink 50 $1.67
Beef noodle soup 110 $3.67
Beef rice 220 $7.33
Onigiri 25 $0.83
Onigiri + Noodles 78 $2.60
Tacos 200 $6.67
Curry rice 220 $7.33
Vermicelli soup + bread + vegetables + juice 200 $6.67
Tacos 200 $6.67
Snacks 160 $5.33
Malaysian food 250 $8.33
Pizza and drink 220 $7.33
Snacks 100 $3.33
McDonald’s 160 $5.33
Sushi 150 $5.00
Sushi 180 $6.00
Black tea 100 $3.33
Sushi 300 $10.00
2 Onigiri and Candy 88 $2.93
Noodles & Water 66 $2.20
Noodle soup 70 $2.33
Mango juice 90 $3.00
Chicken + Watermelon juice 210 $7.00
Sushi 90 $3.00
Beef noodle soup 140 $4.67
Water + Snacks 60 $2.00
Dumplings 70 $2.33
Teppanyaki 300 $10.00
Soup 180 $6.00
Waffle 260 $8.67
Salmon Rice 160 $5.33
Beef noodle soup 120 $4.00
Lemon Tea 60 $2.00
Onigiri + Water 100 $3.33
Noodles & Water 160 $5.33
Noodles & Water 165 $5.50
Groceries 160 $5.33
Burger + Fries 280 $9.33
Onigiri + Cough Drops 100 $3.33
Lunch 140 $4.67
Lunch 200 $6.67
Dinner 220 $7.33
Black tea 100 $3.33
Sushi 300 $10.00
2 Onigiri and Candy 88 $2.93
Noodles & Water 66 $2.20
Noodle soup 70 $2.33
Mango juice 90 $3.00
Chicken + Watermelon juice 210 $7.00
Sushi 90 $3.00
Beef noodle soup 140 $4.67
Water + Snacks 60 $2.00
Dumplings 70 $2.33
Chicken + Watermelon juice 210 $7.00
Sushi 520 $17.33
Beef noodle soup 140 $4.67
Water + Snacks 60 $2.00
Dumplings 70 $2.33
Dinner 200 $6.67
Beef noodle soup and dumplings 320 $10.67
Tacos 200 $6.67
Tacos 200 $6.67
Groceries 160 $5.33
Chicken + Watermelon juice 210 $7.00
 Total   $472.73

taipei food

taipei food

taipei EPL steakhouse

Entertainment

I ended up going to the cyber cafe a lot, as you can see below. I did more gaming than drinking!

Entertainment NT USD
Gaming 200 $6.67
Gaming 180 $6.00
Gaming & dumplings 150 $5.00
Gaming 150 $5.00
Gaming 150 $5.00
Gaming & food + drinks 140 $4.67
Beer 220 $7.33
Gaming cafe 160 $5.33
Gaming cafe 160 $5.33
Alcohol 550 $18.33
Show 100 $3.33
Gaming 200 $6.67
Gaming 130 $4.33
Alcohol 550 $18.33
Gaming 200 $6.67
Alcohol 300 $10.00
 Total $118

taipei gaming cafe

Got to go on a radio show for my music which was cool!

Miscellaneous

I did a medical physical exam while I was there which created most of the expenses. Without insurance, the 2-hour exam was $166.67 and included x-rays, blood tests, hearing, sight, stool/urine, EKG tests and more. It even had massage chairs and food at the end of it. I’d say it was a good deal!

Miscellaneous NT USD
Bandaids and drinks 220 $7.33
Shirt and skirt 400 $13.33
Medical Physical Exam 5000 $166.67
 Total $187.33




Transportation

I used my metro card pretty often, but the metro closes around midnight and taxi is more convenient when going to places for nightlife.

Transportation NT USD
Card 500 $16.67
Taxi 400 $13.33
High speed rail 160 $5.33
Taxi 170 $5.67
Taxi 100 $3.33
Card 200 $6.67
Taxi 200 $6.67
Taxi 200 $6.67
Taxi 120 $4.00
Taxi 200 $6.67
Taxi 200 $6.67
Taxi 200 $6.67
Flight from Vietnam to Taipei $75.45
 Total $163.78

 

Accommodations

I booked an AirBnB around Zhongxiao Dunhua. I would say Zhongxiao Fuxing and Zhongxiao Dunhua are good places to stay around as they are pretty central.

Accommodations USD
Taipei AirBnB $549

cat airbnb

Summary

Food $472.73
Entertainment $118
Miscellaneous $187.33
Transportation $163.78
Accommodations $549
 Total $1,490.84

I spent 1,490.84 for 33 days, which amounts to about $45.18/day. Not bad! This is about the cost of SF rent with roommates, and I was able to drink and eat out all the time at some nice restaurants.

Let me know what you think in the comments!

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